Trudi is the Associate Professor of Youth Work in the School of Arts and Humanities. Trudi leads the Bachelor of Youth Work and the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) courses and is Director of the Social Program Innovation Research and Evaluation group.
My current teaching includes Youth Work specific units, generic community studies units, and across school research units for honours and Masters students.
- CSV3116 Ethics in Human Services
- RES5115 Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches
- YWK3107 Ideology and Youth Work
- YWK3203 Theories of Youth
Trudi Cooper has over three decades of professional experience as a practitioner and educator in Youth and Community Work in the UK and Australia. She is currently Leader of the Social Program Evaluation Unit and a previous Coordinator of the Youth Work Studies degree program at Edith Cowan University.
Trudi has been involved with in-service training and workplace based learning and assessment since 1981 when she became involved with designing implementing and assessing part time youth worker training programs as part of her work for Lancashire County Council. Since 1994 she has been developing portfolio-based
assessment for workplace based university learning.
- 1991-present: Associate Professor in Youth Work. Leader of the Social Program Innovation Research and Evaluation research group at Edith Cowan University. Leadership and contribution to coordination of the Youth work major, contribution to other social science programs as required
- 1987-1991: Lecturer in Community & Youth Studies St Martins’ College, Lancaster, England
- 1981-1989: Youth worker, Youth work trainer Lancashire County Council, England
Some of this work has been reported in publications including:
- S. Dawson, 'In touch' Youth in Society vol. 127, 1987.
- G. Ingram 'Youth Workers as Entrepreneurs' in T Jeffs, & M Smith, (eds) (1987) Youth Work Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Summary of other relevant experience
- 1980: Lecturer, Communication and General Studies, W. R. Tuson College, (now part of the University of Central Lancashire), Preston, England, teaching general studies courses to apprentices and other vocational education students
- 1979-1980: Part-time youth worker , Lancashire County Council, working in youth centres in both Lancaster District and Wyre District, including a mobile rural youth service
- 1979: Summer play-scheme assistant coordinator, Lancaster City Council, with responsibility for staffing and equipment
- 1975-1976: Occupational therapy assistant, Isle of Wight Area Health Authority, at Whitecroft Psychiatric Hospital, where most of my work was with elderly patients on psycho-geriatric wards
- 1984: Home tutor (for young woman excluded from school), Lancashire County Council, where I provided home based education for a school phobic young women, whilst her tutor was on extended leave.
- 1975: Relief Teacher, Ryde High School, Isle of Wight, England, where I was employed mostly with the English Department to teach classes to pupils in the Middle Secondary Years (aged 14-16).
- 1975: Teacher of English as a foreign language, E.F. Language Schools, Ryde, Isle of Wight, where I was employed to teach English to foreign students, both adults and young people
- Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia
- Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
- International Sociological Association, Research Committee 34, Youth Research
- Australian Evaluation Society
- Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
- Informing Science
- Australian and New Zealand Systems Group
Awards and Recognition
University and National Teaching Awards
- 2006 - Carrick CAAUT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching, Citation title: ‘For enhancement of quality of student learning, through systematisation of portfolio-based assessment within professional degree programs and dissemination of learning to other professional fields’.
- 2006 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning: Citation Title: ‘Development of portfolio-based assessment within a social science professional degree program and dissemination of learning across other professional fields’
- 2005 - Highly commended application for Professionalism In Teaching And Learning Awards: Trudi Cooper, Erin Donovan, Judy Kulisa, Orietta Simons – Innovation in Practicum Delivery
- 2011 - High performance in research (in ‘top 20’ ECU researchers as measured by RAI in 2010), awarded December 2011.
- 2010 - Faculty of Computing Health and Science Award for ‘Course Coordination under difficult circumstances’
- Best paper award: Love, T and Cooper, T., ‘Designing Online Information Systems for Portfolio-Based Assessment: Design Criteria and Heuristics’ Informing Science Conference, Pori, Finland: June 2003
- Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (2001-2004)
- Edith Cowan Postgraduate Excellence Award (2001-2004)
- Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision: Awarded by the Postgraduate and Honours Student Council, Edith Cowan University, 1996.
- Postgraduate Scholarship Social Science Research Council, (1977-1979)
- Special commendation in Education Studies in Graduate Certificate in Education, 1977 (This category of award was given to only one other student, out of 42 graduates in 1977.)
Research Areas and Interests
- Social Program Innovation and Evaluation
- Youth work research
- Systems methodologies
- Quality management
- Teaching in higher education
- Building cross-disciplinary research in social program innovation and evaluation
- Documenting the theoretical basis and tacit knowledge of youth work