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Dr Matthew Byrne

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5470, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO8.219
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5470  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.219  


Matt is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Professional Associations

  • 2012 - Swan valley Anglican Community School Council
  • 2011 - Wyemando Bequest
  • 2007 - Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Research Interests

  • Education and health for disadvantaged students and communities
  • Aboriginal education
  • Behaviour management and positive learning through environments

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • Evaluation of Foodbank WA s School Breakfast and Food Nutrition Program (01/2015FBWA),  Foodbank,  Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $345,288.
  • School Breakfast Program 2014,  Foodbank,  Grant,  2015,  $19,059.
  • Food Sensations 2014,  Foodbank,  Grant,  2015,  $3,402.
  • WA Adolescent Cooking and Food Literacy Study,  Foodbank,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $152,868.
  • Foodbank WA Healthy Food for All Strategy Research and Evaluation ,  Foodbank,  Grant,  2014,  $11,157.
  • Food for learning: Impact of the WA Healthy Food for All program in low SES schools,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2013 - 2014,  $70,061.
  • Foodbank WA Healthy Food for All Strategy Research and Evaluation: Food Sensations ,  Foodbank,  Grant,  2014,  $4,839.
  • Increasing School Engagement,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant,  2009 - 2013,  $11,964.
  • Engaging Aboriginal Children and their teachers with science,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $62,157.
  • High Achievers' Science Program for Aboriginal Students,  Department of Education and Training WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $72,606.
  • Review of Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer Program,  Department of Education and Training WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $268,329.
  • Effective Test Literacy Strategies for Aboriginal Student Success in the Western Australian Literacy and Numeracy Assessment,  Aboriginal Education and Training Council,  Grant,  2008,  $33,705.
  • Effective Science Program Delivery for Remote Area Schools,  Scitech,  Grant,  2008,  $7,273.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Byrne, M., Munns, G., (2012), From the big picture to the individual student: the importance of the classroom relationship. Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, 304-334, Crawley, Western Australia.
  • Gower, G., Byrne, M., (2012), Becoming a culturally competent teacher: beginning the journey. Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, 379-402, Crawley, Western Australia.

Journal Articles

  • Hackling, M., Byrne, M., Gower, G., Anderson, K., (2015), A pedagogical model for engaging Aboriginal children with science learning. Teaching Science, 61(1), 27-39, Deakin, ACT, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Teaching Aboriginal Curriculum Content In Australian High Schools
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