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Dr Geoffrey Lummis

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6847, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.137
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6847  
Facsimile: (61 8)  63042344  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.137  


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

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - Australian Association for Research Education
  • 2000 - Science Teachers' Association of Western Australia

Research Interests

  • Visual arts in education
  • Aesthetics and the arts in education
  • Primary science education
  • Sustainability

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education), Murdoch University, 2002.
  • Master of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1987.
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1982.
  • Cert IV (Certificate IV), Other WA higher ed institution, 1979.
  • BEd (Bachelor of Education), Churchland Teachers College, 1979.
  • Diploma of Teaching, Churchland Teachers College, 1976.


Recent Research Grants

  • Building positive school communities through participatory action research,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 2),  2015 - 2016,  $156,169.
  • Educational pilot accommodating rehabilitation of WA Pilbara,  Koodaideri Contracting Services Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $104,715.
  • Thinking about Visual Arts: Exploring student engagement and assessment in responding to artworks and artists,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016,  $23,000.
  • The Burden of Compliance: The Implications and Unintended Consequences for School Leaders,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2013,  $26,230.
  • Investigating Building a Career Pathway Using the AITSL Teacher Standards,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2012,  $12,940.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Ellis, M., Lock, G., Lummis, G., (2015), Parent-Teacher Interactions: Engaging with Parents and Carers. The Australian Journal of teacher Education, 40(5), 160-174, Australia.
  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Lock, G., Odgaard, J., (2015), Where Western Australian Graduate Diploma of Education Primary Students Source their Information on Sustainability. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(10), 51-65, Joondalup, WA, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2015v40n10.4.
  • Lock, G., Lummis, G., (2014), Complying with school accountability requirements and the impact on school leaders. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(2), 58-69, Australia, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n2.7.
  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Paolino, A., (2014), An Investigation of Western Australian Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Experiences and Self-Efficacy in The Arts. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(5), Article 4, Australia.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., (2014), Investigating the personal experiences and self-efficacy of Western Australian primary pre-service teachers in the visual arts. Australian Art Education, 36(1), 23-44, Carton, Victoria.
  • Lane, J., Lummis, G., (2013), Rethinking an initial postgraduate course in primary teacher education in Australia. GSTF International Journal on Education, 1(2), 1-14.
  • Fetherston, T., Lummis, G., (2012), Secondary teacher resignation in Western Australian: An anthology of existences. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(4), 1-20, Australia.

Conference Publications

  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., (2014), The importance of positive arts experiences and self-efficacy in pre-service primary teacher education. Proceedings of the Joint Australia Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, 1-12.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., (2014), Diagnostically assessing Western Australian Year 11 students' engagement with theory in Visual Arts. Proceedings of the Joint Australian Association for Research iin Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference 2014, 1-14.
  • Lowe, G., Lummis, G., (2013), ACARA and the generalist push: What does it mean for music education from a teacher-training perspective ?. Redefining the musical landscape: inspired learning and innovation in music education. XIX National Conference Proceedings, 125-131, Parkville.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Visual Arts Education: An Expressive-psychoanalytic Approach To The Reconstruction Of Middle Year Males Personal Experience.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Interdisciplinary Intervention: The Potential Of The Orff-schulwerk Approach As A Pedagogical Tool For The Effective Teaching Of Italian To Upper Primary Students In Western Australia.
  • Master of Education,  Education For Sustainability: An Ethnographic Study Of 15 Year-2/3 Rural Western Australian Children's Attitudes On Sustainability.
  • Master of Education,  Technology In Year 7 Visual Arts Programs: Is It Really Worth It?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Assessing Western Australian Year 11 Students' Engagement With Responding In Visual Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Study Into Year 8 Student Motivation To Continue Class Music In Perth, Western Australia.
  • Master of Education,  Exploring Maori/pakeha Identity (whakapapa) Through Textile Processes
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transformational Learning In A First Year Western Australian Bachelor Of Education Primary Course
  • Master of Education,  Cultural Hybridity As Expressed In The Artist's Painting; And The Application Of A Transformative - Repair Multicultural Model For Visual Arts Secondary Students.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Graduate-mentor Project In Visual Arts Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Western Australian Graduate Diploma Of Education (primary) Students' Perceptions Of Sustainability

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Developing A Common Understanding Of A Teacher Competency Framework Through Video Analysis: Experiences Of Middle School Literacy Teachers.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Processing And Interpretation Of Feedback By Phd Candidates.

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Principles For Designing An Effective, Post-compulsory Music Curriculum Suitable For Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Effect Of Classical Music On Painting Quality: Attitude And Behaviour For Students With Severe Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Parent-teacher Interactions: A Study Of The Dynamics Of Social Influence.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creative Reuse: How Rescued Materials Transformed My A/r/tographic Practice
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