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Dr John O’Rourke

Dr John O’Rourke

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6517, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML16.111
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6517
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.111  


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

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia
  • 2012 - Belridge Senior High School, Beldon ESC and Joondalup ESC Independent Cluster 
  • 2008 - Foundation for Social Inclusion

Research Interests

  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Digital technology in curriculum
  • Enabling pedagogy


  • PhD, The University of Western Australia, 2005.
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1993.
  • Diploma in Education, The University of Western Australia, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Business, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1985.


Recent Research Grants

  • Lighting the path(way): Articulating curriculum design principles for open--access enabling programs,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Seed Projects,  2016 - 2017,  $33,669.
  • Enabling retention: processes and strategies for improving student retention in university based enabling programs,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Competitive Grants,  2010 - 2013,  $17,493.
  • At the end of the day I just want my kids to be happy at school! Personality, physical appearance and young children's happiness,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $4,946.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., (2015), Inclusive schooling: If it's so good ? why is it so hard to sell?. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19(5), 530-546, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2014.954641.
  • O'Rourke, J., West, J., (2015), Education assistant support in inclusive Western Australian classrooms: Trialling a screening tool in an Australian context. International Journal of Disability Development and Education, 62(5), 531-546, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2015.1052376.
  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Cooper, M., (2014), Student Perceptions Of Online Interactive Versus Traditional Lectures; Or How I Managed Not To Fall Asleep With My Eyes Open. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(3), 405-419, Online.
  • Hersh, D., O'Rourke, J., Lewis, A., (2013), Collaboration Towards Inclusion: An interprofessional learning opportunity for education and speech pathology students. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 115-119, Australia.
  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Ellis, M., (2013), So the kids are busy, what now? Teacher perceptions of the use of hand-held game consoles in West Australian primary classrooms. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(5), 735-747.
  • O'Rourke, J., Cooper, M., Gray, C., (2012), Is Being ?Smart and Well Behaved? a Recipe for Happiness in Western Australian Primary Schools?. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4(3), 139-152, Canada, DOI: 10.5539/ijps.v4n3p139.
  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Ellis, M., (2012), It doesn?t seem like work, it seems like good fun?: perceptions of primary students on the use of Handheld Game Consoles in mathematics classes. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 22(1), 103-120, UK, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2012.733537.
  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J., (2011), New directions for traditional lesson: Can handheld game consoles enhance mental mathematics skills?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(2), 43-55, Australia.
  • O'Rourke, J., (2011), Inclusion at University: Can we do more than open the door?. Journal of Social Inclusion, 2(2), 19-33.

Conference Publications

  • Sharp, S., O'Rourke, J., Lane, J., Hays, A., (2014), Cohesion, coherence and connectedness: The 3C model for enabling-course design to support student transition to university. AARE-NZARE 2014 Speaking back through research, 14-28.
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