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Education within social settings

Education happens formally and informally in many settings and communities. This breadth is reflected in a suite of research addressing issues faced by learners and educators with a view to promoting informed and productive communities.

We spearhead research into early childhood, community sports programs, astronomy, digital learning, home learning and wellness programs.

Research Group

  • Professor Dawn Penney
  • Dr Susan Hill
  • Dr Lyn Vernon
  • Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
  • Dr Anne Thwaite
  • Dr Pauline Roberts
  • Associate Professor Lennie Barblett
  • Dr Annamaria Paolino
  • Dr Cath Ferguson
  • Associate Professor Nicola Johnson
  • Dr Margaret Merga
  • Fiona Boylan
  • Associate Professor Marianne Knaus
  • Dr Kevin Sullivan.

Merga, M. (2020) How can school libraries support student wellbeing? Evidence and implications for further research. Journal of Library Administration, 10.1080/01930826.2020.1773718.

Hammond, A., Penney, D., & Jeanes, R. (2020). Sport coaches as policy actors: An investigation of the interpretation and enactment of disability and inclusion policy in swimming in Victoria Australia. Sport Education and Society, 25(5), 570-585. doi:10.1080/13573322.2019.1628013

Slater, E., Burton, K., & McKillop, D. (2020). Reasons for home educating in Australia: Who and why? Educational Review, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00131911.2020.1728232

Modecki, K. L., Low-Choy, S., Uink, B. N., Vernon, L., Correia, H. & Andrews, K. (2020). Tuning into the real effect of smartphone use on parenting: a multiverse analysis. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, available online at

  1. How public libraries in Western Australia seek to support the language and literacy development of children from birth to three years.
  2. Examining the role of social connection as a positive coping strategy.
  3. A data-informed approach to training volunteers to teach EAL to adult refugees and asylum seekers.
  4. Learning to play: What online games can teach.
  5. Going 'full time': An exploration of vocational ballet training in Perth, Western Australia.
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