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Higher Degrees by Research Supervisions

The School of Education has a number of students currently undertaking research as part of the Doctor of Philosophy. Below is a list of current thesis research being undertaken by our students. To find out more please contact our Associate Dean Research.


Current thesis research being undertaken by Education Higher Degrees by Research students

Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy

  • Understanding teachers' pedagogical reasoning and practices in ICT science classrooms
  • Digital enhancement of dance assessment
  • How exemplary teachers promote scientific reasoning and higher order thinking in primary science
  • The role of text type in the reading development of beginning readers
  • Managing change of lower secondary science curriculum in Tanzania: revealing the reality of transition in three case-schools
  • Growing phonological and morphological knowledge and improving spelling outcomes in year 2 primary school children through explicit instruction and contextualised dictation
  • Lower secondary students perspectives towards humanities and social sciences - a multiple case study of three CEWA schools
  • Early career teachers' experiences with assessment for learning in Western Australian secondary schools
  • Learning to play: What online games can teach
  • Impact of collaboration through web 2.0 technologies in the primary school classroom on intercultural communication competence
  • The use of ICT by science teachers in middle secondary school science education in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan
  • What constitutes good" writing in junior primary? Four West Australian teachers give their insights."
  • ICT use across the assessment life cycle in a vocational education institution
  • Emerging strategies for Australian jazz ensemble directors: Improving engagement with drum-set students
  • Investigating self-efficacy: Early childhood teachers' understanding of self-efficacy
  • Improving science teaching through the use of video reflection and a pedagogical content knowledge framework
  • Children's knowledge, identity and right to participation in driving curriculum decision making
  • The impact of video as a self-reflective tool for improvement of teacher feedback practices
  • Using self-tracking video technology to monitor and reflect on teaching strategies to promote student engagement in primary school specialist science and health classrooms
  • The influence of video analysis in collaborative reflection on action undertaken by Australian teachers engaged in a shared international school project
  • Primary school teachers' experience of mathematics education: A phenomenological study
  • Investigating the use of interactive notebooks as tools to promote inquiry-based pedagogy in primary music specialist classrooms
  • An investigation to develop a theoretical model and an evidence-based differentiated learning consolidation process
  • What are pre-primary teacher's enacted understandings of explicit direct instruction of phonics and phonological awareness?
  • Western Australian primary graduate teachers' perceived classroom readiness
  • Going 'full time': An exploration of vocational ballet training in Perth, Western Australia

Early childhood education

  • Power, perspective and affordance in early childhood education
  • Mindsets matter: Early childhood educator perceptions of mindset
  • Parents as partners in learning
  • Investigating the use of children's literature to support principles of diversity in the kindergarten rooms of long day care centres.

English as a Foreign Language

  • Engaging Aboriginal and EFL/ESL primary school students with making videos to enhance their literacy and content knowledge in astronomy
  • The impact of changing policy on the teaching of spoken English in primary schools in the north mountainous region of Vietnam
  • A data-informed approach to training volunteers to teach EAL to adult refugees and asylum seekers
  • The agentive role of teachers in English language education reform in Vietnamese primary schools
  • A longitudinal investigation into language learning motivation of the first year Vietnamese English-major students
  • Digital representations for assessment of spoken EFL at university level: a Vietnamese case study
  • An exploration of mobile learning technology affordances to facilitate EFL authentic tasks in a tertiary setting in Vietnam
  • An evaluation study of an English for academic purposes program in a Vietnamese university
  • Blended learning in teaching English to Vietnamese university students: from EFL lecturers' perspectives
  • Exploring employers' perspectives towards bachelor of business English graduates from Vietnam
  • Vietnamese pre-service EFL teachers' perceptions of ICT integration into their learning and teaching practice
  • Constructing identity: a grounded theory study of Vietnamese tertiary English teachers
  • EFL undergraduate students' experiences and perspectives of flipped classrooms in a blended learning environment in one Vietnamese university
  • Determining factors in first year university student uptake of English language support programs at one Australian university
  • The effect of learning lexical chunks on the English-writing proficiency of Chinese-speaking business undergraduates at one Australian university
  • Using ICT to foster collaborative writing for EFL university students in Vietnam
  • English proficiency of Vietnamese business graduates: expectations of government, private universities and employers

Inclusive education

  • Equity in positivity: a case study of the two year implementation of positive education in a government secondary college following a year 7 cohort to year 8
  • Higher education access and participation for persons with disability in Ghanaian public universities
  • When autism strikes
  • Examining the role of social connection as a positive coping strategy
  • Exploring the teaching and learning of girls on the spectrum in the primary classroom
  • Indonesian primary school teachers' experiences of teaching students with special needs in inclusive classrooms
  • Students' perceptions of school-based well-being programs
  • What are they learning? Exploring the cultural readiness of pre-service and graduate teachers in Western Australia
  • Exploring the factors influencing the parent decision making process in using a non-evidence based practice to educate their children classified as having low functioning autism
  • Transformative education at the interface of spirituality and positive psychology: an auto/ethnographic inquiry of enhancing resiliency through psychospiritual counselling
  • Giving back: Investigating teacher effectiveness in aboriginal classrooms. Investigating causal attributes of cultural competence in teachers and non-teaching staff working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in a boarding school in Northern Australia.
  • Teaching and learning Indigenous histories and cultures: At the intersection of school culture and curriculum.
  • Teachers' perspectives on the identification of and provision for gifted and talented English as an additional language learners
  • Investigating communicative dissonance within relationships of adults with Asperger's syndrome
  • Factors enabling a successful transition to boarding school for Aboriginal Australian students
  • Service learning: A case study of the effects on primary school-age students, and their changing perspectives

Leadership in education

  • Pedagogical leadership: an investigation in the early years of school
  • Head-teachers in troubled schools: a case of community school leaders in Nepal
  • Exploring the role of leadership and school culture in fostering adolescent social emotional development
  • Principal professional learning: The development of early career principals in Western Australia
  • School leadership and teaching staff perceptions of factors that influence NAPLAN online performance in below average ICSEA metropolitan primary schools

Teacher education and higher education

  • An exploration of factors that impact research performance at an Australian university
  • The viability of simulated large-scale marking as professional development for preservice teachers
  • Towards understanding stakeholders' roles in shaping pre-service teachers' experience of their teaching practice in Tanzania
  • Generation 1.5 learners meeting the demands of tertiary education: understanding how these students manage their undergraduate studies in a Perth-based university in Western Australia.
  • Teacher educators' and pre-service teachers' preparedness to use ICT - a Western Australian perspective
  • Loyalty, patriotism and Chinese international students: what happens to national identity adherence when female Chinese postgraduates study in Australia?
  • Meeting standards? Initial teacher education and generalist primary school teachers' pedagogical content knowledge in health and physical education
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