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Associate Professor Geoff Lummis

Council Member

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 6304 2344
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.137  


Geoffrey is Associate Professor for the School of Education.

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.


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


Recent Research Grants

  • Compulsory science and mathematics subjects in senior secondary school in other jurisdictions,  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $46,756.
  • Building positive school communities through participatory action research,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 2),  2015 - 2018,  $156,169.
  • 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 - 2017,  $23,000.
  • Towards ensuring a STEM workforce: Engaging industry to inspire and foster real‐world STEM teacher learning,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $136,805.
  • Alice Springs - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Strategic Plan and STEAM capacity building,  Northern Territory Government Department of Education,  Tender,  2016 - 2017,  $69,753.
  • Educational pilot accommodating rehabilitation of WA Pilbara,  Koodaideri Contracting Services Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $104,715.
  • 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

  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., Ferguson, C., Hill, S., Nykiel, A., (2020), The role of leadership in establishing a positive staff culture in a secondary school. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 48(5), 802-820, DOI: 10.1177/1741143219864937.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G., (2019), SOLO taxonomy as EFL students' disciplinary literacy evaluation tool in technology-enhanced integrated astronomy course. Language Testing in Asia, 9(1), Article no.19, DOI: 10.1186/s40468-019-0095-6.
  • Lummis, G., Lock, G., Freeman, C., Ferguson, C., (2019), Transforming learning in first-year Australian preservice primary teacher. Journal of Transformative Education, 17(4), 299-317, DOI: 10.1177/1541344619849043.
  • Girak, S., Lummis, G., Johnson, J., (2019), Creative reuse: The impact artmaking has on raising environmental consciousness. International Journal of Education Through Art, 15(3), 369-385, DOI: 10.1386/eta_00009_1.
  • Morris, J., Slater, E., Fitzgerald, M., Lummis, G., Van Etten, E., (2019), Using local rural knowledge to enhance STEM learning for gifted and talented students in Australia. Research in Science Education, article in press(article in press), 1-19, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-019-9823-2.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G., (2019), Engaging adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students in digital storytelling projects about astronomy. Issues in Educational Research, 29(4), 1107-1130.
  • Norris, C., Morris, J., Lummis, G., (2018), Preservice teachers’ self-efficacy to teach primary science based on ‘science learner’ typology. International Journal of Science Education, 40(18), 2292-2308, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2018.1528645.
  • Lowe, G., Lummis, G., Morris, J., (2017), Pre-service primary teachers' experiences and self-efficacy to teach music: Are they ready?. Issues in Educational Research, 27(2), 314-329.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., (2017), Questioning art: Factors affecting students' cognitive engagement in responding. Issues in Educational Research, 27(3), 493-511.
  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Odgaard, J., (2017), The influence of ecological citizenship and political solidarity on Western Australian student teachers’ perceptions of sustainability issues. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 26(2), 135-149, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2016.1235359.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., McKinnon, D., Heyworth, J., (2017), Measuring preservice teacher self-efficacy in music and visual arts: Validation of an amended science teacher efficacy belief instrument. Teaching and Teacher Education, 64(January 2017), 1-11, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.01.014.
  • Townsend, A., McKinnon, D., Fitzgerald, M., Morris, J., Lummis, G., (2016), Educative curricula and PCK development driven by STEM professional learning in rural and remote schools: A longitudinal type IV case study. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 24(4), 1-17, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Lock, G., (2016), The Western Australian Art and Crafts Superintendents’ advocacy for years k-12 Visual Arts in education. History of Education Review, 45(1), 115-130, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/HER-12-2014-0045.
  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Lovering, C., (2015), Exploring the drama experiences of Western Australian pre-service primary teachers. NJ: Drama Australia Journal, 39(1), 19-30, Abindgon, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14452294.2015.1083515.
  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Lock, G., Odgaard, J., (2015), Where Western Australian Graduate Diploma of Education Primary Students Source their Information on Sustainability. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(10), 51-65, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2015v40n10.4.
  • Ellis, M., Lock, G., Lummis, G., (2015), Parent-Teacher Interactions: Engaging with Parents and Carers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(5), 160-174, Australia, Social Science Press.
  • Paolino, A., Lummis, G., (2015), Orff Shulwerk as a pedagogical tool for the effective teaching of Italian to upper primary students in Western Australia. Babel, 50(1), 12-23, Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations.

Conference Publications

  • Lummis, G., Morris, J., Lock, G., (2016), Factors contributing to the development of positive secondary school staff relationships. Proceedings AARE National Conference 2016, 11p., Australian Association for Research in Education.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., (2016), Lessons Learnt From the History of Primary Visual Arts Education. Proceedings AARE National Conference 2016, 13p., Australian Association for Research in Education.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lane, J., (2015), Exploring first-year pre-service teachers' experiences and expectations of media arts. AARE Conference Proceedings 2015, 14p., Deakin, ACT, AARE.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Imms, W., Grant, G., (2016), Resolutions: Creating Liminal Spaces, Teacher Artmaker Project. Resolutions: Creating Liminal Spaces, Teacher Artmaker Project, ECU Art Gallery Joondalup and University of Melbourne, Teacher Artmaker Project.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Technology in year 7 visual arts programs: Is it really worth it?
  • 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.
  • Master of Education,  Investigating the use of a digital diary for home-school communication between parents and teachers of children with additional needs
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Managing science teachers' adoption of the 2005 tanzanian inquiry and student-centred curriculum: Revealing school-based leaders' practices and achievements
  • 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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Teacher identity construction in a tesol graduate certificate of education in Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The use of ICT by science teachers in middle secondary science education in the himalayan kingdom of bhutan
  • Master of Education,  Primary students' engagement with the visual arts and their transition into year 7
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Assessing Western Australian year 11 students' engagement with responding in visual arts
  • Master of Education,  Visual arts education: An expressive-psychoanalytic approach to the reconstruction of middle year males personal experience.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring the impact of postgraduate preservice primary science education on students' self-efficacy
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transformational learning in a first year Western Australian bachelor of education primary course
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A study into year 8 student motivation to continue class music in Perth, Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An investigation into mentor teacher-preservice teacher relationship and its contribution to development of preservice teachers' professional identity
  • Master of Education,  Education for sustainability: An ethnographic study of 15 year-2/3 rural Western Australian children's attitudes on sustainability.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Western Australian graduate diploma of education (primary) students' perceptions of sustainability
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Learning science in a digitally connected world: Secondary science teachers' pedagogical reasoning and practices
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The graduate-mentor project in visual arts education
  • Master of Education,  Exploring maori/pakeha identity (whakapapa) through textile processes
  • Master of Education,  A/r/t + design one designer's experience as a a/r/tographer

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The processing and interpretation of feedback by phd candidates.
  • Master of Education,  Developing a common understanding of a teacher competency framework through video analysis: Experiences of middle school literacy teachers.

Associate Supervisor

  • 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,  Educative curricula and improving the science pck of teachers in middle school settings in rural and remote Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Digital storytelling as an astronomy disciplinary literacy enhancement approach for adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creative reuse: How rescued materials transformed my a/r/tographic practice
  • Master of Education,  Principles for designing an effective, post-compulsory music curriculum suitable for Western Australia.
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