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Associate Professor Geoff Lummis

Acting Director, Edith Cowan Institute of Education Research

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 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


  • 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

  • Blended learning in EFL classrooms: A practical framework for learners of English in Vietnamese tertiary settings,  Vietnam International Education Development of the Ministry of Education and Training,  VIED - Scholarship,  2017 - 2021,  $60,000.
  • Teaching speaking to EFL engineering students in a Vietnamese university: Implications for EFL curriculum development,  Vietnam International Education Development of the Ministry of Education and Training,  VIED - Scholarship,  2017 - 2020,  $60,000.
  • Building positive school communities through participatory action research,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 2),  2015 - 2018,  $156,169.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., (2017), Questioning art: Factors affecting students' cognitive engagement in responding. Issues in Educational Research, 27(3), 493-511.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), 50-64, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n5.4.
  • 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.
  • Lock, G., Lummis, G., (2014), Complying with school accountability requirements and the impact on school leaders. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(2), 58-69, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n2.7.
  • 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, Global Science and Technology Forum.

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.
  • 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, AARE.
  • 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, AARE.
  • 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, Australian Society for Music Education.

Non-Traditional 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,  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,  Investigating The Use Of A Digital Diary For Home-school Communication Between Parents And Teachers Of Children With Additional Needs
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Investigation Into Mentor Teacher-preservice Teacher Relationship And Its Contribution To Development Of Preservice Teachers' Professional Identity
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transformational Learning In A First Year Western Australian Bachelor Of Education Primary Course
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Assessing Western Australian Year 11 Students' Engagement With Responding In Visual Arts
  • 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,  Teacher Identity Construction In A Tesol Graduate Certificate Of Education In Western Australia
  • 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
  • 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,  Exploring The Impact Of Postgraduate Preservice Primary Science Education On Students' Self-efficacy
  • Master of Education,  Primary Students' Engagement With The Visual Arts And Their Transition Into Year 7
  • Master of Education,  A/r/t + Design One Designer's Experience As A A/r/tographer
  • 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,  Educative Curricula And Improving The Science Pck Of Teachers In Middle School Settings In Rural And Remote 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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