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Associate Professor Matthew Byrne

Associate Dean (Primary)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5470
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.224  

Matt is an Associate Dean (Primary) within the School of Education.

Professional Associations

  • 2012 - Swan valley Anglican Community School Council
  • 2011 - Wyemando Bequest
  • 2007 - Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Research Interests

  • Education and health for disadvantaged students and communities
  • Aboriginal education
  • Behaviour management and positive learning through environments


  • Bachelor of Education with Hon Children with Special Needs, Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Rhodes, D., Byrne, M. (2021). Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ issues in primary Initial Teacher Education programs. Social Inclusion, 9(2), 30-41.

Journal Articles

  • Rees, J., Christophersen, C., Lewis, J., Lo, J., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Walker, C., Byrne, M., Boyce, M., Newton, R., Devine, A. (2020). The study protocol for a pseudo-randomised pre-post designed controlled intervention trial to study the effects of a 7-week cooking program on self-efficacy and biomarkers of health: The ECU lifestyle and biomarkers get connected study (ECULABJMOF) including the Jamie's Ministry of Food WA participant experience. BMC Public Health, 20(1), Article number 1037.

Journal Articles

  • Hackling, M., Byrne, M., Gower, G., Anderson, K. (2015). A pedagogical model for engaging Aboriginal children with science learning. Teaching Science, 61(1), 27-39.

Book Chapters

  • Byrne, M., Munns, G. (2012). From the big picture to the individual student: the importance of the classroom relationship. Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education (304-334). UWA Publishing.
  • Gower, G., Byrne, M. (2012). Becoming a culturally competent teacher: beginning the journey. Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education (379-402). UWA Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Byrne, M., Berlach, R. (2001). Education for indigenous students: Which outcomes-based document set is best?. Issues in Educational Research, 11, 1-11.

Research Projects

  • Optimising social return on investment of the Foodbank WA School Breakfast Program through integrated, whole-school approaches to supporting disadvantaged students, Foodbank, Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects, 2020 ‑ 2025, $45,000.
  • Investigation of the Impact of the New North Education Initiative, New North Education Initiative, Grant, 2018 ‑ 2022, $145,000.
  • An Evaluation of the Ethical Leadership Program: A Constable Care and Primary Ethics Initiative 2020-2021, Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc, Constable Care - Grant, 2020 ‑ 2021, $80,791.
  • Evaluation of Foodbank WA s School Breakfast and Food Nutrition Program (01/2015FBWA), Foodbank, Grant, 2015 ‑ 2021, $180,000.
  • Investigation of Western Australia Primary Principals Association International School Leadership Program - Research and Evaluation, Western Australian Primary Principals Association Inc, Grant, 2017 ‑ 2019, $5,000.
  • Building Emotional Strength in Education, Sharon Faye Foundation, Grant, 2017 ‑ 2019, $7,500.
  • Investigation of the Impact of Lifeworkz Social and Emotional Program at Hale School , Lifeworkz, Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $7,765.
  • Engaging and partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and community to improve student outcomes, Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT - Innovation and Development Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $14,274.
  • School Breakfast Program 2014, Foodbank, Grant, 2015, $15,000.
  • Food Sensations 2014, Foodbank, Grant, 2015, $2,100.
  • WA Adolescent Cooking and Food Literacy Study, Foodbank, Grant, 2014 ‑ 2015, $90,000.
  • Foodbank WA Healthy Food for All Strategy Research and Evaluation , Foodbank, Grant, 2014, $7,500.
  • Food for learning: Impact of the WA Healthy Food for All program in low SES schools, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1), 2013 ‑ 2014, $39,062.
  • Foodbank WA Healthy Food for All Strategy Research and Evaluation: Food Sensations , Foodbank, Grant, 2014, $3,500.
  • Increasing School Engagement, Edith Cowan University, Grant, 2009 ‑ 2013, $11,964.
  • Engaging Aboriginal Children and their teachers with science, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant, 2011 ‑ 2012, $36,310.
  • High Achievers' Science Program for Aboriginal Students, Department of Education and Training WA, Grant, 2008 ‑ 2011, $72,606.
  • Review of Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer Program, Department of Education and Training WA, Grant, 2008 ‑ 2011, $268,329.
  • Effective Science Program Delivery for Remote Area Schools, Scitech, Grant, 2008, $7,273.
  • Effective Test Literacy Strategies for Aboriginal Student Success in the Western Australian Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, Aboriginal Education and Training Council, AETC - Grant, 2008, $33,705.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education, The role of good quality student-teacher relationships when working with students with challenging behaviours in mainstream primary schools in Western Australia

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, What motivates and supports primary teachers to teach nutrition

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Teaching Aboriginal curriculum content in Australian high schools

Assistant Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Teaching and learning indigenous histories and cultures: At the intersection of school culture and curriculum.
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