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Dr Olivia Johnston


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6584
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.415  

Olivia is a Lecturer in Postgraduate and HASS Education in the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • EDU6195 - Advanced Seminar
  • HSS6711 - Humanities and Social Sciences Education Foundations
  • HSS6712 - Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences Education
  • HSS3110 - Planning and Teaching Lower Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences
  • HSS3213 - Assessment and Learning in Lower Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences
  • EDU6187 - Advanced Seminar
  • SSE6622 - Planning Assessment for the Lower Secondary Social Sciences


Olivia's professional experience as a teacher includes eight years teaching HASS and English in a variety of Perth public and private schools.

Awards and recognition

  • Government of Western Australia Research Training Program Scholarship
  • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) – Annual Research Grant, 2019
  • Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Student Researcher Prize 2019

National and international research awards

  • UWA Dean's List Award Recipient for PhD Thesis - 2020
  • 3Minute Thesis: Matariki Network International Finals - Runner-up

Research Interests

  • Teacher expectations
  • Ability grouping/streaming
  • Grounded theory methods
  • Composite narratives


  • Secondary, Edith Cowan University, 2020.
  • Master of Education, The University of Western Australia, 2014.
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