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Dr Sarah Jefferson


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6032
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.113  

Sarah is Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education - Secondary, within the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • EDU6231 - Teaching and Learning: From Theory to Practice
  • EDU6333 - Assessment and Reporting in Teaching.


Sarah is a highly experienced secondary educator. Her PhD focused on identifying positive veteran teachers and examining the role of social support in sustaining their commitment to teaching. Sarah has worked with government agencies and curriculum authorities advising on policy and curriculum development in a diverse range of fields, including literacy, inclusion and funding models.

Professional associations

  • TRBWA - Teachers registration Board of Western Australia
  • ACSSO - Australian Council State Schools Organisation (Director).

Awards and recognition


  • 2020 - School of Education: Best paper co-published with an ECU team.
  • 2018 - Susan Holland Scholarship.

Research areas and interests

  • Teacher wellbeing
  • Long term and later career teachers
  • Diversity and inclusion in education.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2020.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, The University of Western Australia, 1997.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1996.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Gray, C., Lambert, K., Jefferson, S. (2020). Fish out of water: Investigating the 'readiness' and proficiency of beginning drama teachers in Western Australia secondary schools. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(2), 65-80.
  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S. (2020). Examined lives: The transformative power of active interviewing in narrative approach. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 25(1), 14-27.
  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., Gray, C., Jefferson, S. (2020). Reappraising the AITSL Professional Engagement Domain: Clarifying Social Capacity Building for School Leaders to Enhance Overall Teacher Job Satisfaction and Career Longevity. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(9), 61-78.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T. (2019). Still keen and committed: Piloting an instrument for identifying positive veteran teachers. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 25(4), 418-433.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., Prout, P., Jefferson, S. (2019). “I feel very fortunate to still be doing what I love”: Later career performing arts teachers still keen and committed. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 20(7), 1-22.
  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S. (2019). An elixir for veteran teachers: The power of social connections in keeping these teachers passionate and enthusiastic in their work. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 24(9), 2244-2258.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T. (2019). Positive veteran teachers: Who are they, and where are they to be found?. Issues in Educational Research, 29(3), 823-840.
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