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Dr John O’Rourke

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6935
Email: j.o_rourke@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.229  

John is Senior Lecturer for the School of Education.

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia
  • 2012 - Belridge Senior High School, Beldon ESC and Joondalup ESC Independent Cluster
  • 2008 - Foundation for Social Inclusion

Research Interests

  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Digital technology in curriculum
  • Enabling pedagogy

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2005.
  • Bachelor of Education with second class Honours, The University of Western Australia, 1993.
  • Diploma in Education, The University of Western Australia, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Business, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1985.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Relf, B., Crawford, N., Sharp, S. (2019). Are we all on course? A curriculum mapping comparison of three Australian university open-access enabling programs. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 59(1), 7-26.
  • O'Rourke, J., Harms, C., Cohen, L. (2019). They’re always there for me! Friendship and meaning in young people’s lives?. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 60(6), 596-608. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12570.

Journal Articles

  • Barwood, D., Sanbrook, C., O'Rourke, J., Jones, A., Thomas, J. (2018). Blowing a whistle, how hard can it be? An exploration of practicum experiences for a pre-service health and physical education teacher with a hearing impairment. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 9(3), 270-285. https://doi.org/10.1080/25742981.2018.1490627.

Conference Publications

  • Desierto, A., De Maio, C., O'Rourke, J., Sharp, S. (2018). Deep or Surface? The learning approaches of enabling students in an Australian public university. Proceedings (10). STARS Conference.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Hill, S. (2017). Commercially available digital game technology in the classroom: Improving automaticity in mental-maths in primary-aged students. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(10), 50-70. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2017v42n10.4.

Journal Articles

  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J., Morris, J., Dunjey, H. (2016). Focus on the journey, not the destination: Digital games and students with disability. Issues in Educational Research, 26(2), 315-331.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., West, J. (2015). Education assistant support in inclusive Western Australian classrooms: Trialling a screening tool in an Australian context. International Journal of Disability Development and Education, 62(5), 531-546. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2015.1052376.
  • O'Rourke, J. (2015). Inclusive schooling: If it's so good – why is it so hard to sell?. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19(5), 530-546. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2014.954641.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Cooper, M. (2014). Student Perceptions Of Online Interactive Versus Traditional Lectures; Or How I Managed Not To Fall Asleep With My Eyes Open. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(3), 405-419.

Conference Publications

  • Sharp, S., O'Rourke, J., Lane, J., Hays, M. (2014). Cohesion, coherence and connectedness: The 3C model for enabling-course design to support student transition to university. AARE-NZARE 2014 Speaking back through research (14-28). AARE.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Ellis, M. (2013). It doesn’t seem like work, it seems like good fun’: perceptions of primary students on the use of Handheld Game Consoles in mathematics classes. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 22(1), 103-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2012.733537.
  • Hersh, D., O'Rourke, J., Lewis, A. (2013). Collaboration Towards Inclusion: An interprofessional learning opportunity for education and speech pathology students. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 115-119.
  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Ellis, M. (2013). So the kids are busy, what now? Teacher perceptions of the use of hand-held game consoles in West Australian primary classrooms. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(5), 735-747.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Cooper, M., Gray, C. (2012). Is Being “Smart and Well Behaved” a Recipe for Happiness in Western Australian Primary Schools?. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4(3), 139-152. https://doi.org/10.5539/ijps.v4n3p139.

Journal Articles

  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J. (2011). New directions for traditional lesson: Can handheld game consoles enhance mental mathematics skills?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(2), 43-55. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2011v36n2.4.
  • O'Rourke, J. (2011). Inclusion at University: Can we do more than open the door?. Journal of Social Inclusion, 2(2), 19-33.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Cooper, M. (2010). Lucky to be happy: A study of happiness in Australian primary students. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 10(2010), 94-107.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Houghton, S. (2009). The Perceptions of Secondary Teachers and Students about the Implementation of an Inclusive Classroom Model for Students with Mild Disabilities. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 34(1), 23-41.

Conference Publications

  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J. (2009). ‘Yay it’s Maths!’ Using hand-held game consoles in a Primary classroom.. Live it! Love it! Learn it! Curriculum Conference 2009 (9p.). Catholic Education Office.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Cooper, M. (2008). Secondary V K-7: Pre-Service Teachers’ attitudes Towards Inclusion. The International Journal of Learning, 15(7), 97-104.
  • O'Rourke, J., Houghton, S. (2008). Perceptions of secondary school students with mild disabilities to the academic and social support mechanisms implemented in regular classrooms. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 55(3), 227-237. https://doi.org/10.1080/10349120802268321.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Houghton, S. (2006). Students with mild disabilities in regular classrooms: The development and utility of the Student Perceptions of Classroom Support Scale. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 31(4), 232-242.

Research Projects

  • Arts-based pedagogy: Engaging children with additional needs through multi-sensory storytelling, Sensorium Theatre Inc, Sensorium Theatre Inc - Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $10,000.
  • Improving the 'beaten track': investigating alternative pathways to increase higher education participation for mature-aged low socio-economic status students in regional and remote Australia, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Higher Education Participation & Partnerships Programme HEPPP) - 2016 National Priorities Pool, 2017 ‑ 2018, $63,221.
  • Lighting the path(way): Articulating curriculum design principles for open-­access enabling programs, Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT - Seed Projects, 2016 ‑ 2017, $33,669.
  • Enabling retention: processes and strategies for improving student retention in university based enabling programs, Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT - Competitive Grants, 2010 ‑ 2013, $17,493.
  • At the end of the day I just want my kids to be happy at school! Personality, physical appearance and young children's happiness, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2007 ‑ 2009, $4,946.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring the factors influencing the parent decision making process in using a non-evidence based practice to educate their children classified as having low funcitoning autism
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Virtual reality in secondary schools in WA: Are we ready for the new tomorrow?

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Inclusion through inquiry: Diverse learning needs and the international baccalaureate

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Mindfulness as a whole school approach: An exploration of teachers' attitudes towards the implementation of mindfulness in the classroom
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Professionall learning communities using digital technology to facilitate collaborative communication to support secondary students with autism: A case-study
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding the efficacy of a supervision process in a teaching practicum setting in Bhutan

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Alannah, Bree and CASSIE; The ABC of girls on the autism spectrum in early years classrooms
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The prevalence of twice exceptional students in the gat academic programs: The near miss phenomena
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating communicative dissonance within relationships of adults with asperger's syndrome (asd level 1)
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