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Dr Julia Morris

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6289, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML16.145
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6289
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.145  


Julia is the Course Coordinator for Visual Arts Education (Secondary) at the School of Education. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Awards and recognition

National and international research awards

  • 2017 - WA Institute for Educational Research Early Career Award.


  • 2019 - Highly Commended for Best Paper in the Research Methodology in Education Special Interest Group at the British Educational Research Association Conference
  • 2011 - Ignition: NAVA Prize for Professional Practice.

Research areas and interests

  • Student engagement
  • Teacher wellbeing
  • Evaluation in applied research.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts Major in Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Arts Education, Edith Cowan University, 2011.


Recent Research Grants

  • From Plans to Pedagogy: Developing spatial competency of teachers at Vasse Primary School ,  NorvaNivel Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2018 - 2022,  $269,726.
  • Participation and Retention in Senior Secondary Schooling,  Sevenoaks Senior College,  Grant,  2019 - 2021,  $91,899.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Educational pilot accommodating rehabilitation of WA Pilbara,  Koodaideri Contracting Services Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $104,715.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Imms, W., Morris, J., Grunseit, D., (2020), Innovative furniture and student engagement. The Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation, Singapore, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-2262-4_194-1.
  • Morris, J., Coleman, K., Toscano, M., Imms, W., (2018), A case for the impact of practice: The Teacher as Practitioner (TAP) report 2018. Community: Becoming with: Research catalogue of the seventh annual Teacher As Practitioner, 72-84, Melbourne, Australia, University of Melbourne.

Journal Articles

  • Morris, J., Coleman, KS., (2020), Fluid identities in multiple cultural practices: How practice changes becoming teachers’ perceptions of themselves. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 13(1), 1-14.
  • Merga, M., Mason, S., Morris, J., (2020), ‘What do I even call this?’ Challenges and possibilities of undertaking a thesis by publication. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 44(9), 1245-1261, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2019.1671964.
  • Mason, S., Merga, M., Morris, J., (2020), Typical scope of time commitment and research outputs of Thesis by Publication in Australia. Higher Education Research and Development, 39(2), 244-258, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1674253.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., Ferguson, C., Hill, S., Nykiel, A., (2020), The role of leadership in establishing a positive staff culture in a secondary school. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 48(5), 802-820, DOI: 10.1177/1741143219864937.
  • Mason, S., Morris, J., Merga, M., (2020), Institutional and supervisory support for the Thesis by Publication. Australian Journal of Education, X(X), XX-XX, Australian Council for Educational Research Limited, DOI: 10.1177/0004944120929065.
  • Mason, S., Merga, M., Morris, J., (2020), Choosing the Thesis by Publication approach: motivations and influencers for doctoral candidates. The Australian Educational Researcher, 47(5), 857–871, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-019-00367-7.
  • Blannin, J., Mahat, M., Cleveland, B., Morris, J., Imms, W., (2020), Teachers as embedded practitioner-researchers in innovative learning environments. Centre for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 10(3), 99-116, Slovenia, DOI: 10.26529/cepsj.887.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G., (2019), Engaging adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students in digital storytelling projects about astronomy. Issues in Educational Research, 29(4), 1107-1130.
  • Merga, M., Mason, S., Morris, J., (2019), ‘The constant rejections hurt’: Skills and personal attributes needed to successfully complete a thesis by publication. Learned Publishing, 32(3), 271-281, DOI: 10.1002/leap.1245.
  • Morris, J., (2019), The development of a student engagement instrument for the responding strand in visual arts. The Australian Educational Researcher, 46(3), 449-468, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-018-0296-5.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G., (2019), SOLO taxonomy as EFL students' disciplinary literacy evaluation tool in technology-enhanced integrated astronomy course. Language Testing in Asia, 9(1), Article no.19, DOI: 10.1186/s40468-019-0095-6.
  • Morris, J., Slater, E., Fitzgerald, M., Lummis, G., Van Etten, E., (2019), Using local rural knowledge to enhance STEM learning for gifted and talented students in Australia. Research in Science Education, article in press(article in press), 1-19, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-019-9823-2.
  • Merga, M., Mason, S., Morris, J., (2018), Early career experiences of navigating journal article publication: Lessons learnt using an autoethnographic approach. Learned Publishing, 31(4), 381-389, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/leap.1192.
  • Morris, J., Imms, W., (2018), Validation of the TAP tool, an instrument measuring the impact of teacher retention intervention strategies. Education and Society, 36(2), 15-27, DOI: 10.7459/es/36.2.03.
  • Slater, E., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., (2018), Astronomy alternative conceptions in pre-adolescent students in Western Australia. International Journal of Science Education, 40(17), 2158-2180, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2018.1522014.
  • Norris, C., Morris, J., Lummis, G., (2018), Preservice teachers’ self-efficacy to teach primary science based on ‘science learner’ typology. International Journal of Science Education, 40(18), 2292-2308, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2018.1528645.
  • Morris, J., (2018), Arts engagement outside of school: Links with Year 10 to 12 students’ intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy in responding to art. The Australian Educational Researcher, 45(4), 455-472, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-018-0269-8.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paris, L., Boston, J., Morris, J., (2015), Facebook and the Final Practicum: The Impact of Online Peer Support in the Assistant Teacher Program. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(9), 157-175, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2015v40n9.9.
  • 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.

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.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Morris, J., (2016), Pause: Washing Up and Pause: Walking By. Espresso Self 2016 Exhibition, Spectrum Project Space, and Joondalup Gallery, ECU, Dr G Karpathakis, B. Waters, Dr L Adams.
  • Morris, J., Imms, W., Coleman, K., Coleman, K., (2017), Teacher as Practitioner: Ebb and Flow., Heathcote Museum and Gallery.
  • 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

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Digital storytelling as an astronomy disciplinary literacy enhancement approach for adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring the impact of postgraduate preservice primary science education on students' self-efficacy
  • Master of Education,  The perceived 'classroom readiness' and support of Western Australian primary graduate teachers
  • 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

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Educative curricula and improving the science pck of teachers in middle school settings in rural and remote Australia
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