Educational Research

Areas of focus are in student approaches to learning, eLearning, assessment practices and problem-based learning, pedagogy in clinical teaching and in benchmarking in higher education. Educational research projects have been completed in international benchmarking ( with the University of Adelaide) and in student approaches to learning in enquiry-based curricula ( resulting in three publications in refereed journals). . Funding has successful been achieved for all activities from university ( eg TIES) and external sources (eg ADRF). Currently members of the group are involved in an ALTC-funded multidisciplinary project in Australian Indigenous communication in health with the Poche Centre of the university. Research methodologies used include qualitative and quantitative and these are often strongly collaborative across the faculties of health in the university. Scholarship of teaching and learning in health education projects are designed to support, investigate and evaluate dental education and contribute to international endeavour in dental education, evidenced by conference presentations and peer-reviewed published articles. Several of these projects have been honoured by awards for the group and group members, such as that from the American Dental Education Association and University Teaching Awards. Higher degree research projects in dental education are developed to align to state or federal government dental and oral health care imperatives such as rural dental education, as an action research project and in multi-disciplinary health promotion. Research projects also align to national and international higher education policy such as current doctoral projects in translational knowledge n rural emergency medicine and dentistry, in student approaches to dental educational and the development of critical reasoning in dentistry related to assessment.

Key researcher in this area is:

A/Professor Tania Gerzina BDS, PhD, FRACDS