Topics and projects

Admission to education honours depends on finding a suitable research topic and supervisor. The list below shows the school's research supervisors, in alphabetical order, their current research interests, and the number of undergraduate education honours students they can supervise. Further information regarding research topics and projects is available from the relevant supervisor.


Supervisors and projects 2017

Arts education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Robyn Gibson

2

  • arts education
  • art as research
  • creativity
  • creative teaching
  • innovative methodologies including arts-based research and arts-informed inquiry.

Amanda Niland

3

  • Any aspect of early childhood that relates to children themselves or pedagogy.

I have a special interest in music, children's literature and inclusion of children with disabilities.

Robyn Ewing

2

  • There are opportunities to work on a case study as part of the School Drama project.
  • reflective practices in teacher education.

Civics and HSIE curriculum

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Murray Print

3

  • Any aspect of civics and citizenship education: policy, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, both national and international, and associated topics such as links between the IB and CCE. Topics are negotiated with preference for empirical research designs.

Developmental science and learning science

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Paul Ginns

2

  • embodied learning
  • applying cognitive science to instructional design.

Minkang Kim

3

Students are invited to join one of the following two projects:

  • Neuromyth in education: Education is very prone to neuromyths. In this project, students will investigate the prevalence and strength of teachers' beliefs in neuromyths.
  • The development of empathy and moral sensitivity in early years: Students will investigate how children's empathy and moral sensitivity develop and what kind of learning experiences foster them.

Participating students in both projects will be required to deepen their understanding of dynamics theory and develop their skills of experimental design, including the ability to conduct online survey and use basic statistics.

Education policy and leadership

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Marianne Fenech

2

I would be interested in discussing with students projects that focused on any of the following topics:

  • leading and managing quality EC services
  • the regulation of early childhood teachers/NQF
  • early childhood policy (for example, childcare rebates, Universal Access, NQF)
  • the effective inclusion of disadvantaged families into ECE services
  • advocacy in ECE
  • media representation of ECE
  • parents' understandings of quality ECE and early learning.

Nicole Mockler

3

  • education policy
  • politics of education
  • education and the media
  • teachers' work
  • teacher professional learning and development
  • curriculum
  • pedagogy.

English and literacy education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Alison O'Grady

1

  • historical consciousness and dramatic interaction
  • affordances of drama and literacy
  • integrating human rights into teaching pedagogy.

Jen Scott Curwood

3

I'm happy to supervise primary and secondary students who are interested in: language, literacy, technology and teacher professional development. Prior students of mine have studied technology integration in the classroom, online professional learning (including via social media), fan fiction, video games and more.

Alyson Simpson

1

I have a few projects running at the moment but describe two here to keep this note brief. One is the ongoing "Teaching about reading dialogic interactions in schools" (TARDIS) project, which examines the impact of dialogic learning when students read children's literature. Another is called "Active noticing: learning for the workplace", which is part of the SREI project based on the concept of knowledge co-creation. I will be examining preservice teachers' learning as they take knowledgeable action as part of their professional experience. I am also happy to support students to develop their own projects that may be based on English/literacy studies and or professional learning.

Jon Callow

1

All areas of literacy and English in primary and middle years, including:

  • technology
  • visual literacy
  • children's literature
  • multimodal texts
  • student engagement
  • aspects of creativity.

Health and physical education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Kellie Burns

2

  • health programs in schools (especially vaccination or anaphylaxis) students' sexual and gender identities
  • health curriculum in schools (grief, social inclusion, sexual health, drug education)
  • media and young people.

Donna O'Connor

1

  • coaching
  • athlete development.

Steve Georgakis

1–3

  • sports studies (history, sociology, pedagogy, gambling, match fixing).

History curriculum and history of education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Yeow Tong Chia

2

  • diversity and sociocultural inclusion in civics and history curriculum
  • history curriculum in comparative and historical contexts
  • historical perspectives of civics education
  • comparative and international education.

Tim Allender

3

  • history.

Indigenous studies/education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Lorraine Towers

2–3

  • Indigenous education and studies
  • Indigenous Australian history
  • politics of knowledges and recognition in settler colonial contexts
  • culture and politics of schooling and knowledge
  • interdisciplinary studies exploring identification, subjectivities and power
  • intersectionalities of race, ethnicity, religion, gender in diverse sociocultural, historical and contemporary contexts
  • global politics of education
  • critical comparative education and development studies.

Cathie Burgess

2

  • Indigenous/Aboriginal education
  • Aboriginal studies
  • Aboriginal perspectives.

Curriculum analysis and related topic areas such as social justice; diversity; intercultural communication; culturally responsive schooling; and social and cultural capital.

Language education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Hongzhi Yang

1

  • languages teaching and learning
  • language teacher/learner identity
  • teacher agency
  • language assessment.

Mathematics and science education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Jenni Way

2

Studies exploring the ways in which children represent their mathematical understandings and problem solving strategies, including:

  • drawings
  • creating models
  • manipulating materials
  • language
  • movement and gestures
  • digital media.

Chris Preston

1

[Primary and Early Childhood students only.]

  • investigating the use of toys for teaching and learning in science
  • the role of representations to aid learning and teaching in science.

Janette Bobis

1

  • motivation and engagement of primary students in mathematics
  • teacher professional learning (changes in knowledge, beliefs and practices)
  • the empty number line (children and teacher perspectives).

Heather McMaster

2

  • primary school students' reasoning about relationships between volume, capacity and mass.

Social perspectives on education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

Nicole Brunker

3

I work with honours students exploring innovative research methodologies, investigating student experience of school, alternative schooling, children's social and emotional wellbeing and teacher education.

Kate Keeley

2

  • social justice in education.

Remy Low

3

  • identity and difference in education (for example: culture, religion, race, gender, sexuality, class)
  • popular culture.

Matthew AM Thomas

2

  • global, international and comparative education
  • pedagogy
  • educational policy
  • preservice teachers
  • teacher education
  • race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and other social constructs, in education.

Debra Talbot

2

  • classroom pedagogy
  • social justice and equity
  • teacher learning
  • mentoring.

Alex McCormick

1

  • comparative and international projects
  • sociology of education.

View my University profile page for examples and details.

Special and inclusive education

Supervisor Student places available Description of topics and projects

David Evans

3

  • attitudes and beliefs
  • numeracy
  • universal design for learning.

Cathy Little

2

  • autism
  • inclusion
  • early childhood
  • teacher attitudes.

I am currently involved in a joint research project with colleagues from China investigating Lego play in young children with Autism. I am hoping to engage some honours students in this project.