Motivation, Engangement and Individual Choice Pathways

The MOVE-icp research network undertakes strategic theoretical and empirical research using methodological and disciplinary lenses from psychological and learning sciences – including educational, developmental, social, vocational and cultural – to study affective, cognitive and behavioural pathways of development across diverse settings and lifespan stages. Academics associated with MOVE-icpconduct descriptive, longitudinal, intervention and mixed-methods research, to understand:

  • how to engage all learners in educational settings

  • influences on educational outcomes, life trajectories and occupational opportunities

  • what sustains individuals across their working lives.


Current research areas

  • Youth educational and occupational pathways

  • Student achievement and well-being

  • Gendered motivations and outcomes

  • STEM participation and engagement

  • Teacher motivation, attitudes, beliefs, identity and well-being

  • Teacher self-efficacy and professional learning

  • Leadership development and well-being


Structure and function

MOVE-icp offers a coherent network identity and collegial support structure for academics and research students who have affiliated interests in motivation, engagement and individual choice pathways informed by psychological lenses. A shared aim is research capacity-building among the group, including in advanced research methods.


Meetings in 2018

Initially, meetings will be held on a monthly basis, on Thursdays between 4 and 5.30pm. Interested parties should email the convenor to be advised of the venue/s.

Date Time Speakers and topic

February 8

4

Judy Anderson and Debbie Tully: "The impact of the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy on teachers, students and parents: preliminary results"

4.30

Collective discussion

4.40

Helen Watt: "Are there distinguishing motivations for choosing careers in STEM, teaching, or STEM teaching?"

5

[move to Manning Bar for 5.30pm finish]

March 15

4

Paul Ginns and Susan Colmar: "Experimental studies"

5

[move to Manning Bar for 5.30pm finish]

April 26

4

Janette Bobis, Jenni Way and Heather McMaster: "Leaders in mathematics education: who are they and why choose LiME?"

4.30

Collective discussion

4.40

Minkang Kim: "Social development in the early years"

5

Collective discussion

5.10

[move to Manning Bar for 5.30pm finish]

May 31

4

Helen Watt: "Person-centred methods in quantitative research"

4.20

Collective discussion

4.30

Jenni Way: "Task-based interview methodology with children"

4.50

Collective discussion

5

[move to Manning Bar for 5.30pm finish]

Additional meetings, events and projects will be discussed and planned by end of May 2018. These may include brown-bag members’ talks; formal seminar series; day symposium; project collaborations; a database of expertise to assist in being ready for research tenders; and a doctoral student integration/reading subgroup.


Foundation members

Position/role Name/s

Convenor

Helen Watt

Staff

Judy Anderson, Janette Bobis, Susan Colmar, Paul Ginns, Nigel Goodwin, Minkang Kim, Cathy Little, Betty Luu, Heather McMaster, Debbie Tully, Jenni Way, Hongzhi Yang

Student members

Nada Labib, Kate Wilson