Focus: Effective teaching and support of Australian university students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: Findings from a national study

Dr Marcia Devlin is Executive Director, Academic Programs and Services, Open Universities Australia. From 2008-2012, she was the Chair in Higher Education Research at Deakin University. As a qualified psychologist with a PhD in higher education, her research involves theoretical, conceptual and practical investigations into contemporary higher education, pedagogy, curriculum, policies and practices. Marcia has worked in the sector for over 20 years. Marcia is currently involved in an Australian Research Council grant examining federal migration policies and their impact on international students. She recently led an OLT grant on leadership in teaching and learning. She is currently leading another OLT grant on effective teaching and support of university students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Marcia sits on several Advisory and Editorial Boards, including the Inaugural Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education and the Inaugural Advisory Board of the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education.

At 2pm Wednesday 8th August at the University of Sydney, Marcia will give a 45 minute presentation on her work on effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.

Her presentation will cover a conceptual framework of inclusive teaching in higher education, research findings from interviews with students from low SES backgrounds, and practical strategies for university teachers. After the presentation there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.