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School of Education

Find out more about any of the School of Education research groups at: The School of Education can also provide supervision in the following areas: > Learning technologies, where research is broadly concerned with the use of digital media and Informational and Communications Technology in schools, teaching and learning. > Mathematics and science education, particularly effective pedagogy, beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics and science, and creative problem solving in mathematics and science. > Early childhood, with a focus on social outcomes of education and care, curriculum, social justice, and professional identities of early childhood professionals. > Visual arts and education, especially curriculum development and art-based research. > Safe schools promoting wellbeing, in areas such as school violence, bullying and cyber bullying.

Looking for a Research Supervisor?
If you are interested in education, and have the right qualifications, the School of Education at Flinders University can support your postgraduate degree research. The School of Education offers supervision in the Master of Arts (MA), the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Doctor of Education (EdD). Many of our Masters coursework postgraduate degrees have the option of research components, for which supervision is essential. Students who enrol in a Doctor of Education (EdD) program will undertake both coursework and research. This program is particularly suited to professionals in, or aspiring to, leadership positions or who wish to develop and excel in their professional practice. The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are entirely research-focused where students work independently under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Join one of our active research groups and become part of Flinders academic community. The School of Education offers a broad range of research expertise in a number of exciting areas of education. The School of Education seeks appropriately qualified independent learners who have research interests that complement our research supervision expertise. OUR FORMAL RESEARCH GROUPS ARE: > Language Education Research Group > Leadership and Management Research Collaborative > Research in Special Education > Rural and Remote Education Research Group > Physical Education Research Group > Social Justice Research Collective > Family Learning Network Research Group > Southern Schools Project Group WE ALSO HAVE EXPERTISE IN: > Learning technologies > Mathematics and science education > Early childhood > Visual arts and education > Safe schools promoting wellbeing This brochure gives you important information about the type of research projects that can be supervised in the School of Education at Flinders University. Applicants for research degrees or degrees that contain a research component are more likely to be successful in their applications if their research interests complement the expertise of our academics.

If one or more of these research areas suits your study needs, and you fit the eligibility criteria, contact the International Office at Flinders University. Simply select International Students from Flinders home page at:

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cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary in its approach. and remains an excellent example of university/industry partnership. teachers and other professionals working in the Family Learning Network schools and in the Northern Area Community & Youth Services (NACYS) Inc. and creativity and problem solving. • Theorising place and the value of place-based education. physical education and sport pedagogy. • Rural and regional education for students in mathematics. postgraduate students and professional educators with interests in a diverse range of areas associated with special and inclusive education. standards for accomplished special education teachers. Members of the group have a range of qualitative and quantitative research skills and have been actively involved in designing and conducting research projects with partner organisations. measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure. comparing and contrasting these with allied human services like heath and justice and formulating appropriate resourcing policy and models. Leadership & Management Research Collaborative Members of the Leadership and Management Research Collaborative share a commitment to sustainable organisations and government through the development of leadership and management capacity. • Knowledge management and organisational learning. The research design was innovative. The Collaborative undertakes research in the school. peer relations. health and physical activity. • The keyword method for vocabulary acquisition. Research undertaken by the SJRC provides cutting edge perspectives in the education field that will be of use to university teaching programs. • The use of imagery in second language learning. • Bullying/harassment in schools. cultural and linguacultural issues and the lived experiences of minority groups as they influence identity. leadership for learning in physical education. class. Central to the progress of this vision is ensuring that individuals. families and communities can readily access high quality education and training. physical activity. sociocultural aspects of contemporary sport and health. performance and enhancement of participation in physical education. . sport and health. Southern Schools Project Group The School of Education has formed an on-going research relationship with a group of local schools in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. gender. contemporary obesity and body image. religion and culture. • Ethics in education. Research in Special Education (RISE) Members of RISE are academics. students. The project evaluation foregrounded the voices of parents. associations between children's physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns with health-related fitness and health promotion. science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Members of the group have been actively researching in the areas of: inclusive education. and the education sector generally. postgraduate students and teachers interested in issues involved in language learning and language teaching. The innovative element in this partnership is the focus on research that addresses the needs of each of the schools. • Educational governance and policy. student emotional and behaviour problems. The Group has expertise in a range of research methods. • Safe learning environments and social factors that impact on school students. The Language Education Research generates innovative research that celebrates diversity and excellence in education. policy making. to studies of students' strategies for vocabulary acquisition. Social Justice Research Collective (SJRC) The Collective undertake research that provides a critical perspective on social justice issues as they relate to curriculum. gender. The research interests of the staff range from: the examination of migrant. particularly for rural students. Living and learning at school. • Social inclusion: Race. social and emotional development. university. • Parent-school partnerships. suitable for the diverse nature of their research. communication interventions and severe disabilities. Coping with bullying. including both qualitative and quantitative. Research undertaken by FRRERG involves: • Rural schools and sustainability. The Collaborative conducts research and professional development in the areas of: • Leadership. Social and cognitive wellbeing. • Managing remote and rural education. • Rural and remote education. The project works to address the social and environmental factors that impact negatively on the well-being of families. • The use of critical pedagogy for language learning. pedagogies. The research interests of the group are: social.Language Education Research Group The Language Education Research Group comprises staff. • Mathematics and Science: Equitable access for all. vocational education and military sectors with a variety of industry partners. The relationship evolved out of contacts with schools and has developed into productive partnerships that have been largely driven by the schools themselves. Students with Asperger’s Syndrome. • Determining the personal and institutional costs of pre-service rural and remote placements. teachers’ learning. Rural & Remote Education Research Group (FRRERG) Vibrant and productive rural communities are integral to the long term sustainability of all nations. pedagogy and the quality of teaching and learning. schools. literacies. • Health sexuality and student wellbeing. The Rural and Remote Research Education Group is committed to undertaking research that leads to enhanced knowledge and understanding that will improve participation and outcomes associated with rural and remote education and training. • Teachers’ work. gifted and talented students. Current projects are: • • • • • Teachers’ perspectives of the school yard as part of school life. cultural and political foundations of curriculum issues within health and physical education. • Managing people in organisations. Family Learning Network Research Group The Family Learning Project was designed to develop primary school students’ academic achievement by improving service coordination and implementing advocacy and community development strategies. Physical Education Research Group (PERG) The Group’s focus is research and development which draws together staff with a common interest in the education. Members of the group also have an interest in: • Prospective teachers’ dispositions towards teaching and their attitudes to bilingualism and bilingual education. acculturation and social justice. The researchers of the Family Learning Network Group can offer supervision in: • Student wellbeing. Some of their past projects illustrate their interests and expertise: • Literacy: Teachers. Central to the research conducted by this group is student and teacher wellbeing in school communities. vision impairment.