Education and Arts

Higher Degrees by Research

The Faculty of Education and Arts offers a number of courses for students interested in pursuing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR).

Our HDR supervisors are amongst the leading researchers in their fields in Australia. To complement their research and subject matter expertise, we provide regular professional development opportunities in research supervision to ensure they are well equipped to support our students.

Our HDR candidates are an integral part of the Faculty's research culture and pursue a wide range of research interests in a supportive and intellectually rigorous environment. Browse through our 2015 HDR completions (below) to gain some insight into the range of topics pursued across both Schools.

At ACU we are committed to building a collegial research community and have developed bi-annual HDR workshops to:

  • provide networking opportunities for current academics, HDR students, and education professionals interested in research
  • showcase the research of current HDR students
  • allow prospective students to meet with potential supervisors
  • assist prospective students in preparing for HDR study.

We also offer frequent training courses and workshops (free of charge), in collaboration with Intersect Australia, covering important eResearch data management techniques including data capture, cleaning, exploration and visualisation. Further information about all of these courses is available on the Intersect website.

Graduate Degree Title
PhD, Arts Concepts of work wellbeing: A multidisciplinary approach to theory and method
Rosslyn Almond PhD, Arts Good girls and tough guys, prigs and pornographers: Constructions of gender and sexuality in recent and contemporary Australian fiction
Therese Barrington EdD Voices of the future: An exploration of teachers' leadership aspirations
Michael Chambers PhD, Arts "An especially delicate task": The place of students who are not Catholics in Catholic schools in Australia
PhD, Education The aim of the game: Insider stakeholders' perspectives of learning through play
PhD, Arts'The imaging of the invisible'. Narrative, pilgrimage and 'the metaphysics of the quotidian' in Charles Wright's poetry
MEdRChallenges of Melkite yound adults in Melbourne: Maintaining religious identity and social values within Australian society
Jennifer HillMPhil, ArtsHanging out in the concrete jungle: Exploring the culture of youth homelessness in Melbourne
PhD, ArtsBeyond collaboration: Trans-cultural journeys in the Kimberley
Margaret LeePhD, EducationThe institutionalisation of charism in a faith-based school
Frank MolloyEdDThe use of NAPLAN data in Catholic schools
Tatum McPherson-CrowiePhD, EducationOn the nexus of academic libraries, literacies and lifelong learning for academic staff
Tom OkayaPhD, EducationSchool Board Governance in urban low socioeconomic settings: A case study of public primary schools in Kibera, Kenya
Johann PeterPhD, EducationThe design and evaluation of an e-learning program for church leaders in a multicultural context
Michael RyanPhD, EducationFrom 'doer' to 'stayer': Dispositional and organisational factors affecting sustained volunteering in community service organisations
Laura SaxtonPhD, ArtsThe unblemished concubine: Representations of Anne Boleyn in the English written word, 2000-2012
Gary ThomasMEdRProblem solving, thinking and group work in mathematics: Developing an effective pedagogy
Theo van der NestPhD, EducationReconceptualising the preservation of special character in Catholic secondary schools: An investigation of the role of the Director of Religious Studies in Catholic secondary schools in the Hamilton Diocese, Aotearoa New Zealand

Click on the relevant link for further information for:

Prospective Students Commencing Students Continuing Students Supervisors