ACU education psychologists among world's most productive

Australian Catholic University has been ranked 7th in the world for its contributions to educational psychology, with established and emerging researchers acknowledged for their work in a new study.

The study ranked institutions and individuals based on the number of research articles they had published in five leading psychology journals between 2015 and 2021.

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) Professors Herb Marsh and Reinhard Pekrun, and ACU Dean of Graduate Research Professor Phil Parker, were recognised in the top producing scholars list for the number of articles they authored with rankings of fifth, ninth, and 11th respectively.

In the top producing early career scholar’s category, ACU Research Fellow Dr Theresa Dicke and ACU Senior Research Fellow Associate Professor Jiesi Guo, both of IPPE, were ranked fourth and seventh respectively based on their article output.

The Individual and Institutional Productivity in Educational Psychology Journals from 2015 to 2021 study focused on five journals used in previous research for comparative purposes.

However, when a sixth journal outside the scope of the study was included, Professor Pekrun’s position increased to third, with Professor Parker’s ranking boosted to ninth.

The study also paid special tribute to Professor Marsh who has appeared on all previous productivity lists since 1991, demonstrating his “significant contributions to educational psychology journals over the last three decades”.

The top scholars authored at least 10 articles each between 2015 and 2021.

ACU was ranked the seventh most productive university globally and second nationally for its volume of educational psychology research.

IPPE Director Professor Rhonda Craven paid tribute to those recognised for their work by the study.

“We are proud of this international recognition which demonstrates the outstanding productivity of our established researchers and their ability to nurture the new generation of talented rising stars,” she said.

ACU Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor James McLaren welcomed the rankings.

“This discipline specific assessment is evidence of sustained excellence in the field,” he said.

“These results are further confirmation of ACU’s increasing and important contributions to research internationally.”

The journals analysed for the study were all issues of Cognition and Instruction, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, Educational Psychology Review, and Journal of Educational Psychology in the designated timeframe. The sixth journal also analysed separately was Learning and Instruction.

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