Meet our researchers, visiting scholars and honorary appointments at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, as well as current Higher Degree Research students.

ILSTE hosts a team of eminent researchers and international scholars, research students and professional staff working in a range of capacities in support of our research.

Meet our Director

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith

Our staff

Browse our researchers, staff, students and graduates, and find out how to get in touch.

  • Jacinta Bartlett, Research Project Officer
  • Alinta Brown, Research Assistant
  • Dr Jen Cope, Senior Project Officer
  • Dr Elizabeth Heck, Research Assistant
  • Christine Jackson, Senior Research Officer
  • Dr Timothy Katiba, Research Assistant
  • Dr Andrew Smith, Senior Research Project Manager
  • Ms Jo Macri, Senior Project Officer
  • Ms Catherine Delzoppo, Research Assistant

NAME

COURSE NAME

THESIS TITLE

ILSTE’s PRINCIPAL SUPERVISOR

Jane Caughey

Master of Education (Research)

Play as a leading activity for children in a digitally-mediated environment in the home setting

Dr Karen McLean
Professor Susan Edwards-Co-Supervisor

Sarah Nailer

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Those who stay: examining the role of a school-university partnership in supporting teachers as they move from 'proficient' to 'highly accomplished'

Professor Joce Nuttall
Rev. Dr James McEvoy-Co-Supervisor

Sarah Young

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Teacher as Player: Co-creating with children in play

Professor Suzy Edwards

Rebecca Matthews

Master of Education (Research)

What is an 'educator'?: The impact of policy discourses on early childhood professionals.

Professor Joce Nuttall
Rev. Dr James McEvoy-Co-Supervisor

Rachel Hughes

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

An Exploration of Love in the Practice of Infant and Toddler Teachers

Professor Joce Nuttall
Rev. Dr James McEvoy-Co-Supervisor

Deirdre Tate

Doctor of Education

Measuring the value of developmentally appropriate pedagogy in the early years to improve literacy skills by prioritising oral language

Professor Suzy Edwards

Marijne Medhurst

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Access to Achievement: Enabling Students with Disability to Engage with Classroom Assessment.

Professor Joy Cumming

Phung Nguyen

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Developing the Evaluative Language Competence of Teacher Education Students in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Courses in Vietnam.

Professor Len Unsworth

Phillipa McKeering

Doctor of Education

Acculturation and wellbeing for international school students: examining the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention.

Assoc Prof. Clarence Ng
Dr Baljinder Sahdra-Co-Supervisor

Angela Morcos

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Processes of early childhood education policy development in local government in Victoria, Australia: An institutional ethnography.

Professor Joce Nuttall
Rev. Dr James McEvoy-Co-Supervisor

Maryam Razmjoee

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The association between teachers implemented assessment adjustments, students academic and life outcomes

Professor Joy Cumming

Rachel Foster

Doctor of Education

Exploring sector specific needs and expectations of ECE positional leaders from a lived experience perspective.

Professor Joce Nuttall
Rev. Dr James McEvoy-Co-Supervisor

Melanie Thomas

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The implications of families' experiences of play for playgroup participation in culturally diverse communities

Dr Karen McLean
Professor Susan Edwards-Co-Supervisor

Gillian Roberts

Doctor of Education

Perspectives and practices that characterise effective leadership in early childhood education in New Zealand

Professor Joce Nuttall
Rev. Dr James McEvoy-Co-Supervisor

Chu Poh Yoke

Master of Philosophy in Education

Parents Learning About Play at a Community Playgroup: A Case Study

Dr Karen McLean
Professor Susan Edwards-Co-Supervisor

Federica Caccioppola

Doctor Philosophy

Education for global citizenship and open class climate. Video-analysis of verbal and non-verbal interactions in the classroom

Prof Sir Gabriella Agrusti
Professor Bob Lingard-Co-Supervisor
Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith-Co-Supervisor
Professor Kathy Mills-Co-Supervisor

Julie Robinson

Master of Education (Research)

To what extent are the current HALT and graduate accreditation processes impacting the improvement of teaching quality within schools as a whole rather than recognising individual teacher status?

Professor Joce Nuttall

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith -Co-Supervisor

Jennifer Allen Master of Philosophy A Child's Right to Play in a Digital Society Professor Suzy Edwards
Dr Karen McLean (Co-Supervisor)
Honor Mackley  Doctor of Philosophy in Education Tinkering in Early Childhood Learning: Developing Concepts of Digital Technologies Through 'hands on' Manipulations of Digitally Themed Loose Parts Materials Professor Suzy Edwards
Dr Karen McLean (Co-Supervisor)
Julie Plows Doctor of Philosophy in Education Assessing the arts of learning of two-year-olds within teacher-led early childhood education and care environments in Aotearoa New Zealand Professor Joce Nuttall
Dr Jenny Martin -Co-Supervisor
Nathan Lowien Doctor of Philosophy in Education The semiotic construction of attitude in video games: explicating the portrayal of values. Professor Len Unsworth

 

Adjunct Professor

Associate Professor Susan Bridges - awarded to 1 March 2022 - in recognition of her outstanding achievements in medical and dental education as well as her expertise and significant strengths in the area of research.

Associate Professor Mary Macken-Horarik - awarded to 10 September 2021 – in recognition of her international reputation and scholarly expertise in the field of Senior Secondary English Curriculum.

Honorary Professor

Dr Graham Maxwell - awarded to 31 May 2021 - in recognition of his national and international reputation as a leader in the area of educational assessment. 

Professor Harry Daniels - awarded to 1 March 2022 - in recognition of his reputation as an internationally-renowned expert educational researcher and his willingness to provide research mentorship and raise the profile of ACU in international research communities.

Professor Theo van Leeuwen - awarded to 12 October 2020 - in recognition of his leadership in the field of social semiotics, in particular his development of social semiotics theories and methods for the analysis of multimodal communication.

Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM - awarded to 9 April 2021 - in recognition of her reputation as a leader in the field of education and acknowledges her willingness to collaborate with ACU in partnership building, developing excellent teacher education programs and in building enhanced capacity in Catholic schools through collaborative professional development and policy formation.

Mr Mike Byrne - awarded to 1 March 2022 - in recognition of his extensive professional experience and willingness to support the work of ACU and ILSTE in developing strong educational networks with Catholic Education and Dioceses.

Professor Rudolph Straesser - awarded to 10 April 2020 - in recognition of his publication record in Mathematics Education, his preparedness to provide strategic advice about publication and project application opportunities and willingness to participate in joint research projects with Australian Catholic University.

Professor Joy Cumming – awarded to 31 December 2020 – in recognition of her contribution as a leader in the field of education, and support of ILSTE through the supervision of doctoral students.

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