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Research student supervision

Southern Cross University offers the opportunity for you to pursue research in education through a Master of Teaching and a Master of Education.

Staff from the School of Education are able to supervise postgraduate research candidates in a broad range of areas. The following is a list of the key areas of research expertise in the School.

For more information about postgraduate research studies visit the Graduate School and contact the supervisors below who are relevant to your areas of interest to discuss their availability.

Academic staff eligible as principal and co-supervisors

Academic staff and research entityKey areas of Research ExpertiseResearch supervision level
Dr Raoul Adam
  • Humanities education, curriculum and padeagogy (Secondary)
  • Psychosocial development
  • Epistemological development
  • Worldviews, wicked problems and complex social issues
  • Values, ideology and paradigms
  • Critical thinking and design thinking
  • Religious and secular fundamentalisms and radicalisations
  • Online pedagogy and blended learning
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Anne Bellert
  • Learning difficulties, special education
  • Inclusion
  • Reading and mathematics intervention research
  • Effective teaching for literacy and numeracy
Dr Wendy Boyd
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Teachers' work in ECEC
  • ECEC in Vietnam
  • Sustainability, Arts education, Health & wellbeing of children and Mathematics education in ECEC
Principal or Co-supervisor
Associate Professor Marilyn Chaseling
  • Music education
  • Music education history
  • NSW education history
  • Historical methodologies
  • Teamwork
Dr Lexi Cutcher
CreArE, SEE Research Cluster
  • Visual Arts education
  • Arts education
  • Visual Arts education
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Arts pedagogies across the curriculum
  • Arts based research
  • Arts informed inquiry
  • Classroom management
  • Arts education for at risk youth
  • Arts pedagogies across the curriculum
Principal or Co-supervisor
Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie
SEE Research Cluster, CreArE, ECECRG
  • Environmental Education
  • Sustainability
  • ChildhoodNature
  • Social Ecology and Posthumanism
  • Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education Care
  • Children's Ontologies
  • Child-Framed Research Methodologies
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Roslyn Franklin
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Assessment in PDHPE using technology
  • Women in sport and equity issues
Dr Michael Gard (Adjunct Associate Professor)
SEE Research Cluster
  • Physical education policy, curriculum and pedagogy
  • Masculinity and gender studies
  • History of dance
  • Dance education
  • History and sociology of sport, Health education
  • Sociology of health
  • Science and technology studies
  • Media studies
External supervisor
Professor Anne Graham
  • Social and emotional wellbeing of children
  • Children's participation in education
  • Human rights of children
  • Child-centred research methodologies
  • Teacher learning
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Karen Hawkins
  • Teaching for Social Justice
  • Celebrating Difference, Diversity and Human Dignity
  • Building relationships in Early Childhood Education
  • Critical literacy in Early Childhood Education
  • Participatory Action Research
Professor Martin Hayden
  • Higher education governance
  • Higher education finance
  • Higher education quality assurance
  • Doctoral supervision
  • Higher education in Asia
Principal or Co-Supervisor
Dr Sue Hudson
  • School-university Partnerships
  • Community Engagement
  • Professional Experience
Dr Brendon Hyndman
  • Physical Education pedagogy and curriculum
  • Health Education pedagogy and curriculum
  • Social media use in education
  • Technological strategies in education
  • Social-ecological model approaches
  • Physical activity strategies in schools
  • Physical activity measurement in schools
  • Teacher education
  • Survey development
  • Mixed methods approaches
Dr Jenny Johnston
  • Teacher identity
  • Teacher advocacy
  • Teacher work
  • Leadership
  • Educational Change and change implementation and management
  • Literacy education
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Marianne Logan
SEE Research Cluster
  • Science Education
  • Environmental Education and Sustainability
  • School-University-Community Partnerships
  • Science Attitudes, Interest, Engagement and Motivation
  • Sustainability in science education
Professor David Lynch
  • Teacher capability
  • Teacher education
Principal or Co-Supervisor
Dr Christos Markopoulos
  • Mathematics education
  • Primary education
  • Geometry education
  • ICT in Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum development
Professor Faye McCallum
  • Wellbeing Education, particularly teacher wellbeing
  • Child Protection Issues
  • Rurality and teacher education
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, particularly technology enhanced learning
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Renata Phelps
  • Educational information technology
  • Learner-centred pedagogy
  • Research with children and young people
Dr Mary Ann Powell
  • Ethics in research with children and young people
  • Rural childhood
  • Student wellbeing
  • Childhood studies
Dr Sally Robinson
  • Critical disability studies
  • Participatory and inclusive research approaches
  • Children and young people with disability
  • Rights, identity and belonging for people with disability
  • Abuse & neglect and personal safety
  • Children and young people with disability
Dr Bradley Shipway
SEE Research Cluster
  • Critical realist philosophy
  • Emancipatory education
  • Realist post-structural research approaches
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Catharine Simmons
  • Participatory research with children and young people
  • Childhood studies
  • Children and young people's participation in education
  • Cultural change in primary and secondary education
  • Childhood cultures
  • Imaginative play in school
Dr Keith Skamp (Adjunct Professor)
SEE Research Cluster
  • Science Education
  • Environmental/Sustainability Education
Dr Robert Smith
  • Historical/comparative (and language-based) methodologies
  • Folklore and schools
  • Literacy across the curriculum, children's literature, local/regional history
Principal or Co-supervisor
Dr Angela Turner
SEE Research Cluster, TERG
  • Design and Technology
  • Food sustainability
  • Nutritional science, health
  • Textiles, society, environment
  • Technology and design education
  • Graphics and art based education
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Empirical research-Quantitative & qualitative mixed methods approach

Associate Professor Judith Wilks (Adjunct)
SEE Research Cluster, CreArE

  • Civics and citizenship education
  • Equity in education
  • Child Friendly Cities
External Supervisor
Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott
  • Connectivity in educational theory and practice
  • STEM education with a focus on mathematics, science and spatial reasoning
  • Gifted education
  • Complex networks
  • Studies of collaboration, impact and innovation
  • Client-centred integrated services and human developmental ecology
Principal or Co-supervisor
Associate Professor Bob Wright (Adjunct Professor)
  • Early number learning, assessment and intervention
Dr Tony Yeigh
  • Quantitative & mixed methods approaches
  • Cognitive pedagogies
  • Classroom & behaviour management
  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Social-Emotional Wellbeing
  • Teacher education

Research entity abbreviations:

CCYP - Centre for Children and Young People

SEE Research Cluster - Sustainability, Environment and Education Research Cluster

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research Group

TERG - Teacher Education Research Group

CreArE - Creativity, Arts and Education Research Group

ECECRG - Early Childhood Education and Care Research Group

LSRG - Learning Sciences Research Group