Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Lucie Zundans-Fraser

Associate Professor Lucie Zundans-Fraser

BA (MU); DipEd (MU); MEd: Special Education (USyd); MA (MU); MEd: Gifted & Talented (UNE); PhD (CSU)

Lucie is currently Acting Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University. Her substantive position is as Head of School for the School of Teacher Education. Her research examines higher education course and subject design, pre-service teachers and their understandings of inclusion, exceptional learners in higher education, and the use of evidence-based pedagogies. Lucie is the recipient of two national and multiple institutional teaching excellence awards.

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Current Research Projects

  • Denison Hub University and School partnerships (2016-2018)
  • Exceptional learners in higher education (2016-2017)

Research Funding

  • Zundans-Fraser, L., Letts, W., Clarke, D., Winslade, M., & Ayrton, A. (2016). Denison Hub project. ($250,000). NSW Department of Education and Training.
  • Zundans-Fraser, L. (2015).uImagine Online Learning Model pilots ($5,000).
  • Zundans-Fraser, L. (2015). Charles Sturt University writing up award. ($5,000).
  • Bain, A, Zundans, L., McDonagh, S., & Lancaster, J. (2008). Special Education Teacher Retraining and Accelerated Teacher Training Program for the NSW Department of Education and Training Program ($500,000).
  • Bain, A. (CI), Zundans, L., Lancaster, J., Auhl, G. & McDonagh, S. (2008) Building the professional capacity of graduate inclusive educators and course development communities with a theory and practice of course design. Successful Faculty Innovation Grant application 2008-2010 ($26,000).
  • Bain, A, Zundans, L., McDonagh, S., & Lancaster, J. (2005). Special Education Teacher Retraining and Accelerated Teacher Training Program for the NSW Department of Education and Training Program ($500,000).
  • Zundans, L. (2005). Australian Government grant for further study in gifted education($10,000).
  • Bain, A., Lancaster, J., McDonagh, S. & Zundans, L. (2005).  Faculty of Education Research and Development Fund Inclusive Education Research and Development Grant ($20,000).
  • Bain, A, Zundans, L., McDonagh, S., & Lancaster, J. (2004). Catholic Education Office, Parramatta – Design, Retraining and Research Inclusive Education Teachers ($80,000).
  • Bain, A. (CI), Lancaster, J., Parkes, R. and Zundans, L. (2004). CELT Scholarship in Teaching for Technology Tools for Inclusion: The role of curriculum authoring and feedback tools in preparing inclusive education teachers ($10,000).
  • Reid, J., Simpson, T. & Zundans, L. (2003-2004). RIPPLE grant -Examining discourses of exclusion for remote and Indigenous students ($5,000).

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Teaching

Lucie is the first CSU academic staff member to receive national teaching award citations (Australian Award for University Teaching) for outstanding contribution to student learning as both an individual and team member. In 2012 she was awarded an individual citation For sustained teaching expertise in inclusive education and child development that engages, challenges and inspires student learning. In 2013, as a member of the Inclusive Education Team, the team was awarded a citation For sustained commitment to capacity building, change agency and bringing research to scale through evidence-based approaches to educational design, learning and teaching in Inclusive Education.

Teaching Awards

  • 2013 – Australian Award for University Teaching (OLT) – team award (Bain, Zundans-Fraser, McDonagh, Lancaster, Auhl & Newell)
  • 2013 -  Faculty of Education Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (team award) - with the Inclusive Education Team (Zundans-Fraser, McDonagh, Lancaster, Auhl & Newell)
  • 2012 – Australian Award for University Teaching (OLT)
  • 2007 – Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award (CSU)
  • 2007 – Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2006 – Faculty of Education Team Teaching Excellence Award – with the Inclusive Education Team (Bain, Lancaster, McDonagh, Newell & Zundans)

Teaching Areas

  • Inclusive education
  • Course and curriculum design
  • Child development
  • Gifted education

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Professional Engagement

  • Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)
  • Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
  • Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)
  • Australian College of Educators (ACE) - Western region secretary

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Books

  • Bain, A., & Zundans-Fraser, L. (2017). The self-organizing university. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
  • Bain, A., & Zundans-Fraser, L. (2016). Rising to the challenge of transforming higher education: Designing universities for learning and teaching. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Zundans-Fraser, L., Hill, B., & Bain, A. (2018). “Strong foundations, stronger futures: Using theory-based design to embed Indigenous Australian content in a teacher education programme”. In Paul Whitinui, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez de France and Onowa McIvor (eds.) Promising practices in indigenous teacher education, Singapore: Springer.
  • Auhl, G., Gainsford, A., Zundans-Fraser, L., & Hill, B. (2018). “Indigenous cultural competence: The why, what, who and how of building coherent courses in teacher education”. In Paul Whitinui, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez de France and Onowa McIvor (eds.) Promising practices in indigenous teacher education, Singapore: Springer.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Wood, D. (in press). The case for standards in gifted education in Australia. Australasian Journal
  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Auhl, G. (2016). A theory-driven approach to course design in inclusive education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(3), 140-157. of Gifted Education.
  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Bain, A. (2016). How do institutional practices for program design and review address areas of need in higher education. Higher Education Research and Development. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1137883
  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Bain, A. (2015).The role of collaboration in a comprehensive programme design process in inclusive education. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(2), 136-148 doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1075610
  • Zundans-Fraser, L. (2014). Self-organisation in course design: A collaborative, theory-based approach to course development in inclusive education. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.
  • Bain, A., & Zundans-Fraser, L. (2014). Smart learning: Theory and research to practice. Bathurst, Charles Sturt University.
  • Wood, D., & Zundans-Fraser, L. (2013). Reaching out: Overcoming distance and supporting rural gifted students through educational opportunities. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 22(1), 42-50.
  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Lancaster, J. (2012). Enhancing the inclusive self-efficacy of pre-service teachers through embedded course design. Education Research International, Volume 2012, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/edu/2012/581352/
  • Bain, A., Lancaster, J., & Zundans, L. (2009). Pattern language development in the preparation of inclusive educators. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 20(3),336-349
  • Bain, A., Lancaster, J., Zundans, L., & Parkes, R. J. (2009).Embedding evidence-based practice in pre-service teacher preparation. Teacher Education and Special Education,32(3),215-225.
  • Zundans, L. (2007). Review of The missing links in teacher education design: Developing a multi-linked conceptual framework, by G. Hoban (Ed.). Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(2), 219-222. doi: 10.1080/13598660701268601.
  • Zundans, L. (2006). Policy and its impact on inclusion in Australia. In Gray,J. (Ed) Making teaching public: Reforms in teacher education Proceedings of the 34th Annual conference, Australian Teacher Education Association, 5-8 July, Fremantle, Western Australia http://www.atea.edu.au/ConfPapers/2006/zundans.pdf
  • Zundans, L. (2006). Teacher attitudes about gifted education in a metropolitan boy’s school: what work needs to be done. TalentEd, 24(1 & 2), 72-78.
  • Reid, J., Simpson, T., & Zundans, L. (2005).  Gathering no moss? Examining discourses of exclusion for remote and Indigenous students. Education in Rural Australia, 15(2),21-28
  • Winn, S., & Zundans, L. (2004). University and school connections: Enhancing literacy development of primary aged children. Special Education Perspectives, 13(1), 75-88
  • Bain, A., Zundans, L., Lancaster, J., & Hollitt, J. (2004). Collaborative course design and mapping: A team-based approach to course development and review Making Spaces: Regenerating the Profession, Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Bathurst, NSW, July 7-10 pp: 79-88 http://www.atea.edu.au/ConfPapers/2004/ATEA2004PROCEEDINGS.pdf
  • Vance, V., Ireland, L., & Zundans, L. (2004). Defeating the tyrant of distance for academic high achievers in rural New South Wales Making Spaces: Regenerating the Profession, Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Bathurst, NSW, July 7-10, pp: 229-238 http://www.atea.edu.au/ConfPapers/2004/ATEA2004PROCEEDINGS.pdf
  • Zundans, L. (2003). Life narrative of a senior school student with learning disabilities. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 8(3), 22-25
  • Zundans, L., & Wright, N. (2003). Can big brother watch? The challenges of interactive video teaching AARE New Zealand Conference proceedings http://www.aare.edu.au/03pap/zun03107.pdf

Reports and Online Publications

Conference Presentations and Seminars

  • Wood, D., & Zundans-Fraser, L. (2016). Setting a baseline in the gifted education landscape. AAEGT, UNSW: Sydney.
  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Wood, D. (2015). Standards in gifted education. AARE, Fremantle.
  • Zundans-Fraser, L. (2014). The role of collaboration in a comprehensive course design process in inclusive education AARE, Brisbane.
  • Zundans-Fraser, L., & Auhl, G. (2013). Impacting inclusive education: A theory-driven approach to subject design ATEA, Brisbane.
  • Auhl, G., Bain, A., Lancaster, J., McDonagh, S., Newell, C. & Zundans, L. (2010). The application of self-organizing systems theory to the design and implementation of higher education subjects and courses: A programme of research. Brown Bag seminar, SOTE, Bathurst.
  • Bain, A., Zundans, L., Lancaster, J., McDonagh, S. & Auhl, G. (2008).A team-based approach to course development and review : Incorporating the theoretical principles of complexity theory. Brown Bag seminar SOTE Bathurst
  • Zundans, L. (2007).Course design in teacher education: A theory based process implemented in inclusive education AARE, Fremantle
  • Zundans, L. (2007). Incorporating theory and practice: what works for university students ATEA, Wollongong
  • Zundans, L. (2006). Policy and its impact on inclusion in Australia ATEA, Fremantle
  • Zundans, L. (2004). The theory and practice of preparing inclusive educators: A theory based course design and development methodology Brown Bag seminar SOTE, Bathurst.
  • Zundans, L. (2004). Teaching our future teachers: creating a literacy program for children with behavioural and attitudinal issues AASE, Tasmania.
  • Bain, A., Zundans, L., & Lancaster, J. (2004). Collaborative course design and mapping: A team-based approach to course development and review ATEA, Bathurst.
  • Vance,V., Ireland,L., & Zundans,L. (2004). Defeating the tyrant of distance for academic high achievers in rural New South Wales ATEA, Bathurst.
  • Vance, V., Ireland, L., & Zundans, L. (2004). Recursive mentoring for academic high achievers: the multiplicity of benefits Brown Bag seminar SOTE, Bathurst.
  • Reid,J., Simpson,T., & Zundans, L. (2003). Gathering no moss? Examining discourses of exclusion for remote and Indigenous students ATEA, Melbourne.
  • Zundans, L., & Wright, N. (2003). Can Big Brother watch? The challenges of interactive video teaching AARE, New Zealand.
  • Zundans , L. (2002). Learning by doing: the benefits of a practical component and collaboration within a university subject Brown Bag seminar SOTE, Bathurst.
  • Zundans, L. (2001). The representation of disabilities in Australian young adult fiction Brown Bag seminar SOTE, Bathurst.

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