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Meet some of our doctoral candidates

The work done by doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Arts and Education is diverse, spanning the research areas of the schools that make up the Faculty. Use the links below to read about our candidates.

Jump to School of Communication and Creative Industries, School of EducationSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Information Studies,  Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, School of Teacher EducationSchool of Theology, candidates.

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School of Communication and Creative Industries Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Tracie EdmonsonMediatisation in the digital age: Transforming communication roles in professional sport in Australia
Tracy SorensenCrochet and Cancer, Craftivism and Climate Change
Daren Pope

The 19th century Romantic landscape, mid-twentieth century mythologizing and current regional arts practice.

Lucia WürschTransactional Analysis in Organisations: A Case Study exploration of Berne's theory with a focus on Communication

School of Education Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Alexandra Blitz-Raith

The Development of a Multimodal and Semiotic Analytical Framework for Educational Apps

Jessamy DaviesPedagogies of educational transitions: Continuity and change as children start school in rural areas
Letitia Galloway How does the Australian curriculum history enable or constrain rural primary teachers' professional practice?
Stephanie GaroniAccomplishing transition: Investigating talk practices as students move between primary and secondary school
Lincoln Gill Pre-service teacher use and non-use of ICTs for learning and teaching on professional placement: Investigating pedagogical decisions and defining practice
Lyn Hay Using Web 2.0 technologies to support student learning through the guided inquiry process
Sarah HaytonDifferent sides of the same coin? Cyberbullying and the positive uses of social networking: examining perspectives from multiple cultural youth
Carmen HuserChildren's perspectives of play
Rachael Jefferson-BuchananAn examination of the relationship between philosophy, pedagogy and practice in UK Education: focusing on specific epochs in physical education. 
Mark Lee Academics beliefs and practices in the use of 3D immersive visual worlds for learning and teaching
Gibson MatimbaOverseas Trained Teachers: Enablers and Constraints to Professional Practice and Social Integration into the Australian Education System
Leonie McIntoshGaagu-ma-rra Gurray: Aboriginal children, families and communities starting school
Steve MurphyPractices contributing to school STEM success in rural Victorian secondary schools 
James PurkisA study of the interrelationship between school and out-of-school uses of digital technology for collaboration by Australian secondary school students using activity theory
Natalie Thompson Children's Perspectives of Literacy in and out of Classrooms in the 21st Century
George Variyan

Teacher Agency in Neoliberal Spaces: The Elite Private School Teacher in the Twenty-First Century

Anne Whisken Informed learning practices and experience in a secondary school blended learning environment

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Sharon Crossett Making boys disappear: maternal abandonment, heroic girlhood and emasculation in young adult dystopian fiction
Karen Pinder KlemenchicIdentifying positive strategies and potential barriers to successful academic transition of Indigenous University students.
James RogersonWalker Percy in the Age of the Crisis of Man 
Monique ShephardAdolescent responses to depictions of mental health in Australian contemporary young adult fiction.
Monica ShortThe Anglican Church of Australia engaging with people in rural, regional and remote Australia
Jennifer WatkinsRural Rites: Women's Experience of Funerals and Remembrance on Lower Eyre Peninsula in the post 1960s era

School of Information Studies Doctoral Candidates

Candidate Research Topic/Title
Barry Archibald Inspection and Accountability in Colonial/State Government Schools: 1852-2011/12
Marijana Bacic Library portals: a study of undergraduate student uptake in Australia
Mary CoeA sense-making approach to active e-book indexes
Wendy DeLuca Ethics training in the Australian military
Jenny Fafeita Becoming a chef: A grounded theory of apprentice chefs' information literacy practices
Joanne HuckelAssisting secondary classroom teachers' management of student behaviours: Effective behavioural management policy and managerial support
Paul Kloppenborg Library support and the scholarly information behavior of Higher Education lecturers in TAFE: a constructivist grounded theory 
Caroline LoveMaking Decisions on Water Trading: What are Irrigators' Views?
Romany ManuellThe education and training role of Australian academic librarians
Bec MuirMoving forward in library service provision for people with an invisible disability
Helen Reid Learning on the job. How can academic library staff keep up to date with emerging technologies
Derek SmithHistorical Bibliometrics and Citation Diffusion in the Pre-Twitter Universe
Arif KhanTBC

School of Teacher Education Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Mark AdlerTBA
Helen BlakeEnhancing intelligibility: Increasing participation of multilingual speakers
Brenda BruceTeachers documenting critical reflections: A Western Sydney primary school case study
Amanda CookeTowards a re-conceptualisation of risk-taking in early childhood education and care practices
Anna CroninThe speech, participation and well-being of toddlers with cleft palate
James Deehan An exploration of the factors impacting primary teachers' science teaching efficacy beliefs and science teaching practices as they transition from university into their teaching careers.
Belinda Downey The Cinderella Profession? How are gender constructions influencing early childhood education and care practitioners view of their role as educators within their profession?
Belinda FriezerHow do infants interact in triads in long day care?
Kathryn Hendy-Ekers Linking the curriculum with museum experiences: 'Creating learning communities' between art galleries and the curriculum
Jebunnesa JebaDigital transition of English academic writing: A multimodal investigation     
Melissa LewDeveloping Young People's Health Literacy: A rural secondary school case study
Helen Logan Constructions of quality within Australian Early Childhood Education and Care policy between 1972 and 2009
Sarah Masso Speech sounds, phonological processing and pre-literacy: A psycholinguistic perspective
Peta Mathieu Multilingual Children in Their First Year of Schooling: What are Their English Language Experiences
Nicole McGill'Wait' lifting: Active waiting for services for children with speech and language difficulties
Maureen MooreMindset and mathematics in an all-girls secondary school
Louise Ohashi Developing Foreign Language Skills Online: An Investigation of the Independent Learning Practices of Female University Students in Japan
Ben Thi PhamChildren's acquisition of consonants, vowels, and tones in Northern Viet Nam
John PlayfordPerceived Effectiveness of Correctional Education Programs as Seen Through the Lens of Three Stakeholder Groups: Aboriginal Students, Teachers, and Family/Caregivers and Elders
Nick Ruddell Decolonising school science education: The Sky Stories Project, towards a framework for contemporary school science
Emma SaxtonTBA
George Scorgie The Changing Space of International Education: Investigating a Chinese-International School in Mainland China
David SimpsonTBA
Myra SinghIdentity and success in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Valerie TillettTBA
Brad Wright What is a SunSmart School? Measuring the perceptions of the school community to provide a representation of the SunSmart Program
Weidong ZhangTBA

School of Theology Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Matt AnslowThe Prophetic Vocation of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: A Narrative and Socio-Historical Study
John Brunton               Theology in Planning: an Integrated theological framework for the planning process.
Isileli Jason KioaThe Role of the Tongan National Conference in the Uniting Church in Australia 
Brian McKinlayUnity and Conflict on Rowan Williams's Theology of Church
Don Tamihere"Ka kohia atu au ki tōku iwi": A Māori reading of Genesis 49:1 – 50:14
Rev Mark ThomasAdelaide Anglicans and the Gospels: towards a transformative Gospel literacy