Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education nomination form

Previous awardees


Professor John Lester University of Newcastle

Why do Aboriginal Kids Switch Off School? A Holistic Examination of the System, School, Students and Their Community in One Rural District

Dr Deborah Moore (Commendation) Australian Catholic University

A place within a place: Toward new understandings on the enactment of contemporary imaginative play

Dr Melissa Wolfe (Commendation) Monash University

Girls’ Tales: Experiences of Schooling


Dr Kristen Cohen University of Newcastle

Evaluation of a School-based Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skill Intervention for Children Living in Low-income Communities: The Supporting Children’s Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

Dr Eve Mayes University of Sydney

The lines of voice: An ethnography of the ambivalent affects of student voice

Dr Ben Whitburn (Commendation) Deakin University

Critical Engagement with Insider Accounts of Inclusive Schooling


Dr Harsha Perera The University of Technology Sydney

The role of trait emotional intelligence in adaptation and achievement during the transition to University


Dr Susan E Creagh The University of Queensland

A Foucauldian and Quantitative Analysis of NAPLaN, the category ‘Language Background Other Than English’, and English as a Second Language Leve

Dr Cheryl D Jakab The University of Melbourne

Molecules as Tools: Discourse, artefacts and children’s meaning-making about particles of matte


Dr Kin Yee Chan James Cook University

A Comparison of Automated Scoring Engines and Human Raters on the Assessment of English Essay Writing

Dr Clare Hall Monash University

Voices of Distinction: Choirboys’ Narratives of Music, Masculinity and the Middle-Class


Dr Amy Chapman University of Newcastle

Towards a New Paradigm of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education

Dr Bronwyn James (Commendation) University of Wollongong

Silences, Voices, Negotiations: Becoming a Postgraduate Research Write


Dr Dan Woodman University of Melbourne

The Post-Secondary School Transition and the Desynchronisation of Everyday Life

Dr Mary Chen Johnsson University of Technology, Sydney

A Relational Re-view of Collective Learning: Concerts, Condiments and Correction


Dr Tyson Yunkaporta James Cook University

Aboriginal Pedagogies at the Cultural Interfac


Dr Marjorie Seaton University of Western Sydney

The Big-Fish-Little Pond Effect under the grill: tests of its universality, a search for moderators and the role of social comparison


Dr Linda Graham Queensland University of Technology

Schooling attention deficit hyperactivity disorders: educational systems of formation and the behaviourally disordered school child

Dr Graham Par University of Melbourne

Inquiry-based professional learning of English Literature teachers: Negotiating dialogic potential

Dr Claire Aitchison (Commendation) University of Technology, Sydney

Mothers and school choice: Effects on the home front


Dr Karen Martin James Cook University

Please knock before you enter: An investigation of how rainforest Aboriginal people regulate outsiders and the implications for western research and researchers

Dr Steven Etherington Charles Darwin University

Learning to be Kunwiinjku: An Australian Indigenous Pedagogy

Dr Veronica Arbon (Commendation) Deakin University

Thirnda Ngurkarnda Ityrnda: Ontologies in Indigenous Territory Education

Dr Guan Cheng Quek (Commendation) University of Western Australia

The Construction and Practice of Creativity Policy in Singaporean Education (1985-2004): A holistic discourse-oriented policy analysis


Dr Gaynor Williams University of Melbourne

Improving Intellectual and Affective Quality in Mathematics Lessons: How Autonomy and Spontaneity Enable Creative and Insightful Thinking

Dr Annette Woods (Commendation) University of Queensland

The contexts and purposes of school literacy pedagogy: ‘Failing’ in the early years


Dr Sue Saltmarsh Macquarie University

Complicit Institutions: representation, consumption and the production of school violence


Dr Helen Carberry Queensland University of Technology

Semiotic analysis of clinical chemistry: For ‘knowledge work’ in the medical sciences


Dr Ravinder Sidhu University of Queensland

Selling Futures: Globalization and Discourses of International Education


Dr Coral Kemp Macquarie University

Transition to School and Integration into Mainstream Classrooms for Children with Intellectual Disabilities


Dr Erica Southgate University of Newcastle

Remembering school: Mapping continuities in power, subjectivity and emotion in stories of Australian school life

Dr Sheralyn Campbell (Commendation) University of Melbourne

The definition and description of a justice disposition in young children


Dr Pat Thomson

Dr Helen Nixon (Commendation)


Dr Loretta Baker rsj

The pursuit of visions and ideas. Thomas Barr Greenfield: building an ideography


Dr Paul Chandler University of New South Wales

Cognitive Load Theory and Design of Instruction


Dr Mary McCorriston La Trobe University

Cognitive Processing Strategies and Sublexical Orthographic Knowledge in Developmental Dysgraphia


Dr Gary Kidd University of Melbourne

Tertiary Course Choice: Interests as Predictors

Dr J. Orton (Commendation) La Trobe University


Dr Ilana Snyder Monash University

The Impact of Word Processor on Students' Writing: A Comparative Study of the Effects of Pens and Word Processors on Writing Context, Process and Produc


Dr Alison MacKinnon University of Adelaide

Awakening Women: Women, Higher Education and Family Formation in South Australia c.1880-192

Dr R. Fielding (Commendation) James Cook University


Dr Lyndall English University of Queensland

Young Children's Competence in Solving Novel Combinatorial Problems

Dr C. Wilson (Commendation) University of Sydney

Dr G. Cooper (Commendation) University of New South Wales

This list is incomplete. Please contact the AARE Office should you have information about possible additions to the list.


Dr Naoko Mochizuki The University of New South Wales

Genre learning through oral interactions: A case study of students’ thesis writing in group conferences from sociocultural perspectives


Dr Thida Kheang (Commendation) University of Western Australia

Leadership at the primary school level in post-conflict Cambodia: A study of the historical background, recent developments, and current concerns of school leaders’

Dr Kate O’Connor (Commendation) University of Melbourne

Remaking the university curriculum: what counts as knowledge in new forms of online learning


Dr Kate O'Connor (Commendation) University of Melbourne

Remaking the university curriculum: what counts as knowledge in new forms of online learning

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