2022 Conference Awards Recipients

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AARE has several special awards for exceptional achievements by members. The following awards were presented at this year’s annual conference in Adelaide. 

A special thank you to all judges who served on the Awards Panels and Selection Committees this year.

Distinguished Contribution Awards 2022 
Radford Lecture
To honour Dr William C Radford’s long record of commitment to promoting research in education and his contribution to the development of the Australian Association for Research in Education, each year AARE invites a distinguished figure in the area of educational research to present a keynote lecture at its annual conference.
2022 Recipient: Professor Susan Danby, Queensland University of Technology
For the lecture “The promise of digital technologies: Researching Children's ways of living with others in a digital age.”

Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education
This award recognises excellence in educational research by doctoral students. To honour Dr Ray Debus, AARE founding member and Honorary Life Member, who mentored many doctoral students and early career researchers, each year, institutions can put forward one thesis as a nomination for the award. 
2022 Recipient: Dr Roz Ward, RMIT
For the thesis “Family Values: An autotheoretical exploration of the backlash against Safe Schools in Australia”.
Special commendation: Dr Amelia Ruscoe, Edith Cowan University 
For the thesis “Power, perspective and affordance in early childhood education”
Special commendation: Dr Helena Granziera, University of New South Wales
For the thesis “Teacher Well-Being: An Examination of the Antecedents, Processes, and Outcomes of Teachers’ Psychological Functioning Through the Lens of Job Demands-Resources Theory”

Conference Paper Awards 2022
Betty Watts Indigenous Researcher Award
For an outstanding paper by an Indigenous Researcher. 
2022 Recipient: Dr Mitchell Rom, The University of Queensland 
For the paper “Just play the game”: Some of the key learning and teaching challenges situated in Indigenous education at University.”

Early Career Researcher Award
For an outstanding paper by an Early Career Researcher.
2022 Recipient: Dr Somayeh Ba Akhlagh, The University of New England 
For the paper “Australian and Iranian Pre-school Teachers’ Conceptualizations of Creativity.”

Postgraduate Student Researcher Award
For an outstanding paper by a Postgraduate Student Researcher
2022 Recipient: Karen Nociti, Edith Cowan University 
For the paper “Hacking observational literacy tools in early childhood studies.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Student Researcher Award 
For an outstanding paper by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Student Researcher 
2022 Recipient: Amy Thomson, The University of Queensland
For the paper “Colonial texts on Aboriginal land: The dominance of the Canon in Australian English classrooms.”

PG/ECR Poster Award 
Sponsored by the Australian Council of Deans of Education for an outstanding poster presentation at the conference. 
2022 Recipient: Ella Suortti, University of Eastern Finland
For the poster Parent’s Science Capital.
Special commendation: Susan Orlivich, University of Sydney

Journal Publication Awards
Springer Award – Best Paper 
For best paper published in The Australian Educational Researcher.
2022 Recipients: Marnee Shay, Rhonda Oliver, Helen McCarthy, Tatiana Bogachenko & Boori Monty Prior
For the paper “Developing culturally relevant and collaborative research approaches: A case study of working with remote and regional Aboriginal students to prepare them for life beyond school” published in Volume 49, Issue 4.

Springer Award - Best Reviewer
For best reviewer of papers to be published in The Australian Educational Researcher.
2022 Recipient: Professor Annette Wood, Queensland University of Technology 

EduResearch Matters Award
In recognition of an outstanding contribution to public understanding and debate about educational issues.
2022 Recipient: Dr Babak Dadvand, La Trobe University
For the post “Why restoring trust in teaching now could fix the teacher shortage.”