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Faculty staff currently hold a number of exciting grants with government agencies and industry partners. These grants exemplify the Faculty's commitment to integrating practice and theory in research that "makes a difference".

This page contains a listing of Gov't & Industry grants (Cat. 2 & 3 plus Cat. 1 non-ARC) awarded within the faculty for first year funding 2013. (Projects receiving funds from ARC Linkage partners do not appear in this list - see ARC funding). In addition to the many projects undertaken through successful external funding, faculty staff are also engaged on research activity funded by Deakin internal grants. These activities are detailed on the relevant Strategic Research Centres and Schools web pages.

Other annual lists: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Full listing of all Gov't & Industry grants (Cat. 2 & 3) awarded within the faculty for first year funding 2007 - 2013

Projects do not end at the completion of the funding timeframe. The project team consolidates the research material into publication format and this process normally continues well past the funding cessation date, therefore many of the projects below where funding has ceased, will still be current.

Faculty of Arts and Education research projects with first year funding 2013

2013 Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program.
Prof R Tytler, Assoc Prof. P Hubber, Dr C Campbell, Dr L Hobbs, Dr L Barraza, Dr W Jobling, Dr J C Clark.
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) fundingĀ 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project summary: This project is a funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and is the continuation of the 2011-2012 Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning program. The final five day program (2013) will support primary science specialists with further professional learning through engagement with university science specialists, new information and heightened pedagogical practice. The program will build teacher capacity and boost primary students’ engagement and achievement in science. This initiative is designed to promote sustained improvement in schools beyond the life of the initiative.  An important aspect of the program will be ongoing monitoring and discussion of participants’ ideas and experience, which will form the basis of research into the nature and effectiveness of this innovative project.  It is anticipated that data collected will be used to explore research questions around the expectations and perspectives of participants, the contexts within which they will be working, and the relevance and impact of particular aspects of the program on participants’ confidence and their perceptions of their roles. The findings will inform not only the ongoing program but also future initiatives in supporting teachers of primary science.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: Alignment with the Australian Curriculum and Australian Qualifications Framework
Dr C Charles, Assoc Prof. M Dixon, Assoc Prof. J Moss, Assoc Prof. P Hubber
International Baccalaureate (IB) International Organisation (Singapore) funding 2013, 2014
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The research explores the extent to which the IB Diploma Programme: i) aligns with the ‘Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians; ii) meets the principles and practices outlined in the ‘Shape of the Australian Curriculum’; iii) provides for students to learn curriculum content (knowledge, skills and understandings), and achieve the standards described in the Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum documents for English, Mathematics, Science and History as well as other learning areas; and iv) meets the specifications for ‘Senior Secondary Certificate of Education’ outlined in the Australian Qualifications Framework (Second Edition).

Early Years Education in the Primary Years Program PYP: Implementation Strategies and Program Outcomes
Dr A M Morrissey, Dr B Doig, Dr L Rouse
International Baccalaureate (IB) International Organisation (Singapore) funding: 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:This project explores school implementation strategies and learning outcomes associated with the early years stage of the IB Primary Years Program, and compares the principles and practices of the early years stage of the PYP with national standards and research-based findings regarding quality early childhood education .

Science Literacy in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP): NAP-SL Outcomes
Dr C Campbell, Dr G Chittleborough, Dr B Doig, Dr Wendy Jobling
International Baccalaureate (IB) International Organisation (Singapore) funding: 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:This project examines the performance of Year 6 students enrolled in the Primary Years Program (PYP) against the Australian Proficiency Standards for Science Literacy (ACARA 2003) and results from the 2012 National Sample Assessment in Science Literacy.

A techno-historical trail of Peek Whuurong historical sites created by local students.
Dr J Lynch and Ms T Redpath
Telematrics Trust funding 2013
National Bank of Australia co-funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Partners: Gunditjmara Community, Brauer College
Project Summary: Representatives of the Gunditjmara Community, Deakin University and Brauer College are exploring how mobile technologies might offer a way to teach young people about significant sites and Gunditjmara oral history. Secondary school students will be supported to develop a digital heritage trail, navigable using the geo-tracking capabilities of mobile devices. The heritage trail will be presented as a game that provides audiovisual information about the significant sites in the local area and will be made available to the general public. This work will contribute to the preservation and dissemination of indigenous oral culture by leveraging the affordances of mobile devices and geo-tracking social networking apps. It targets secondary school students as producers and users of digital oral history. The work done will be linked to the new Australian Curriculum in the domains of History and Geography, and the pilot will develop a model that will be transferrable to other educational and cultural contexts.

Increasing demand for maternal, neonatal and child health services in rural and pastoralist Ethiopia: a peer ethnography study
Dr R E Jackson
AusAID (Australian Development Research Awards) funding 2013, 2014
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: Improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) services beyond the reach of government remain a challenge in Ethiopia. This research will develop the Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research (PEER) ethnographic approach to 1) train Health Extension Workers (HEWs) and Non-government Organisations (NGOs) to conduct their own research and data analysis; to identify key issues; and incorporate lessons learnt into their practice; and 2) to build NGO capacity by refining and developing a communications and behaviour change programme. The goal of the research is to increase demand for MNCH services in pastoralist and rural communities.

Investigating the impact for disadvantaged learners of TAFE Institutes and other VET providers delivering bachelor and associate degree qualifications.
Prof T Gale, Dr S Rawolle, Dr A Skourdoumbis, Dr Emma Charlton, Dr S Parker, Dr P Rodd, (Dr S Hodge: University of Ballarat)
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICSTRE) NVEAC funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project is a National VET Equity Advisory Council bid and investigates the impact for disadvantaged learners of TAFE Institutes and other VET providers delivering bachelor and associate degree qualifications.  Specifically, the study will look at how successfully these providers are able to offer a more supported pathway for disadvantaged students to access higher education and meet industry needs through their applied orientation.

School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education
Dr Linda Hobbs, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr John Kenny, Dr Mellita Jones, Dr Christine Redman and Dr Jeffrey King
Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) grants often contain a research componentand are highly sought after grants within the faculty's School of Education. This project is OLT funded for 2013 - 2014
Administering Organisation:
Deakin University
Other Universities involved: University of Tasmania, Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne, RMIT University.
Project Summary: This project responds to international concern about primary teachers' lack of science knowledge and confidence to teach science, and recent questioning of the effectiveness of traditional approaches to teacher education. It will review and build on established, innovative and successful practices at five universities, to develop and promote a framework supporting school-based approaches to pre-service teacher education. The models involve partnerships between universities and primary schools to engage pre-service primary teachers in classroom teaching and learning that effectively connects theory with practice. Through critical appraisal of these and similar models, the project will identify key features of the approach and the critical success factors required to establish and maintain strong working relationships with schools and build student capacity. The principles, framework, and resources together with exemplifying case studies, will be designed and disseminated to promote uptake of these innovative practices in the sector.

Evaluation of Regional Participation Project
Assoc Prof D Ben-Moshe, Assoc Prof Y Paradies, Dr A Halafoff, Dr D Joseph
Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) funding 2013, 2014, 2015
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project will evaluate two new Centres for Multicultural Youth (CMY) offices established in Ballarat and Gippsland in regional Victoria from 2013-2016. It will assess how CMY's regional presence is contributing to improving young people from migrant and refugee background’s participation in work, school, family and community and contributing to their sense of wellbeing and belonging. It will also investigate to what extent CMY’s regional presence is contributing to the ability of local communities and services to manage and develop an inclusive environment for young people from diverse backgrounds. This project will contribute new knowledge and understanding regarding migrant and refugee youth participation in regional areas, in this way it will assist in improving social welfare and individual wellbeing of young people living in regional areas. It will also assist service providers in regional areas, including CMY and its partners, to understand the needs of migrant and refugee youth and to improve their service provisions. While focused on Ballarat and Gippsland, the findings of this project can also inform and improve service provision for youth from migrant and refugee backgrounds youth in other regional areas.

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy: Literature Review
Assoc Prof A Kostogriz, Assoc Prof C Vale, Assoc Prof D Blake, Dr T Ollis, Dr L Paatsch, Dr L Bragg, Dr G Williams, Dr G Auld, Dr J O’Mara, Dr S Ohi
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The Deakin team has been commissioned to conduct a Literature Review that will identify the best practice systems and processes from Australia and overseas, that deliver effective literacy and numeracy outcomes.  The Literature Review will cover all education sectors including early childhood education and care settings, schools, post compulsory and adult education.   It is expected that this paper will inform the government’s reform agenda which places a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

Between a rock and hard place? Exploring how ministers for the environment view their work
Dr B Coffey
Public Administration Australia/ University of Canberra Research Trust Fund funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: Ministers for the environment are at the heart of the heated and contentious debates regarding environmental issues in Australia, and can be considered as often being between a rock and a hard place. They are responsible for upholding environmental law, are members of government (and sometimes Cabinet), and are often for focus for intense political lobbying. However, surprisingly little is known about them, how they understand environmental policy issues and the challenges and opportunities associated with dealing with them. Drawing on a series of semi-structured interviews, this exploratory research will generate new insights into the intricacies of environmental policy work.

Identifying the needs and priorities of children with disabilities in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
Prof M Clarke, Mr K Murfitt, Dr E Wilson
AusAID (Australian Development Research Awards) funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project will establish a method of data collection to determine the self-reported needs and priorities of children living with disabilities in Vanuatu and PNG. It includes a focus on service delivery and policy actions in response to the findings.

50 years of Papua New Guinean and Indonesian tertiary scholarships in Australia: an assessment of post-scholarship leadership, networks and linkages with Australia
Prof D Lowe, Dr J Ritchie
AusAID (Australian Development Research Awards) funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The project will examine some of the longer term impacts of government scholarships for university study in Australia for men and women from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and will include in its scope:

  • the value of scholarships, as understood in Australia, Indonesia and PNG;
  • the nexus between tertiary training and leadership;
  • balancing specific, country-identified development needs with the promotion of opportunity for all;
  • the extent to which education in Australia leads to enduring and beneficial connections with Australians;
  • allowing alumni to inform future scholarship strategies; and
  • effectively encouraging and nurturing alumni networks.

The project will examine cohorts of students from Indonesia and PNG who have studied in Australia over the past five decades and as such, it clearly demonstrates the benefit of taking a humanities-based approach to an issue of contemporary development policy. It is being undertaken in collaboration with institutions in PNG and Indonesia.

Abbott's Bakery Motion Capture Project
Prof K Vincs
Alt.Vfx Trust funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Victorian Opera: An Afternoon in the Park with George
Prof K Vincs
Victorian Opera Company Ltd. funding 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a


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