Government & industry research

LIVE the future: Agenda 2020 defines the course of faculty research into the near future. In working to this commitment, faculty staff engage with industry and government (at all levels). The research interests of faculty staff are extremely varied reflected in the nature of grants awarded and exemplifying 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 2007 - 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.

Annual lists: 2011 2012 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

Funding commencing 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) funding 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

Non-DU led projects

A comparative investigation of pedagogical possibilities of digital tools for family and school early literacy education
Assoc Prof. L Laidlaw (Uni of Alberta), Prof J Blackmore, Dr J O’Mara, Prof. D Sumara (Uni. of Calgary)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funding 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Administering Organisation: University of Alberta
Project Summary: The proposed research aims to investigate shifts in digital literacy practices in school and home in sites in Canada and Australia and to examine factors that might impede and/or facilitate digital literacy development. This project, through comparative national studies, investigates the different digital literacy practices in students' homes and schools. It builds on a previous SSHRC funded project investigating implementation of innovative approaches in early primary literacy instruction using iPads and other digital tools. This new project investigates the challenges and possibilities presented by the use of digital tools in home and school in order to develop new pedagogical approaches to classroom work in Canada and Australia.

Funding commencing 2012

Evaluation of the Languages Start Up Grants
Dr A Vongalis-Macrow, Dr M Weinmann, Assoc Prof A Kostogriz, Dr R Arber, Assoc Prof I Fanany
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) funding 2012, 2013
Administering Organisation
: Deakin University
Project summary: The DEECD commissioned the Deakin team to evaluate the Languages Start Up Grants program, which was introduced in 2012 to support the Victorian Government’s commitment to extend and support language education is schools. The evaluation will focus on how the initiative is working, for whom and in what circumstances, including a final report on the benefits and outcomes of the initiative.

Resource Booklet for Early Childhood Professionals: Talented and Gifted Children
Dr A M Morrissey, Dr A Grant (University of Melbourne)
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project summary: This project will research and develop a resource booklet used by and for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to support the practice of a range of early childhood professionals.  The project’s aim is to address the gap in Departmental information dealing with young gifted and talented children and will demonstrate strong association with current reforms such as the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS).

Asia Literacy Project
Prof C Halse, Dr A Cloonan, Assoc Prof A Kostogriz, Dr D Toe, Ms J Dyer
Asia Education Foundation (AEF) funding 2012  
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The Asia Education Foundation (AEF) in partnership with the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is examining teaching practices and curriculum resources that support an Asia literate teaching workforce, from funding by DEEWR. Deakin University has been commissioned by AEF to explore current practices and resources and provide an outline of measures required to build an Asia Literate teaching workforce that actively engages students in becoming Asia Literate. This will be achieved with a review of existing resources, an on-line survey and undertaking case studies.

Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) Virtual Laboratory
Prof. D Verhoeven with project partners from- University of Western Australia; ANU; University of Queensland; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; VeRSI; Intersect Aust Ltd; UNSW; Flinders University; Macquarie University; RMIT University; AIATSIS
NecTAR funding 2012, 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) Virtual Laboratory is a two-year project that will provide researchers around the world with access to the combined resources of Australia’s major cultural datasets and information assets. For the first time, Australian researchers will be able to work with linked data from Australia’s most significant cultural datasets across the fields of literature, art and design, theatre, film and visual media, history, biography, music and archaeology. It will be specifically designed for future growth and expansion, with the addition of more datasets and the contribution of additional information.

Student aspirations in Central Queensland: (Re)imagining higher education in low SES student futures
Prof T Gale, Dr S. Parker, Dr B Doig, Dr T Moore (CQUniversity)
Central Queensland University funding  2012, 2013 (Fed Government HEPPP funding)
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The project investigates the aspirations of middle school students in Central Queensland, including their aspirations for higher education. It explores how students reconcile differences between desire and possibility, and the resources that capacitate their aspirations, and how these align with students' different socioeconomic circumstances and their participation in university outreach programs.

Maribyrnong City Arts and Cultural Framework
Dr K Johanson, Ms A Kershaw, Dr H Glow
Maribyrnong City Council funding 2012
Administering Organisation:
Deakin University
Project Summary: The western suburbs of Maribyrnong are experiencing dramatic demographic change. The major production sites of the manufacturing industry in Melbourne are replaced by residential development. These changes represent both opportunities and threats to the local arts sector. The gentrification of some parts of the City of Maribyrnong bring residents and visitors with substantial cultural capital and an omnivorous appetite for diverse arts and cultural experiences, whilst rising property costs risk making living and working in Maribyrnong prohibitive for artists. Furthermore, demographic change has occurred unevenly throughout the municipality, so that Maribyrnong is increasingly the home of parallel communities with very different levels of income and education and different cultural needs. This research is a collaboration with local council, residents, artists and arts organisations to identify the major arts and cultural needs in the municipality and strategies to meet these needs.

Moonee Valley City Building Arts Audiences: Arts Participation and Barriers report
Ms A Kershaw, Dr K Johanson, Dr H Glow
Moonee Valley City Council funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University
Project Summary:  Moonee Valley houses high quality arts facilities, including the Clocktower Centre and the Incinerator Gallery, through which Council presents professional and community-based arts opportunities across the visual and performing arts. Council also supports community festivals that provide important opportunities for local gathering and celebration. This research project investigates the level of arts participation in Moonee Valley and the barriers that local residents face in experiencing and accessing the arts. It provides recommendations on how Moonee Valley City Council can broaden, deepen and diversify its audiences and maximise the benefits of participating in the arts for all residents.

Training for a new (Northern) Future
Assoc Prof. L Johnson
Committee for Geelong - Northern Futures funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: In the context of a Geelong region variously regarded as “disadvantaged” this research aims to critically assess the successes and limitations of the Northern Futures Training and Work Placement Program (NFTWP) which takes groups of long term unemployed, multiply disadvantaged people, trains them up to Certificate III level in either Aged Care, Hospitality or Transport and Logistics and seeks to place them into employment. This project evaluates the program to improve its effectiveness.
The project involves research with students, educators and employers in mapping the strengths and weaknesses of the NFTWP. Insights into the program have already been used to better inform its key stakeholders, especially Northern Futures, G21, employer groups and the Gordon Institute. The overall objective is to produce more responsive and effective training programs in meeting the needs of students and employers.

Foundational principles and approaches to building better suburbs (Wyndham City Council)
Prof. L Johnson, Dr F Andrews, Dr P Connors, Prof H Elkadi, Dr J Rollo, Dr I Warren.
Wyndham City Council funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:This research project is tasked with developing a set of Principles and Approaches for building a better suburb on a large block of land owned by the City of Wyndham at Tarneit in western Melbourne. A wealth of academic and planning literature exists on the Australian suburb, primarily critiqueing its current form, governance, ecological sustainability, quality of life, affordability and servicing. Additional literature and guidelines exist for planning good suburbs emanating from organisations such as VicUrban and international literature which, in some instances, is relevant in presenting world’s best practice in the design and delivery of good suburban environments. This literature will be distilled to formulate principles and approaches which might inform the development of a model suburb. In addition, the project will locate these possibilities into the City of Wyndham planning scheme and the area’s demographic and environmental profile, by way of collation of existing data and workshops involving key stakeholders in the planning of the City with Deakin academics having expertise in: urban ecologies, healthy cities, social infrastructure , safety, governance, urban design, community development and urban geography to research alternative models. They along with their rationales would be assessed via a focus group of residents from adjacent communities. The team will report to the City of Wyndham in Dec. 2012, outlining a set of Principles and Approaches to the development at Tarneit.

ICT in Everyday Learning: Teacher Online Toolkit
Dr P Hubber, Dr M Cavanagh (Macquarie University)
DEEWR funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Education Services Australia
Project Summary: Education Services Australia was engaged by DEEWR to lead a project in partnership with the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association, the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, the History Teachers’ Association of Australia, Deakin University and Macquarie University. The project involved the production and trialling of online professional support designed to enhance P-12 Australian teachers’ capacity to incorporate varied digital technologies into their classroom practice. An evaluation of the school trials of the information and communication technology resources produced by the project was a DEEWR requirement and this component was undertaken by Deakin and Macquarie Universities.

Exploring socio-scientific issues through digital technology: the impact of context and culture
Prof R Tytler, Dr L Barraza
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project funded collaboration between Deakin and the Grande Ecole Agronomique Toulouse and the University of Lyon. The research involved cross national exchanges between pre service teachers in Australia and France, reasoning about local and global socio scientific sustainability issues through the development of wikis and an online international forum. The team developed an epistemological framework to analyse reasoning in the wikis and forum. The results indicate that the negotiation of difference in cultural perspectives enhances the level of reasoning, and validated the framework as a tool through which the contextual and cultural factors influencing this reasoning can be understood and analysed.

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Dr B Coffey
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade funding 2012
Administering Organisation: ADRI, Deakin University
Project Summary: This travel grant will be used to research the ways that different forms of knowledge inform the complex and contested field of regional development planning, and the consequences this has for the way in which regional sustainable development is understood. In addition to the opportunity to visit Memorial University Newfoundland (MUN), in St John's, undertaking the project will provide the opportunity to trial an analytical framework (being developed as part of a CSIRO funded research project) in a comparative setting and identify insights into regional development research, policy and practice. It will also strengthen the links between researchers at Deakin and MUN fostered by Associate Professor Kevin O'Toole (a theme leader in the CSIRO project) during a previous visit to Canada.

Literature Review
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon
Peninsula Health funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project examined international literature on incidences of adolescent violence in the home and the law's response. The Background Report (the project outcome) included a review of the nature of adolescent violence in the home as well as police and court responses to adolescents charged with the perpetration of violence in this context. The Report included recommendations relating to the need for greater understanding as to how adolescent violence can best be dealt with by members of the criminal justice system and what lessons can be learnt from other comparable international jurisdictions.

Pilot Tech Next Mid-Year intake - selection, recruitment & placement of participants (Phase 1) & course delivery (Phase 2)
A/Prof C Hickey,A/Prof A Kostogriz,Dr D Blake,Prof R Tytler,Dr P Hubber,Prof B Doecke,Dr G Williams,Dr G Chittleborough
DEEWR funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Australian and Canadian public service broadcasting: an investigation of international newsgathering capabilities on restricted budgets.
Dr C Murrell
Journalism Education Association of Australia funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Training in research methodologies for analysis of healthcare services in Laos
Assoc Prof L Eckermann
AusAid ALA Fellowship funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Staying healthy: Industry organisations' influence on behaviours and services used by fishers
Dr T King
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation funding 2012, 2013, 2014
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Non-DU led projects

Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries
Dr R Chuenpagdee (Lead Investigator) with 60 collabotators (Dr T King from Deakin)
Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding 2012
Administering Organisation: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Project Summary: This is a world-wide project that aims to get a better understanding of the environmental, political, economic and social factors involved in small-scale fishing communities around the world. A lack of detailed information about small-scale fisheries has resulted in systematic underestimation of their importance in addressing global crises, including food security, poverty and biodiversity loss. Dr King will be involved in looking at small-scale fishing communities in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia-South Pacific.


Funding commencing 2011

DEEWR Longitudinal Teacher Education Workforce Study
The Longitudinal Teacher Education Workforce Study is being funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) under the Teacher Quality National Partnership.
DEEWR funding 2011, 2012, 2013
Deakin Team: Prof D Mayer, Prof R Bates, Prof B Doecke, Assoc Prof J Moss, Assoc Prof B Walker-Gibbs, Assoc Prof A Kostogriz, Dr J Kline, Subcontracted researcher: Dr S North (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Centre for Research on Education Systems. Project Manager: Pauline Ho. RA: Phillipa Hodder.
Project Summary: This study provides a research framework to track teacher education graduates and capture workforce data. The framework derives from an existing longitudinal study (an ARC Linkage Project), involving surveys of 2010 teacher education graduates and principals in Victoria and Queensland. This will be replicated with appropriate modifications and implemented in the other states and territories in 2011 in order to capture 2011 graduates. The proposed LTEWS will track all 2011 teacher education graduates in Australia through a series of surveys over a two-year period, collecting data on the impact of pre-service and in-service education and experiences on teacher quality, supply and distribution. It will generate data relating to teacher shortages, career trajectories and aspirations, and the impact of significant social and economic events on teacher labour markets. The analyses of the data is likely to inform national teacher reforms being developed and implemented under the National Partnerships program.

Preparing our pre-service teachers to teach sexuality education: research and development module
Dr D Ollis, Assoc Prof L Harrison
Department of Health (Vic) funding 2011, 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project will research and develop a module for The Department of Health. The study will look at policy, practices and strategies for meeting the needs of pre-service teachers who are delivering sexuality health education in schools and will develop a module that will meet the needs of key stakeholders and that can be readily used and adapted by any university that is preparing pre-service teachers to teach sexuality education.

Evaluation of National Partnership (Teacher Quality, Supply and Retention) Initiatives
Prof B Doecke, Dr M Wells, Prof R Tytler, Prof C Halse, Assoc Prof J Moss, Assoc Prof B Walker Gibbs, Assoc Prof P Hubber, Assoc Prof D Blake, Assoc Prof C Campbell, Dr W Kortman, Dr J Kline,  Dr B Doig, Dr L Hobbs, Dr G Auld, Mr A Marshall, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Centre for Research on Education Systems, Mr M Long and external consultant Ms B Preston. RAs: Ms K Tregenza, Ms R Haselden and Ms S Nailer
DEECD funding 2011, 2012, 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:This project will evaluate National Partnership and Victorian government initiatives to improve teacher quality, supply and retention. The evaluation will result in advice and recommendations that will inform the Victorian Government’s future teacher workforce strategies and policy agenda. The initiatives to be evaluated are: DEECD initiatives to improve the availability of teachers (a) in selected subject areas; and (b) in some rural schools that have proved difficult to staff, and initiatives currently being trialled as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Teaching Quality (TQNP). Collectively these initiatives are designed to strengthen the Victorian schools’ workforce through attracting and retaining high quality teachers. Their effectiveness will be assessed over the next two years.

Evaluation of the professional learning flagship program: leading curriculum change
Prof B Doecke, Dr J Lynch, Assoc Prof J Moss, Dr M Wells, Dr J O’Mara,
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) funding 2011
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The evaluation will advise on the efficiency of the professional learning flagship program in terms of development and delivery and how well AITSL has managed (a) the contract with UQ, including the close engagement with UQ to develop and implement round 1 of the program, and (b) the stakeholder engagement and communications strategies including the associated contracts AITSL has entered into. Importantly the evaluation will provide a credible public assessment of AITSL’s provision of national ‘flagship professional learning’ and how it could be improved.

Researching leadership protocols, communication and decision making in school improvement
Dr Shaun Rawolle, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Louise Paatsch, Dr Carol Campbell, Dr Muriel Wells
DEECD (Barwon South Network) funding 2011, 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:
The research involves a study of a short term School Improvement Cycle model being adopted across 23 schools in the Barwon South Network, focussing on the links between the web of decision making processes around each individual school improvement plan, and classroom practices.  The research is designed to contribute to the network, to the broader public and to the researchers in specific and strategic ways. First, the research focuses on the process of school improvement as it is happening in the regional network. The network and principals will be better placed to understand how well these change processes are functioning and will have data and advice to inform future school improvement cycles. This is increasingly important in light of high stakes testing and comparisons between schools. For the broader public the research will produce benefits in providing a research model to support data-driven changes in classroom practice linked to school improvement, which will impact on the learning of students in schools. The ultimate benefits will therefore be research that enhances improvements in network and school performance based on student learning.

Evaluation of the Yached Accelerated Learning Program YALP
Prof. B Doecke, Assoc/Prof. S Groves, Dr M Wells;, Mr B Doig
DEECD funding 2011
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: Evaluation of a 10 minute one on one accelerated learning program for at risk students (including indigenous and non-indigenous students) at 8 schools in the Shepparton and Benalla areas

Enriched Relations: Cultural Diplomacy in Australian-Indian relations, past and present
Prof. D Lowe,
Australia India Institute funding 2011
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project was funded subsequent to an ADRI convened 2010 workshop in New Delhi. In the wake of the workshop, the Australia India Institute awarded a research grant for a large conference on public diplomacy and Australian-Indian relations. The event entitled Public Diplomacy in Theory and Practice: Culture, Information and Interpretation in Australian-India Relation was held in New Delhi on 8-9 April, 2011 and convened jointly with the University of Delhi.

An investigation of the role of text-based computer-mediated conversations in facilitating peer relationships.
Dr L Paatsch, Dr D Toe,
Telematics Trust funding  2011-2012
Administering Organisation:  Deakin University
Project Summary: Real time text based computer mediated (TBCM) conversations (applications such as Instant Messenger, Facebook Chat) have become a popular method of one-to-one communication among young people. Media attention has focused on cyber bullying but there is some research that suggests this form of conversation is positive, even liberating, and can promote friendship and build self esteem. TBCM conversations may play an important role in facilitating peer relationships for students with hearing loss, who find face-to-face conversation with hearing peers challenging. Research is needed to investigate the similarities and differences between face-to-face and TBCM conversation for hearing and deaf students and to explore how the text based computer medium might facilitate the formation of peer relationships. In addition, the impact of literacy skills on the interpretation of text based conversation is unknown and may impact on how these conversations facilitate friendship. The findings from this research will help teachers to capitalise on the use of this medium for promoting social skills, finetuning pragmatic skills, and purposeful development of literacy skills using the vehicle of TBCM conversation, with a particular focus on the middle years of schooling

Non-DU led projects

Pilot State-wide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers
Assoc Prof. Andrea Nolan, Ms Catherine Hamm, Ms Jan Hunt, Ms Jenny Aitken, Mr John McCartin, Mr Brian Doig, Ms Louise Laskey, Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Sarah Ohi, Ms Liz Rouse,
DEECD funding 2011, 2012
Administering Organisation: Victoria University
Project Summary: This project involves the delivery and evaluation of a pilot mentoring program for 360 beginning or professionally isolated early childhood teachers and training of 72 mentors. It involves a substantial research component to inform the Department and other stakeholder about the range and effectiveness of mentoring provisions for early childhood teachers in Victoria, including the Pilot Study. The outcomes of this project will inform the development of future mentoring programs for early childhood teachers in this state, in the context of the expected transition of the registration of early childhood teachers from Early Childhood Australia to the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). The findings will support effective planning by VIT and the Department, for the future mentoring of teachers in the unique contexts of early childhood education and care settings. 

Funding commencing 2010

Review of the literature on the connections between physical learning spaces and student learning outcomes
Prof J Blackmore, Dr D Bateman, Dr J O’Mara, Dr J Loughlin
DEECD funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:
This project comprises a literature review on the relationship between redesigned learning spaces, pedagogical practices, and student learning outcomes. Much of the literature has focused on the learning theories underpinning school redesign, on how redesign of schools and classrooms has been undertaken and implemented, but less on the types of teacher professional development and pre-service education required to best use new learning spaces. There is little on how all this impacts on the quality of student experience across a range of learning outcomes

Investigating the relationship between redesigned learning spaces, pedagogical practices, and student learning outcomes
Prof. J Blackmore, Dr J Louglin, Dr J O’Mara, Dr D Bateman, Dr A Cloonan, Assoc. Prof. M Dixon and Dr K Senior
DEECD funding 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This tendered project studies 12 schools though out Melbourne and Regional Victoria. It builds on the earlier DEECD funded grant to complete a literature review on the relationship between redesigned learning spaces, pedagogical practices, and student learning outcomes.

Building effective school-university partnerships for a quality teacher workforce.
Assoc Prof A Allard, Assoc Prof M Dixon, Assoc Prof S White, Prof Diane Mayer
DEECD funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The National Partnership Agreement on Improving Teacher Quality aims to deliver system-wide reforms through targeting critical points in the teacher ‘lifecycle’ to attract, prepare, place, develop and retain quality teachers and leaders in schools and classrooms. These reforms have implications for the ways in which university and schools work together to build effective partnerships for teacher preparation and education. This project focuses on two reform agendas:
1. The systemic response to strengthening linkages between initial teacher education programs and transition to beginning teacher and teacher induction, and;
2. The professional learning implications for pre-service teachers and in-service teachers working together as co-producers of knowledge
- and responds to two recommendations from the Teaching and Learning Council funded report (Ure, 2009):
Recommendation 4.0 – That higher education providers review the design of school placements and the professional learning needs of pre-service teachers
Recommendation 5.0 – That higher education providers develop and evaluate a professional development program for supervising teachers and academic staff who support pre-service teacher placements.
The overall aim of this project is to establish and examine a ‘pilot’ model of effective school-university partnership that engages pre-service and in-service teachers and researchers in the co-production of professional knowledge and practice.

Archival research at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam
Dr J Coté
Academy of the Social Sciences, Australia / Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:This small project involved archival research at both instututes in Amsterdam and consolidating links with Dutch colleagues at Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht working in areas of (Dutch) colonial historiography and postcolonial literature.

Walking with Sir Ebia
Dr J Ritchie
PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd funding 2010, 2011
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: In March 2010, work commenced on a ground-breaking project of researching and writing about the life and times of one of Papua New Guinea’s independence leaders, the late Sir Ebia Olewale, who was a founding member of the Pangu Pati, and senior Minister in the first Papua New Guinean independence government. The work is being undertaken in collaboration with two of PNG’s most respected historians, August Kituai and Anne Dickson-Waiko (who will be Visiting Fellows at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute later in 2010). This project represents a major achievement in partnership with an important Pacific neighbour organisation.

Women and Health in the Western Pacific Region
Assoc Prof E Eckerman
World Health Organisation funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The WHO has commissioned a research project to collect background data and write a report entitled Women and Health in the Western Pacific Region: Remaining Challenges, New Opportunities which is a regional version of the global report Women and Health- Todays Evidence, Tomorrows Agenda which was published in 2009. The Report uses a variety of United Nations and other data bases and original research conducted by the CI for the Report to compile an overview of the status of women’s health, and women’s role in health care, in the 37 countries of the Western Pacific Region. The Report will appear as a published monograph but will also be used as the background document for the WHO, WPRO Regional Committee Meeting (RCM) to be held in Manila in October 2010. At the RCM member states of WHO, WPRO formulate policies and develop health plans based on the data provided. The Report Women and Health in the Western Pacific Region: Remaining Challenges, New Opportunities will be the focal document and a call for action to guide programmes for women’s health for the next decade by Ministers of Health in the 37 countries.

Developing new and effective ways to evaluate intervention in maternal health services in illiterate and innumerate communities in southern Lao PDR: a case study
Assoc Prof E Eckerman, Assoc Prof M Clarke
AusAid funding 2010, 2011
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: Where women are neither literate nor numerate, conventional measures of quality of life are unable to tap the impact of aid policies, practices and programs on their lives. In line with AusAID’s mission to improve gender equity in development outcomes and the OECD (2009) initiatives to develop new paradigms to assess progress in societies (beyond GDP and mortality rates), Deakin investigators will work with the Lao Ministry of Health, Lao researchers, village communities and service providers to generate effective tools to assess the impact on women’s physical, mental, social and economic well-being of intervention programs designed to improve maternal and child health in LaoPDR.

Renewing Rural and Regional Teacher Education Curriculum 
Dr S White, Prof M Devlin, Ms W Hastings, Assoc Prof G Lock
ALTC funding 2010, 2011 
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant under its Priority Project Program with funding to commence in 2010. It is a national project developing contemporary curricula for teacher education courses. The project, focusing on the higher education sector, aims to develop a forward thinking curriculum that caters for rural education needs. It aims to meet a growing need for well prepared teachers as rural and regional areas face a teacher shortage.

Sportsaccess: Evaluation and Future Directions
Assoc Prof C Hickey
Trust Co. Philanthropic Services funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: In 2008/2009 the not for profit organisation Leisure Networks funded a pilot project in the northern suburbs of Geelong having the aim of providing primary/secondary aged children from low socioeconomic areas the opportunity to join and participate in a sporting club of their choice. The program had the potential to continue and develop but required research to identify its impact and to scope future opportunities. The Trust Co. Philanthropic Services funding enables research into the impact that this intervention had on the young people and their families and whether they have continued in the sport, and to scope the development of a wider spread intervention with the business community as a sustainable funding measure. This research will provide Leisure Networks with an evidence base with which to approach government, business, and other key potential stakeholders about the worth of such an intervention.

Formative Evaluation of the Workplace Learning Coordinators Program ,
Dr D Blake, Dr L Grace, Ms S Wong
DEECD funding 2010, 2011
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary:The focus of the evaluation is on how the program increases and enhances workplace learning opportunities for young people (including indigenous students), strategies that increase alignment between workplace learning opportunities, local industry needs and VET provision and the effectiveness of the current reporting framework.

Innovative learning environments
Prof J Blackmore, Dr A Cloonan, Dr D Bateman, Assoc Prof M Dixon, Dr J Loughlin, Dr J O'Mara, Dr K Senior
DEECD/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project was designed to examine the conditions, processes and possible outcomes of innovative teaching and organisational cultures in 12 primary and secondary public schools across Victoria with each school submitting a proposal as to why and how they met the criteria for being an Innovative Learning Environment as characterized by the OECD CERE project. The research team visited each school to develop case studies that considered the nature and effectiveness of these self-identified ILEs.

Evaluating student use of technology in a one-to-one computing program
Dr A Cloonan, Dr K Hutchison, Dr L Paatsch
DEECD funding 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project explores students' perceptions of their collaboration and reflection in the new technological environments in which they are actively involved AND socially interacting. We seek to know how these technologically  afforded practices support students in evaluating their own work and the work of others; and how it is impacting on their future learning goals.

Non-DU led projects

Economic Shocks: Reducing Vulnerability and Increasing Resilience in the Pacific
Alberto Posso (RMIT), Matthew Clarke, Heather Wallace (Deakin University), Vijay Naidu, Manoranjan Mohanty and Miliakere Kaitani (University of the South Pacific) and May Miller-Dawkins (Oxfam Australia)
Australian Development Research Award (ADRA) 2010-2013
Administering Organisation: RMIT University
Project Summary: n/a

Addressing institutional and social barriers to science impact
CSIRO Flagship Collaboration funding 2010, 2011, 2012 
Lead investigator: Prof D Wood
Deakin personnel - Assoc Prof K O’Toole, Dr A Macgarvey, Dr A Wallis, Assoc Prof G Wescott, Prof G Quinn, Assoc Prof M Keneley, Dr H Scarborough and Dr K Miller
Administering organisation: Curtin University of Technology.
Partner organisations: Deakin University, Flinders University, The University Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, University Tasmania, University of Wollongong
Project summary: CSIRO is funding a research cluster led by Curtin University of Technology principally designed to help Australians sustain their coastline for future generations by enabling them to make better use of the knowledge produced by scientific research. Researchers from CSIRO and seven universities across Australia are involved, working on five research themes. Under this wider program, Deakin University and the University of Tasmania are jointly investigating how knowledge about Australia’s coastal areas is gathered and exchanged by different stakeholder groups focussing on three regions: Victoria’s Portland Basin and the Huon-Derwent area and Cradle Coast in Tasmania. The project involves a truly interdisciplinary approach with the Deakin team comprising experts in marine science, politics, environmental and wildlife management, economics, coastal policy, and sociology.

Investigating narrative skills in adolescents with hearing loss: A longitudinal study  
Prof M Wake, Prof F Rickards, Dr Z Poulakis, Dr L Paatsch, Dr Karen Wirth
Deafness Foundation of Victoria funding 2010 - 2012
Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne
Partner Organisations: Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Deakin University
Project Summary: The main aim of this study is to investigate the narrative skills of a group of 83 individuals with mild to profound hearing loss on 2 occasions 5 years apart, spanning the entire adolescent age range, allowing us to look both at narrative development and consequences over that period.

Funding commencing 2009

Homework Club Evaluation Project
Assoc Prof C Hickey
Bethany Community Support funding 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This research (located in a regional context) explores the experiences of participants involved in Homework Clubs set up to capture and support young people with particular learning needs in the Corio- Norlane area. The membership of these Homework Groups comprises students from Indigenous, ethnic (refugee) and socially disadvantaged contexts. Successful participation in a Homework Club has the potential to build learning and connection.

ID Scanners in the night-time economy: social sorting or social order?
Dr D Palmer, Dr I Warren, Dr P Miller
Criminal Research Council funding 2009, 2010 (Category 1 grant)
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The project investigates the introduction of ID scanners in 'high risk' entertainment venues in Geelong (Vic) as part of an attempt to enhance community safety. Recently the inner city area of Geelong has been transformed into a significant 'night-time economy'. However, such developments come with potential harms, such as increases in crime and anti-social behaviour. Networked ID scanners are a unique innovation introduced to address these issues. The project documents what has been done, why, with what impact and what potential (or actual) harms exist to serve as a model for future policy and programme development.

Authentically Assessing Beginning Teaching: Professional Standards and Teacher Performance Assessment
Prof D Mayer, Assoc Prof M Dixon, Dr A Gallant, Dr A Allard
DEECD funding 2009, 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project will develop and trial the implementation of a capstone summative assessment – a teacher performance assessment (TPA) – designed to authentically assess teacher education graduates’ readiness for beginning teaching as defined by the VIT Standards of Professional Practice for Graduating Teachers, and research the processes and outcomes of this development and implementation. The trial being proposed will draw on the work that various members of the Deakin School of Education team have been involved with in California – PACT (Performance Assessment for California Teachers) - and in Malaysia in developing a TPA linked to the newly developed Malaysian Teacher Standards.

Facilitating Public Consultation in China through Deliberative Polling
Prof. B He, Prof J Fishkin
Stanford University funding 2009, 2010
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: A collaborative project between Deakin and Stanford Universities, building on previous work in China relating to deliberative polling. The project aims to spread the process and train local officials and practitioners in its methodology. The process could achieve wide application in China. Such a result would help realize some key democratic values: responsiveness of policy to informed and representative public opinion, transparency of decision making, a sense of efficacy among ordinary citizens, expectations among citizens that government must respond to their concerns, and the spread of democratic norms among public officials. 

Evaluation of BHP Billiton Science Awards
Prof. R Tytler, Dr P Hubber, Dr G Chittleborough, Dr C Campbell,
BHP Billiton funding 2009, 2010
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project summary: The BHP Billiton science awards are a national scheme for recognising students who engage with investigative science research and teachers who contribute significantly to school science education.  This study researched the impact of the BHP Billiton awards on students and teachers over a number of years. The research involved a student online survey and interviews with students, teachers, award winners and others to build insight into the operation and the outcomes of the awards.  For students the study focused on their attitudes towards and knowledge of science, and on their perceptions of their futures in relation to STEM careers. The study concluded that the award system was effective in providing support for enthusiastic and innovative teachers and students, and that open investigation work was highly valued by those involved. A number of case studies were constructed that provided insight into how schools operate to build a culture of research, and the nature of the experience for teachers and students. Interviews with the teacher awardees demonstrated the role of enthusiastic teachers in promoting innovation and sustaining professional learning in the schooling system. A number of papers are in preparation, arising from the study.

ADA Body Armour Analysis
Assoc Prof K Vincs
Australia Defence Apparel (ADA) funding 2009, 2010
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a.

UNESCO Museums Capacity Building Program -Lampang Temples
Dr J Sweet
UNESCO funding 2009 
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The UNESCO Museums Capacity Building Programme includes a research project that is currently being conducted by UNESCO Bangkok (with assistance from Deakin University). The research is designed to help identify a range of museum management needs and priorities for museums and collecting organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region and to provide guidance for the development of relevant UNESCO museum programmes. The Lampang Temples Pilot Training in Collections Management was designed to contribute to an understanding of the collection management needs of religious organizations in Northern Thailand with strong community connections; to understand the nature of a sustainable relationship (in this context) between the resources available for the care and preservation of cultural material and the appropriate level of access to it for a range of visitor interests; and, to begin to identify and develop appropriate competencies in strategic collections management within the local community, to enable the custodians to achieve their ambitions.

Headspace Warrnambool: Evaluation Research Project 
Assoc. Prof. K O’Toole, Dr A MacGarvey
Brophy Family Youth Services funding 2009, 2010
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Researching and Writing The Wintringham Story
Ms K Le Rossignol, Ms Elaine Farrelly
William Buckland Foundation funding 2009, 2010
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Rural Disadvantage and the Law
Dr R Coverdale, Dr D Palmer
VicLaw Foundation funding 2009, 2010
Administering organisation: Deakin University, School of Law
Project summary: This project, being administered through the Faculty of Business and Law, is a state-wide study investigating the disadvantages people living in rural and regional areas may face in dealing with the law compared with those living in the metropolitan area. The enquiry process is compiling numerous examples of issues of disadvantage and will bring it all together to give a clearer picture of the state of rural disadvantage and the law.

Non-DU led projects

Understanding Attitudes to National Identity in Melanesia
Dr M Leach, Assoc. Prof M Clarke, Dr H Wallace, Dr S Feeny
AusAid funding 2009 – 2010
Administering organisation: Swinbourne University
Project Summary: This research will develop and implement a survey of popular attitudes to nation and national identity in four Melanesian states (Solomon Islands, PNG, Vanuatu, and East Timor). It will achieve this by conducting a medium scale survey of tertiary students (n=300+ in each target country) in the respective national capitals. The data generated will improve understandings of regional, ethnic, intergenerational and linguistic faultlines in the region. The premise of this research is that a better understanding of challenges of nation-building will inform more effective state-building agendas, and enhance the effectiveness of aid initiatives.

Defining and Understanding Intoxication and Drunkenness: the Individual’s Response
Drinkwise Aust funding 2009-2010
Assoc Prof P Kelly, Assoc Prof C Hickey, Dr J Lindsay, Dr L Harrison,
Administering organisation: Monash University
Project summary: This is a multidisciplinary literature review documenting understandings and definitions of the terms ‘intoxication’ and ‘drunkenness’ from the perspective of the individual. There is very little consensus on what these terms mean to policy-makers, researchers and drinkers themselves – a perusal of daily newspapers and our emerging research findings show that some people define ‘intoxicated’ on the basis of very low levels of consumption, including the NHMRC recommendation of ‘2 standard drinks’ (National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009) and others fall on the other end of the continuum where intoxicated is defined as ‘severely affected by a large amounts of consumption’ or ‘staggering’, ‘throwing up’ or ‘passing out’. In this literature review we document how individuals in Australia, the UK, Europe, the US and other international contexts define intoxication and drunkenness. A key element of the review is that we compare individual, lay understandings of intoxication and drunkenness to those held by ‘experts’ in key fields and disciplines. We examine the definitions of intoxication and drunkenness used in Australian and international policy guidelines, and those held by experts in key fields including medicine and public health, politics and law, sociology and criminology, anthropology and cultural studies.

Scaling Up Aid and the Millennium Development Goals in the Pacific: Absorptive Capacity, Sustainability and Efficiency
Dr S Feeny, Prof. T Fry, Dr M Rogers, Assoc Prof M Clarke.
AusAid funding 2009
Administering organisation: RMIT University
Project Summary: The research examines four important questions concerned with how aid can assist Pacific countries with progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
1. What are the absorptive capacity constraints faced by Pacific countries and how can aid be used to relieve them?
2. How should donors respond to absorptive capacity constraints in their aid allocation decisions?
3. How sustainable are the impacts of foreign aid in the Pacific and how can sustainability be improved?
4. Which Pacific countries convert foreign aid flows into improvements in health and education most efficiently and what factors determine this efficiency?

Volunteering and wellbeing: Individual outcomes and organisational practice
R Hoye, M G Nicholson, K Brown , A Stukas
Dept of Planning & Community Development funding 2009
Administering organisation: Latrobe University
Project summary: The specific research aims of this project are to identify-
1. The nature of the relationship between involvement in volunteering and perceptions of wellbeing, including the differences between volunteers and non-volunteers;
2. The nature of the relationship between individuals’ motives, involvement in volunteering, perceived organisational support, and perceptions of wellbeing, social inclusion and connectedness;
3. How involvement in volunteering impacts on the social connectedness and social inclusion experienced by individuals and their subsequent wellbeing; and
4. The role of formalised volunteer-based organisations in facilitating or supporting social inclusion and connectedness of individuals.

Identifying strategies to sustain professional learning communities for teachers ion remote primary schools in Papua New Guinea - DU work component 
AusAid funding 2009
Prof E Honan, Prof T Evans
Administering organisation: University of Queensland
Project summary: The purpose of the study is to identify and implement models and best practices that will support and sustain professional learning for teachers in remote parts of PNG. The findings of the study will contribute towards the improvement and the sustainability of ongoing teacher learning and effective teaching practices amongst teachers. Improving the quality of teachers’ professional learning will ultimately lead to continuous and sustained improvement in student achievement.

Learning to be Drier
Funding received from Deakin University Ballarat University Partnership Fund 2009
B Golding, M Brown,  A Foley, E Smith, C Campbell, L Grace, CSchulz, J Angwin
Administering organisationBallarat University
Project summary: This project identified problems associated with drying across the southern Murray-Darling Basin, and the additional issues of learning to cope with and address these problems. The areas covered in the study were an alpine area in Victoria, a mid-river site in the Western Riverina in New South Wales, a lower river site in the Riverland in South Australia, and a dryland area of the northern Wimmera and Southern Mallee of Victoria. It focussed on how people in regional communities learnt to deal with the impact of reduced water availability as a result of drought or climate change. The resultant data indicates significant changes are being made to local practices as a result of the learning taking place and that there are a range of processes enabling adult learning across the communities. Results have been put into published form.

Investigating conversational competence in school-age children with hearing loss who use spoken language
Dr D Toe, Dr L Paatsch, Dr Amelia Church
ANZ Trust and Deafness Foundation of Victoria funding 2009-2010
Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne
Project Summary: The aim of this project is to investigate the conversational competencies of a group of school-aged children with hearing loss who use spoken language to communicate, and to compare these skills with their hearing peers.  This study will identity communicative competencies that contribute to the contingency of conversation in hearing dyads, and compare these to the levels of contingency observed in conversations between hearing and hearing-impaired students. Conversational contingency describes the way that conversational partners make connections between conversational turns, including examining the skills used to build on their partner’s contributions to increase conversational fluency. 

Funding commencing 2008

Impact and Experiences of Racism on the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians
Prof. F Mansouri, Dr M. Leach
The Foundation for Young Australians funding 2008 – 2009, 
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project responds to an identified need for Australian youth-focused research into experiences of racism for young people of Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds. It will map out the experience of racism for these groups of young people and how this impacts on heath and wellbeing. The project will also investigate mainstream attitudes of young people in relation to key issues in contemporary race relations, such as cultural diversity, tolerance and privilege.

History of the Jewish Holocaust Museum & Research Centre
Ms P Maclean, Assoc Prof M Langfield, Assoc Prof A Witcomb, Dr L Young
Jewish Holocaust Museum & Research Centre funding 2008, 2009
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: This project involves construction of a book on the Centre's history. The project will focus on the origins of the Centre, document the importance of its community base and analyse its collections and exhibitions.

Developing Children's Literature Scholarship: Collaboration between Australia and India
Prof C Bradford
Australia India Council funding 2008
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: n/a

Funding commencing 2007

Connecting disengaged rural young people with lifelong physical activity
GippsSport funding 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Dr K Meldrum
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: A pilot program titled “Girls Rule” had been previously developed in Gippsland in response to low connectivity to school and peers. That program involved local community groups and professionals offering their support and incorporated mental health, emotional health, and physical health components. This project follows on from that pilot study and with a focus on rural and remote areas of Gippsland, aims to-
- Increase physical activity participation in disengaged rural youth
- Increase connectedness of participants with each other, their school and community
- Establish and maintain sporting and active recreation links with the community
- Sustain the program through an active mentoring program at school with strong ties to the community

Deakin Travel Smart Travel plan
Assoc Prof L Hancock, Dr J Garrard and Assoc Prof P Beech
Victorian Department of Transport funding 2007-2009
Project Summary: TravelSmart is a State Government program with the objective of motivating ongoing sustainable travel behaviour. TravelSmart aims to reduce people’s dependency on cars and encourage them to choose sustainable travel alternatives such as cycling, walking and public transport. Smarter travel choices can be made by changing one or two trips per week, or by reducing the number of car journeys. The Deakin University TravelSmart Project, has been successful with the implementation of a number of activities. An integral component of the program involved extensive staff and student surveys and evaluation processes, with the results added to the ‘library’ of information available to planners and policy makers for the establishment of better communities.

Essentials Course and Thinking with Technology
Ongoing Evaluation undertaken by the Centre for Educational Leadership and Renewal
Administering organisation: Deakin University
Project Summary: The 'Intel Teach Program Essentials Course' is a professional development program designed to assist teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. Emphasis is on effective use of ICT/eLearning in the classroom to enhance learning, research, communication, productivity strategies and working in teams to solve problems. Over 10,000 teachers have undertaken the Essential Course in Australia and over 5 million globally.
Evaluation is an integral and ongoing part of the 'Essentials Course and Thinking with Technology'. Evaluators appointed within each country, use consistent but localized instruments and approaches to gather and report on the training outcomes and longer term impact. Deakin University, through the Centre for Partnerships and Projects in Education has been conducting this evaluation in Australia. Their work also contributes to the global evaluation of the Intel Teach programs.

Non-DU led projects

‘What a great night’: The cultural drivers of drinking practices among 14-24 year-old Australians
Drinkwise Aust funding 2007 - 2009
Assoc Prof P Kelly, Dr J Lindsay, Dr L Harrison, Dr C Hickey
Administering organisation: Monash University
Project summary: The purpose of this research was to gather information about the cultural drivers of alcohol consumption by young people in Australia. While there is a substantial amount of quantitative information available on alcohol consumption patterns there is limited research on why different groups of young people consume alcohol in high-risk, risky or low-risk ways. There is little nuanced qualitative and socio-cultural research which explores young people’s alcohol related practices and activities and why they engage in these activities. This report presents these findings which will be a crucial platform for developing effective public health interventions on youth drinking in Australia.
Young people’s alcohol consumption is a complex field and a variety of cultural drivers have an impact on consumption patterns. These include broader social processes such as individualization, globalization, demographic and labour market change which makes youth a less certain and longer phase in the life-cycle for this generation of young people. At the same time, local drinking settings, drinking cultures and social networks of families and peers also have a direct impact on youth drinking. Finally, social location in terms of gender, age, social class, ethnicity, religion and geography shape drinking practices in important ways. We illustrate the meaning alcohol has for young people and connections with risk taking, identity and social context.
This project involved two complementary and largely qualitative studies: (1) the drinking biographies study involved in-depth interviews and a quantitative questionnaire with young people, aged 20-24 and (2) the sporting clubs study involved in-depth interviews and focus groups with young people and key informants at Victorian sporting clubs. The research was conducted in inner and outer suburban settings plus provincial and rural locations in Victoria to identify the most salient cultural drivers of youth alcohol consumption.


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