New ARC Linkage Awards for 2003 - Round Two

 

Faculty of Education

School of Social and Cultural Studies
School of Scientific and Developmental Studies

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Engineering and Technology


Faculty of Education

School of Social and Cultural Studies

Title: Working students: reconceptualising the doctoral experience

Investigators:
Prof TD Evans
Ms M Pearson
Dr PD Macauley

Funding: Yr 1: $46,066 Yr 2: $46,066 Yr 3: $46,066
Split across calendar years:
2003 $23,033
2004 $46,066
2005 $46,066
2006 $23,033

APA(I) Award(s): 2
Category: 3399 OTHER EDUCATION

Partner Organisation(s):
Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations
Deakin University Student Association
Post Graduate And Research Students' (PARSA) Association

Summary: Doctoral education is traditionally conceptualised in policies and practices as about young, full-time students with no work or related commitments. However, nowadays, doctoral candidates constitute a diverse population working in various institutional, community and industry sites. Government, universities and students' associations need to reconceptualise contemporary doctoral candidates' working relationships to enhance doctoral education and to realise its full potential in society. Using quantitative and qualitative approaches, the project breaks new ground through two related comprehensive and systematic studies of the doctoral-working experiences of full-time and part-time students. It will generate new conceptual frameworks, and tools for data collection and analysis.


School of Scientific and Developmental Studies

Title: Improving middle years mathematics and science: The role of subject cultures in school and teacher change

Investigators:
A/Prof RW Tytler
A/Prof SC Groves
A/Prof A Gough

Funding:
Yr 1: $80,000 Yr 2: $80,000 Yr 3: $80,000
Split across calendar years:
2003 $40,000
2004 $80,000
2005 $80,000
2006 $40,000

APA(I) Award(s): 2
Category: 3303 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS

Partner Organisation(s):
Victorian Department of Education and Training

Summary: Student disengagement with mathematics and science in the middle years of schooling, and the low retention rates into these areas in upper years, is of national concern. This project investigates the role of mathematics and science knowledge, and school subject cultures, in mediating change processes in the middle years. It builds on a highly successful change model developed for science teaching and learning in Victoria to investigate how generic conceptions of teacher pedagogy and school change intersect with subject matter knowledge and traditions in the closely related areas of mathematics and science. The findings will inform future school change projects.

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Title: A sentinel study of trends in coronary heart disease risk factors in Australia

Investigators:
Prof A Worsley

Funding:
Yr 1: $23,033 Yr 2: $23,033 Yr 3: $23,033
Split across calendar years:
2003 $11,517
2004 $23,033
2005 $23,033
2006 $11,517

APA(I) Award(s): 1
Category: 3212 PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

Partner Organisation(s):
Sanitarium Australia
Sydney Adventist Hospital

Summary: This project will use data collected by the Sydney Adventist Hospital from the managerial workforce during the past 25 years to examine the relationships of food consumption, smoking and lifestyle habits to risk of heart disease, obesity and mature onset diabetes. The lifestyles of different groups of people will be compared and related to disease risk. The effectiveness of hospital based health promotion in reducing these disease risk factors will be assessed. Likely outcomes include better understanding of the causes of heart disease, obesity and diabetes; more effective hospital based health promotion strategies, and new disease surveillance systems.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Developing new, water-based lubricants for sheet metal forming

Investigators:
Dr GL Kelly
Dr PJ Pigram

Funding:
Yr 1: $23,033 Yr 2: $23,033 Yr 3: $23,033
Split across calendar years:
2003 $11,517
2004 $23,033
2005 $23,033
2006 $11,517

APA(I) Award(s): 1
Category: 2914 MATERIALS ENGINEERING

Partner Organisation(s):
BP Australia Ltd.

Summary: There is increasing pressure on manufacturers, including the sheet metal forming industry, to use less toxic, water-based lubricants with a number of common additives being banned or being phased out internationally. In the case of automotive manufacturers, this is combined with demand for alternative sheet materials to reduce costs or cater for export markets. Efficient development of new lubricants or replacement additives requires a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between lubricant components and the surface of the sheet metal. This project will explore and model these interactions and how they are affected by the variables in a metal forming process.

Title: Reducing the hairiness and improving the quality of wool yarns

Investigators:
A/Prof X Wang

Funding:
Yr 1: $60,000 Yr 2: $60,000 Yr 3: $60,000
Split across calendar years:
2003 $30,000
2004 $60,000
2005 $60,000
2006 $30,000

APA(I) Award(s): 0
Category: 2903 MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

Partner Organisation(s):
Australian Merino Spinners P/L

Summary: The fibre ends that protrude from the surface of wool yarns make the yarns hairy. Yarn hairiness leads to reduced efficiency in spinning, knitting and weaving. Excessive yarn hairiness also adversely affects other important yarn properties as well as the quality of wool garments. This project aims at reducing the hairiness and improving the quality of yarns made from Australian merino wool. It will generate new knowledge on the mechanism of hairiness formation and its reduction. This research will also help enhance the quality image of Australian merino wool and wool garments, adding value to the multi-billion dollar wool industry.

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1st December 2009