693 Works

Collaborative ministry: A case study in innovation, collegiality and theological reflection

Alan Niven
In 1996 a Lay parish Leader was appointed to the Catholic parish of St Louis de Montfort, Aspendale, Melbourne. The commissioning liturgy was performed by the Archbishop, the first such official appointment in Australia. The expansion of lay ministries, the growing numbers of lay ecclesial ministers and the reality of the shortage of priests contributed to the need to evaluate new models of leadership. The tomorrow's Church process projected that by 2010 there would be...

A transnational approach to educational leadership capacity building: a case study of the Masters of Education programme at Notre Dame Institute of Education, Karachi, Pakistan

Sukaina Rizvi
"The expansion of educational opportunities internationally provides major prospects for developing countries to reform their education systems. The rise of new forms of transnational education, (the provision of education to learners in a country different from that of the provider) and the expansion of capacity building opportunities have helped developing nations to increase domestic access to international education and to enhance the quality of their local education systems through increasing the variety and relevance of...

Teacher learning matters: The interrelationship between the personal and professional lives of rural teachers

Helen Weadon
The aim of this thesis is to highlight the growing understanding that schools and all its members are continually learning. This has provided a new lens for educationists to view the professional and personal needs of teachers. Goodson (1996) refers to the fact that researchers have often omitted the 'lived voice' of the teacher in educational research. By this he means that the life stories and experiences of teachers, told by themselves, are ruled out...

Theology engaging evolutionary theory: Fresh insights into the nature of God

Peter Foord
This thesis explores the work of three theologians, Arthur Peacocke, John Haught and Denis Edwards, each of whom has made a significant contribution to the dialogue between contemporary evolutionary biology and the Christian understanding of God. The thesis explores and analyses how evolutionary theory throws light on key theological themes such as the nature of God's providence, especially in relation to pain, suffering and evil, and the meaning of Jesus Christ. The thesis involves a...

How Catholic social teaching and Ignatian spirituality interact within the praxis of the Jesuit conference Asia Pacific Social Apostolate network in relation to vulnerable migrants in and from Asia

Sandra Cornish
"This research into the interaction of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Ignatian spirituality within the praxis of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific Social Apostolate Network (the Network) in relation to vulnerable migrants in or from Asia in the period 2008–2012 adopts a community engagement approach, partnering with the Network to generate emergent knowledge and transformative action. The research design consciously engages synergies between CST, Ignatian spirituality and a praxis approach to theology. The tools of...

Developing a professional learning community for teachers of religious education

Alexandra Harvey
This thesis, 'Developing a professional learning community for teachers of religious education', aimed to study the learning experiences of teachers involved in professional learning to implement new religious education guidelines. In particular, the study attempted to explore teacher perceptions of the characteristics of effective professional learning and identified factors influencing their professional growth. Following the development of themes and key understandings, further research aimed to study the impact that teacher professional learning had on improving...

Building bridges: Exploring the contributions of principals and pastors to the mission of Lutheran primary schools

Tania Nelson
"In this research the mission of the Lutheran primary school, and the contributions of principals and pastors to that mission, was explored. The concern of the Lutheran Church of Australia about how best to respond to the mission opportunities that are present in schools was addressed. Principal and pastor perceptions of the mission of the Lutheran primary school and their contributions to the mission were investigated. Spiritual leadership of the principal and the pastor was...

An exploration of how some staff members perceive Catholic school renewal in some primary schools in the Catholic Diocese of Rockhamption

Simon Watkins
For the last forty years, since the end of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has been committed to renewal. In Queensland, Catholic schools have responded to this commitment by undertaking cyclical renewal processes since the early 1980s. The focus of this research was the process of Catholic School Renewal in the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. The review of the literature focused on literature relating to school effectiveness and school improvement internationally...

School refusal: A case study

Robert Rennie
"According to the literature school refusal is a complex disorder. Whilst the condition only occurs in 2% of the general school population, more interestingly the problem accounts for about 8% of clinically referred children (Burke & Silverman, 1987). This study focuses on the school refusal of a young adolescent male. This thesis has examined the degree to which school refusal can be minimised through employing a whole school approach underpinned by effective pastoral care (WSNPC...

The Contribution of the Neighbourhood Environment to the Relationship Between Neighbourhood Disadvantage and Physical Function Among Middle-Aged to Older Adults

Hui Loh
With the continuing increases in life expectancies in developed countries, an important public health goal is to ensure successful ageing—morbidity compression, maintenance of physical functioning and active engagement in life. It is well established that the onset of physical function decline begins in mid-life, and functional capacity is critical to maintaining mobility, independence and quality of life. A growing body of literature has found that residents of more disadvantaged neighbourhoods have significantly poorer physical function,...

Teenage boys' perceptions of the influence of teachers and school experiences on their understanding of masculinity

John Lee
There is widespread interest shown in the education of boys in school as evidenced in research, education initiatives and discussion in the general community. Research undertaken by Connell (1989, 1995, 1996, 2000), Laberge and Albert (1999), Mac an Ghaill (1994), Martino (1998), West (1999, 2002) and others suggests that there is a range of masculinities displayed by teenage boys. Some of the masculinities with which boys identify are in conflict with accepted ideas of educational...

Validity and clinical utility of the Personal Care - Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART)

Susan Darzins
Inpatient rehabilitation aims to facilitate people’s functional recovery and return to participation in daily life roles and occupations. A critical aspect of rehabilitation is enabling people’s accomplishment of activities of daily living (ADL) required for community life. Functioning in ADL is typically assessed by occupational therapists in preparation for discharge to community living using a combination of standardised and non-standardised assessment methods. Typically used standardised assessments are important but their measurement constructs are limited in...

An examination of seagrass monitoring protocols as applied to two New South Wales estuarine settings

Mustafa Hossain
Many recent studies have sought to monitor health characteristics of seagrasses, including changes in aerial extent, biomass and fish community structure. While these studies have provided important information on the ecology of seagrass communities on southeast Australia, little attempt has been made to subject these sampling procedures to rigorous experimental testing and review. This study employed commonly-used standard methods for sampling seagrass community characteristics in two sites in New South Wales. Where possible, sampling protocols...

Flannery O'Connor's letters and fiction: A corresponding identity

Bernadette Rosbrook
This thesis attempts to demonstrate the way in which Flannery 0' Connor uses the personal letter as vehicle for negotiating her involvement with the world. It begins by examining the way in which O'Connor's letters function as a form of self-writing. Discussing her letters as an autobiographical text highlights the significance of detachment in the creation of a self-identity responsive to ""cultural"" and ""essential"" impulses simultaneously. This leads inevitably to the identification of the ways...

Incident management: Human factors and minimising mean time to restore service

Katherine O'Callaghan
Unplanned IT outages can cost businesses money, as well as lost customer satisfaction, and a variety of additional hidden costs. Incident managers are employed by organisations to restore service from unplanned IT outages as expeditiously as possible. This research focused on two components employed by incident managers in doing their job to determine if particular components, or combinations of these components, result in a shorter amount of time to restore service than do others. The...

Catholic schools seeking authenticity in a secular and pluralist society

Fulvio Frijo
This thesis reports on a case study of three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia. It also provides an exploration of the contemporary Catholic school as it seeks to participate in the educational mission of the Church. Catholic schools are no longer institutions for the converted. Today their purposes are challenged by a contemporary demographic which finds little formal relationship with the institutional Church. Yet these schools still hold a strong enough attraction...

An exposition and Christian ethical evaluation of the conflict between the Bangsamoro people and the government of Philippines

Norberto Dellosa
The purpose of this dissertation is to present an exposition and Christian ethical evaluation of the violent conflict in Southern Philippines between the Bangsamoro people and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) representing the central government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP). The Bangsamoro people, the original Muslim inhabitants of Mindanao at the time of colonization by the Spanish in 1521, now comprise only about five per cent of the total 90 million...

The chameleon principal: A reconceptualisation of the notion of leadership as seen within the context of a rural school and its community

Angela Kelly
This narrative autoethnography tells the story of a small rural community over a ten year period through the ethnographic eye. It is told within the context of a primary rural school and the community that supports it. It reflects the aspirations, the pain and the dreams of the community. Within the telling of stories, lies the question of what a leader needs to 'be' for the people (the concept of educational leadership). This 'being' for...

Calcium and Vitamin-D supplementation on bone structural properties in young male Jockeys: A randomised controlled trial

Leslie Silk
"Introduction: Young male jockeys compromise bone health by engaging in caloric restriction and high volumes of physical activity during periods of musculoskeletal growth and development. Failure to attain peak bone mass (PBM) during growth can have adverse short and long term musculoskeletal effects, with numerous studies demonstrating inferior bone health in jockey populations. However, no study to date has addressed counteracting the deleterious effects that participation in this sport has on bone health. The purpose...

Compliance with lipid-lowering medications following diagnosis of coronary heart disease by angiography: A prospective cohort study

Sandra McKellar
The aim of this research study was to measure the length of time that coronary heart disease patients remain compliant with lipid lowering medications and, if they ceased taking their medications, to investigate the reasons why. Scope: The research was designed as a prospective cohort study, enrolling 120 randomly selected patients who were diagnosed with coronary heart disease by angiography and followed up for one year. Individual participants were followed up, via monthly telephone interviews,...

An investigation of episodic foresight ability in users of illicit substances

Kimberly Mercuri
The overall objective of this research project was to investigate the cognitive ability of episodic foresight in various drug-using populations. Episodic foresight refers to the uniquely human ability to mentally project the self into the future and pre-experience an event. The first study (in press) was designed to address an identified gap in our understanding of episodic foresight in long-term opiate users. A group of long term opiate users (n = 48) and a group...

The distribution, growth, reproduction and population genetics of a mangrove species, Rhizophora stylosa Griff, near its southern limits in New South Wales, Australia

Nicholas Wilson
Rhizophora stylosa is a common and widespread mangrove species on tropical coasts in the Indo-West Pacific and very common and widespread in northern Australia. This aim of this study was to investigate R. stylosa's distribution, growth, reproduction and population genetics over the last 300 kms of its range at its southern limits in northern New South Wales on the Australian east coast. Rhizophora stylosa was found to be more widespread between and within estuaries in...

Organizational, professional and personal roles in an era of change: The case of the Catholic clergy

Georja Power
"The effects of transformations in the cultural context on the structures of the Catholic organization and consequently on the identity and role of priests is explored in this research. The way these transformations affect clergy relationships with the church, diocesan authorities and parishioners, and ultimately the psychological wellbeing of priests, are investigated in the light of recent research and literature. Quantitative and qualitative data from the Catholic Church Life Surveys (CCLS) of 1996 and 2001...

Starting further back: An analysis of Karl Rahner’s mystagogical approach applied to the new evangelisation in an Australian setting

Anthony Mellor
"The New Evangelisation is the name given to a renewed impulse of evangelisation for today’s world. The situation of religious institutional diminishment in many Western countries requires a more nuanced approach to the proclamation of Christian faith. This new context demands new methods of re-proposing the Good News in the modern age. A mystagogical approach looks towards modes of evangelisation which engage the religious imagination and draw out personal experiences of transcendence and religious sensibility....

Memorization and improvisation: A comparison of two strategies in the oral acquisition of english as a second language

Wen-Chung Liu
"The purpose of this research is to investigate the effects of two teaching strategies, memorization and improvisation, on ESL (English as a second language) students' oral proficiency and how they perceived the strategies and the activities used in the classroom. Participants were 16-year-old nursing students in a Taiwan medical college. They had learned English for at least three and a half years before joining the study, but most of their previous learning was focused on...

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