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Daily living transactions: Understanding how children and carers work together to complete daily living tasks and routines when the child has cerebral palsy.

Robyn Heesh
Objective: This research explored how children with cerebral palsy (CP) functioning at Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels IV and V work together with their carers to complete daily routines. It aimed to investigate the activities and skills that are important and may inform goal setting and intervention planning for children and carers. Design: An explanatory sequential mixed methods study. Method: Non-ambulant children (GMFCS IV and V) aged 5-18 years and their carers were...

Experiencing humour: A critical care phenomenon

Jan Skinner
Humour, whilst frequently occurring within the Critical Care environment, has been traditionally viewed as both macabre and in poor taste. However, for the Registered Nurse working in this setting, humour plays a vital role in the day to day functioning at the unit level, and is identified as an important component in the development of interpersonal relationships between both co-workers and clients. Therefore, by describing this experience, the thesis seeks to elucidate this concept of...

The benefits of believing you can change: implicit malleability theories moderate the relationship between low self-esteem and negative outcomes

James Conigrave
There are at least two ways to combat the negative effects of low self-esteem: directly improve people’s self-esteem, or to decouple the link between low self-esteem and negative outcomes (Hayes & Ciarrochi, 2015). Incremental theories are implicit beliefs that people’s attributes are malleable. In this thesis I argue that subscription to these beliefs may help combat the negative effects of low self-esteem. Incremental theories make individuals less likely to make trait attributions as a result...

Submaximal running testing to monitor training responses in elite Australian rules football players

Kristopher Veugelers
Monitoring training load and training responses in professional football continues to inform athlete management, injury prevention and player welfare. Maximising fitness and minimizing fatigue are finely balanced and differ within phases of the periodised year. It is possible that submaximal exercise tests are more useful than maximal exercise testing to regularly monitor individual training responses in a team environment. The overarching aim of this thesis was to demonstrate the effectiveness of using heart rate measured...

An exploration of Muslims' perceptions and experiences of mental health, illness and treatment services

Lucy Verwey
This research involves an exploration of Muslims’ attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mental health and accessing professional treatment services. It utilised a mixed-methods design consisting of in-depth interviews and a survey. The face-to-face interviews were conducted with practising Muslims in Australia (n = 20), Indonesia (n = 8) and Jordan (n= 6). The online survey was based on the main themes which emerged from the interviews and was completed by Australian Muslim participants (N =...

The collaborative role of parental participation in school policy development: A case study

Mark Creevey
This case study is centred on the examination of the role of parental involvement in school policy development. It documents the collaborative process of school policy development in the field of Computer and Technology Education. Examination of the process of school policy formation was undertaken in a qualitative manner, by the recording of a journal, interviews with committee members, and comparative questionnaires conducted with staff and parents eliciting attitudinal data with a view to refining...

Mindfulness and acceptance approaches to athletic performance

Michael Noetel
Performance enhancement strategies in sport have frequently attempted to help athletes gain control over their thoughts and their emotions (Vealey, 1994) . These are ‘contentfocused’ approaches try to change the content of the athlete’s internal experience. Recently, increasing attention has been directed toward interventions that try to change an athlete’s relationship with those internal experiences, instead of changing the content. These ‘contextfocused’ approaches—including mindfulness and acceptancebased interventions—aim to help athletes perform well with anxiety, rather...

Copyright for education: a case study of Palestine

Rawan Al-Tamimi
Palestine is a poor and disrupted territory and education is vital to its future prosperity and wellbeing. Copyright—which regulates access to information—can at times have a negative effect on education; even more so in least developed countries like Palestine. The aim of this thesis is to explain how copyright and education can function more effectively in the Palestinian context to bring about transformational change and meaningful development. To this end, the thesis (after explaining the...

Girard's mimetic theory and the image of God in man: A preliminary theological perspecitve of human mimesis

Peter Stork
This study seeks to establish a link between Girard's mimetic anthropology and the Biblical notion that man is created in the image and likeness of God. While Girard developed deliberately an anthropology without reference to theology, this study - in an attempt to show that human mimesis makes also sense theologically - has taken creation theology as its starting point. By reviewing three Girardian authors, Alison, Bailie and Schwager, the thesis that mimesis belongs to...

A Study of the adult learning experiences of Peruvian single women who migrated to Australia in the late 1960s and early 1970s

Flor Becerra
This thesis constitutes a study of the migration, settlement and adult learning experiences of single Peruvian women who migrated to Australia between the 1960s and 1970s. As relevant background, matters related to the migration of women to Australia generally throughout this country's modern history are also examined. This study aims to contribute to the knowledge of history and the knowledge of adult education. The specific goal is to highlight the migration and settlement learning experiences...

Yorn HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) liturgies: Incorporating a Yom HaShoah liturgy within the Christian liturgical calendar in Australia

Barbara Allen
In this thesis I propose that the Church should incorporate a Y om HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) Liturgy within its liturgical calendar in Australia. The thesis analyses the critical issues in developing a liturgy for such a service and proposes a liturgy designed for use in Australia. These critical issues include: the naming of the liturgy (the different names available and in use, each with its particular symbolic power); and the necessity for the commemoration...

Mentoring as a professional development activity for administrators in Catholic education

Peter Hill
The purpose of this study is to consider the possibilities of mentoring as a professional development activity for those in the role of Assistant to the Principal, Administration (APA). Mentoring is considered worthy of investigation, as it appears to be a professional development activity that is self-directed and capable of meeting the individual needs of the practitioners engaged in the role. Professional development for many administrators appears to have become a laborious task of attending...

Eureka! Women and birthing on the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s

Desley Beechey
The Ballarat goldfields were a raucous, noisy, exhilarating place that was a tent home for thousands of men, women and children in the 1850s. The Ballarat goldrush and the Eureka Rebellion are among the most significant events in the history of Australia. They set the scene for this study titled Eureka! Women and birthing on the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s. This qualitative study utilised and historical research method informed by a feminist perspective. This...

A study of ordering mechanisms for generating R6 and SAI distributions from criteria-based assessment data

Brett Rangiira
This study explores the issue of generating ordered distributions of Queensland senior secondary school students using criteria-based assessment data. Criteria-based assessment data are multidimensional, yet ordered distributions are unidimensional since order is a property of univariate data. Ordering multivariate data requires the data to be transformed onto a univariate scale and such transformations are called here ordering mechanisms. The ordered distributions obtained from the criteria-based assessment data are used for certification purposes and tertiary entrance...

A case study of parent-school partnership

Jan Cronin
During the past three decades a great deal has been written about the role parents have in their children's education. The literature has followed an evolving understanding of this role from involvement through participation to parent-school partnership. Although some professional educators have been slow to recognise such a partnership, there is now no doubt that parents are beginning to see it as their right. The problem for schools is not just to implement legislation about...

Improving the Livelihoods of Young People in Nepal: The Contribution of Social Enterprises

Rojee Joshi
This thesis examines five cases of social enterprise organisations from Nepal, a geographically challenged, politically volatile country with poor infrastructure, a high poverty gradient, and high levels of social and gender disparity. The study aims to explore how organisations following principles of social enterprise can address the multifaceted challenges of youth unemployment. Specifically, the study aims to understand the contribution of social enterprise organisations to the improvement of livelihoods of young people in Nepal, through...

A change of heart: An investigation of the role of moral purpose within a model of leading for learning

Michelle Court
Researchers are advocating for a stronger focus on moral purpose and ethical leadership within school improvement processes (Burford & Bezzina, 2014; Duignan, 2006; Fullan, 2011a; Shapiro & Gross, 2013; Stefkovich & Begley, 2007); however, the relevant literature suggests this is not being operationalised for teachers in schools. At one Catholic primary school, teachers who participated in the Australian Catholic University’s Leaders Transforming Learning and Learners (LTLL) project developed a model where explicit attention to moral...

Policy development as a process of renewal in a school community: A thesis

Denis Anthonisz
This thesis documents the development of a Behaviour Management Policy in a primary school. Its broader scope explores the concept of renewal; a school community engaging in an activity of school improvement which reflects the needs and wants of that community and is geared towards satisfying the global needs and requirements of that community. As such renewal concerns itself with the possibility of change in the perceptions and attitudes of the various stakeholders in a...

Thomas Aquinas and Joseph Ratzinger's theology of divine revelation: a comparative study

Andrew Wood
This dissertation is a comparative study of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and Joseph Ratzinger’s (b.1927) theology of the way God reveals, or divine Revelation. The Dissertation’s Question and Outline Early in his theological formation Ratzinger was disenchanted by the Neo-Scholastic presentation he received of Thomas’s theology from his seminary professors in Freising. Upon discovering philosophical Personalism, he subsequently acquired an Augustinian, Bonaventurian, and even neo-Platonic tendency. Despite this, he claims never to have rejected Aquinas or...

The evolution of transport assistance for students attending non-state schools in Queensland 1906 - March 2001: A project

Paul Travers
This project documents the development of State Government funded transport assistance for students attending Queensland schools during the period 1906 to March 2001. Although the project covers all major developments in transport assistance for State school students, its main purpose is to document the struggle for justice and equity in the provision of Government funded transport assistance for students attending non-State schools in Queensland. Particular emphasis is placed on the period 1976 to March 2001,...

The function and significance of middle voice verbs in the Greek New Testament

Susan Smetko
Prompted by the re-consideration of the concept of deponency for Greek verbs in recent decades, this exploration seeks to open new vistas for understanding the middle voice in the Greek New Testament. While the middle voice has often not been emphasised in NT studies, statistical data derived from morphological data bases indicate that middle verb forms appear not infrequently throughout the New Testament and therefore warrant due consideration. This study focuses on verbs with middle...

The Catholic school parish nexus: A case study

James Quillinan
The study recorded in this thesis sought to gain initial baseline information about the purpose of the Catholic schools, from the perspective of those who lead Catholic schools and from the perceptive of those who lead parishes in the diocese of Townsville. The study is perhaps the first step in beginning to ask whether a nineteenth century decision about Catholic schools as "the best sociological conditions for the religious socialization of the young is .......

A case study of one staff's response to Catholic school administration

John Carroll
This thesis is centred upon the administrative structure of Catholic primary schools and how they can become more fundamentally Catholic. The problem required an examination of leadership and management and how these applied to Catholic schooling. Having initiated a structure (School Support Team) that set out to respond to Catholic school administration, a focus school was studied in relation to the theoretical principles which emerged from the literature. The study was conducted through an interpretive...

The relationship between the Catholic school and the parish in the diocese of Rockhampton: A case study

Simon Watkins
The research project sought to gain initial information about the perceived purpose of Catholic schools from the perspectives of the administration teams in the diocese of Rockhampton. Catholic schools were first established ever one hundred years ago; society, Catholicism and parental expectations have changed over time. This study aims to inform future planning by the major stakeholders in Catholic education in the diocese of Rockhampton, to attempt to provide the most suitable educational structures to...

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