21 Works

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...

Perceptions, practices, and potential: An exploration of school choice for academically gifted students

Sherrol Gane
This thesis explores the experiences academically gifted students and their families are having within a Catholic education system of schools and the impact that these experiences are having on the choice of future schooling. Parents are making the decision to commence their academically gifted child at a Catholic school and throughout the child’s schooling, choices are being considered as to whether to continue with Catholic schooling or seek an alternative. This Australian study investigates the...

The significance of individual contributions to the history of Kildonan UnitingCare.

Sharron Lane
This thesis explores the history of the Victorian community service organisation which until June 2017 was known as Kildonan UnitingCare, and its historical predecessors, through the prisms of leadership and change. The Neglected and Criminal Children’s Act 1864 established a child welfare system where both the government and private establishments could take charge of children. Successive governments did not merely tolerate these private providers but actively partnered with them, and over the course of two...

Exploring Teachers’ Phenomenological Experiences of a Principal’s Change Initiative

Anne-Marie Black
Educational change has traditionally been viewed as an objective and rational process. From this perspective, school leaders have been dependent on solving the infuriatingly elusive effective change process puzzle by trying to “finetune the plan to ensure it incorporated every essential piece of the jigsaw” (Branson, 2010, p. 18). Despite educators seeking to explain events and control processes for change for many decades, effective educational change remains an elusive outcome. By striving to objectify the...

More than Open Data mandates: a staged model for achieving Open Access to scientific data

Vera Lipton
Public science is critical to the economy and to society. However, much of the beneficial impact of scientific research only occurs when scientific knowledge is disseminated broadly and is used by others. This thesis examines the emerging policy, law, and practice of facilitating open access to scientific research data. One particular focus is to examine the open data policies recently introduced by research funders and publishers, and the potential in these for driving the practice...

An exploration of the dimensions of children’s lived experience of spirituality on “The Walk”

Kristen Hobby
Over the past three decades, the term “spirituality” has been included in the Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki (Te Whariki, 2017), the Australian Government’s Belonging, Being and Becoming: Early Years Learning Framework (Belonging, Being and Becoming: Early Years Learning Framework, 2009), and the Welsh Foundation Phase Framework (Early Years Team Department for Educations and Skills, 2015). Despite the use of the term in these countries’ early childhood curriculum documents, little to no...

Exploring Health Education Delivered to Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Admitted to a Shanghai Hospital

Xian-Liang Liu
Introduction Patients with both acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are the focus of this thesis. Together these conditions represent a substantial burden of illness within Western and now Eastern countries. Patients presenting with multiple conditions are frequently encountered within clinical practice, with often poorer clinical outcomes than those with a single condition. The challenge of delivering health education is substantial when patients experience two or more health conditions. Within China,...

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...

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...

‘Crying for home: Who really cares?’ A critical analysis of care giving in the context of Victorian residential care

Paul Chalkley
Residential care provides for approximately 500 children and young people in Victoria each year, yet the dynamics of providing care within this system have received little scholarly attention, at least in part because it forms a much smaller part of the system than home-based care – in 2014 there were 5,900 children and young people in foster care and kinship care in Victoria. It has long been recognised that, despite being highly traumatised and vulnerable,...

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...

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...

An exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' experience of education: a case study of a Catholic secondary school

Patricia Jones
The research problem underlying this study concerns the potential of a mainstream secondary school to offer an inclusive and equitable experience of education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) students. The research explores how Indigenous students experience education at St Mary’s Catholic College, Cairns. Three specific research questions frame the organisation of this study: How do Indigenous students experience teaching and learning at St Mary’s? How do Indigenous parents experience the education of their...

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...

A case study of teachers' perceptions in a culture of change

John Percy
The purpose of this research is to examine the effects of ongoing educational change that has occurred at a particular school. It attempts to identify the thoughts of teachers as they work within this culture of change and link them to the literature on what change looks like from the position of teaching. Unless the experience of teaching is considered from the perspective of teachers, educational change could become professional rhetoric. The research seeks to...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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