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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...

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...

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...

Outdoor play decision-making by families, schools, and local government for children with disabilities

Julia Sterman
Introduction: Play is a right for all children and an essential childhood occupation. Yet, children with disabilities experience exclusion from outdoor play participation. How children’ skills interact with the environment in which they live, notably their family, school, and community, shapes their play choice. Aim: The aim of this study was to understand outdoor play decision-making at family, school, and local government levels for primary school-age children with disabilities. Method: A multiple-perspective case study allowed...

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...

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...

The affordances of online multiplayer games for the social interactions of middle-primary-school-aged students with ASD

Bessie Stone
This descriptive ethnographic case study investigates the potentials and constraints of online multiplayer games for the social interactions of students with an autism spectrum disorder. Minecraft® was selected as the online multiplayer game platform of focus within the research context, given its popularity among primary-school students. The study also describes the multimodal forms of social communication that students with an autism spectrum disorder used as they engaged with online multiplayer games. It investigates students, parent,...

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...

Are age-related changes in perceptual-motor regulation related to an increased falls risk?

Steven van Andel
Introduction Decades of research have shown that approximately one in three older adults, aged 65 years or older, falls at least once each year (Campbell et al., 1990; World Health Organization, 2007). This is a problem in our ageing society; as the number of people in this aged cohort continues to increase, leading to an expected increase of falls and falls related medical costs in the coming years (Hendrie, Hall, Arena, & Legge, 2004). The...

Muscle force contributions to knee joint loading

Nirav Maniar
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common knee injuries suffered by athletic populations. ACL injuries are particularly burdensome due to potential surgical requirements, extensive rehabilitation time and associated financial costs for the individual and the community. Additionally, ACL injuries are associated with increased risk of early onset knee osteoarthritis. As such, ACL injury preventative and rehabilitative strategies are of paramount importance. ACL injuries typically occur during non-contact dynamic tasks, such as...

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...

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...

A case study of the induction experience of new teachers in one Catholic primary school

Rhonda Thornton
Many principals, as leaders in Catholic schools today, are concerned with building a strong school culture based on the common belief of Jesus Christ. Induction of new teachers into the school influences this culture as they bring with them a diversity of beliefs, experience, attitude, and professional maturity. The challenge principals, as leaders, face is continually renewing the shared vision of the community, and maintaining a balance between the corporate needs and those of individuals....

The spiritual revolution: Re-forming the nature and purpose of the Catholic school

Pat Coughlan
Catholic schools are not the places they used to be! This research paper attempts to bring some understanding as to why this assertion is valid by pursuing, firstly, a clearer definition of the contemporary nature and purpose of the Catholic school and, secondly, the consequent challenges to Catholic school leaders to respond to the challenges with some sense of purpose rather than hope. The notion of a "Spiritual Revolution" is advanced to express many of...

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...

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 study of substantial change in the writings of St Thomas Aquinas

Steven Ledinich
This dissertation examines substantial change as explained by St Thomas Aquinas in a number of his works. It provides a systematic exposition, explanation and defence of his account of substantial change, arguing that it is not only satisfactory but also in accord with a sound philosophy of nature as well as being metaphysically consistent. The central aim of the dissertation is to explain how substantial changes are said to occur, that is, to explain the...

Implementation and participation in vocational education and training in Catholic schools

Michelle Swan
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is recognised in all Australian states’ and territories’ education systems in the senior secondary certificates of education. The federal government has researched the benefits of VETiS and promoted it as a subject area of worth through both policy and funding. System leadership in schools have also included VETiS in their strategic direction by establishing and resourcing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to manage the compliance issues associated with the...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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