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Steel magnolias' healing journeys: Rural women speak of transforming their lives after the experience of childhood sexual assault

Kandie Allen-Kelly
This thesis examines the construction of healing from childhood sexual assault from the perspective of adult women who had been sexually abused in their childhood years. The purpose of the study is to provide a space to hear the stories of rural women, and a forum to allow those stories to be shared with a wider audience. Its focus is on the women's accounts of how their lives have been shaped by those experiences, what...

The 'Limit" experience of senior high school students: A study across four Catholic high schools

Paul Terence McQuillan
The purpose of the research reported in this thesis is to investigate the occurrence and recognition of “limit experience” among some Catholic High School students in their final year at selected secondary colleges in Brisbane. “Limit” experience was defined as "an experience that reveals a reality of life beyond the self, beyond the here and now". It may be recognition of our own fragility and vulnerability as much as a joyous awareness of a reality...

Hydostatic and thermal influences on intravascular volume determination during immersion: Quantification of the F-cell ratio

Christopher Gordon
Previous data have shown that the most prevalent, indirect plasma volume (PV) measurement technique, which utilises changes in haematocrit (Hct) and haemoglobin concentration ([Hb]), underestimates actual PV changes during immersion, when compared to a direct tracer-dilution method. An increase in the F-cell ratio (whole-body haematocrit (Hctw) to large-vessel haematocrit (Hctv) ratio) has been purported as a possible explanation, probably due to hydrostatic and thermally-mediated changes during water immersion. Previous investigators have not quantified the F-cell...

A study of Catholic schools' consultants in New South Wales: Their leadership, relationship with principals and influence on schools

Anthony Whelan
How do the Catholic Schools Consultants through their leadership and relationship with Principals influence the outcomes of Catholic systemic schools in New South Wales (NSW)? This research question has been of considerable interest to the professional communities of Catholic educators. Throughout NSW there are eleven diocesan Catholic school systems, each led by a Director assisted by senior field officers called Consultants, the equivalent position of Area superintendents or inspectors in other school systems. The leadership...

Two Australian Pilgrimages

John Hannaford
In a time of rapid social change pilgrimages are resurfacing as significant and visible social phenomena. Australia has historically been noted as a very secular society but in recent years there has been some scholarly attention to forms of spirituality outside of the orthodox, Church religion. In matters of national identity and commitment to place it is argued that there could be an upsurge in spirituality, in contrast to the decline of those practising formal...

From metaphors to mantras - Principals making sense of and integrating accountability expectations: A grounded theoretical model

Judith Norris
There is increasing pressure on principals in Australia in general, and in New South Wales (NSW) in particular, to report and justify the results of their students on externally mandated assessment programs such as the Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations and the National Numeracy and Literacy Assessment Program (NAPLAN). However, our understanding of the way these principals interpret and respond to accountability demands is limited. Research on the way principals understand, prioritise and comply with...

Parents’ perceptions of their roles in supporting their child with Down Syndrome develop mathematical concepts

Theresa v
"Many parents of children with Down syndrome are working with their child to help them learn. Little is known of the roles they play, however, in the development of mathematics concepts. This thesis reports on an investigation of the self-reported perceived roles of these parents and the way in which the perceptions of their roles changed during this study. The study is situated within the Parent Involvement Process theoretical model first developed by Hoover-Dempsey and...

Not everything is grace: Aquinas's notion of 'pure nature' and the Christian integralism of Henri De Lubac and of radical orthodoxy

Matthew Mulcahy
Henri de Lubac argues that, in early modern times, a pernicious concept began to become commonplace in Roman Catholic theology: this concept is 'pure nature.' Pure nature is human nature, considered without reference to grace or to the supernatural destiny of personal union with God. Further, de Lubac argues that Catholic theology, in assimilating this idea, has departed from the sound tradition represented by St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. He holds that the notion...

The emergence of a dominant discourse associated with school programs: A study of CLaSS

John Rafferty
This thesis takes the position that once schools and school systems adopt reform programs,the values and meanings inherent in those programs create and perpetuate powerful forms of discourse that characterize the projects themselves, evoke loyalty and commitment and may ultimately serve to stifle other voices. The thesis examines several primary schools involved with the Children's Literacy Success Strategy (CLaSS) in the Victorian Catholic Education system. It is an analysis of the dominant discourse created and...

Making the Edmund Rice ethos a reality: A case study in the perceptions of principals in Christian Brothers' schools in Queensland

Kerrie Tuite
This research concerns how lay principals are negotiating the nurturing of authentic Edmund Rice education in their schools within a period of organisational change in the 21st century. The context of this research is Queensland Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition, once more commonly known as Christian Brothers' schools. These schools claim to carry on the educational charism of Edmund Rice (1762-1844), Founder of the Christian Brothers, who began schools in Ireland to provide...

2011 NCLS Attender Data Survey Types AP and AC

Ruth Powell, Miriam Pepper & Sam Sterland
he National Church Life Survey (NCLS) is a project of NCLS Research. The primary aim of the NCLS is to provide information to Christian congregations and parishes about the health or vitality of their local church. However, it also covers a range of other research areas. The NCLS has collected data from several thousand congregations/parishes, hundreds of thousands of church attenders and thousands of local church leaders from approximately 20 Christian denominations across Australia every...

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