At Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER), we have one of the largest concentrations of university-based education researchers in the country. Our researchers work are an interdisciplinary coalition working to ensure that the benefits which can flow from any form of education and learning are genuinely accessible to all people in all contexts. Our focus is on the pursuit of educational and social justice, and we invest in research and research activities that generate new knowledge about diverse learners and diverse contexts. Our Blog provides introductions to our outstanding team of researchers, and our original, impactful research.

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MRFF Grant for Early Intervention Autism Research

GIER researchers are part of a team to have been awarded a significant grant for their landmark study funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).   The team, led by Associate Professor Dawn Adams (GIER, Griffith), from the Autism Centre for Excellence, will be looking at early intervention for autistic children, with a focus on quality of life and wellbeing. To date, early interventions in autism have tended to focus on teaching skills or reducing impairments. None have ever focused on improving their quality of life (QoL).  Read More

Meet Dr Nicole Dargue

Dr Nicole Dargue is an early career researcher working within the Autism Centre of Excellence.  Trained in neuropsychology, her research looks at factors that may enhance learning and communication. She specialises in non-verbal communication in children on the autism spectrum.  Read More

Art Force Awards for Homework Club Mentor

Two dedicated GIER members, Dr Loraine McKay and Dr Tasha Riley, are delighted to share the news that one of their Homework Club Mentors, Ms Caroline (Carrie) Waugh, won the Community Organisation section of the Art Force Awards for the traffic box she painted as a gift of hope for community organisation, Beyond DV. Read More

IDAHOBIT x 365: One Day That Can Become a Year 

Tuesday 17 May is IDAHOBIT - the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.  This is an important day to remember why we fight for safe, affirming and culturally appropriate care for all members of LGBTQIAP + communities who have been minoritized within and beyond educational and workplace settings.  Read More

Meet Dr Wayne Usher

Dr Wayne Usher is an experienced and versatile educator, currently working on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research, fusing sport, psychology and social inclusion for people with disabilities. With a breadth of work experience in primary, secondary and higher educational settings and as a multi-skilled athlete and coach, Wayne is interested in research that supports social, community and organisational impact. Read More

Meet Dr Yoriko Kikkawa

Dr Yoriko Kikkawa is a dedicated GIER research fellow with expertise in research and understanding behaviours and practices from cross cultural and cross disciplinary perspectives. Arriving as an exchange student over 20 years ago with a Bachelor of Education and a keen curiosity in the cross-cultural differences between education in Japan and Australia, Yoriko now specialises in innovative qualitative research. Read More

Honorary Doctorate Award: Professor Peter Grootenboer

In 2020, Professor Peter Grootenboer (long term member of GIER) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Gothenburg University, Sweden. Due to COVID related restrictions, the ceremony and associated events have been regularly postponed. We are excited to celebrate the fact that the award ceremony took place in Sweden on Friday 6 May 2022.   Read More

Meet Dr Loraine McKay

Dr Loraine McKay is a consistent achiever, with strong guiding values in social justice and equity, who has created an international profile as a researcher in the fields of pre-service teacher identify development. Her work incorporates well-being, resilient-engagement, self-efficacy and agency to prepare teacher for the rigours of the professional world.  Read More

AVETRA Conference: Inequality a major focus of presenters

GIER members were recently involved in the ‘Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association’ (AVETRA) annual conference, a hybrid event held over two days (28-29 April). GIER’s Deputy Director, Steven Hodge, was conference chair. Read More

Meet Associate Professor Kevin Larkin

Associate Professor Kevin Larkin is an inspiring and dedicated educator and researcher, who’s been working in the field of education his entire life. After 15 years as a primary school teacher and 14 years as a Deputy Principal, Kevin completed his Doctoral studies at Griffith in 2010, and has been working here since 2012, specifically with pre-service teachers in mathematics. He has been a long standing and valued member of GIER.  Read More

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