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Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume Three, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons Aug 2015

Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume Three, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume Two, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons Aug 2015

Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume Two, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons

Professor Anne Graham

Volume Two of the Final Report for the Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play?’ This Volume is to be read in conjunction with Volumes One, Three and Four of the Final Report.


Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume Four, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons Aug 2015

Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume Four, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons

Professor Anne Graham

This report is Volume Four of the Final Report for the Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play?’


Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume One, Anne Graham, R Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons Aug 2015

Wellbeing In Schools: Research Project: Improving Approaches To Wellbeing In Schools: What Role Does Recognition Play? Final Report: Volume One, Anne Graham, R Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Powell, Nigel Thomas, Donnah L. Anderson, Nadine E. White, Catharine A. Simmons

Professor Anne Graham

Volume One of the Final Report for t he Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play?’.


Parent-School Partnership: Report Of Survey Findings From Parents, Principals And Clergy, Donnah L. Anderson, Anne Graham Jul 2015

Parent-School Partnership: Report Of Survey Findings From Parents, Principals And Clergy, Donnah L. Anderson, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


In The Picture: Understanding Belonging And Connection For Young People With Cognitive Disability In Regional Communities Through Photo-Rich Research: Final Report, Sally Robinson, Malcolm Hill, Karen Fisher, Anne Graham, Kylie Valentine Feb 2015

In The Picture: Understanding Belonging And Connection For Young People With Cognitive Disability In Regional Communities Through Photo-Rich Research: Final Report, Sally Robinson, Malcolm Hill, Karen Fisher, Anne Graham, Kylie Valentine

Professor Anne Graham

Feeling like you belong and that you are connected to people and places is fundamental to young people’s identity. For young people with cognitive disability who live in regional Australia, very little is known about what helps and what hinders belonging and connection in their communities. This research addressed this gap in our knowledge by working collaboratively with young people. Young people were asked what helped them to feel like they belonged and were connected to their communities, and what aspects of belonging were difficult to achieve. The research investigators assisted them to describe their connections, and how to ...


Imagining An Ideal School For Wellbeing: Locating Student Voice, Catharine A. Simmons, Anne Graham, Nigel Thomas Nov 2014

Imagining An Ideal School For Wellbeing: Locating Student Voice, Catharine A. Simmons, Anne Graham, Nigel Thomas

Professor Anne Graham

This article explores the significance of actively engaging with students in school about matters that concern them. The discussion draws upon data from a large-scale mixed methods study in Australia that investigated how ‘wellbeing’ in schools is understood and facilitated. The qualitative phase of the research included semi-structured focus group interviews with 606 students, aged between 6 and 17 years, which incorporated an activity inviting students to imagine, draw and discuss an ideal school that promoted their wellbeing. These data reveal how capable students are of providing rich, nuanced accounts of their experience that could potentially inform school improvement. While ...


Exploring Teacher Professional Development Through The Lens Of Complexity Theory: The Technology Together Story, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Jan 2013

Exploring Teacher Professional Development Through The Lens Of Complexity Theory: The Technology Together Story, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Facilitating teacher professional development in complex and dynamic school environments continues to be a challenge for school leaders. This is particularly the case in the area of information and communication technology (ICT) integration, where a constant and rapid rate of change, expanding pedagogical possibilities, and the influence of individual teachers’ values, attitudes, beliefs and skills mean that simplistic approaches to teacher learning are unlikely to be successful. This chapter explores the potential of Complexity Theory, including notions of causality, self-organised adaptation, sensitivity to initial conditions, bifurcation and redundancy, for understanding teacher professional learning. Issues of collaboration, reflection, management and policy ...


I Can U Can: Six Strategies For Building Teachers’ Ict Confidence And Capability Through Metacognitive Discussion And Reflection: Experiences From Technology Together, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Sharon Brennan, Carolyn Carrigan Sep 2011

I Can U Can: Six Strategies For Building Teachers’ Ict Confidence And Capability Through Metacognitive Discussion And Reflection: Experiences From Technology Together, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Sharon Brennan, Carolyn Carrigan

Professor Anne Graham

When people are prompted to think about their values, beliefs and their past experiences they will often start to recognise factors that impact on their learning and this recognition can bring key insights into how they can help themselves to change. It can assist them to realise the strengths and limitations of various learning strategies and change their perspectives and behaviours. Computer learners can also be prompted to see that becoming a proficient computer using teacher is more about their attitudes and learning strategies than it is about having some ‘magic’ personal quality or set of skills. Technology Together, the ...


Technology Together: Supporting Whole-Schools To Become Capable Learning Communities, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Elizabeth Watts, Anne O'Brien Sep 2011

Technology Together: Supporting Whole-Schools To Become Capable Learning Communities, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Elizabeth Watts, Anne O'Brien

Professor Anne Graham

While many teachers are integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in their teaching practice, there are still a significant number of teachers who are hesitant, reluctant or resistant to using technology, either personally and/or in their teaching. Many teachers remain daunted by the rapid rate of technological change, and the inability to feel as though they ‘know enough’. While most approaches to teacher professional development concentrate on skill development of individual teachers, this paper describes an approach that focuses instead on the values, attitudes, beliefs, confidence and learning strategies of teachers, and on building a culture within a school ...


Having A Say ... When Your Parents Separate, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald May 2011

Having A Say ... When Your Parents Separate, Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Progressing Children’S Participation: Exploring The Potential Of A Dialogical Turn, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Apr 2011

Progressing Children’S Participation: Exploring The Potential Of A Dialogical Turn, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

Professor Anne Graham

Children’s participation is increasingly ambiguous and contested. Such complexity emerges in response to its emancipatory possibilities as well as unresolved tensions and power practices. The authors argue that closer attention must now be given to the interpretative milieu of children’s participation, that is, to the act of dialogue that has emerged as central to the participatory process. They point to the need for a critical examination of dialogue in facilitating and resisting the recognition of children. The article concludes with a number of questions to be addressed, if a dialogic approach to participation is to be more fully ...


Children’S Participation In Research: Some Possibilities And Constraints In The Current Australian Research Environment, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Apr 2011

Children’S Participation In Research: Some Possibilities And Constraints In The Current Australian Research Environment, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

Professor Anne Graham

This article draws attention to a number of critical issues that exist in the current Australian research context which simultaneously enable and constrain children’s participation in research. These include prevailing understandings of children and childhood, the emerging research assessment environment and the ethical frameworks that regulate children’s involvement in qualitative research. The discussion is framed by a number of questions that remain unsettled for the authors as they attempt to pursue research with and for children and young people that is unselfconsciously focused on ‘improving’ rather than ‘proving’ the social conditions that shape their lives.


Progressing Participation: Taming The Space Between Rhetoric And Reality, Anne Graham, Jenni Whelan, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Apr 2011

Progressing Participation: Taming The Space Between Rhetoric And Reality, Anne Graham, Jenni Whelan, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

Professor Anne Graham

Participation, as a social and political movement, continues to gain momentum, and the legal and sociological frameworks supporting the rights of children and young people to participate in various aspects of social life are now well established. Yet, there are gaps and silences behind the rhetoric of participation that beg closer scrutiny. Such analysis is important in ensuring “participation” is not un-problematically adopted by policy makers and practitioners without regard to the complex and competing agendas at work in its implementation or any clear evidence of the significance or outcomes for the young people involved. This paper explores some of ...


Springboard To Teaching: A Partnership In Practice, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster Dec 2010

Springboard To Teaching: A Partnership In Practice, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Attracting The Bright And Committed Into Teaching: Political Rhetoric Or Practical Reality?, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster Oct 2010

Attracting The Bright And Committed Into Teaching: Political Rhetoric Or Practical Reality?, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster

Professor Anne Graham

This article reports on a university developed board endorsed course (UDBEC), which allows higher school certificate (HSC) students to undertake two units of an undergraduate teaching degree as part of their final year of schooling. The course, Springboard into teaching, is a collaborative initiative of the School of Education at Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Catholic education office (CEO) in Lismore, New South Wales (NSW). The course aimed to attract students to the teaching profession, and targeted motivated and high achieving students with an interest in studying teaching at the local university. This article describes Springboard into teaching, and ...


Children & Behaviour: A Strengths-Based Approach To Education: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon Oct 2010

Children & Behaviour: A Strengths-Based Approach To Education: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon

Professor Anne Graham

Difficult and/or challenging student behaviour continues to rank high in terms of the most frequently cited ‘problems’ confronting schools and teachers. Research suggests that positive and proactive behaviour management is one of the most constructive building blocks for effective classrooms. Teachers recognise that behaviour is closely linked with learning outcomes as well as to issues of care, respect and safety that contribute to positive classroom environments. This conference, we believe, provides an important forum in which to explore the possibilities for implementing a strengths based, capacity building approach to behaviour support in schools. The conference theme reflects a key ...


Murwillumbah Communities For Children Initiative: Baseline Community-Level Survey Results, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Murwillumbah Communities For Children Initiative: Baseline Community-Level Survey Results, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

This report summarises the results from the baseline community-level surveys collected as part of the evaluation of the Murwillumbah Communities for Children initiative. The information from these surveys gives an impression of how families and early childhood workers were feeling in the early stages of the initiative – in relation to the main goals described below. Similar surveys will be collected towards the end of the initiative to allow an assessment of if, and how, things have changed for families with young children in and around Murwillumbah. About


Parent Support Project: Evaluation Report, Anna D. Huddy, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Parent Support Project: Evaluation Report, Anna D. Huddy, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

What is the Parent Support Project? The Parent Support Project (PSP) was a pilot project developed by the Northern Rivers Division of General Practice (NRDGP), with funding from the Early Childhood – Invest to Grow arm of the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. This 12-month project involved expanding the parenting support services delivered through the NRDGP’s Family Care Centre, in Lismore. Planned activities included: compiling a directory of locally-available resources and services to support early child development; developing a PSP web page for inclusion on the NRDGP website; producing age-specific parenting newsletters; developing and running training sessions ...


Expect Respect Television Advertising Campaign: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Expect Respect Television Advertising Campaign: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

The Expect Respect project was a social marketing campaign to increase young people’s knowledge of the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. It represented the latest stage in an ongoing campaign by the Kids Really Count interagency committee (a collaboration between the Ballina Byron Family Centre, the NSW Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women, Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre, Mullumbimby Community Health and Lismore City Council) to raise public awareness about the impact of domestic violence on children and young people. The Expect Respect television advertisement was developed following consultations with young people from diverse geographical environments and ...


World Youth Day Pilgrimage: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

World Youth Day Pilgrimage: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Importance of Pilgrimage Pilgrimage is important for Christians. It was a central feature of both the Old and New Testaments. It is practised by many of the great religions of the world. Pilgrimage is based on a strong attachment to place in the spiritual lives of people. It fulfils a human desire to see and feel a person’s faith origins. Pilgrimage sites offer stories both of saints and of God interacting with ordinary people. It also draws the pilgrim into an atmosphere of corporate spirituality, while allowing scope for individual response to God. At a pilgrimage site, a grace ...


Communicating With Kids About School Issues: Seminar Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon Oct 2010

Communicating With Kids About School Issues: Seminar Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon

Professor Anne Graham

This seminar took a strengths-based approach to examine the challenges facing parents/carers and young people as they attempt to negotiate school-related, relationship and behaviour issues. Two initial discussions explored and compared the audience’s and the students’ thoughts about factors worrying young people and factors worrying parents. Both groups nominated similar issues as concerning young people – peer pressure, bullying, study pressures, living up to others’ expectations, etc. However, there were quite different perceptions about the issues concerning parents – with the audience expressing concern about a broad range of issues, most not directly related to their children themselves, whereas the ...


Lismore Communities For Children Initiative: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Lismore Communities For Children Initiative: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

This report aims to give an overview about the planning, development and implementation (as at May 2007) of the Lismore Communities for Children initiative, overall and in relation to each of its strategies. It also presents results from the relevant community-level and strategy-specific evaluation activities – as at May 2007. As this is only an Interim Evaluation Report and limited followup data have yet been collected, most results are presented simply and with minimal interpretation. However, all data will be explored and critiqued in more depth in the Final Evaluation Report.


Developing Technology Together, Together: Final Report On An Investigation Of The Metacognitive Influences On Teachers' Use Of Ict And The Implications For Teacher Professional Development. Lismore: Southern Cross University, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Developing Technology Together, Together: Final Report On An Investigation Of The Metacognitive Influences On Teachers' Use Of Ict And The Implications For Teacher Professional Development. Lismore: Southern Cross University, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Goonellabah Transition Program 'Walking Together, Learning Together: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Goonellabah Transition Program 'Walking Together, Learning Together: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Rationale & Background National and international evidence Extensive national and international research from many different fields has consistently demonstrated the critical importance of children's early life experiences and circumstances on their subsequent development and wellbeing throughout their lives. There is clear evidence that well-founded, well-implemented prevention and early intervention programs, starting early in life, can improve young children’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning. This results in a positive influence on their readiness to learn in the school setting and improves educational, social, emotional and health outcomes throughout their lives. Cost-effectiveness analyses have shown that such programs more than pay ...


Goonellabah Transition Program: 'Walking Together, Learning Together': Final Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Goonellabah Transition Program: 'Walking Together, Learning Together': Final Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Extensive national and international research from many different fields has consistently demonstrated the critical importance of children's early life experiences and circumstances on their subsequent development and wellbeing throughout their lives. There is clear evidence that well-founded, well-implemented prevention and early intervention programs, starting early in life, can improve young children’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning. This results in a positive influence on their readiness to learn in the school setting and improves educational, social, emotional and health outcomes throughout their lives. Cost-effectiveness analyses have shown that such programs more than pay for themselves, by reducing the later ...


Goonellabah Transition Program: Final Evaluation Plan, Sallie Newell, Kimberlii Austen-Baker, Anne Graham, Mary Ward Oct 2010

Goonellabah Transition Program: Final Evaluation Plan, Sallie Newell, Kimberlii Austen-Baker, Anne Graham, Mary Ward

Professor Anne Graham

Program Rationale National and international evidence An extensive national and international body of literature has demonstrated that the early years of life have a substantial impact on a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development and wellbeing throughout their life course. Similarly, it is clear that various aspects of a child’s environment, from socioeconomic factors (eg: poverty), through to community factors (eg: violence, social cohesion) and family factors (eg: parenting styles, intra-family conflict), all impact greatly on educational outcomes and are vital determinants of a child’s long-term health and wellbeing. There is clear evidence that well-founded and ...


Developing Technology Together, Together: A Whole-School Metacognitive Approach To Ict Teacher Professional Development, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Developing Technology Together, Together: A Whole-School Metacognitive Approach To Ict Teacher Professional Development, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Professional development of teachers in information and communication technology (ICT) continues to be an urgent educational imperative. While many teachers are integrating ICT (with varying degrees of confidence and creativity), a significant number still remain hesitant, reluctant and daunted by the rapid rate of technological change. Far from being a simple process, ICT professional development necessitates not only personal and professional changes for individuals, but changes in school culture including institutional attitude and support for professional learning, reflection and professional discussion, readiness to embrace change, collegiality, trust and encouragement to take risks. Grounded in research about what influences teachers’ adoption ...


Contact & Relocation: Focusing On The Children: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham, Judy Cashmore, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Oct 2010

Contact & Relocation: Focusing On The Children: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham, Judy Cashmore, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

Professor Anne Graham

The conference theme reflects a key aim of Southern Cross University’s Centre for Children & Young People (CCYP). The CCYP aims to improve child and youth focused practice, particularly in regional areas, through interdisciplinary research, education and advocacy. The CCYP undertakes its work in close collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations to help ensure its activities are underpinned by a capacity building approach that results in improved knowledge and skills for practitioners working with children, young people and families. The conference program has been structured to provide delegates with opportunities throughout the day to engage in discussion with the speakers ...


The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps Oct 2010

The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.