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Developing A Professional Learning Community For Teachers Of Religious Education, Alexandra Katharina Harvey Dec 2009

Developing A Professional Learning Community For Teachers Of Religious Education, Alexandra Katharina Harvey

Theses

This thesis, 'Developing a professional learning community for teachers of religious education', aimed to study the learning experiences of teachers involved in professional learning to implement new religious education guidelines. In particular, the study attempted to explore teacher perceptions of the characteristics of effective professional learning and identified factors influencing their professional growth. Following the development of themes and key understandings, further research aimed to study the impact that teacher professional learning had on improving classroom instruction that in turn improved student learning outcomes. Situated within a qualitative paradigm the research design for the study is that of symbolic interactionism ...


The Mission Of The Catholic School And Role Of The Principal In A Changing Catholic Landscape, Pat Coughlan Nov 2009

The Mission Of The Catholic School And Role Of The Principal In A Changing Catholic Landscape, Pat Coughlan

Theses

This research explores the mission of the Catholic school and the role of the principal in a changing Catholic landscape. The context of this research is set within a Catholic landscape of radical change. Declining allegiance to institutional Church and disintegration of parishes as a focal point for sacramental and community life are indicative of paradigmatic shifts in understandings of Catholic life. In spite of these changes, Australian Catholic schools continue to enjoy widespread popularity and steady growth in enrolments (McLaughlin, 2005; Smith, 2007). This changing Catholic landscape has implications for the way in which the Catholic school seeks to ...


From Data-Informed To Data-Led?: School Leadership Within The Context Of External Testing, Philip Anthony Pettit Nov 2009

From Data-Informed To Data-Led?: School Leadership Within The Context Of External Testing, Philip Anthony Pettit

Theses

Schools now have access to an enormous range of data that can be used to improve student achievement. These data can include classroom-based assessment information together with individually tailored results from literacy and numeracy testing programs and from other sources. Also, there is an expectation at system and national policy levels that data on student achievement are collected for the purposes of program accountability and for improving student learning. However, there is evidence that schools are not effectively utilising such data for this purpose. This research explored how the experience of external literacy and numeracy testing and data utilisation affects ...


An Exploration Of The Role Of School Principals In Faith Formation Leadership Within The Educational Mission Of Two Australian Anglican Schools, Craig William Moody Nov 2009

An Exploration Of The Role Of School Principals In Faith Formation Leadership Within The Educational Mission Of Two Australian Anglican Schools, Craig William Moody

Theses

This study offers a response to the question facing the Australian Anglican Church about how the mission of Anglican schools is aligned with the mission of the whole Church. The study explores two Anglican school principals' faith formation leadership, as they engage in this mission. Fundamental to understanding the context of this study is awareness of Anglicanism's broad variety of expression balanced with unity through Scripture, Reason and Tradition. In spite of differences, the Anglican Church seeks the 'Via Media', the middle way, held together in a dynamic tension of debate. Anglican school principals lead faith formation in this ...


Transforming Teachers' Temporality: Tutures In Curriculum Practices, Debra Bateman Oct 2009

Transforming Teachers' Temporality: Tutures In Curriculum Practices, Debra Bateman

Theses

There is much rhetoric around the notion that schools educate for the future. This research is an interrogation of the ways in which explicit futures time perspectives exists within school practices. This study investigates the ways in which these perspectives appear within curriculum documents and do/do not influence the ways that teachers think about, and plan for, student learning. Moreover, through ongoing and supported professional learning, this research identifies the ways in which teacher practice and student learning is transformed through increased temporal consciousness. This study has sought to identify and examine the ways in which futures and temporality ...


Catholic Schools Seeking Authenticity In A Secular And Pluralist Society, Fulvio Frijo Aug 2009

Catholic Schools Seeking Authenticity In A Secular And Pluralist Society, Fulvio Frijo

Theses

This thesis reports on a case study of three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia. It also provides an exploration of the contemporary Catholic school as it seeks to participate in the educational mission of the Church. Catholic schools are no longer institutions for the converted. Today their purposes are challenged by a contemporary demographic which finds little formal relationship with the institutional Church. Yet these schools still hold a strong enough attraction for parents to select them as their school of choice for their children. At a time when enrolments have never been higher, identification with the ...


Indigenous Female Educational Leaders In Northern Territory Remote Community Schools: Issues In Negotiating School Community Partnerships, Martha Sombo Kamara Aug 2009

Indigenous Female Educational Leaders In Northern Territory Remote Community Schools: Issues In Negotiating School Community Partnerships, Martha Sombo Kamara

Theses

Over the years in the Northern Territory, there has been a growing interest among educators and Indigenous people in remote communities to improve community school leadership and school community partnerships as a means of improving Indigenous school outcomes. This study has investigated and recorded the stories of five Indigenous female school principals in the Top End of the Northern Territory on their leadership approaches in negotiating school community partnerships in their respective communities. The female principals are in many ways regarded as pioneering leaders of their remote community schools in their own right, and are held in high esteem in ...


Teachers' Perception Of The Purpose Of Classroom Religious Education In New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools, Kevin Patrick Win Wanden Jul 2009

Teachers' Perception Of The Purpose Of Classroom Religious Education In New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools, Kevin Patrick Win Wanden

Theses

The nature of Religious Education in Catholic secondary schools has generated significant interest since the Second Vatican Council. A number of theoretical approaches to classroom Religious Education have been used in Catholic secondary schools in New Zealand since the mid 1960s (Crawford & Rossiter, 1985; Groome, 1980; van Caster, 1965). The debate regarding the most suitable approach for classroom Religious Education at this level has largely settled on a Subject-Oriented approach (Larkin, 2006). In New Zealand there has been a considerable investment of resources in the development of curricula and textbooks (Finlay, 2000). However there has been little research about teacher beliefs concerning ...


The Senior Secondary School Live-In Retreat: A Study Of The Views Of A Sample Of Teachers From One Metropolitan Catholic Diocese About The Purpose And Practices Of Retreats, Rachele Tullio Jul 2009

The Senior Secondary School Live-In Retreat: A Study Of The Views Of A Sample Of Teachers From One Metropolitan Catholic Diocese About The Purpose And Practices Of Retreats, Rachele Tullio

Theses

Senior school live-in retreats, which could be described as intensive personal/spiritual development seminars, are a distinctive feature of the religious programs of Australian Catholic secondary schools. While research on the views of young people has confirmed the popularity of retreats with students (Flynn, 1993; Maroney, 2008), there has been no systematic study of how teachers understood the nature, purposes and conduct of retreats, and of what they regarded as 'successful' retreat work. This thesis reports a two part research program on live-in retreats. The first, documentary/historical phase of the study examined the spirituality background to retreats within Catholicism ...


Nurture, Outreach And Beyond: Reconceptualising Lutheran Education For The Contemporary Australian Context, Meryl Ann Jennings Jun 2009

Nurture, Outreach And Beyond: Reconceptualising Lutheran Education For The Contemporary Australian Context, Meryl Ann Jennings

Theses

The origins and development of the Lutheran school system in Australia since the1830s were strongly influenced by the two powerful metaphors, nurture and outreach. This study investigated the ways in which these foundational metaphors have been reshaped over time in response to the changing social and educational environments as well as through the adaptations brought about by practitioner dialogue and innovation in practice. The study thus sought to develop a reconceptualisation of Lutheran education in the contemporary Australian educational context. While the two historical constructs underpinning Lutheran schooling have remained significant for the Lutheran church and its schools, the study ...


A Case Study Of The Exploration Of Authentic Leadership And Learning In Four Catholic Primary Schools, Kathryn Louise O'Brien Jun 2009

A Case Study Of The Exploration Of Authentic Leadership And Learning In Four Catholic Primary Schools, Kathryn Louise O'Brien

Theses

Schools and school systems across the world are seeking ways of improving student achievement, in response to growing public recognition of the importance of education for individual success and societal progress. School leaders are being challenged to maintain focus on authentic learning in schools while under government pressure for accountability measures linked to student achievement in test scores. In Australia, the introduction of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy and the uncertainty of the government use of the results, increases pressure on School leaders to ensure successful student performance under test conditions. Leaders are asking questions about the ...


Spiritual Ecological Consciousness Towards Ecological Conversion: Experiental Stories Of Senior Secondary Students And An Autoethnography Of The Researcher, Margaret Elizabeth Bannan-Watts May 2009

Spiritual Ecological Consciousness Towards Ecological Conversion: Experiental Stories Of Senior Secondary Students And An Autoethnography Of The Researcher, Margaret Elizabeth Bannan-Watts

Theses

Pope John Paul II called the Catholic people of the world to an ecological conversion in response to scientific information that the Earth is experiencing a global environmental crisis. To help people to come to an ecological conversion he asked teachers to develop concrete programs and initiatives in order to sensitize young people to the needs of the Earth. This thesis explores one educational pathway to ecological conversion. The thesis begins by presenting the environmental crisis as a spiritual and moral crisis of alienation from the natural world which has allowed us to dominate and despoil the Earth. From the ...


Human Rights Education: Exploring The Experiences Of Participants In A Human Rights Education Program In A Melbourne Secondary College, Kerry Roger Ang Feb 2009

Human Rights Education: Exploring The Experiences Of Participants In A Human Rights Education Program In A Melbourne Secondary College, Kerry Roger Ang

Theses

This research project is a case study of a unique, week-long interdisciplinary human rights education programme known as the Human Rights Convention for Year 8 students at a Melbourne secondary college. The project aims to explore, describe and thereby understand the Human Rights Convention, and through this understanding, draw insights into the programme's worth to the school community. The methodology utilised both qualitative and quantitative data within a case study approach. Data was gathered from all participants (students and teachers) of the programme in one year, using interviews, observations, document analysis and questionnaires. In addition, interviews were conducted with ...


Parents, Teachers And Religious Education: A Study In A Catholic Secondary School In Rural Victoria, Anthony Gerard Finn Jan 2009

Parents, Teachers And Religious Education: A Study In A Catholic Secondary School In Rural Victoria, Anthony Gerard Finn

Theses

The research reported in this thesis investigated perceptions about the nature and purpose of religious education of parents and teachers in a study of one Catholic secondary school in regional Victoria, Australia. In the research project data were collected using questionnaires and interviews from parents and teachers of religious education associated with the particular secondary school. These data were analysed and interpreted against a spectrum of purposes for religious education that were drawn from the literature. The literature reviewed included documents relevant to religious education from the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and also from theorists in ...


The Meaning And Personal Significance Of The Small Group Experience For A Group Of Recent Graduates From The Bachelor Of Counselling Degree At The University Of Notre Dame Australia, Martin Philpott Jan 2009

The Meaning And Personal Significance Of The Small Group Experience For A Group Of Recent Graduates From The Bachelor Of Counselling Degree At The University Of Notre Dame Australia, Martin Philpott

Theses

This research is a phenomenological study investigating the meaning and personal significance of the small group experience (personal growth) for a single cohort of eight mature-age graduates (male and female) who completed the Bachelor of Counselling degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia in the years 2005 and 2006. Two facilitators of these personal growth groups were interviewed, as were two agency supervisors who had access to these graduates during their clinical practice.

The research used qualitative methods in the collection of data. A semi-structured interview was conducted with purposefully selected participants to determine their understanding of the significance ...