Faculty of Education

Research

 

The Faculty of Education has a National and International Research profile. It has strengths in Mathematics and STEM education, Sustainability and Health and Physical Education. There is also a strong record in English and Arts Education.

The Faculty welcomes enquiries about any aspect of its research. It particularly welcomes expressions of interest from potential higher degree by research candidates.

Find a supervisor or expert

Rosemary Callingham

Assoc/Prof Rosemary Callingham

Acting Associate Dean (Research)

Email: Rosemary.Callingham@utas.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 6324 3051

Gemma Burns

Ms Gemma Burns

Acting Executive Officer - Education Programs

Email: Gemma.Burns@utas.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 6324 3453


Allen Hill

Dr Allen Hill

Graduate Research Coordinator

Email: Allen.Hill@utas.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 6324 3277

Andrew Fluck

Dr Andrew Fluck

Graduate Research Coordinator

Email: Andrew.Fluck@utas.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 6324 3048


Please direct any other inquiries to the Faculty Graduate Research Coordinator at email Education.research@utas.edu.au or visit the Graduate Research Office webpage.


To find out more details about our research staff please visit the Web Access Research Portal (WARP)

The Faculty of Education Research Office works under the University Graduate Research Office to offer support to Education Higher Degree by Research students. We assist you from your initial enquiry, through to completion of your Higher Degree by Research.

The Faculty welcomes an expression of interest from prospective local, national and international Higher Degree by Research prospective students, with opportunities for full-time or part-time study towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD) degree or Master of Education (MEd) (Research).

The Faculty welcomes an expression of interest from prospective local, national and international Higher Degree by Research prospective students, with opportunities for full-time or part-time study towards an Honours, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD) degree or Master of Education (MEd) (Research).

To work out which course is best suited to you, browse the course summaries below.

  • Available to Australian and international students
  • Honours provides students with the opportunity to engage in educational research at an appropriate level as preparation for future higher degree study
  • Those students gaining a first class honours degree or an upper second award are able to proceed to a doctoral program. Students with a lower second class award or third class honours will have access to the master degree by research program.
  • Course duration - 1 year full time; starts in February and July
  • Articulates into the Master of Education (Research)
  • Applicants must have interest in a topic that we the Faculty has expertise in and can supervise
  • There are several honours options through the Faculty of Education and they depend on the course you are enrolled in and whether honours is embedded or an end-on option, they include:
    • Embedded honours - students in the Bachelor of Education course:
      • Credit grade or higher in ESP 318 Research Methods
      • Grade point average ≥ 3.5 for 3rd year units
      • Total for eight 3rd year unit results must be at least 28 or higher
    • End-on honours - Bachelor of Education:
      • Grade point average ≥ 3.5 for completed degree or at least 3 years teaching experience.
      • Receive a credit grade or higher in ESP 318 Research Methods to be able to progress
    • End-on honours - Master of Education:
      • Master of Education or equivalent from other recognised tertiary provider.
      • Credit average or better in the Master of Education
    • International students should check admission requirements with the University of Tasmania International Student Office

  • Available to Australian and international students
  • Topics for Masters (research) degrees in the Faculty of Education will reflect the candidates own interests and the research expertise of their supervisors.
  • Course duration - 2 years full time or equivalent part-time
  • Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic
  • There are a number course entry pathways, they include:
    • An honours degree with at least second class lower standard
    • A masters degree with a minimum research component (eg a thesis)
    • substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work
    • International students should check admission requirements with the University of Tasmania International Student Office

  • Available to Australian and international students
  • A Doctor of Education produces individuals who can apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.
  • Course duration - 3-4 years full time or equivalent part-time
  • Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic
  • Applicants will be considered who have:
    • Bachelor of Education (Honours) or equivalent degree with a major research project
    • Master of Education
    • Extensive relevant industry experience
    • International students should check admission requirements with the University of Tasmania International Student Office

  • Available to Australian and international students
  • A Doctor of Philosophy produces individuals who can apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.
  • Course duration - 3-4 years full time or equivalent part-time
  • Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic
  • Applicants will be considered who have:
    • A bachelors degree with first class honours or second class honours, upper division
    • A masters degree with a minimum research component (ie a thesis)
    • Partial completion of a masters by research (up to 75%)
    • substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work
    • International students should check admission requirements with the University of Tasmania International Student Office

The University of Tasmania offer a range of exciting research opportunities and we seek to provide quality supervision and a supportive and stimulating research culture for all candidates.

A Higher Degree by Research provides candidates with an opportunity to undertake focused research under supervision in order to make a significant contribution within the chosen research area.

Applications and enrolments can happen anytime during the year.  However scholarship applications are only assessed twice yearly.

If you would like to apply for a Higher Degree by Research please first submit an Expression of Interest.

  • The Expression of Interest is not intended to be a final or worked up version of the research you may eventually do.
  • Submitting the Expression of Interest does not guarantee a place in our degrees.
  • Following the completion of an Expression of Interest, applications for a Higher Degree by Research is made to the Education Faculty Research Office.
  • Once applications have been appraised by the faculty, they are forwarded to the university graduate research office for decision.
  • The graduate research office will communicate application results with applicants.

There is a range of scholarships and grants available from the University of Tasmania. In addition the Faculty of Education provides financial support of up to $3000 over the period of candidature to Higher Degree by Research candidates.

Grant

Application Process

Requirements

University Graduate Research Office Scholarships

The University of Tasmania offers a wide range of tax free scholarships to assist candidates to complete their graduate research degree on a full-time basis.

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Research Conference Support Scheme (RCSS)

Notification of RCSS rounds is circulated to RHD students. There is usually a strict timeline to allow peer review feedback, amendments, and sign off by the Head of School.

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Active involvement in a conference can be valuable for networking and developing links for new research. This is a co-sponsored University scheme. Applicants must be enrolled in an RHD program.

Co-funded PhD Scholarship

Dean of Research will consider applications for co-funded scholarships at any time and will typically be for 3 years with the scope for 6 month extension to allow for write up.

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This scholarship is available for a student who has successful application for enrolment in a Faculty of Education Higher Degree by Research (MEd by research, PhD or EdD), or current enrolment in a Faculty of Education Higher Degree by Research with demonstrated satisfactory progress in candidature. Applicants must not be in receipt of any other scholarships.

Faculty of Education Half-Full Fee Scholarships for International Students

The Faculty of Education is committed to supporting International students pursuing Masters and/or Doctorate research degrees at the University of Tasmania. To assist and encourage our students, the Faculty offers a number of Half-Full Fee Scholarships for International students. The scholarships aim to enhance students' learning experiences and facilitate the timely completion of their degree.

Half-Full Fee scholarships are available to both new and continuing students in the Faculty.

Future Students:

Future students must submit the completed and signed application form responding to the scholarship selection criteria and a full application for a Higher Degree by Research in the Faculty, including a CV, certified academic transcripts, proof of English Language, two referee reports and a brief outline of the proposed research project.

Current students:

Current students can be nominated by their supervisor or may elect to apply for the scholarship independently. In either case the applicant must submit the completed and signed application form responding to the scholarship selection criteria and provide two referee reports using the template. At least one referee must be a current supervisor of the applicant.

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This scholarship is available for a student who has successful application for enrolment in a Faculty of Education Higher Degree by Research (MEd by research, PhD or EdD), or current enrolment in a Faculty of Education Higher Degree by Research with demonstrated satisfactory progress in candidature. Applicants must not be in receipt of any other scholarships.

Research in the Faculty of Education is directed towards enhancing education in school, university and work place settings.  The Faculty has a growing research record in a wide range of disciplinary areas including mathematics, literacy, science education and Health and Physical Education, and in relation to key contemporary issues, including school leadership, provision for students with learning difficulties, rural and regional education, early childhood education and TESOL.

Faculty academics are associated with national and international research networks and major collaborative research projects that present exciting opportunities for graduate research.

The Faculty has internationally recognised researchers in a number of areas.  Teacher education and professional development of teachers are a strong focus for research.  The Faculty welcomes expressions of interest from prospective local, national and international graduate research students, with opportunities for full-time or part-time study.

For a full list of the research discipline areas please see the Research Groups tab at the top of this page.

Faculty of Education Half-Fee Scholarship

The Faculty of Education is committed to supporting International students pursuing Masters and/or Doctorate research degrees at the University of Tasmania. 

To assist and encourage our students, the Faculty offers a number of Half-Fee Scholarships for International Students. The Half-Fee scholarship will reduce by half of the tuition fees payable for studies in a Faculty of Education research higher degree (M Ed Research, PhD or EdD).  Applications will be accepted from both new applicants and continuing candidates - Application details

Successful applicants will possess potential for contribution to established or emerging research areas for the Faculty:

Celia Hoyles is Professor of Mathematics Education at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, following teaching in London secondary schools. She was awarded a first class honours degree in mathematics from the University of Manchester and holds a masters and doctorate in mathematics education. She was the U.K. Government's Chief Adviser for Mathematics , 2004-7, and the Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, 2007 -13. She was the first recipient of International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) Hans Freudenthal medal in 2004, and of the UK's Royal Society Kavli Education Medal in 2011. She became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004, and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.

Her academic interests are secondary students' conceptions of proof, the mathematical skills needed in modern workplaces and the design computer environments for learning mathematics. She has directed more than 30 research and consultancy projects and published widely in articles and books. She also co-presented a popular TV mathematics quiz show, Fun and Games, which topped the prime-time ratings between 1987 and 1990.

She serves on the Education Committee of the European Mathematical Society and was elected as President of the learned society the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in Jan 2014.

Richard Noss is Professor of Mathematics Education and director of the London Knowledge Lab, an interdisciplinary research centre of the Institute of Education, University of London that involves collaboration between learning scientists and computing scientists. Until it ended in 2012, he was director of the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme, a national research programme that sought to push forward the frontiers of the design and application of technology for learning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.

Richard has directed some 20 research projects, all of which have focused on some mix of technology-enhanced learning, mathematics, and - for the last ten or so years - workplace learning. Richard has edited and authored some 120 scholarly articles and six books, including Windows on Mathematical Meanings: Learning Cultures and Computers, in 1996. His most recent book, Improving Mathematics at Work, questions the mathematical knowledge and skills that matter in the 21st century world of work, and studies how the use of mathematics in the workplace is evolving in the rapidly-changing context of new technologies and globalisation.

Richard is a past editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning. He was co-founder and deputy scientific manager of Kaleidoscope, the European network of excellence for technology enhanced learning. Richard holds a Masters degree in pure mathematics and a PhD in mathematical education.

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The Education Seminar Series are held fortnightly throughout the year, in video-conference rooms on all campuses, unless otherwise indicated.

All Faculty of Education staff and students, and the general public are welcome to attend.

Full details will be circulated via email on a fortnightly basis to staff and students.  Further information about the  seminars can also be found on the Faculty Calendar and events page.

'Sharing scholarship' seminars offer the opportunity for staff and Higher Degree by Research students to share ongoing or recently completed work, relating to any aspect of scholarship.

Times can also be scheduled to allow groups of staff and Higher Degree by Research students with common interests to meet and progress work collaboratively. 

Please contact Education.research@utas.edu.au if you are interested in sharing your work with colleagues and wish to book a time slot.

The University of Tasmania and the Department of Health and Human Services are committed to ensuring that all research is conducted at the highest ethical standard.

Researchers should be aware that the constraints governing research practices exist for the protection of research participants, researchers, and the broader research community.

The Human Research Ethics Committee is constituted in accordance with the guidelines set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

The Tasmania Social Sciences HREC (SS HREC) reviews all research involving human participation that does not fall within the scope of the Tasmania Health and Medical HREC. Terms of Reference (PDF 200.1KB).

The committee covers a broad range of research areas including psychology, sociology, arts, education, law and business.

The Social Sciences HREC generally reviews research involving human participation that is conducted under the auspices of the University of Tasmania or that is conducted under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services. Other research may be reviewed by request.

For student projects, School approval is required.  Applications cannot be submitted until this process is complete.

All other applications to the SS HREC are required to have undergone a peer review process prior to submission to the HREC.

More information about the Social Sciences HREC:

Ethics - Introduction to Faculty of Education ethics review process

Vodcast 1:
Introduction to Faculty of Education ethics review process
(8 mins, 43 secs)

Ethics - How to complete a minimal risk ethics application

Vodcast 2:
How to complete a minimal risk ethics application
(18 min, 28 secs)

Ethics - How to complete a full risk ethics application

Vodcast 3:
How to complete a full risk ethics application
(27 min, 48 secs)

Working with Children

Please review the items below to determine what clearances you require to work with children:

 

More information can also be found on the Graduate Research Office webpages.

Intercampus requests (including document and thesis delivery)
Information skills sessions
Support for Researchers
ePrints
  • University of Tasmania Open Repository (ePrints)
    The Library Open Repository provides services for open access and discovery of University of Tasmania and Tasmanian publications and digital library collections. It contains digitised University of Tasmania theses, special and rare materials, and other material relevant to the teaching and research interests of the University of Tasmania community and the world.
Copyright
  • University of Tasmania copyright resources
    Staff and students are both users and creators of copyright material. This site provides staff and students with an overview of copyright law as relates to learning, teaching and research.

Research Funding Opportunities in Education

The Faculty has developed a set of materials to assist staff in identifying prospective funding sources and preparing grant applications.

The following guidance relates to recent and forthcoming grant application opportunities: 

Research Codes

Most grant applications require specification of research codes for the projects to be undertaken. Details of research codes are provided by the Office of Research Services

National Research Priorities

In addition, you may be asked to address the National Research Priorities

Public Entry System (PES)

The Faculty has a designated PES Officer who enters publications on behalf of academic staff. Please check the list of PES Officers for the Faculties current PES officer. Please provide your publications to the relevant PES Officer.

PES system details.

Grant Submission Forms

All grant submissions require you to complete a Grant Submission Form which is available on the Office of Research Services website. This is in addition to the application form for any given scheme.

Budget

Specific guidance to inform development of your budget is provided on the Office of Research Services website.

Higher Degree by Research Forms must be submitted to the Faculty Research office.

Most Higher Degree by Research forms can be found at University Research website.

Form Reason for Use Form Location

Human Research Ethics – Social Science forms

All application forms required for the ethics process with social science research, including:

  • Minimal risk applications
  • Social Science HREC Full Application
  • Prior Approval from other Ethics Committees
  • Social Science HREC Amendment to Approved Project

Submit to *: Please refer to specific forms for details 

Office of Research Forms (Integrity and Ethics / Social Science HREC section)

Submit my Research Plan

The Research Plan provides the blueprint for a candidate's higher degree by research. Doctoral candidates must submit the completed plan within the first 6 months (equivalent full time) and Masters candidates must submit the completed plan within the first 4 months (equivalent full-time).

Submit to *: via iGrad

See the Research Plan tab in iGrad

Claim for Travel & Establishment costs

Some scholarships include provision for establishment & travel costs. Refer to the conditions of your award for details.  

For other expenses claims please see the Faculty of Education Research Office Forms section.

Submit to *: Graduate.Research@utas.edu.au

Graduate Research Office Forms (Scholarships section)

Change my personal details online

Note: if you are moving outside of Tasmania you must apply to change to external candidature before changing your details

Submit to: Submitted online via eStudent

eStudent

Change my supervision arrangements

Change my supervision arrangements.

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Suspend my candidature/scholarship

In order to avoid delays in scholarship payment please submit this application four weeks in advance of the requested effective date

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Extend my candidature/scholarship

Applications for scholarship extensions must address specific criteria

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Change from full-time to part-time (or vice versa)

Scholarships can only be paid part-time under a limited set of circumstances. Contact the Higher Degree by Research Office for more information

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Change to external candidature

Relocated to outside Tasmania

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Change my thesis topic

Application to change thesis topic/title.

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Transfer from Doctoral to Masters Candidature

Application to transfer from Doctoral Candidature to Research Masters.

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Transfer from Masters to Doctoral Candidature

Application to transfer from Research Masters to Doctoral Candidature.

Submit to *: See form for appropriate email address

Graduate Research Office Forms (Changes to Candidature Information section)

Submit my thesis for examination

Information on submitting your thesis for examination can be found on the Graduate Research Office Examination page

Submit to *: See forms for submission details

Graduate Research Office Examination page

Submit the final copies of my thesis

Information on submitting final copies of your thesis can be found on the Graduate Research Office Examination Process page.

Candidates are required to submit the following for graduation:

  • Submission of Final Thesis - checklist
  • Electronic Thesis Access Form
  • PDF copy of PhD Thesis
  • AHEGS Thesis Abstract (Field of Research Code)
  • 40 word summary for graduation
  • Claim for thesis allowance (originals are in internal mail)

Submit to *: See forms for submission details

Graduate Research Office Examination Process page (Final Copies section)

Claim my thesis allowance

Some scholarships include provision for thesis production costs. Refer to the conditions of your award for details

Submit to: Graduate.Research@utas.edu.au

Graduate Research Office Forms (Scholarships section)

* Please speak to your supervisor prior to submission of these forms

Form Reason for Use Download/Link

Application for Financial Support Form

Funds form 1 - Application for financial support. Must complete prior to expenditure.

Higher Degree by Research Students: Application for Support Form [WORD 61KB]

Honours Students: Application for Support Form [PDF 23KB]

Claim for Reimbursement of Approved Expenditure

Funds form 2 - Application for reimbursement of approved expenditure. To be completed

Higher Degree by Research Students: Claim for Reimbursement of Approved Expenditure [WORD 164KB]

Honours Students: Claim for Reimbursement of Approved Expenditure [PDF 18KB]

Form Reason for Use Download/Link

Conduct Research in Tasmanian Government Schools

For permission to conduct research in Tasmanian Government Schools

Research in Government Schools

Conduct Research in Tasmanian Catholic Schools

For permission to conduct research in Tasmanian Catholic Schools

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Information Access and Disclosure Proforma (IADP)

Access to data already residing with the Department of Education

Research in Government Schools [WORD 90KB]

Department of Justice - Working With Children Registration Registration for working with children Working With Children