32nd Annual Research Forum

The Impact of Educational Research: A 360 degree perspective

Saturday 5 August 2017, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Tannock Hall, The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle (Cnr Cliff and Croke Streets).
FREE parking is provided across the road.


WAIER invites individuals and groups wishing to attend, make a presentation, or conduct a symposium or panel discussion on topics and research related to education or the Forum theme, The Impact of Educational Research: A 360 degree perspective.

Much has been written and discussed about the impact of educational research. Teachers and educators are exhorted to use evidence based teaching practices. But what are the impacts of such research and for whom, and by whom? Forum 2017 will explore these issues in a panel consisting of stakeholders in the field of education. This start to the Forum will both challenge and reaffirm your existing notions of the relevance of educational research.

For those wishing to present, please download the ‘Call for Abstracts – Advice to Authors’ document to assist you with submitting your abstract.

Panel Discussion

This year’s Forum will commence with a panel discussion. The panel members (below) will discuss a range of global and local issues around education research. This will be a thought-provoking discussion.

Helen Dempsey is currently lecturing and tutoring units in educational psychology and professional experience at Murdoch University as she completes her PhD. The research focus of Helenís PhD is the experiences of early career casual teachers as they negotiate and construct their professional identity. Prior to her work at Murdoch University, Helen worked as a primary school classroom teacher in Australian and international schools. She also worked as a specialist Indonesian language teacher, music teacher and relief teacher. Helen joined WAIER in 2014, after presenting at the 2014 Forum, and has recently joined the Committee, keen to promote local research in education.

Gabrielle Doyle has been involved in education for 30 years as classroom teacher, curriculum consultant and in various school leadership roles including principal of St Augustineís Catholic Primary and Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School. She has undertaken the role of Director of Teaching and Learning in Catholic Education WA for the past four years, with responsibility for the teaching and learning in 163 Catholic schools and Early Learning Centres across Western Australia. Gabrielle holds a Master of Education, Master of Education System Leadership, and has most recently completed a Certificate of Instructional Leadership from Melbourne University. In addition to her practical experience in schools, Gabrielle sits on Curriculum and Education Advisory Boards of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Curtin University School of Education, School Curriculum and Standards Authority, ACARA Curriculum Directors Board and the Catholic Institute of Western Australia. Her greatest achievement is as a parent of two daughters, both journalists living and working in London and Sydney.

Lesley Ghent holds a Master of Education degree from Curtin University and her career in education spans 32 years as classroom teacher, First Steps Focus teacher, key teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal with the Department of Education. She worked as a primary school teacher at government primary schools in the Northern Wheatbelt and Pilbara. She took a short break to have children and returned to teaching in various primary schools in the Perth metropolitan area. Currently she is the Principal of Orange Grove Primary School, a small metropolitan school in the foothills of Perth.

Ron Gorman is Deputy Director of AISWA and was the organisation’s Literacy Consultant and Projects Manager from 2000-2008. He is a former classroom teacher who taught in Victorian schools in the early 1980s, at Culunga Aboriginal School in Guildford WA in 1983, and at Lance Holt Primary School in Fremantle from 1984-1991. He was principal of Lance Holt from 1991-1999.

WAIER Awards

Forum activities include the presentation of WAIERís Early Career Award (ECA) and Postgraduate Award (PGA). This year’s ECA Nomination and Information can be found here.

Previous winners of these awards can be found here.


Abstract submission and registrations are to be completed online. Click the red button below.

Abstracts are due Monday 17 July.

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