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Learning, Attitudes, Cognition, and eBehaviour Research Group

The Learning, Attitudes, Cognition, and eBehaviour research group has three broad aims.  The first is to investigate the correlates of adult learning across a number of contexts.  These include the investigation of individual differences in learning/cognitive style, the development of identity via training in the disciplines of psychology and speech pathology, and the factors that predict successful learning at university.

The second broad aim is to develop and evaluate evidence-based teaching methodologies that promote successful outcomes in students.  And the final aim is to examine the psychological factors that are associated with human behaviour in online environments (in both educational and non-education settings).

Current Projects

  • Changing attitudes to qualitative and mixed methods research (Lynne Roberts, Peta Dzidic, Sarah Burns, Kate Povee and Andrea Loftus)
  • Cognitive style and assessment/feedback preferences in students (Natalie Gasson and Mara Blosfelds)
  • Cognitive style and preference for delivery type (online/face-to-face) (Natalie Gasson and Mara Blosfelds)
  • LACe as a community of practice (Peta Dzidic, Emily Castell, Lynne Roberts, Peter Allen and Michelle Quail)
  • Detecting students’ research data fabrication (Peter Allen, Amanda Lourenco and Lynne Roberts)
  • Developing measures of attitudes to qualitative and mixed methods research (Lynne Roberts and Kate Povee)
  • Embeddedness and Sense of Community in Face-to-face and online teaching (Lynne Roberts, Brian Bishop, Brody Heritage and Peta Dzidic)
  • Equivalency in student satisfaction and learning outcomes in classroom and online psychology units (Brody Heritage, David Garratt-Reed and Lynne Roberts)
  • Evaluation of using authentic research experiences to teach undergraduate (2nd year) research methods in psychology (Peter Allen and Frank Baughman)
  • Exploring why students don’t enroll in external online units (David Garratt-Reed, Mara Blosfelds and Lynne Roberts)
  • Fear of cyber-crime (Lynne Roberts)
  • Identifying, developing and disseminating best practice in supporting honours and coursework dissertation supervision (Lynne Roberts) Project updates: twitter.com/supervisingdiss anddissertationsupervision.org/
  • Learning analytics (Lynne Roberts, David Gibson and Brody Heritage)
  • Measuring psychological literacy (Lynne Roberts, Brody Heritage, Natalie Gasson and Karen Winton)
  • Perceptions of fit across the course-span of undergraduate psychology students: Predictions of student outcomes and wellbeing (Brody Heritage andNatalie Gasson)
  • Reflective journaling and reflective processes (Brian Bishop)
  • StatHand: an interactive decision tree mobile application to guide students’ statistical decision making (Peter Allen, Frank Baughman, Lynne Roberts and external collaborators). See https://stathand.net
  • Role of child psychotherapy training in the development of self-regulation skills in clinical psychology trainees (Trevor Mazzucchelli)
  • Simulation in clinical training (Janet Beilby, Michelle Quail and Peter Allen)
  • Stress, strain, and embeddedness within the tertiary education context (Brody Heritage and Lynne Roberts)

Recent Grants

2015

  • Janet Beilby, Jade Cartwright and Shelley Brundage. Interacting with a Virtual Resident with Dementia: Applying Virtual Learning Environments to Communication Skills Training. Alzheimer’s Australia. $50,000
  • Lauren Breen, Frank Baughman, Mara Blosfelds, and Lynne Roberts. Promoting student engagement through a skills-based and industry-informed psychology curriculum. Faculty of Health Sciences Strategic Funding, Curtin University. $8,502
  • Georgina Fyfe, Julie Brayshaw, Ann Firth, Phil Bourne, Danielle Dye, and Mara Blosfelds. Mapping Assurance of Learning against accreditation parameters in selected accredited Health Science courses, using the “Harmonise” framework, and developing an associated framework for use with non-accredited courses. Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDf) grant, Curtin University. $14,803.11
  • Alison Kelly, Anne Furness, Mara Blosfelds, Ravani Duggan, Jaci Mason, Alma Dender, Andrea Loftus, and Peter Robinson. Promoting Quality Assurance by Benchmarking Online Units. Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDf) grant, Curtin University. $11,281
  • S. Richardson, D. Bennett, and L. Roberts. Investigating the relationship between equity and graduate outcomes in Australia. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education $30,000
  • Lynne Roberts (School of Psychology and Speech Pathology), Lisa Tee and Sue White (School of Pharmacy), Jon Mould, Pamela McCrorie and Jaci Mason (School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Anne Furness and Ginny Mulvey (School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science). External Review of Faculty of Health Capstone Units. Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDf) grant, Curtin University. $19978
2014
  • Janet Beilby. Virtual Learning Environments:  Development and Application for the Interprofessional Wellness Clinic in Health Sciences.  $50,000
  • Janet Beilby. VLE and Avatar Extension for Clinical Practice Implementation. Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Strategic Funding. $36, 573
  • Emily Castell. Articulating critical thinking: How do we promote the development of this fundamental skill within our undergraduate psychology program.  2014 Teaching Focused Scholarship Seed Grant (Curtin University). $9,000.
  • Janet Beilby. VLE and Avatar Extension for Clinical Practice Implementation. Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Strategic Funding. $36, 573
  • Natalie Gasson, Mara Blosfelds and Peter Allen. Development of longitudinal formative psychology assessment. Teaching Excellence Development Fund 2014 (Curtin University). $15,000
  • Natalie Gasson, Mara Blosfelds, Brody Heritage, Andrea Loftus and David Garratt-Reed. Team transition to online marking. Teaching Excellence Development Fund 2014 (Curtin University). $15,000
  • Brody Heritage and Lynne Roberts. Turnover and job embeddedness in Australian university employees. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology Research Allocation Fund. $5000.
  • Michelle Quail, Janet Beilby and Peter Allen. Student learning outcomes across simulated, virtual and aged care clinical learning environments. $5,000
  • Trevor Mazzucchelli and Lynne Roberts. Scholarly productivity, impact, and quality among Australian academic psychologists. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology Research Allocation Fund 2014 (Curtin University) $5000