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Researcher: Howells, KM (Dr Kerry Howells)

Fields of Research

Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Higher Education
Specialist Studies in Education
Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Continuing and Community Education
Educational Technology and Computing
Education Systems
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Education Assessment and Evaluation
Special Education and Disability
Educational Administration, Management and Leadership

Research Objectives

Teacher and Instructor Development
Education and Training Systems
Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
Learner and Learning Achievement
Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Learner and Learning Processes
Health Education and Promotion
Learner Development
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
School/Institution Community and Environment
Learner and Learning

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A 'Partnership in Teaching Excellence': ways in which one school-university partnership has fostered teacher development; Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
A Multi-layered Approach to a University Tutor Training Program; UNSW Compendium of Good Practice in Learning and Teaching
An exploration of the role of gratitude in enhancing teacher-student relationships; Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies
Attending to Self-Management in a University Tutor Development Program; Locating Learning: Integrative Dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Developing Gratitude as a Practice for Teachers; Developing Gratitude in Children and Adolescents
Enhancement of gratitude in the context of elite athletes
Enhancing relationships through gratitude in the early childhood context
Enhancing teacher relationships and effectiveness through the practice of gratitude; Teachers Matter
Exploring cultural diversity through the lens of the practice of gratitude in education; The International Journal of Diversity in Education
Exploring the role of gratitude in the professional experience of pre-service teachers; Teaching Education
Facilitating a smoother transition to University by asking students the right questions; Continuity and Change: Transitions in Education
Gratitude in education: A radical view; Sense Publishers
How thanking awakens our thinking; TEDx Launceston
Listening to Mentor Teachers' Voices in Uncertain Times; Teacher Education In and For Uncertain Times
Philosophical underpinnings; The Road to Nursing
PowerPoint: Friend or Foe?; Technology and Teaching
Practising Gratitude to Enhance Teaching and Learning; Education Connect
Reading and reflecting together as a community of practice through participation in a book club; Teaching Matters 2014 – “Spaces and Places”
Researching the place of gratitude in the personal domain of the educator: Tales from the field; Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-between: New possibilities for education research
Strengthening relationships and resilience through gratitude; Principal Matters
The enhancement of generic attributes through assessment tasks and reflective learning; Teaching Matters 2007
The role of gratitude in enhancing the relationship between doctoral research students and their supervisors; Teaching in Higher Education
The role of gratitude in helping school leaders strengthen relationships; Perspectives on educational leadership
The role of gratitude in higher education; Annual International HERDSA Conference
The role of gratitude in the development of Early Childhood educators and leaders
The use of dialogical inquiry to acknowledge diversity when researching gratitude in indigenous cultures; SAGE Research Methods Cases
Transforming Professional Practice: What Profiling Tells Us; AARE
Understanding first year university students: personal epistemology and learning; Teaching Education
Using assessment to develop social responsibility as a graduate attribute in teacher education; Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Research Projects

International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communitites and Nations, Darwin, NT; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Evaluation of the King Island Community Capacity Building initiative: Foundations to Flourish
Gratitude in Education
The role of gratitude in High Performance Sport
The role of gratitude in Olympic sport
The role of gratitude in the development of Early Childhood educators

Research Candidate Supervision

All give and no take? Social Change, Suburban Life and the Possibilities of Sharing in Australia
Effective Professional Learning For Teachers to Enhance Pedagogical Practices and Ensure Relevance to Global Developments and Change
Ethics and Education - the Study Examines how Ethics and Human Values are Addressed in Secondary Education (in Australia and Overseas)
If it Takes a Village to Raise a Child-As an Old African Proverb Suggests-Then What Sustains That Effort in Contemporary Australian Society With Regard to Academically
Learning to teach about teaching- How mentors and colleague teachers come to understand their role as teachers of teaching
To What Extent can Incorporating Spirituality in Professional Development Programs, within Educational Institutions, Improve the Lived Experience and Performance of Employees?
What Impact Does The Implementation of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support Have on Teachers' Perception of Their Efficacy, Attribution of Problem Behaviour and Their Perceived Capacity to Influence General School Climate?