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Researcher: Kember, DR (Professor David Kember)

Fields of Research

Higher Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Learning Sciences
Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Education Systems
Specialist Studies in Education
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Continuing and Community Education
Educational Technology and Computing
Education Assessment and Evaluation
Secondary Education
English as a Second Language

Research Objectives

Learner and Learning Processes
Pedagogy
Teacher and Instructor Development
Learner and Learning Achievement
Education and Training
Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Education and Training Systems
Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
Learner Development
Learner and Learning
Expanding Knowledge in Education

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

53 interesting activities for open learning courses; Technical and Educational Services Ltd.
A challenge to the anecdotal stereotype of the Asian student; Studies in Higher Education
A four category scheme for coding and assessing the level of reflection in written work; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education: An International Journal
A Longitudinal-Process Model of Drop-Out from Distance Education; Journal of Higher Education
A reconceptualisation of the research into university academics’ conceptions of teaching; Learning and Instruction
A workshop to demonstrate that approaches to learning are influenced by the teaching and learning environment; Active Learning in Higher Education: The Journal of The Institute for Learning and Teaching
Action Learning and Action Research: Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning; Psychology Press
Action research: Towards an alternative framework for educational development; Distance Education
Adult students' perceptions of good teaching as a function of their conceptions of learning—part 1. influencing the development of self-determination; Studies in Continuing Education
Adult students' perceptions of good teaching as a function of their conceptions of learning—Part 2. Implications for the evaluation of teaching; Studies in Continuing Education
An evolving approach to the teaching of writing skills to university students for whom English is an additional language; Thinking Doing Learning Conference
An Exploration of Epistemological Beliefs, Learning Environment Expectations and Persistence Intentions: Insights into the Shaping of Student Persistence in the First Semester of University Study at Three Australian Universities; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Approaches to learning and teaching by the Chinese; The Oxford handbook of Chinese psychology
Approaches to Study of Distance Education Students; British Journal of Educational Technology
Approaches to Study of Distance Education Students; British Journal of Educational Technology
Approaches to Studying Research and Its Implications for the Quality of Learning From Distance Education; International Journal of Distance Education and E-Learning
Assessing the level of student reflection from reflective journals; Journal of Advanced Nursing
Avoider and engager approaches by out-of-class groups: the group equivalent to individual learning approaches; Learning and Instruction
Beliefs about Knowledge and the Process of Teaching and Learning as a Factor in Adjusting to Study in Higher Education; Studies in Higher Education
Characterising a teaching and learning environment capable of motivating student learning; Learning Environments Research
Characterising A Teaching and Learning Environment Conducive to Making Demands on Students While Not Making Their Workload Excessive; Studies in Higher Education
Characterising the motivational orientation of students in higher education: A naturalistic study in three Hong Kong universities; British Journal of Educational Psychology
Characterizing Learning Environments Capable of Nurturing Generic Capabilities in Higher Education; Research in Higher Education
Comparability of Data Gathered from Evaluation Questionnaires on Paper and Through the Internet; Research in Higher Education
Comparing face-to-face and asynchronous online communication as mechanisms for critical reflective dialogue; Educational Action Research
Comparing the effect on development of graduate capabilities of the differing teaching and learning environments in three discipline areas; Structural equation modelling: Concepts and applications in educational research
Conceptions of good teaching and how they influence the way adults and school leavers are taught; International Journal of Lifelong Education
Conceptions of teaching and their relationship to student learning; British Journal of Educational Psychology
Conceptions of Teaching Art Held by Secondary School Art Teachers; International Journal of Art & Design Education
Contextual Influences on the Formation and Behaviour of Out-of-class Study Groups; Curriculum and Teaching
Coping mechanisms of part‐time students; International Journal of Lifelong Education
Critical Reflections on the Conventional Thesis Structure and a Guide to the Research Questions Addressed in the Book; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Cultivating a sense of belonging in part-time students; International Journal of Lifelong Education
Cultural specificity of approaches to study; British Journal of Educational Psychology
Development of a questionnaire for assessing students' perceptions of the teaching and learning environment and its use in quality assurance; Learning Environments Research
Development of a Questionnaire to Measure the Level of Reflective Thinking; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education: An International Journal
Disciplinary differences in student ratings of teaching quality; Research in Higher Education
Does higher education promote independent learning?; Higher Education
Does the Use of Student Feedback Questionnaires Improve the Overall Quality of Teaching?; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Engager and avoider behaviour in types of activities performed by out-of-class learning groups; International Journal of Art & Design Education
Enhancing University Teaching Lessons from Research into Award-Winning Teachers; Routledge
Establishing the validity and reliability of course evaluation questionnaires; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education: An International Journal
Evaluating taught postgraduate awards from the student’s perspective; Further and Higher Education, Journal Of
Evaluating teaching and learning: A practical handbook for colleges, universities and the scholarship of teaching; Routledge
Evaluating the effectiveness of educational innovations: Using the study process questionnaire to show that meaningful learning occurs; Studies in Educational Evaluation
Evaluation of peer-generated MCQs to assess and support learning in a problem-based learning programme; European Journal of Dental Education
Examining the cultural specificity of approaches to learning in universities in Hong Kong and Sydney; Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Examining the multidimensionality of approaches to learning through the development of a revised version of the Learning Process Questionnaire; British Journal of Educational Psychology
Excellent University Teaching; The Chinese University Press
From model answers to multiple perspectives: adapting study approaches to suit university study; Active Learning in Higher Education: The Journal of The Institute for Learning and Teaching
How Do Students Make Decisions About Overseas Higher Education? A Case Study of Chinese International Students at a Regional Australian University; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
How students cope with part-time study: An analysis of coping mechanisms through an on-line forum; Active Learning in Higher Education
Implications for evaluation from a study of students' perceptions of good and poor teaching; Higher Education
Implications for instruction arising from the relationship between approaches to studying and academic outcomes; Instructional Science
Improving teaching through action research / David Kember and Mavis Kelly; Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc
Influence of the Curriculum and Learning Environment on Group Learning Approaches Outside the Classroom; Learning Environments Research
Influences upon Students’ Perceptions of Workload; Educational Psychology
Initial motivational orientation of students enrolling in undergraduate degrees; Studies in Higher Education
Instructional design for meaningful learning; Instructional Science
Integrating part-time study with family, work and social obligations; Studies in Higher Education
International students from Asia; Routledge international handbook of higher education
Interpretation of factor analyses from the approaches to studying inventory; British Journal of Educational Psychology
Interpreting student workload and the factors which shape students' perceptions of their workload; Studies in Higher Education
Intersections of Indigenous Knowledge and Place Based Education: Possibilities for New Visions of Sustainability Education in Uganda; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Is it the teaching or the discipline? Influences of disciplinary epistemology and pedagogy on students adapting study behaviour and epistemological beliefs; European Journal of Higher Education
Issues in English language teaching in Nepal; What is Next in Educational Research?
Lecturers' approaches to teaching and their relationship to conceptions of good teaching; Instructional Science: An International Journal of Learning and Cognition
Lessons Learnt About Structuring the Thesis and Implications for Practice; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Long-term outcomes of educational action research projects; Educational Action Research
Mechanisms for promoting the development of cognitive, social and affective graduate attributes; Higher Education
Medium of instruction in Hong Kong universities: the mis-match between espoused theory and theory in use; Higher Education Policy
Misconceptions about the learning approaches, motivation and study practices of Asian students; Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning
More can mean less motivation: Applying a motivational orientation framework to the expanded entry into higher education in Hong Kong; Studies in Higher Education
Motivating the learning of part-time taught-postgraduate students through pedagogy and curriculum design: are there differences in undergraduate teaching?; International Journal of Lifelong Education
Nurturing generic capabilities through a teaching and learning environment which provides practise in their use; Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning
Nurturing graduate attributes through a first year student experience which promotes the formation of effective learning communities; American Journal of Educational Research
Open Learning Courses for Adults: A Model of Student Progress; Educational Technology
Opening up the road to nowhere: Problems with the path to mass higher education in Hong Kong; Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning
Orientations to Enrolment of Part-time Students: A classification system based upon students' perceived lifelong learning needs; Higher Education Research and Development
Orientations to teaching and their effect on the quality of student learning; Journal of Higher Education
Peer Assessment of an Individual's Contribution to a Group Project; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Promoting student-centred forms of learning across an entire university; Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning
Reconsidering the dimensions of approaches to learning; British Journal of Educational Psychology
Reflections on Methodological Issues; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Reflective teaching and learning in the health professions : action research in professional education; Blackwell Science
Relationship between the employment of coping mechanisms and a sense of belonging for part‐time students; Educational Psychology
Spoon Feeding Leads to Regurgitation: a better diet can result in more digestible learning outcomes; Higher Education Research and Development
Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings; Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
Student Progress In Distance Education Courses: A Replication Study; Adult Education Quarterly
Taking qualitative studies beyond findings of a limited number of categories, with motivational orientation as an example; Methodological challenges in research on Student learning
The Collective Voyage of Discovery: How the Book Was Developed and Produced; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
The Design and Implementation of a Short Course, Focusing on Metacognition, to Develop Writing Skills for University Students for Whom English Is an Additional Language: An Action Research Study; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
The dimensionality of approaches to learning: an investigation with confirmatory factor analysis on the structure of the SPQ and LPQ; British Journal of Educational Psychology
The diverse role of the critical friend in supporting educational action research projects; Educational Action Research
The importance of relevance in motivating student learning; Active Learning in Higher Education: The Journal of The Institute for Learning and Teaching
The influence of active learning experiences on the development of graduate capabilities; Studies in Higher Education
The Influence of Teaching Approach and Teacher-Student Interaction on the Development of Graduate Capabilities; Structural Equation Modeling
The influence of the part time study experience on the development of generic capabilities; Journal of Further and Higher Education
The Influence of the Teaching and Learning Environment on the Development of Generic Capabilities Needed for a Knowledge-Based Society; Learning Environments Research
The Relationship Between Approaches to Learning and Reflection Upon Practice; Educational Psychology
The relationship between conceptions of teaching and approaches to teaching; Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice
The Revised Two Factor Study Process Questionnaire: R-SPQ-2F; British Journal of Educational Psychology
The role of study centres for academic support in distance education; Distance Education
The use of a model to derive interventions which might reduce drop-out from distance education courses; Higher Education
To Control or Not to Control: The question of whether experimental designs are appropriate for evaluating teaching innovations in higher education; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Towards a causal model of student progress in distance education: Research in Hong Kong; American Journal of Distance Education
Towards self‐direction in study methods: The ways in which new students learn to study part‐time; Distance Education
Tutoring distance education and open learning courses: HERDSA Green Guide No. 12
Understanding and teaching the Chinese learner: Resolving the paradox of the Chinese learner; The Psychology of Asian Learners: A Festschrift in Honor of David Watkins
Understanding the Nature of Motivation and Motivating Students through Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Springer
Understanding the ways in which design features of educational websites impact upon student learning outcomes in blended learning environments; Computers and Education: An International Journal
Understanding the ways in which design features of educational websites impact upon student learning outcomes in blended learning environments; Computers and Education: An International Journal
Use of structural equation modeling to examine the relationship between learning patterns, teaching and learning environments and graduate attribute development; Methodological challenges in research on Student learning
What motivates an ever increasing numbers of students to enroll in part-time taught postgraduate awards?; Studies in Continuing Education
Why do Chinese students out-perform those from the West? Do approaches to learning contribute to the explanation?; Cogent Education
Writing Study Guides; Technical and Educational Services Ltd.

Research Projects

Research Candidate Supervision

A Co-constructivist Approach to Learning and Teaching Writing Skills for University Students for whom English is an Additional Language- A Focus on Meta-Cognitive and Pedagogical Perspectives on Students' Perceptions
Conformity, Disciplinary Power and Docility in the Coach-Mentor Coach Relationship.
Continue Enlarging the Enrolment of International Students in Australian Universities? An Empirical Study of Overeducation among Chinese Graduates from Group of Eight
Persistence, Epistemological Beliefs and Learning Environment Expectations of First Year Students
Problem of Student Dropout in Bhutanese Schools- Challenges to Bhutanese Education System and Government Policy
Review and Change in a Tongan Education System
Teaching and Learning English in Nepal- Perceptions, Problems and Strategies of Secondary Teachers and Students
The Effects of Introducing Creative Writing, with Particular Reference to Poetry People in Institutional Care
The Narrative- An infotainment strategy to educate about the environment and sustainable development in Uganda
Women's Participation in Classroom Discussion- A Comparative Study between Australian and Nepalese Women
Writing to be heard- Authorial voice in the written discourse of Chinese International Students