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Researcher: Thomas, JK (Dr Jeffrey Thomas)

Fields of Research

Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Secondary Education
Education Systems
Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Higher Education
Community Child Health
Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Computer-Human Interaction
Special Education and Disability
Causes and Prevention of Crime
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Continuing and Community Education
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Police Administration, Procedures and Practice

Research Objectives

Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Learner and Learning
Teacher and Instructor Development
Education and Training
Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Health Education and Promotion
Crime Prevention
Learner and Learning Processes
Health Inequalities
Child Health
Law Enforcement
Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Gender and Sexualities
Children's/Youth Services and Childcare

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'They're actually pretty skilled” A report on a trial of preparing Initial Teacher Education Students for working at St Francis Flexible Learning Centre
Are male primary teachers expected to perform particular extracurricular roles in their schools?; Australian association for research in education (AARE) conference 2018
Behaviour Management Episode 5: Planning for positive behaviour
Behaviour management episode 5: Planning for positive behaviour
Beyond a typology: Towards a taxonomy of alternative education; Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference
Communication: Bridging the Space Between
Consistency in the messiness: Lessons learnt from establishing Flex programs; Doing School Differently Conference 2018
Consistency in the messiness: Lessons learnt from establishing Flex programs; Doing School Differently Conference 2018
Consistency in the messiness: Report on the establishment of successful Flexible Learning Programs in Australia
Developing Better Approaches to Disengagement; Celebrating Special Assistance Schools, Independent Schools Queensland
Developing better approaches to disengagement; Doing School Differently Conference 2018
Developing Better Approaches to Disengagement of Students in School; 2019 AERA Annual Meeting
Disability and disengagement: What Flexible Learning Program enrollments reveal about our about our education system; Building Opportunities, Building Communities Conference
Disability and Disengagement: What Flexible Learning Programs Reveal About Our Education System; Australian Association of Special Education National Conference
Experts push for new approach to dealing with difficult students. It's a philosophical shift that could be a game-changer for Tasmania
Group punishment doesn’t fix behaviour - it just makes kids hate school
How are you feeling today? Assessing student engagement in Virtual Learning Tasmania; 12th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies
Inclusive, engaged learning: New momentum in engagement policy and practice in Tasmania; Education Transforms 2017
Keeping kids engaged in the classroom: Practical classroom management strategies; Australian Association of Special Education National Conference
Managing Behavior or Promoting Engagement?; Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education
Moving water paddling as critical outdoor education; Australian Journal of Outdoor Education
Preparing pre-service teachers for Flexible Learning Programs: A pilot study; Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Proactive classroom strategies for marginalised learners; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
Re-engagement of Students after an Alternative Education Program
Representation of Flexible Learning Program Teachers in mainstream media; JERAA Conference 2018
Should school uniforms be compulsory? We asked five experts: Interview by Sasha Petrova
Thanks for the opportunity! Or…was it a threat?: student experiences in ‘choosing’ flexible learning; 2016 Doing School Differently
The role of flexible learning programs in enabling behavioural engagement; Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Trauma-Informed Practice for Pre-service Teachers; Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education
Trauma-informed practice with pre-service teachers; Trauma Aware Schools Conference
Understanding The Complexities of Disengagement Through a Symbolic Interactionist lens; European Conference on Education and Research,
Why are kids with disabilities are more likely to be excluded from school?: Interview with Ryk Goddard
‘It is my decision, and it’s really up to me. But they wanted me to do it’: an exploration of choice in enrolling in a reengagement programme; International Journal of Inclusive Education
‘It showed me that I was not dumb’ the role of flexible learning programmes in enabling cognitive (re)-engagement; International Journal of Inclusive Education

Research Projects

A dumping ground or a refuge? Investigating how LGBTIQ young people come to be in flexi schools; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Essential skills workshops for homeless men recovering from crisis, to help them defeat homelessness and move on to a better future.; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
It takes a special type of teacher: An investigation into the attributes of staff working with disengaged students.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Factors Affecting the Establishment of Flexible Learning Programs

Research Candidate Supervision