School of Education - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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School of Education

The School of Education is a vibrant hub of energetic, passionate and knowledgeable staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and doctoral candidates committed to quality studies in the discipline of Education.

The School of Education was established in 2014 as an individual School within the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, reflecting the growth of Education programs and associated research within the University since 2005. USC boasts over 2,000 graduates with initial bachelor and higher degrees in Education.

The School has an established history in the region, extending from the north of Brisbane through the Sippy Downs campus to Gympie and further north to the new Fraser Coast campus. Many public and independent schools throughout this large region closely align to the University by providing mentoring for our pre-service teachers.

The School has a strong team of academic staff and a range of administrative and support staff who serve to enhance students’ course and program experience through provision of program management, student management, research training and school/centre liaison.

Programs

Education programs include four-year degrees in primary education, early childhood education, secondary education, double degrees in secondary education, end-on postgraduate education, a Master’s degree in education and an active PhD program.

In 2016, the Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies started in the school, and it provides a vocational pathway for aspiring health and physical education teachers, outdoor educators, sports coaches, outdoor recreation leaders and nature guides.

School objectives include sustaining the University’s five-star ranking for learning and teaching, enhancing blended learning opportunities, increasing research capacity and research outputs in fields of education and in cross-disciplinary contexts and extending engagement with regional schools, throughout the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Fraser Coast districts.

Education Research

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Our shared vision is of a vibrant, energetic research community where staff and HDR students all contribute to the richness of the School of Education’s research culture.

Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre

The School of Education hosts the new Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre at USC. The Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre (ITRC) proudly partners with Indigenous, migrant, refugee and culturally diverse communities to deliver impactful research nationally and internationally that seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of First Nations and culturally diverse peoples in Australia and around the globe.

The ITRC explores three research themes:

  • Building Knowledge Systems: Building recognition and engagement with Indigenous, Southern, Eastern and other knowledge systems
  • Creative Cultural Practices: To revive, document and extend the languages, educational and social and creative cultural practices through transdisciplinary explorations of poetry, art, music, dance, and other creative forms
  • Community Capacity Engagement: To exchange knowledge and to enhance communities’ aspirations, research and practical skills and capacities
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Enquiries

For more information about the Education programs on offer:

General enquiries and student support
Tel
: +61 7 5430 2890
Fax: +61 7 5456 2882
Email: studentcentral@usc.edu.au

School of Education
Tel
: +61 7 5456 5748

Research Strengths

Research in the School of Education is conducted in an interdisciplinary field underpinned by four foundation disciplines – Philosophy, History, Sociology and Psychology.

Our research is located in seven broad categories or research strengths (listed below) where there are synergies and connections across these boundaries. We particularly contribute our work to FOR codes 1302 (Curriculum and Pedagogy) and 1303 (Specialist Studies in Education).

Teacher Education

Research in, on and about teacher education and professional learning

Curriculum and Assessment

Design, review and analyse theories and approaches to designing and evaluating teaching and learning

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Environmental Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Exploring human-nature relationships and approaches to facilitating environmental sustainability

Educational Psychology and Wellbeing

How people learn, and how resilience and wellbeing can be fostered

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Community and Regional Education

Building capacity within and across communities and regions

Voice, Identity and Marginalisation

Committed to social justice, inclusion and active participation

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Educational Policy and Leadership

Exploring the experience of leadership, and policy-(re)formation in education

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