Leading world-first research
QUT will lead international research documenting what life is like when born into the digital age. The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child will be led by Professor Susan Danby. The study will focus on children from birth to eight years of age with a detailed seven-year research program. The Centre will collaborate with 33 national and international academic and industry partners on the ground-breaking new study.
Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation
Associate Professor Kate Williams designed a preschool program, called RAMSR, focussing exclusively on rhythm and movement activities linked to pathways in the brain to support attentional and emotional development.
The study, involving 113 children from lower socioeconomic communities, measured the effectiveness of the program to boost self-regulation skills.
Entrepreneurship in education
As the faculty’s Entrepreneurship Leader, Dr James Davis collaborates closely with students, schools, government and business to build entrepreneurial thinking into teaching and learning. James’ work will help teach young people the resilience to live in an uncertain future, and the skills to innovate and find solutions to problems that matter. His range of professional development offerings will help teachers incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into their teaching.
Trauma-aware for teachers
Dr Judith Howard’s research aims to develop a framework to assist schools dealing with issues of complex childhood trauma. Through her training seminars, consultancy and online professional development modules, Judith has been encouraging schools and teachers to adopt a neuroscience-informed approach to the behaviour management of students who have suffered complex trauma.
Leadership and collaboration in autism research
Professor Suzanne Carrington is Director of Program 2 of the Autism CRC (Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism), the world’s first research centre of its kind. Program 2 focuses on supporting students with autism spectrum during school years. Associate Professor Beth Saggers is an active research participant in this program, currently leading a project to develop a model to support the needs of young children with autism spectrum disorder in rural and remote communities.