Research Reports


Attard, C. (2020). Practice Changing Practice Professional Development Program: Phase 1 Program Evaluation Final Report. Western Sydney University

Carroll, K., Berger, N., Mackenzie, E., Holmes, K., Maheshwari, B. L., & Jessop, S. (2020). Teaching Resource on Flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley: Assessing the Impact on Student Learning.

Chatterjee Singh, N. & Duraiappah, A.K. (Eds.) (2020) “Rethinking Learning: A Review of Social and Emotional Learning for Education Systems”. New Delhi: UNESCO MGIEP ISBN 978-81-89218-73-7

This report was launched on Saturday, July 18, 2020 (Nelson Mandela Day) and reviews the latest research on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), its impact on student health and school climate and its transformative role in building happier classrooms. The worldwide virtual launch was officiated by the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres among other UN dignitaries and international researchers. The report includes the leading researchers in the field from around the world with WSU’s contribution led by Dr Brenda Dobia and featuring other colleagues including Leonie Arthur, PhD Student Michelle Montgomery, Dr Dion Khlentzos and Dr Roberto Parada.

Kanitkar, A., Breault-Hood, J., Mears, J., & Gray, T. (2020). Nurturing Leadership from the Bottom Up: Supporting Leadership and Career Aspirations for Sessional Staff.


Attard, C., Berger, N. & McDonald, P. (2019). Fast Tracking the Future Education Program: Sydney Metro Professional Development Project Evaluation. A research report commissioned by Sydney Metro. Penrith, N.S.W.: Western Sydney University.

Attard, C. (2019) Middle Years Mathematics: Improving Teaching and Learning Through Action Research. Final Report. Penrith, N.S.W.: Western Sydney University.

Barker K., Tracey D., & Ullman J, (2019) Resilient Families Plus: Evaluation Report and Executive Summary, VicHealth and Evidence for Learning.

Dattner, F., Adams, S., Alexander, K., Cano, M., Clarke, K., Clarke, K., Collins, D., Conn, C., Doyle, B., Dubini, A., Feeney, M., Goh, A., Gray, T., Hann, M., Hart, M., Hessenberger, D., Humanes, A., Jahangir A., Lopez, U., Oaten, M., Payo Payo, A., Perez-Porro, A., Sealey, K., Taranovic, V., Unterstell, N., Verspoor, K., Ward-Fear, G., Wang, L. & Wehi. C. (2019). Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM. Homeward Bound Projects. Sydney, NSW: Centre for EducationalResearch, Western Sydney University.

Dobia, B. (2019). “Every client has a trauma history.” Teaching respectful relationships to marginalised youth: An evaluation of NAPCAN’s Respectful Relationships Program Northern Territory 2017-2018. Penrith NSW: Western Sydney University. DOI: 10.26183/5d19b38f9960d

Dobia, B., Truong, S., Ward, K. & Regalado, J. (2019). Wilding nature play for children and families: An evaluation of The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden at Centennial Parklands, Sydney. Penrith NSW: Western Sydney University. DOI: 10.26183/5d5224409fa67

Gannon, S., Tracey, D., & Jacobs, R. (2019). Understanding the experience and perceived impact of the Ready Arrive Work Program ( RAW): Centre for Educational Research, School of Education, Western Sydney University

Gray, T., Bates, K., Graham, C., Han, F. (2019). Exploring Ways to Elevate Women's Leadership Voices to Achieve Career Longevity and Gender Parity.

Hughes, J. (2019). A background paper on the history of the New South Wales curriculum since 1989: context, cases and commentary on curriculum change. Available on the NESA website:

Karin L. Mackay (2019). Refugee Youth Voice: Postcards to the Premier. Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University
DOI: 10.26183/5d2be20478e79

Moustakim, M. & Cole, D. (2019). Programming the Future: Harnessing the Transformative Potential of New and Emerging Technologies with Children and Young People in Rural and Regional NSW. Western Sydney University.

Ovenden, G., Salter, M., Ullman, J., Denson, N., Robinson, K. H., Noonan, K., … Huppatz, K. E. (2019). Sorting it Out: Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GBTIQ) Men's Attitudes and Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault. Retrieved from

Storr, R.; Knijnik, J.; Parry, K.; Collinson, A.; Staples, E. (2019). Developing LGBT+ Inclusive supporter groups in the Big Bash League. Cricket Victorian Association: Melbourne.

Watkins, M., Noble, G. & Wong, A. (2019). It's Complex! Working with Students of Refugee Backgrounds and Their Families in New South Wales Public Schools, N.S.W. Teachers' Federation.


Attard, C. (2018) The Euclid Project: Improving Middle Years Student Engagement With Mathematics Through Action Research: Final Report. Queanbeyan Network, NSW: New South Wales Department of Education.

Dollin, J., Somerville, M. (2018) Developing local sustainability initiatives in Western Sydney. Report in Academia and Communities: Engaging for Change: Innovation in local and global learning systems for sustainability. Learning contributions of the Regional Centres of Expertize on Education for Sustainable Development. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study ofSustainability (UNU-IAS).

Dune, T. M., Ullman, J., Ferfolja, T., Hanckel, B., & Garga, S. (2018). Welcoming Social Wellness: Exploring the Impact of LGBTIQ-Affirming Health and Community Care on Older Gender and Sexuality-Diverse Women's Wellbeing and Sense of Belonging. Penrith, N.S.W.: Western Sydney University. doi:10.26183/5bac292dc443f

D’Warte, J. (2018). Enhancing English Learning: Building on Linguistic and Cultural Repertoires in 3 School Settings, Report to NSW Department of Education 2018. NSW: Department of Education and Communities.

Ferfolja, T., Asquith, N., Brady, B. & Hanckel, B. (2018). Diversity and Safety on Campus @ Western. Western Sydney University.

Gray, T., Truong, S., Reid, C., Ward, K., Singh, M. & Jacobs, M. (2018). Vertical Schools and Green Space: Canvassing the Literature. Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.

Mackay, K. Moustakim M., Mupenzi A., & Mar P. (2018) Navigating Resettlement: Matched Mentoring and Creative Media Design for Refugee and Migrant Youth in Transition, Greater Western Sydney. NSW: SydWest Multicultural Services.

Madden, A., Arora V., Holmes K., Pfautsch S. (2018). Cool Schools.NSW: Western Sydney University. doi:10.26183/5b91d72db0cb7

Tracey, D. (2018). Fostering a Culture of Evaluation to Understand and Increase the Social Benefit of Community First Step’s Activities. Penrith, NSW: Western Sydney University.

Truong S., Gray, T., Tracey D., Ward K. (2018). The Impact of Royal Botanic Gardens’ Community Greening Program on Perceived Health, Wellbeing, and Social Benefits in Social Housing Communities in NSW. Penrith, NSW: Western Sydney University. doi:10.4225/35/5ad9684c3e724

Truong S., Ward, K., Tracey D., Gray, T. (2018). ACT in the Outdoors: A Program Based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Adventure Therapy: Facilitator Manual. Penrith, NSW: Western Sydney University. doi:10.4225/35/5a961c4140818

Ullman J., Smith, M. (2018). LGBTIQA+ Teachers’ Experiences of Workplace Discrimination and Disadvantage: Report to New South Wales Departmental Stakeholders. Penrith, NSW: Western Sydney University. doi:10.4225/35/5b20aa3eff6db

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