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Middle Years Research Experts:


 Dr Kelly Sharp – Scotch College, Adelaide

 Paper title:

 Leading learning for student engagement: Translating research into context specific practice

 e: ksharp@scotch.sa.edu.au


 Gabrielle Baker – Queensland University of Technology

 Paper title:

 Gifted adolescent wellbeing and the adoption of STEAM opportunities

 e: a.briz@bigpond.net.au


 Dana Leidl – Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, NSW

 Paper title:

 Climate Schools Plus: Online substance use prevention program for students and parents

 e: d.leidl@unsw.edu.au


  Dr Katharine Swain – Flinders University, SA

  Paper title:

  Student experiences of NAPLAN: Sharing insights from two school sites 

  e: katharine.swain@flinders.edu.au



  Rebecca Seward-Linger – University of Southern Queensland

 Paper title:


  Teachers enacting middle years’ reform: What can we learn from their perspectives?



  Dr Tony Dowden – University of Southern Queensland

 Paper title:

  Teachers’ beliefs and practices concerning the learning needs of young adolescents: Developing an    intervention    that enhances classroom curriculum and pedagogy, recognises cultural diversity and facilitates  inclusion

  e: Tony.Dowden@usq.edu.au


  Jason Hassard – Griffith University, QLD

 Paper title:

 The establishment of a distinct Junior Secondary identity by Year 7 students during the transition from primary  to  high school chronicled via student voice: A mixed methods study

 e: jhass13@eq.edu.au


 Dr Anne Coffey – University of Notre Dame, WA

 Paper title:

 Student leadership: Service and citizenship in the middle years of schooling

 e: anne.coffey@nd.edu.au


 Dr Katherine Main – Griffith University, QLD

 Paper title:

 Integrating social-emotional learning: Enhancing teachers’ capacity to embed social-emotional learning in the  curriculum

 e: k.main@griffith.edu.au

Donna Pendergast

Michelle Ronskey-Pavia

 Prof Donna Pendergast and

 Dr Michelle Ronskey-Pavia – Griffith University, QLD

 Paper title:

 Student Engagement Continuum: Engaging young adolescent students

 Engaging middle years students: The importance of a sense of belonging at school


 e: michelle.ronksley-pavia@griffithuni.edu.au



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