Researcher

Dr Tracy Lyn Durksen

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Specialist studies in education, Applied and developmental psychology, Educational Psychology, Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, Specialist Studies in Education

SEO tags

Biography

Tracy Durksen, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology. My expertise falls in the area of educational psychology and the core theme driving my research and teaching is teacher education and development. I am interested in preservice and practicing teachers’ personal and professional learning and development across career stages and teaching contexts. Specifically, I aim to transform teacher...view more

Tracy Durksen, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology. My expertise falls in the area of educational psychology and the core theme driving my research and teaching is teacher education and development. I am interested in preservice and practicing teachers’ personal and professional learning and development across career stages and teaching contexts. Specifically, I aim to transform teacher attraction, recruitment and selection, development, retention, and promotion by focusing on psychological characteristics like motivation and adaptability. As such, my research includes exploring non-academic measures of classroom readiness through innovative methods (e.g., online scenario-based learning). My research interests also include site-based and outreach education programs in STEM for students and teachers.

I completed my PhD in 2015 through the University of Alberta (Canada). I joined the School of Education at UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a three-year appointment (2016-2019) under the mentorship of Scientia Professor Andrew Martin. I have continued to contribute in the School of Education as Lecturer (2019-2021) and Senior Lecturer (since July 2021). Over the years I have developed my research focus by collaborating with the European Research Council funded (€1.4 million) Teacher Selection Project team led by Professor Klassen (University of York, UK). Locally, I have been the chief investigator for a funded research project with the NSW Department of Education on teacher success since 2017. My international contributions include being a member of the questionnaire expert group tasked with supporting the development and implementation of the 2024 OECD Teacher and Learning International Survey. I previously worked as a primary school teacher in Canada and currently serve as Director for the School of Education’s Master of Teaching Primary program.


My Qualifications

BA (Hons) (University of Victoria), BEd (Vancouver Island University), MA (University of Victoria), PhD (University of Alberta)


My Teaching

2021

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 1101 Educational Psychology (Course Convenor)

2020

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)

2019

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)

2018

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Deputy Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)

2017

  • EDST 5457 Literature Review (Academic Course Supervisor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
View less

Location

G38 Morven Brown Building

Contact

+61 2 9065 4867

Videos

On 18 September 2018 I presented on the importance of teacher collaboration as a panel member for the Gonski Institute for Education.
Based on my 3-year funded project with the NSW Department of Education, I contributed to the conversation on the benefits of external research partners by highlighting relationships, resources, and reach.
Gonski 2.0: How can we support and value the profession?
Division of Enterprise: Exchange Knowledge - Benefits of External Engagement