Researcher

Dr Tracy Lyn Durksen

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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

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Biography

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

I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer of Educational Psychology and my research is focused on the learning and development of students and teachers. Specifically, I am interested in preservice and practicing teachers’ psychological characteristics like motivation and adaptability and understanding how interpersonal relationships can buffer against stress and risk. My previous research included a focus...view more

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

I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer of Educational Psychology and my research is focused on the learning and development of students and teachers. Specifically, I am interested in preservice and practicing teachers’ psychological characteristics like motivation and adaptability and understanding how interpersonal relationships can buffer against stress and risk. My previous research included a focus on learning environments with (pre-Covid) studies of online engagement and studies on informal learning situated in museums. I am a mixed methods researcher grounded in social cognitive theory and self-determination theory. I have expertise in quantitative questionnaire development as an invited consultant for an OECD Questionnaire Expert Group. The aim of the group is to develop, test, and report on the Teaching and Learning International Survey which will be administered in over 48 countries and economies in 2024. My qualitative experience includes previous involvement in a community-based research and evaluation project centred on a randomised control trial of social service models in Canada. My primary role was to analyse social workers’ case files with the interpretive support of cultural experts. I have been collaborating with the Teacher Selection Project team (University of York, UK) since 2015 by assisting with the development and testing of online scenario-based tools. Locally, I am the chief investigator of a funded partnership project (2017-2021) with the NSW Department of Education on teacher recruitment and selection with the aim to increase equitable student access to quality teachers. 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 Grants

External

Chief Investigator (2017-2020/extended to 2021). Model of teacher success. NSW Department of Education. Amount: AUD $149,900.  

Co-investigator (2019). High-impact leaders in regional, rural, and remote education. Australian Department of Education. Chief Investigator: A/Prof Scott Eacott. Co-investigators: Dr Richard Niesche (UNSW) and Dr Tony Loughland (UNSW) with collaborators Dr Amanda Heffernan (Monash University) and Dr Brad Gobby (Curtin University). Successful Government Tender: AUD $88,000 

Chief Investigator (2017). The development of a teacher suitability framework. New South Wales Council of Deans of Education (Australia). Amount: AUD $5,000

Internal

Chief Investigator (2021). School of Education Rapid-Fire Research Grant Scheme. Scenario-based learning for preservice teachers. Co-investigators: A/Prof Tony Loughland and Dr Hoa Nguyen. Amount: AUD: $7,689

Chief Investigator (2016-2019). PL-TIME: Professional learning and teachers’ interpersonal skills, motivation, and engagement. Vice Chancellor Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Funding (UNSW). Amount: AUD $30,000

Chief Investigator (2018). Developing teachers' ability to optimise female students' STEM-related academic achievement and career aspirations: A museum-based study of professional learning. Faculty Collaborative Research Grant (UNSW Sydney). Co-investigator: Scientia Professor Andrew Martin (School of Education, UNSW). Collaborator: Derek Williamson (Museum of Human Disease, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW). Amount: AUD $14,693         

Chief /Co-Investigator (2017-2019). School of Education Grants. Amount: AUD $22,500     

Doctoral funding

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2015). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Amount: CAD $40,000

President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2013-2014). Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta (Canada). Amount: CAD $15,429                                        

Graduate/travel awards (2012-2015). Amount: CAD $11,500 


My Qualifications

Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education (2015), Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta (Canada)

Graduate Certificate, Community-Based Research and Evaluation (2015), Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta (Canada)

M.A., Learning and Development in Educational Psychology (2010), Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria (Canada)

Teaching Certificate, Professional Development Program in University Teaching (2010), Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria (Canada)

B.Ed. (Post Baccalaureate), K-12 Teacher Education Degree (2002), Faculty of Education, Vancouver Island University (Canada)

B.A. (Honours with Distinction), Psychology, (1997), Department of Psychology, University of Victoria (Canada)


My Awards

Learning and Teaching Award (2020). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Learning and Teaching Award for Excellence for Design and Development (Master of Teaching Primary Program, UNSW). Amount: AUD $500

Shortlisted Nominee for Research Award (2019). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Research Award for Achievements by an Early Career Researcher (UNSW).

AERA 2017 Learning Environments SIG/Springer Award for best journal article. Andre, L., Durksen, T. L., & Volman, M. (2017). Museums as avenues of learning for children: A decade of research. Learning Environments Research, 20, 47-76. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10984-016-9222-9


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)
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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