A/Prof  Helen Boon teaches in the areas of educational psychology, special needs and behaviour management.  Helen has a strong research interest in climate change and the intersection of ethics, climate change and adaptation to climate change. Helen initially  trained in Chemistry and Physiology and then taught Chemistry and Mathematics for a number of years.  Preferred research methods are quantitative, including statistical modelling and Rasch modelling. Helen has led a number of projects:  a WIL project with partners from the School of  Medicine, a Collaboration Across Boundaries Project with the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences,  and an NCCARF funded project with the  School of  Earth and Environmental Sciences and Charles Sturt University.  A/Prof  Boon  has completed  working on an ARC funded project examining the most effective pedagogies for Indigenous students.

Currently working on a research project around theacher ethics with Canadian Collaborator A/Prof Bruce Maxwell,  funded by the Canadian Council of Social Science.

Recent publications include a longitudinal study about climate change education and pre-service teacher attitudes and knowledge is available at:  http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol41/iss4/3/  and a paper about the dearth of ethics training in preservice teacher programs across Australia is available at: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol41/iss5.

  • ED5855: Behaviour Management (Level 5; CNS)
  • ED5955: Learners and Learning in Secondary School Contexts (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • On review board of Journal of Teacher Education, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Regional Environmental Change, Australian Journal of Emergency management, Disasters, British Educational Research Journal, Natural Disasters, Australian Educational Researcher, Psychological Reports, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Alberta Journal of Education, Australian Psychologist, Australian Journal of Environmental Education.
  • Climate change and resilience. Ethics and teacher professional behaviour
  • Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory of development, the contribution of parents, teachers and peers to the academic and life trajectories of students at risk.
  • Self-efficacy and teaching competence.
  • Motivation, goals and beliefs and coping.
  • Parenting and its impacts upon development and academic achievement.
  • Indigenous student's academic development.
  • Attitudes to science education, in particular to chemistry and dispositions and beliefs about science.
  • Climate change, sustainable development and science education
  • Mixed method research techniques, including structural equation modeling, Rasch analysis and narrative analysis.
  • Neuroscience and the (mis)application of neuroscience to education.
  • 2012 to 2019 - ARC REVIEWER, ARC
Research Disciplines
  • 2016 - Commendation for Publications Completed (2015), College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University
  • 2011 - Research Performance Award: External Research Income 2010-12, Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, James Cook University
  • 2013- Commendation for most Publications Completed (2010-2012), College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University
  • 2015 - Research Performance Award: External Research Income 2013-15, College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University
  • 2018 - Commendation for Publications Completed (2017), College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University
  • 2017 - Commendation for Publications Completed (2016), College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University
  • 2005 to 2006 - GROWING THE SMART STATE: A PhD Research Funding Program Students from LSES Backgrounds
  • 1990 to 1991 - Chemical Industry (UK): Scholarship: preparing for chemistry teaching.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 83+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Helen Boon from 2005 onwards.

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Responding to Indigenous students' and their communities' voiced experiences regarding effective teaching practices: A Catholic Education initiative

Indicative Funding
$150,000 over 4 years
In response to the continued gap in achievement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, this project focuses on addressing the essential need for Australian-based empirically-grounded culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) research on teaching practices consistent with the voiced concerns of Indigenous students and the communities they represent. Paralleling consequentially similar work in Canada and New Zealand, the study will tease out and test facets of quality teaching that are salient to Aboriginal students for the purpose of improving achievement outcomes for Indigenous students and informing teaching and teacher education.
Brian Lewthwaite, Helen Boon and Barry Osborne in collaboration with Catherine Day (College of Arts, Society & Education and Townsville Catholic Education Office)
Teaching; Learning; Indigenous

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Writing in Role: A Creative New Process to Engage and Motivate Students in Literacy (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Investigating cross-boundary competence of university professional staff working in collaborative third space environments; multiple case study of Australian and Singapore campuses of one university (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Responding to Indigenous Students' and Their Communities' Experiences Regarding Effective Teaching practices: A Catholic Education Initiative. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Thinking like a Teacher in an Ethical Instance: A Mixed Methods Study of Ethical Sensitivity (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning Strategies in Nursing Students (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Person centered learning: promoting student engagement using an individualised approach to education (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An inquiry into the relationship between professional development in intercultural competence and teachers' attitudes and practice with English as an Additional Language (EAL) students of refugee background. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Perceptions of Parents Engagement; What is Parental Engagement and What does it mean to Parents? What is the role of Teachers and How do they Influence Parental Engagement? (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • A Case Study of Pedagogies used to Teach Thinking Skills in Science (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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