About

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  is currently working on an ARC funded project examining the most effective pedagogies for Indigenous students. 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.

Teaching
  • ED1481: Foundations of Educational Psychology (Level 1; TSV)
  • ED5855: Behaviour Management (Level 5; CNS)
  • ED5950: Learning for Diverse Learners in Primary School Contexts (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • 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 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 and narrative analysis.
  • Neuroscience and the (mis)application of neuroscience to education.
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Fellowships
  • 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.
Publications

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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
Summary
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.
Investigators
Brian Lewthwaite, Helen Boon and Barry Osborne in collaboration with Catherine Day (College of Arts, Society & Education and Townsville Catholic Education Office)
Keywords
Teaching; Learning; Indigenous
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • Writing in Role: A new Process to Engage and Empower Students, Providing a Meaningful Context for Literacy Instruction. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Building capabilities of higher education professional staff within the current neoliberal environment: case studies of regional universities in Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Responding to Indigenous Students' and Their Communities' Experiences Regarding Effective Teaching practices: A Catholic Education Initiative. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • What Feedback do Primary School Students Receive about their Work and what Impact does this Feedback have on the Progress and School Experience of Children in Diverse, Low SES Classrooms, over Time? (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Education to Increase Climate Change Adaptation of a Vietnamese Coastal Community’s Members (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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  • 134.114E, Education Central (Townsville campus)
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