Dr Adam is an academic developer in the Centre for Education and Enhancement at JCU. He has extensive experience in educational leadership and design as former Director of Teaching and Learning at Southern Cross University and a Senior Lecturer in Education at James Cook University. He has led whole of faculty transitions in curriculum, assessment, pedagogy and managed projects in Artifical Intelligence, HyFlex and Blended Learning, and critical and creative thinking.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Hons) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master of Education by Research (Hons) from James Cook University, a Postgraduate Certificate of Cognitive Science and a PhD in cultural cognition from the University of Queensland, and a Senior Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Adam is a previous recipient of the overall JCU teaching citation and a national ALTC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He has consulted for many organisations including the United Nations and Australian Council for Educational Research on curriculum, pedagogy, and wicked problems. 

His research focuses on metacognition and epistemological development in contested cultural contexts. He has published, presented, and consulted extensively in this field. His framework for critical, creative and consilient thinking (i.e. Big Little Thinking) has been used in diverse secondary and tertiary contexts in Australia and overseas.

Key Links

Big Little Thinking (BLT): This website includes a framework and set of resources for teachers and leaders who facilitate thinking through 'wicked problems' and social issues in contested spaces.

Education for Wicked Problems and the Reconciliation of Opposites: A Theory of Bi-relational Development: This book is the culmination of conceptual and empirical research into ways of knowing and being in relation to dyads (e.g. nature/culture; conservative/liberal; local/global; spirit/matter)

Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: Dr Adam and his team designed this website to support first year students' academic literacy.

Subject Transition Framework: Dr Adam and his team designed JCU's transition framework to support teaching and learning during the calendar transition.

  • Dr Adam conducts research in developmental epistemology (i.e. how we know) in order to inform pedagogy (i.e. how to teach for complex knowing). He applies these theoretical interests in diverse fields including religious-secular dialogue, teacher identity, academic development, and conflict resolution.
  • 2023 - Senior Academic Developer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2016 to 2021 - Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University (Gold Coast)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Direct of Teaching and Learning (FoE), Southern Cross University (Gold Coast)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Adjunct Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2007 - Lecturer, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Lecturer & Tutor (Casual), University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Secondary School Teacher, Townsville Grammar School (Townsville)
  • 1997 to 1999 - Secondary School Teacher, Annandale Christian College (Townsville)
  • 2018 - Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy
  • 2011 - HERDEC Publications Performance Award
  • 2010 - Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning, JCU
  • 2009 - Highest Ranked Subject, JCU
  • 1992 - Philip-Fox Bursary for Study of Law
  • 2010 - National Citation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, ALTC
  • 2010 - Overall JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, James Cook University
  • 2008 - Dean's List for Outstanding Thesis, University of Queensland
  • Queensland College of Teachers
  • Australian Teacher Educator Association
  • International Association for the Psychology of Religion
  • Faith Development Research Network

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr Raoul Adam from 2008 onwards.

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