Position

Academic Status
Education

Biography

David worked in the higher education sector for 25 years. He then spent 10 years as a senior research fellow working for the Australian Council for Educational Research, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and as a consultant before returning to higher education.
He is interested in youth transitions, equity, assessment and the measurement of achievement, the development and assessment of generic skills, and in evaluating institutional effectiveness. Much of the work David has undertaken in these areas is policy-focused. He is committed to undertaking analyses that lead to quality information upon which sound policy can be developed.

Qualifications

B.Sc (Hons) (Adelaide)
Grad Dip Inst Comp (UniSA)
M.Ed. St (Flinders)
M.A (Flinders)
Ed.D (Flinders)
PhD (Flinders)

Honours, awards and grants

Recipient of the Premier's Award for Postgraduate Research into Lifelong Learning

Key responsibilities

Coordinator, Educational Research Evaluation and Measurement specialisation in the M.Ed and Ed.D programs

Teaching interests

Statistical methods, including longitudinal data analysis and structural equation modelling (SEM)
The assessment and measurement of student achievement and attitudes

Topic Coordinator:

  • EDUC9762  Introduction to Statistics
  • EDUC9763  Survey and Questionnaire Methods
  • EDUC9766  Multivariate and Multilevel Statistics for Educational Research
  • EDUC9767  Assessment in Education
  • EDUC9769  Measuring Educational Achievement

Topic Lecturer:

  • EDUC9762  Introduction to Statistics
  • EDUC9763  Survey and Questionnaire Methods
  • EDUC9766  Multivariate and Multilevel Statistics for Educational Research
  • EDUC9767  Assessment in Education
  • EDUC9769  Measuring Educational Achievement

Research interests

  • youth transitions from school to post-school education (including VET) and work
  • equity
  • assessment and the measurement of student achievement and progress
  • the measurement of attitude
  • generic skills and graduate qualities
  • secondary data analysis
  • advanced quantitative methods and their applications (e.g. HLM, SEM)
  • program and institutional evaluation
  • Supervisory interests

    • Assessment and measurement of student achievement and progress
    • Generic skills and graduate qualities
    • Measurement of attitude
    • Program and institutional evaluation

    RHD research supervision

    Current

    Principal supervisor : parental involvement; language maintenance;SEM (1) ; cognitive diagnostic assessment; modelling (1) ; gifted education (1) ; modelling; measurement; achievement; local item dependence (1) ;

    Associate supervisor : modelling; wilderness education ; assessment; professional learning; (1) ; assessment; interdisciplinary learning; (1) ;

    Completion

    Associate supervisor : second language learning; modelling (1) ;

    Publications

    • Arrowsmith, A.K., Curtis, D.D. and Guenther, J.C. (2016). Beyond the Trade Qualification. In Janice Orrell and David D. Curtis, ed. Publishing Higher Degree Researcher: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 75-83.
    • Mirizon, S., Wadham, B.A. and Curtis, D.D. (2016). Teaching Mathematics and Science in English at a University in Indonesia: Lecturers' and Students' Attitudes to the Initiative. In Janice Orrell and David D. Curtis, ed. Publishing Higher Degree Researcher: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 127-136.
    • Orrell, J.E. and Curtis, D.D. (2016). Transforming identities: From students and reformers to researchers. In Janice Orrell and David Curtis, ed. Publishing Higher Degree Researcher: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense, pp. 13-22.
    • Curtis, D.D. (2013). Post-school pathways in Australia: Participant characteristics. In S Alagumalai, S Burley & JP Keeves, ed. Excellence in scholarship: Transcending transdisciplinarity in teacher education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 123-138.
      [10.1007/978-94-6209-257-0_9] [Scopus]
    • Alagumalai, S. and Curtis, D.D. (2005). Classical Test Theory. In S. Alagumalai, D. D. Curtis & N. Hungi, ed. Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of Exemplars. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 1-14.
      [10.1007/1-4020-3076-2_1]
    • Curtis, D. (2005). Comparing classical and contemporary analyses and Rasch measurement. In S. Alaguamlai, D.D. Curtis, & N Humgi (Eds), ed. Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of Exemplars. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 179-196.
      [10.1007/1-4020-3076-2_10]
    • Alagumalai, S., Curtis, D.D. and Hungi, N. (2005). Epilogue: Our Experiences and Conclusions. In S. Alagumalai, D. D. Curtis & N. Hungi, ed. Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of Exemplars. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 343-346.
      [10.1007/1-4020-3076-2_19]
    • Curtis, D.D. (2004). The assessment of generic skills. In GENERIC SKILLS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING: RESEARCH READINGS (J. GIBBS, ED) ADELAIDE SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    • Curtis, D.D. (2004). International perspectives on generic skills. In GENERIC SKILLS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING: RESEARCH READINGS (J. GIBBS, ED) ADELAIDE SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, pp. 19-37.
    • Perfianco, E., Curtis, D.D. and Keeves, J.P. (2003). Learning across the adult life span. In International Handbook of Educational Research in the Asia-Pacific Region. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 305-320.
    • Orrell, J.E. and Curtis, D.D. (Eds.). (2016). Publishing Higher Degree Research: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
    • Alagumalai, S., Curtis, D.D. and Hungi, N. (Eds.). (2004). Applied Rasch Measurement: A Book of Exemplars. Dordrecht: Springer.
    • Curtis, D.D. and Denton, R. (2003). The authentic performance-based assessment of problem-solving. Adelaide, Australia: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    • Curtis, D. (2012). Building capacity for proactive quality provision. In Invited keynote presentation, Service Skills Australia National Conference 'Quality in the Making' Service Skills Australia National Conference 'Quality in the Making' Brisbane. Feb 2012.
    • Curtis, D., Drummond, A., Lawson, M. and Halsey, R. (2012). Peer mentoring of students in rural and low-SES schools. In The 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference. 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference. Adelaide. Jul 2012.
    • Gemici, S. and Curtis, D. (2011). Secondary workplace learning and post-school transition: insights from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. In New Zealand VET Research Forum. New Zealand: Victoria University. New Zealand VET Research Forum. Apr 2011.
    • Curtis, D. (2011). Evaluating VET provider effectiveness. In New Zealand VET Research Forum. Wellington, New Zealand: Industry Training Federation. New Zealand VET Research Forum. Wellington, New Zealand. Apr 2011.
      [Web Link]
    • Curtis, D. (2010). Teaching, learning and assessment in TVET The case for an ecology of assessment. In Paper presented at the South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) VOCTECH Conference. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research. South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) VOCTECH Conference. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Jun 2010.
      [Web Link]
    • Curtis, D. (2007). Leaving school in Australia. What has changed over two decades? In 15th Annual Workshop of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth. Ghent, Belgium: University of Ghent. 15th Annual Workshop of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth. Ghent, Belgium. Sep 2007.
    • Curtis, D. (2006). Post-school pathways: Participant profiles. In 'Celebrating Excellence in Scholarship' Symposium. Adelaide: Adelaide University. 'Celebrating Excellence in Scholarship' Symposium. Adelaide University. Nov 2006.
    • Curtis, D. (2002). Computer-based learning: Electronic bridge or electric fence? In ALAA and Australian Catholic University Conference. VictoriaReaching the Unreached Learner. Ballarat. Oct 2002.
    • Curtis, D.D. (2001). Misfits: People and their problems. What might it all mean? International Education Journal, 2(4) pp. 91-99.
      [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D., Drummond, A., Halsey, R. and Lawson, M. (2012). Peer-mentoring of students in rural and low socioeconomic status schools: increasing aspirations for higher education.
    • Curtis, D., Mlotkowski, P. and Lumsden, M. (2012). Bridging the gap. Who takes a gap year and why? Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
    • Circelli, M., Curtis, D. and Perkins, K. (2011). Mapping adult literacy performance.
    • Curtis, D. (2009). The potential for growth in flexible learning provision in vocational education. NCVER (for Open Universities Australia)
    • Matters, G. and Curtis, D. (2008). Assessment and reporting of employability skills of senior secondary students. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
    • Curtis, D.D., Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M.J. (2006). Interim examination of indicative case studies that incorporate capabilities in curriculum, assessment and reporting.
    • Murray-Harvey, R., Curtis, D.D., Slee, P.T. and Cattley, G.K. (2004). Enhancing Learners' generic skills through problem-based learning.
    • Borman, P., Smith, D. and Curtis, D.D. (2001). Effects of pessimism and explanatory style on development of anger in children.
    • Curtis, D.D. and Mckenzie, P. (2001). Employability Skills for Australian Industry: Literature Review and Framework Development.
    • Krieg, S. and Curtis, D.D. (2017). Involving parents in early childhood research as reliable assessors. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal,
      [10.1080/1350293X.2017.1356601]
    • Krieg, S., Curtis, D.D., Hall, L. and Westenberg, L. (2015). Access, quality and equity in early childhood education and care: A South Australian study. Australian Journal of Education, 59(2) pp. 119-132.
      [10.1177/0004944115588789] [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D.D. (2015). What is the future of tertiary education in rural Australia? Professional Educator, 14(6) pp. 23-25.
    • Curtis, D.D. (2014). The ‘Gap Year’ in Australia: Incidence, Participant Characteristics and Outcomes. The Australian Economic Review, 47(1) pp. 107-114.
      [10.1111/1467-8462.12054] [Scopus]
    • Gemici, S. and Curtis, D.D. (2012). Senior secondary workplace learning and transition success in Australia. Education and Training, 54(1) pp. 36-49.
      [10.1108/00400911211198887] [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D. (2011). Tertiary education provision in rural Australia: is vet a substitute for, or a pathway into, higher education? Education in Rural Australia, 19(2) pp. 19-35.
      [Web Link]
    • Curtis, D.D. (2010). Teaching, Learning and Assessment in TVET: The Case For an Ecology of Assessment. SEAMEO VOCTECH Journal, 10(1)
      [Web Link]
    • Curtis, D. and Boman, P. (2007). X-ray your Data with Rasch. International Education Journal, 8(2) pp. 249-259.
      [Scopus] [Web Link]
    • Boman, P., Curtis, D.D., Furlong, M.J. and Smith, D.C. (2006). Cross-validation and Rasch analyses of the Australian version of the multidimensional school anger inventory-revised. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 24(3) pp. 225-242.
      [10.1177/0734282906288472] [Scopus]
    • Keeves, J. and Curtis, D. (2006). Research and national debate on Australian schooling. International Education Journal, 7(6) pp. 801-813.
      [Scopus] [Web Link]
    • Murray-Harvey, R., Curtis, D.D., Cattley, G.K. and Slee, P.T. (2005). Enhancing Teacher Education Students' Generic Skills Through Problem-based Learning. Teaching Education, 16(3) pp. 257-273.
      [10.1080/10476210500205025] [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D.D. (2004). Person Misfit in Attitude Surveys: Influences, Impacts and Implications. International Education Journal, 5(2) pp. 125-143.
      [Scopus]
    • Boman, P., Smith, D. and Curtis, D.D. (2003). Effects of pessimism and explanatory style on development of anger in children. School Psychology International, 24(1) pp. 80-94.
      [10.1177/0143034303024001581] [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D.D. and Lawson, M.J. (2002). Computer Adventure Games as Problem-Solving Environments. International Education Journal, 3(4) pp. 43-56.
      [Scopus]
    • Crock, M.J., Joughin, G., Edwards, P. and Curtis, D.D. (2001). Developing strategic learning alliances: partnerships for the provision of global education and training solutions. Association For Learning Technology Journal, 9(1) pp. 84-93.
    • Curtis, D.D. and Lawson, M.J. (2001). Exploring collaborative online learning. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 5(1) pp. 21-34.
      [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D. and Keeves, J. (2000). The Course Experience Questionnaire as an Institutional Performance Indicator. International Education Journal, 1(2) pp. 73-82.
      [Scopus] [Web Link]
    • Krieg, S. and Curtis, D.D. (2017). Involving parents in early childhood research as reliable assessors. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal,
      [10.1080/1350293X.2017.1356601]
    • Krieg, S., Curtis, D.D., Hall, L. and Westenberg, L. (2015). Access, quality and equity in early childhood education and care: A South Australian study. Australian Journal of Education, 59(2) pp. 119-132.
      [10.1177/0004944115588789] [Scopus]
    • Orrell, J.E. and Curtis, D.D. (2016). Transforming identities: From students and reformers to researchers. In Janice Orrell and David Curtis, ed. Publishing Higher Degree Researcher: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense, pp. 13-22.
    • Mirizon, S., Wadham, B.A. and Curtis, D.D. (2016). Teaching Mathematics and Science in English at a University in Indonesia: Lecturers' and Students' Attitudes to the Initiative. In Janice Orrell and David D. Curtis, ed. Publishing Higher Degree Researcher: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 127-136.
    • Arrowsmith, A.K., Curtis, D.D. and Guenther, J.C. (2016). Beyond the Trade Qualification. In Janice Orrell and David D. Curtis, ed. Publishing Higher Degree Researcher: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 75-83.
    • Curtis, D.D. (2013). Post-school pathways in Australia: Participant characteristics. In S Alagumalai, S Burley & JP Keeves, ed. Excellence in scholarship: Transcending transdisciplinarity in teacher education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 123-138.
      [10.1007/978-94-6209-257-0_9] [Scopus]
    • Curtis, D. (2005). Comparing classical and contemporary analyses and Rasch measurement. In S. Alaguamlai, D.D. Curtis, & N Humgi (Eds), ed. Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of Exemplars. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 179-196.
      [10.1007/1-4020-3076-2_10]
    • Alagumalai, S. and Curtis, D.D. (2005). Classical Test Theory. In S. Alagumalai, D. D. Curtis & N. Hungi, ed. Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of Exemplars. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 1-14.
      [10.1007/1-4020-3076-2_1]
    • Alagumalai, S., Curtis, D.D. and Hungi, N. (2005). Epilogue: Our Experiences and Conclusions. In S. Alagumalai, D. D. Curtis & N. Hungi, ed. Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of Exemplars. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 343-346.
      [10.1007/1-4020-3076-2_19]
    • Perfianco, E., Curtis, D.D. and Keeves, J.P. (2003). Learning across the adult life span. In International Handbook of Educational Research in the Asia-Pacific Region. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 305-320.

    Professional and community engagement

    Member
    Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association
    South Australian Institute for Educational Research
    Australasian Evaluation Society

    Reviewer for
    Issues in Educational Research
    Higher Education Research and Development
    Education + Training

    Member
    Institute of Educational Assessors Steering Committee

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