Position

Academic Status & Web Supervisor
Education

Biography

Before coming to Flinders University in 1992, I had a twenty year career in the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services in a range of roles including classroom teaching (mainly secondary), faculty coordination, curriculum advising for the disadvantaged country areas programme and in educational psychology. I am now a Professor in the School of Education. I currently coordinate a researcher exchange programme between the Flinders Educational Research Institute and the Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences and I have a Visiting Professor position at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Within the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, I served a five year term as Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) and a term as Director of the Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute (FEFRI). Within the School of Education, I have had administrative experience as School Dean, Associate Dean (Academic), Associate Dean (Research), Bachelor of Education course coordination and I have served on the University Senate and the Student Appeals Committee. My community professional service includes a three year period as the tertiary representative on the South Australian Teachers Registration Board.

Qualifications

B.A. (Adelaide University, 1972)
Diploma of Education (Adelaide University, 1972)
Graduate Diploma of Curriculum Development (University of South Australia, 1982)
Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) (Colorado State University, 1984)
Master of Education (Psychology) (Flinders University, 1998)
PhD (Flinders University, 1998)

Honours, awards and grants

2013: Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2013: Faculty of Education Humanities and Law Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2010: Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

2000: Prize and Certificate of Merit: Australian Violence Prevention Award. Shute, R., Slee, P., & Owens, L. Victimization and Gender in High Schools: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice.

Key responsibilities

Professor of Education
Coordinating Researcher Exchange Programme with Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences (BAES)

Visiting Professor at East China Normal University

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include: research methods; behaviour management; peer relationships; and educational psychology.

Topic Coordinator:

  • EDUC9761  Approaches to Research
  • EDUC9768  Research Designs and Methods (Beijing)

Topic Lecturer:

  • EDSP4005  Behaviour Management (Singapore)
  • EDUC2402  Development, Learning and Inclusive Teaching (Singapore)
  • EDUC9761  Approaches to Research
  • EDUC9768  Research Designs and Methods (Beijing)

Research interests

My research is concerned with peer relationships among school students. I have investigated: age and sex differences in aggression; teenage girls' indirect forms of aggression; boys' aggression to girls and characteristics associated with popularity among teenage girls. I have been a chief investigator on the national mental health Kidsmatter evaluation and on an ARC linkage grant to investigate well-being in southern Adelaide school communities. 

Supervisory interests

  • Behaviour management
  • Q method
  • Sex and age differences in aggression
  • Teenage girls’ aggressive behaviours

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Behaviour (2) ; Higher education (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Bullying and narcissism, self esteem (1) ; Schools and community engagement (1) ; African refugee youth and transition (1) ; Drug taking; theory of planned behaviour (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Intervention, Youth suicide prevention (1) ; Mathematics education (1) ;

Publications

  • Owens, L.D. (2016). The use of Q methodology: Examples from research with teenagers. In Jessica Prior and Jo Van Herwegen, ed. Practical Research with Children. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 228-245.
  • King, S.M. and Owens, L. (2015). The Schooling Experiences of African Youth from Refugee Backgrounds in South Australia: Key Findings and Implications for Educational Practice. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 100-124.
    [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D. (2015). How can we help? Indirect aggression among girls and what to do about it. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey PA: IGI Global, pp. 259-274.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Owens, L. (2015). Understanding adolescent offending: The Intentions to Transgress (ITT) model. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 144-160.
  • Gregoric, C. and Owens, L. (2015). The impact of school-community involvement on students, teachers and the community. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 221-239.
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G. and Wadham, B. (2011). Thinking patterns, anti-social behaviour and bullying: Implications for practice. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 117-128.
  • Owens, L.D. (2010). Aggressive behaviour amongst students in South Australian schools: a decade of research. In Karin Osterman, ed. Indirect and direct aggression. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 184-199.
  • Owens, L.D., Slee, P.T. and Shute, R.H. (2001). Victimisation among teenage girls: What can be done indirect harrasment. In Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and Victimised. New York, USA: Guilford Press, pp. 215-242.
  • Sullivan, A., Johnson, B., Owens, L.D. and Conway, R. (2014). Punish them or engage them? Teachers' views on student behaviours around the school. Behaviour at school study technical report 2. Adelaide: University of South Australia.
  • Sullivan, A., Johnson, B., Owens, L.D., Conway, R. and Taddeo, C. (2014). Punish them or engage them? Teachers' views on student behaviours around the school. Behaviour at School Study Report Overview. Adelaide: University of South Australia.
  • Sullivan, A., Johnson, B., Conway, R., Owens, L.D. and Maio-Taddeo, C. (2012). Punish them or engage them? Teachers' views on student behaviours in the classroom. Behaviour at school study technical report 1. Adelaide: University of South Australia.
  • Sullivan, A., Johnson, B., Conway, R., Owens, L.D. and Maio-Taddeo, C. (2012). Punish them or engage them? Teachers' views on student behaviours in the classroom. Behaviour at school study: Report Overview. Adelaide: University of South Australia.
  • Dix, K.L., Keeves, J.P., Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., et al. (2010). KidsMatter primary evaluation technical report and user guide. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Owens, L.D., et al. (2009). KidsMatter Primary Evaluation Final Report. Adelaide, SA: Beyond Blue Limited.
    [Web Link]
  • King, S.M., Owens, L.D. and Welch, N.R. (2009). From fighting to freedom : stories from Serbian Balkan war refugees. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Wadham, B.A. (2011). The relationship between thinking and aggressive and anti-social behaviour of adolescents in a South Australian metropolitan secondary school. In International Observatory on Violence in Schools 5th World Conference and 4th Ibero-American Congress on Violence in Schools. International Observatory on Violence in Schools 5th World Conference and 4th Ibero-American Congress on Violence in Schools. Mendoza, Argentina. Apr 2011.
  • Owens, L.D. (2011). Aggressive behaviour amongst students in South Australian schools: 15 years of research. A focus on group processes in creating and resolving conflicts among girls. Conference key-note speech. In International Observatory on Violence in Schools. 5th World Conference and 4th Ibero-American Congress on Violence in Schools. International Observatory on Violence in Schools. 5th World Conference and 4th Ibero-American Congress on Violence in Schools. Mendoza, Argentina. Apr 2011.
  • Shute, R.H., Slee, P.T. and Owens, L.D. (2009). Sexual harassment: An integral part of high school aggression. In 16th Biennial AHDA Conference. 16th Biennial AHDA Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Jul 2009.
  • Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H. and Slee, E.W. (2002). Understanding victimisation of girls by boys in coeducational high schools. Girls' perceptions. In ISSBD Conference. ISSBD 17th Biennial Meeting. Ottawa, Canada. Aug 2002, pp. 60-60.
  • Owens, L.D. (2002). Developmental Pathways of Indirect Aggression Precursors and Consequences. In The Developmental Origins of Aggressive Behaviour. International Society for research on Aggression XV World Meeting. Montreal, Canada. Jul 2002, pp. 125-125.
    [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D., Slee, P.T. and Shute, R.H. (2002). Sex and Age Differences in Aggression and Conflict Resolution Among Adolescents. In The Developmental Origins of Aggressive Behaviour. International Society for research on Aggression XV World Meeting. Montreal, Canada. Jul 2002.
    [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D. (2010). Aggression in schools and what to do about it. Active Education, 23 pp. 18-24.
  • Lawson, M.J., Askell-Williams, H., Wyra, M.D., Burrows, L., Skrzypiec, G.K., Gregoric, C., et al. (2010). Building the capabilities of school communities to improve their wellbeing. Report 1. An Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Project, pp. 43.
  • Spears, B., Owens, L.D., Slee, P.T. and Johnson, B.E. (2008). Behind the scenes: insights into the human dimension of covert bullying. Canberra, ACT: DEEWR.
    [Web Link]
  • Spears, B., Owens, L.D., Slee, P.T. and Johnson, B.E. (2008). Short Report: behind the scenes: insights into the human dimension of covert bullying.
  • Cox, G., Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H., Slee, P.T., Wright, S. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). Reducing bullying: evidence based strategies for schools. Adelaide, SA
    [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D. (2002). Developmental differences in indirect aggression amongst students in South Australian schools [abstract] International Society for Research on Aggression XV world meeting: the developmental origins of aggressive behavior, pp. 125-125.
    [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D. (2013). "What can we do to stop it?" Indirect aggression among teenage girls and interventions to address it. In Third Conference on Psychology and Social Harmony (CPSH, 2013) Irvine, USA: Scientific Research Publishing (SRP), Inc.. Third Conference on Psychology and Social Harmony. Beijing, China. May 2013, pp. 1-5.
  • Owens, L.D. (2012). 'People are Scared of Them.' The mean, anti-authority and anti-social side of popularity among teenage girls. In Conference on Psychology and Social Harmony (CPSH 2012) Irvine, USA: Scientific Research Publishing Inc. Second Conference on Psychology and Social Harmony(CPSH2012). Shanghai, China. Apr 2012, pp. 340-343.
  • Daly, A.L. and Owens, L.D. (2006). Narcissism, self-esteem, and bullying in adolescents. In Proceedings of the 16th World Meeting of the ISRA. Vasa, Finland: Abo Akademi University. 16th World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression. Santorini, Greece. Sep 2004, pp. 85-90.
  • Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H. and Slee, P.T. (2006). Year 9 girls', boys' and their teachers' perceptions about boys' aggression to girls. In Proceedings of the 16th World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression. Finland: Vasa, Finland : Abo Akademi University. 16th World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression. Santorini, Greece. Sep 2004, pp. 91-95.
    [Web Link]
  • Zhang, Y., Feng, B., Geng, W., Owens, L.D. and Xi, J. (2016). "Overconfidence" versus "Helplessness": A qualitative study on abstinence self-efficacy of drug users in a male compulsory drug detention center in China. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 11(1) pp. Art: 29.
    [10.1186/s13011-016-0073-2] [Scopus]
  • Xi, J., Owens, L.D. and Feng, H. (2016). Friendly Girls and Mean Girls: Social Constructions of Popularity among Teenage Girls in Shanghai. Japanese Psychological Research, 58(1) pp. 42-53.
    [10.1111/jpr.12101]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Skrzypiec, G.K., Jin, Y., Owens, L.D., Zhao, X., Du, W., et al. (2016). Mainland Chinese primary and middle-school students’ social and emotional wellbeing. International Journal of Emotional Education, 8(2) pp. 88-104.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Shute, R.H., Owens, L.D. and Slee, P.T. (2016). High school girls’ experience of victimisation by boys: Where sexual harassment meets aggression. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 25(3) pp. 269-285.
    [10.1080/10926771.2015.1129656]
  • Wadham, B.A., Owens, L. and Skrzypiec, G. (2014). Taking Relationships to School: power, authority and identity work in young people's dispositions to schooling. Power and Education, 6(2) pp. 130-144.
    [10.2304/power.2014.6.2.130]
  • Sullivan, A., Johnson, B., Owens, L.D. and Conway, R.N. (2014). Punish Them or Engage Them? Teachers' Views of Unproductive Student Behaviours in the Classroom. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(6) pp. 43-56.
    [10.14221/ajte.2014v39n6.6] [Scopus]
  • Owens, L.D., Feng, H. and Xi, J. (2014). Popularity among Teenage Girls in Adelaide and Shanghai: A Pilot Q-Method Study. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2(5) pp. 80-85.
    [10.4236/jss.2014.25016]
  • Huntley, J.A. and Owens, L.D. (2013). Collaborative conversations: Adolescent girls' own strategies for managing conflict within their friendship groups. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 18(4) pp. 236-247.
    [10.1080/02673843.2012.690933] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G. and Owens, L.D. (2013). Drug taking beliefs of Australian adolescents: A pilot study. JOURNAL OF DRUG EDUCATION, 43(1) pp. 1-18.
    [10.2190/DE.43.1.a] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G. and Wadham, B. (2012). Thinking patterns, victimisation and bullying among adolescents in a South Australian metropolitan secondary school. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 19(2) pp. 190-202.
    [10.1080/02673843.2012.719828] [Scopus]
  • Duncan, N. and Owens, L.D. (2011). Bullying, social power and heteronormativity: Girls' constructions of popularity. Children and Society, 25(4) pp. 306-316.
    [10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00378.x] [Scopus]
  • King, S.M., Welch, N.R. and Owens, L.D. (2010). Serbian stories of translocation: Factors influencing the refugee journey arising from the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 4(1) pp. 61-71.
    [10.1375/prp.4.1.61] [Scopus]
  • Owens, L.D. and Duncan, N. (2009). "They might not like you but everyone knows you": Popularity among teenage girls. Journal of Student Wellbeing, 3(1) pp. 14-39.
  • Owens, L.D. and Duncan, N. (2009). 'Druggies' and 'barbie dolls' : popularity among teenage girls in two South Australian schools. Journal of Human Subjectivity, 7(2) pp. 39-64.
  • Spears, B., Slee, P.T., Owens, L.D. and Johnson, B.E. (2009). Behind the scenes and screens: insights into the human dimension of covert and cyber bullying. Zeitschrift fur Psychologie, 217(4) pp. 189-196.
    [10.1027/0044-3409.217.4.189] [Scopus]
  • Owens, L.D. (2008). Indirect aggression amongst teenage girls and how parents can help. www.education.com, pp. 1-4.
    [Web Link]
  • Shute, R.H., Owens, L.D. and Slee, P.T. (2008). Everyday victimization of adolescent girls by boys: sexual harassment, bullying or aggression? Sex Roles, 58(7-8) pp. 477-489.
    [10.1007/s11199-007-9363-5] [Scopus]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Russell, A., Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T., Spears, B., Lawson, M.J., et al. (2008). Early challenges in evaluating the KidsMatter national mental health promotion initiative in Australian primary schools. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 10(2) pp. 35-44.
    [Web Link]
  • Gregoric, C. and Owens, L.D. (2008). The effectiveness of peer support leadership training in a South Australian School. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 14(2) pp. 93-112.
    [Scopus]
  • Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H. and Slee, P.T. (2007). 'They do it just to show off': Year 9 girls', boys' and their teachers' explanation for boys' aggression to girls. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 13(4) pp. 343-360.
    [Scopus]
  • Huntley, J.A. and Owens, L.D. (2006). 'I know they are manipulating me...' Unmasking indirect aggression in an adolescent girls' friendship group. International Education Journal, 7(4) pp. 514-523.
    [Scopus]
  • Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H. and Slee, P.T. (2005). 'In the eye of the beholder ...': Girls', boys' and teachers' perceptions of boys' aggression to girls. International Education Journal, 5(5) pp. 142-151.
    [Scopus]
  • James, V.H. and Owens, L.D. (2005). 'They turned around like I wasn't there.' An analysis of teenage girls' letters about their peer conflicts. School Psychology International, 26(1) pp. 71-88.
    [10.1177/0143034305050895] [Scopus]
  • Owens, L.D., Daly, A.L. and Slee, P.T. (2005). Sex and age differences in victimization and conflict resolution among adolescents in a South Australian school. Aggressive Behavior, 31(1) pp. 1-12.
    [10.1002/ab.20045] [Scopus]
  • James, V.H. and Owens, L.D. (2004). Peer Victimisation and Conflict Resolution Among Adolescent Girls in a Single-Sex South Australian School. International Education Journal, 5(1) pp. 37-49.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H. and Slee, P.T. (2004). Girls' Aggressive Behaviour. The Prevention Researcher, 11(3) pp. 9-10.
  • Shute, R.H., Owens, L.D. and Slee, P.T. (2002). You just stare at them and give them daggers: Nonverbal expressions of social aggression in teenage girls. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 10 pp. 353-372.
  • Dix, K.L., Keeves, J.P., Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., et al. (2010). KidsMatter primary evaluation technical report and user guide. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
    [Web Link]
  • King, S.M., Owens, L.D. and Welch, N.R. (2009). From fighting to freedom : stories from Serbian Balkan war refugees. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
  • King, S.M. and Owens, L. (2015). The Schooling Experiences of African Youth from Refugee Backgrounds in South Australia: Key Findings and Implications for Educational Practice. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 100-124.
    [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Owens, L. (2015). Understanding adolescent offending: The Intentions to Transgress (ITT) model. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 144-160.
  • Owens, L.D. (2015). How can we help? Indirect aggression among girls and what to do about it. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey PA: IGI Global, pp. 259-274.
  • Gregoric, C. and Owens, L. (2015). The impact of school-community involvement on students, teachers and the community. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 221-239.
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G. and Wadham, B. (2011). Thinking patterns, anti-social behaviour and bullying: Implications for practice. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 117-128.
  • Owens, L.D. (2010). Aggressive behaviour amongst students in South Australian schools: a decade of research. In Karin Osterman, ed. Indirect and direct aggression. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 184-199.
  • Owens, L.D., Slee, P.T. and Shute, R.H. (2001). Victimisation among teenage girls: What can be done indirect harrasment. In Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and Victimised. New York, USA: Guilford Press, pp. 215-242.
  • Shute, R.H., Owens, L.D. and Slee, P.T. (2016). High school girls’ experience of victimisation by boys: Where sexual harassment meets aggression. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 25(3) pp. 269-285.
    [10.1080/10926771.2015.1129656]

Professional and community engagement

My community involvement includes:

  • Tertiary representative on the South Australian Teacher Registration Board
  • Membership of the International Society for Research on Aggression

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Aggression
  • Bullying

Interests

  • Girls' Social or Indirect Aggression
  • Aggression: Gender differences

Contact

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