Academic Status & Web Supervisor
College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
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.
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)
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.
Professor of Education
Coordinating Researcher Exchange Programme with Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences (BAES)
Visiting Professor at East China Normal University
My teaching interests include: research methods; behaviour management; peer relationships; and educational psychology.
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.
; Higher education
: Bullying and narcissism, self esteem
; Schools and community engagement
; African refugee youth and transition
; Drug taking; theory of planned behaviour
: Intervention, Youth suicide prevention
; Mathematics education
My community involvement includes:
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