Advocating for students with disability in schools. Editor. External examiner. Advisor to state and federal government. Program manager - teacher education.
Dave provides expert advice to Amnesty International, Parliamentary Inquries and other key stakeholders about enabling educational inclusion and reducing exclusion.
I am Program Manager at RMIT University Melbourne (where I can be contacted on david.armstrong@RMIT.edu.au) as well as a full academic member of Flinders University.
Dave has led high-impact, nationally-significant teacher workforce development programmes.
Dyslexia: Dave worked as senior advisor to Hon Susan Close 2016-2018 leading an SA statewide reading initatitive and led the succesful delivery of the The National Dyslexia Award (worth 2.3 million GBP approx. 3.8 million AUD) for Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University. This high-profile, high impact, initiative was as a result of the Rose Review into Dyslexia (2009), funded by Department for Education (DFE) in the UK.
Autism: In 2015, Dave was part of the 3-person team awarded a major Autism Professional Learning Project tender ($480,000) to develop the SA teaching workforce.
Indigenous mental health (MH): Dave led succesful funding ($370,000) for a research project investigating how to help remote and rural schools support support MH of indigenous students.
Dave has strong international links via ongoing research collaborations, resulting in a number of high-quality, acclaimed, international publications
MEd Psychology of Education, (confers GBC) The University of Manchester
PhD (Textual Pedagogy: Education/English), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
ADS Specialist Teacher SpLD, (post-graduate) South Bank University, London (confers Specialist Teacher Status)
7307 Teaching Qualification, (City and Guilds: Further and Adult Education Certificate), MAES, UK
BA (Hons) English and History, De Montfort University, UK
Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK
Publications Award 2014 University of South Australia
Dave acts as an expert witness about enabling educational inclusion, providing expert advice to Parliamentary Inquries, Amnesty International and other key stakeholders on the national or international stage.
Dr David Armstrong was Chair of the Research in Special Education (RISE) group at Flinders Univserity 2014-2018 and was acting Chair of Resarch 2015-2016.
Dr Armstrong has an international reputation as an innovative researcher in the fields of child and adolescent behaviour and dyslexia.
Dave is increasingly undertaking transdiciplinary research to address wicked problems in education:
He also co-ordinates several, specialist, postgraduate topics which address: child and adolescent behaviour in schools and also autism.
Communicating the value and relevance of research is vital.
Dave is skilled at engaging with key stakeholders, learners and the wider community:
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