Associate Professor David Curtis

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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.
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
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
    Higher degree by research supervision
    Principal supervisor: parental involvement; language maintenance;SEM (1), modelling; measurement; achievement; local item dependence (1)
    Associate supervisor: STEM education (1), Knowledge translation (1), assessment; professional learning; (1), assessment; interdisciplinary learning; (1)
    Associate supervisor: Wilderness education (1), second language learning; modelling (1)
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    Further information

    Dr David D Curtis
    Director and Principal Consultant
    Transforming Education (Australia)