Mr David Jeffries

Research Fellow - Academic Level B

College Services, Education, Psych and Social Work

place Education
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

David is an Adjunct Research Fellow within the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. He is also a Research Fellow within Education Policy and Practice in the Educational Monitoring & Research Division at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). David has previously worked as a high school Mathematics and Physics teacher in rural public schools in South Australia and England. He has previously lectured and presented workshops in pre-service teaching university topics. David's research interests are teaching and learning in science and mathematics, educational psychology, and psychometric assessment. He has expertise in the use of statistical packages (SPSS, HLM, Mplus, R, ConQuest) for investigating a range of issues incorporating item response theory, structural equation modelling and multilevel modelling techniques. David’s PhD study was focussed on student and school factors that influence STEM subject choice in year 12.


B.Ed., (Honours), Flinders University of South Australia, AUS

B.Ed./B.Sc., (Secondary), Flinders University of South Australia, AUS

Ph.D., (Education), Flinders University of South Australia, AUS

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Postgraduate Award (2016-2019)

University Medal (Flinders University of South Australia) (2011)  

Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation (Flinders University of South Australia) (2010 & 2011)

Teaching interests

Science Curriculum, Mathematics Curriculum, Educational Psychology, Social and Behavioural Statistics.

Supervisory interests
Educational psychology
Large scale international assessments
Mathematics education
Mixed method research
Psychometric analysis
Quantitative research methodology
Science education
Survey research