Dr Penny Van Deur

Lecturer in Teacher Education

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (5.23)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I have taught in Australian schools for over twenty years. While teaching, I began a Master of Gifted Education and followed this with a Master of Arts by research. I left classroom teaching to concentrate on my studies when I received a PhD scholarship. I was drawn back to teaching in the university context and worked in two universities before becoming a continuing staff member at Flinders University in the School of Education. I am married and have two children.

Research expertise
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Research interests
I am interested in educational psychology and teaching and learning were specifically.
I have a particular interest in self-directed and self-regulated learning, inquiry and problem solving. I am interested in student engagement in learning and how to promote this. I am interested in researching Middle Schooling, International Baccalaureate education, gifted students, students who have difficulty learning,and the influence of school context on learning. I have an interest in the arts, and dance in particular, and would be interested to be involved in research projects related to learning in these areas.
Teaching interests
I am interested in teaching and learning, with a particular interest in self-directed and self-regulated learning and inquiry. I am also interested in educational psychology, education and its wider context, Middle Schooling, student engagement,wellbeing, giftedness, students with learning difficulties,education and the International Baccalaureate, and making connections between teaching practicum and theoretical issues studied at university.
Topic coordinator
EDUC3626 Contemporary Issues in Middle Schooling
Supervisory interests
Dance
Educational psychology
Engagement
Giftedness
Inquiry
Middle schooling
Self-directed learning, primary schools
Self-regulated learning
Students with learning difficulties
Teaching and learning
Wellbeing
Publications

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