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Professor Suzanne Carrington

Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research

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Name
Professor Suzanne Carrington
Position(s)
Assistant Dean (Research)
Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research
Discipline *
Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3725
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), MEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), BEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), DipTeach (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of Editorial Boards

  • International Journal of Inclusive Education

 

Reviewing for Editorial Boards

  • Teaching Education
  • Learning Support : A Journal of the Nat Assoc for Special Educational Needs (Britain)
  • International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
  • Canadian Journal of Education
Keywords

Inclusive Education, Intellectual Disability, School Reform, Service-Learning, Student Voice

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

 

Suzanne has an international reputation in inclusive education and disability and experience in leading and contributing to a range of competitive national/ international research grants and development projects.Suzanne was seconded 2002-2004 to establish the Staff College, Inclusive Education in the Department of Education, QLD, Australia. As Director, she led professional learning of QLD education staff to support the development of inclusion.

Suzanne has been a Head of School at QUT for 10 years and is now Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.  Suzanne is currently Program 2 Director: Enhancing Learning and Teaching of the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (2012-2020) and leads research teams in QLD, NSW, Vic, WA investigating Autism appropriate educational environments and programs that optimise students’ social, behavioural/academic success. She manages a team of cross disciplinary researchers in a range of end user organisations who research relationships between child cognition, language/behavioural characteristics and intervention type and educational/social outcomes. The Autism CRC program of research (2012-2020) involves interdisciplinary partnerships with health researchers, STEM – including computing software, and the arts including design and architecture, creating innovative multi – media presentations for knowledge translation and enhancing school culture.She is a regular keynote presenter, particularly reporting on the national research programs in Autism for the CRC. Suzanne’s areas of expertise are in inclusive education, disability and teacher preparation for inclusive schools. She has engaged in research to inform policy and practice in Australian and international education contexts, more recently extending this research to the South Pacific and Asia. She has broad knowledge of education research, and her publication list provides evidence of extensive collaboration with education and health researchers. Suzanne has received a range of national prestigious awards including the ACEL Fellowship (Hon) 2012 and National Inclusion Award- Prof Roger Slee 2015 for her contribution to inclusive education. She has been awarded over $2 million in competitive research funding (NHMRC; ARC; Australian Awards ADRAS; CRC; European Union Executive Agency ) and is currently the Program Director of  Enhancing Learning and Teaching for the Autism CRChttp://www.autismcrc.com.au/   The Autism CRC is the first CRC with a strong focus on education and has over $110 Million of funding (cash and in-kind) over 8 years.

This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.

Teaching

Suzanne contributes to teaching in the areas of inclusive education at QUT. In addition, Suzanne leads and contributes to a range of international teaching programs in the Pacific Islands and South West Asia to support inclusive culture, policy and practice in schools.

For example, we have conducted programs in Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Indonesia, Philippines, and in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

 

This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.

Experience

Suzanne Carrington was a teacher 1983-1993 and taught in special schools, primary and secondary schools in QLD, Australia and in London, UK. She worked as a Lecturer at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW before moving to Brisbane to take up the role of Lecturer at QUT. She completed her PhD at the University of QLD in 2000. Suzanne was seconded from QUT in 2002-2004 to establish the Staff College, Inclusive Education in Education Queensland. In her role as Principal of the Staff College, she directed professional learning of staff in Education Queensland to support the development of a more inclusive approach to culture, policy and  practice. Suzanne`s leadership in this area engaged international visitors from Universities in Northern Ireland, Britain, New Zealand and the Ministry of Education in New Zealand .

Her leadership and service to Education Queensland involved:

  • Liaison with tertiary institutions, community groups, parent bodies, other government departments, the non-government sector and representatives within inclusive education networks at the state, national and international levels.
  • Identification and sharing of case studies of good practice in inclusive education on a state, national and international level.
  • Brokering and facilitating learning with an emphasis on developing creative and innovative solutions to the unique learning and development requirements of local communities, particularly those in rural and remote areas.
  • Ongoing development of new knowledge and understanding of professional learning and training initiatives with particular emphasis on evidence based practice.
  • Provision of strategic and policy advice to senior departmental officers on the effectiveness of current policies and practices for the delivery of adequate numbers of suitably trained staff and graduate teachers in the area of inclusive education.
  • Coordination of briefing material, papers and reports for the Minister for Education on issues related to learning and development in inclusive education.

    Suzanne convened three significant conferences for Education Queensland between July 2003 and May 2004. Her leadership of these events enhanced a broad understanding of Inclusion with a focus on relationships of value and respect for all in a school community.

This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Implementing and monitoring education policy and practices for people with disability in the South Pacific
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
66446
Start year
2013
Keywords
Disability; Education; Inclusive Education; Professional Development
Title
Ethical Leadership: A collaborative investigation of equity-driven evidence-based school reform
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120200647
Start year
2012
Keywords
Leadership; Equity; Learning Outcomes; Data Accountability
Title
The Transition to School for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Successful School Adjustment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877587
Start year
2008
Keywords
Transition to School; Disability; Early Childhood; Inclusion; School Adjustment; School Engagement;
Title
The Health of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability Study
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
401647
Start year
2006
Keywords
Health Curriculum; Intellectual Disability

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