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Dr Amanda Mergler

Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

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Name
Dr Amanda Mergler
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3308
Fax
+61 7 3138 8265
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Registered Psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society
  • International Affiliate membership with the American Psychological Association
  • Co-founder Girls’ Uniform Agenda
Keywords

values education, personal responsibility, moral development, positive psychology, inclusive education

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

Biography

Dr Amanda Mergler is a Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at QUT. As a registered psychologist, Amanda teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in human development, educational psychology, educational counselling and behaviour management.

In 2017, Amanda co-founded a national group called Girls’ Uniform Agenda to advocate for the choice of shorts and long pants as part of girls’ school uniforms. Amanda is working with education departments, parents, school principals, teacher unions and other important education associations in this area to enhance gender equity for girls at school. Access the Girls’ Uniform Agenda website here: http://www.girlsuniformagenda.org

Prior to her role at QUT, Amanda worked as a Youth Worker for the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service (ADAWS). This involved engaging with young people to assess their level of drug use, assist with the execution of group sessions involving activities designed to increase young people’s self-esteem and personal awareness, and assisting young people in accessing relevant services.

Amanda completed her doctorate titled ‘Personal Responsibility: The Creation, Implementation and Evaluation of a School-Based Program,’ in 2007. Since this time she has supervised Research Pathway, Psychology Honours, Masters, EdD and PhD students in the areas of Personal Responsibility, Values Education, Positive Psychology, and Delayed Prep entry.

Amanda’s current interest areas are girls’ school uniforms, personal responsibility, inclusive education, and the self-enhancement of students through their schooling years. Access an article on personal responsibility that Amanda wrote for a local parenting magazine here: http://www.familiesmagazine.com.au/parenting/personal-responsibility/

This information has been contributed by Dr Amanda Mergler.

Teaching

  • Unit Coordinator – EDN670: Creating Positive Learning Environments (Master of Teaching)
  • Unit Coordinator/Lecturer – LCN636: Introduction to Educational Counselling (Master of Education School Guidance and Counselling)
  • Lecturer – EDB002: Teaching and Learning Studies 2: Development and Learning (Bachelor of Education)
  • Tutor – EDB004: Inclusive Education (Bachelor of Education)
This information has been contributed by Dr Amanda Mergler.

Experience

Queensland Rail: Reviewed their education programs for school children and wrote report of recommendations for making changes to these programs.

St Rita’s: Ran day-long workshop with Year 10 girls focusing on issues of personal responsibility, emotional intelligence, choices and consequences.

Australian Institute of Sport: Trained their trainers in the use of the Personal Responsibility Program in order for the program to be implemented with their athletes.

This information has been contributed by Dr Amanda Mergler.

Publications


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