Personal details

Name
Professor Linda Graham
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3738
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Education (Macquarie University), Bachelor of Arts (Eng. Lit & Mod. Hist) (Macquarie University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Faculty Research Group Leader: Student Engagement, Learning & Behaviour (#SELB) Research Group

Membership of Editorial Boards

  • Australian Educational Researcher
  • Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (JORSEN)

Memberships

Membership of Learned Societies

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Keywords

disruptive behaviour, learning support, education policy, international comparison, mixed-methods, multi case-study, discourse analysis

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

Biography

Linda J. Graham is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education. Her research interests concern the role of education policy and schooling practices in the development of disruptive student behaviour and the improvement of responses to children who are difficult to teach.

Professor Graham completed her doctoral study, titled “Schooling Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders: educational systems of formation and the ‘disorderly’ school child” at Queensland University of Technology in 2007. Of particular interest was how schooling practices and discourses may be contributing to the increased diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Since graduating with the 2007 Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Award and the 2008 Australian Association of Research (AARE) Excellence in Doctoral Research Award, Linda has been awarded 4 successive research fellowships. These highly competitive awards have included a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Sydney (2007-2008), a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (The political economy of special educational needs: international trends and policy developments, 2009-2011), an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Research Fellowship (A critical analysis of the increase in diagnosis of special educational needs in NSW government schools, 2010-2012), and most recently, a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (Destination elsewhere: a longitudinal study of pathways into separate special educational settings for students with disruptive behaviour, 2013-2015).

In 2011, she was awarded a second ARC Discovery project grant (Tracking the experiences of students enrolled in special schools for challenging behaviour and their reintegration to mainstream) with Dr Penny Van Bergen & Dr Naomi Sweller (Macquarie University).

She has also partnered with international collaborators on a comparative project funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Council of Canada with Professor Markku Jahnukainen, University of Alberta & University of Helsinki (Analysing the current state and change of special education in New South Wales, Finland and Alberta) and is partner investigator on a 2012-2013 Leverhulme International Network grant with Professor Sheila Riddell from the University of Edinburgh (Special Education & Policy Change: A study of six jurisdictions).

In the same year, Linda was named Macquarie University Early Career Researcher of the Year, and received both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Paul Bourke Award and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Research Award.

She is currently leading a 6-year longitudinal study tracking the school liking, learning, language and behaviour of QLD prep children through to end grade 5, with Prof Sue Walker and Dr Sonia White (School of Early Childhood, QUT), Dr Kathy Cologon(Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University), Prof Pamela Snow (LaTrobe Rural Health School), andProf Robert Pianta (Curry School of Education, University of Virginia). The study was seed-funded by the Financial Markets Foundation for Children (2013-2015) and is now being funded by the Australian Research Council (2016-2019).

In 2016, she began leading an Education Horizon project funded by the Queensland Government, “Empowering learners: using student voice, videorecorded classroom interactions and teacher feedback to develop positive learning environments in high-need Queensland secondary schools”, with Dr Amanda Mergler and Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan.

Linda has appeared in numerous print, radio and television media and is a strong advocate that inclusive education is a foundation platform for broader social inclusion and the development of an inclusive democracy.

This information has been contributed by Professor Linda Graham.

Teaching

Linda is the Unit Coordinator for the Master of Education unit, LCN629 Inclusive Education: Theory, Policy and Practice.

 

This information has been contributed by Professor Linda Graham.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee Member, Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA)
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Elected Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Educational Researcher (AER) and appointed to the AARE Executive Committee.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Macquarie University 'Early Career Researcher of the Year' (2011)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)2011 Paul Bourke Award for Outstanding Early Career Research
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Researcher Award for 2011
Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2011
Details
Fellowship Type: ARC Principal Research Fellowship Project Title: A critical analysis of the increase in diagnosis of special educational needs in New South Wales government schools External Reference : DP1093020 Years Awarded: 2010-2012 Total Funding Awarded: $240,546
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
"Highly Commended Finalist" Macquarie University Early Career Researcher of the Year 2010
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2010
Details
Australian Research Council (ARC) INTReader: Assessor of International Standing
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2008 National Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2007
Details
Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Award

Research projects

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

Title
Improving Outcomes through Accessible Assessment and Inclusive Practices
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP180100830
Start year
2019
Keywords
Title
Which Children Develop Severely Disruptive School Behaviour?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP160100319
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Whose behaviour is and is not managed in the early years of school, why and with what effects?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2013-030
Start year
2013
Keywords
Disruptive Behaviour; Inclusive Education; Learning Support; Mixed-Methods; Teacher-Student Relationships
Title
Tracking the experiences of students enrolled in segregated settings for challenging behaviour and their reintegration to mainstream schools
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP110103093
Start year
2011
Keywords
segregated schooling; behaviour disorder; education policy; student perspectives; inclusive education
Title
A critical analysis of the increase in diagnosis of special educational needs in New South Wales government schools
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1093020
Start year
2010
Keywords

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Understanding the effects of school suspension and exclusion on students and families
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan
  • ASPIRATIONS THROUGH TIME: THE YEAR 10 TRANSITION PLANNING EXPERIENCE OF QUEENSLAND STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Suzanne Carrington
  • Developmental Language Disorder and Academic Achievement: Patterns in teacher reporting and influencing factors
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Sonia White
  • Improving the educational experience of Middle Years learners through creative approaches to curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Jill Willis
  • Royal Palms: Exploring 1980s Neoliberal Characterisation Through Foucauldian Power and Discourse
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rohan Wilson

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)