Our Projects

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The projects undertaken by CERC include research areas that:
  • Examine Christian schools’ connections to current education trends
  • Establish the efficacy of curriculums, initiatives and projects of Christian schools from a Christian standpoint.
  • Seeks to examine the faith development of students in Adventist schools.

Current Projects

Project title Partner/Funding Body Avondale Researchers Completion details Project information
Tracking the Efficacy of the Encounter Adventist Curriculum: A Longitudinal Investigation in Purposively Selected Australian and New Zealand Seventh-day Adventist Schools Adventist Schools Australia Peter Kilgour
Phil Fitzsimmons
Bev Christian
Longitudinal
Phase 1 – 2019
Phase 2 - 2022
The overall aim of this overall research project is to measure and understand the efficacy and possible success of the Encounter Adventist Curriculum that was implemented in Seventh-day Adventist primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand
The Impact of Faith Development Activities on Self-Reported Measures of School Climate Association of Independent Schools (NSW) Kevin Petrie
Phil Fitzsimmons
2019 This is a collaboration between Avondale School and Avondale College with the aim of answering the question: “Does an increase in staff and student engagement in school-based faith development activities equate with increased measures of positive school climate?”
STEM Goes Outdoors CERC Andrew Matthes
Bev Christian
Sandra Ludlow
Felicity Drinkall
2018 Integrating outdoors, nature, STEM into Christian schooling.
Attrition of beginning teachers Adventist Schools Australia Marion Shields
Donna Berkner
(South Western Adventist University)
2017 This project surveyed early career teachers in ASA schools from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 Avondale teaching graduates. Administrative support, induction and orientation experiences including mentoring were explored and participants were able to share: experiences that needed to improve; valuable experiences and make suggestions for both ASA and Avondale.
Christian early childhood educational leadership: A manual CERC Marion Shields 2018 Following on from the research project, a manual is being developed to guide Christian Early Childhood Educational leaders, and those wishing to follow this practice, in the practicalities of CEECC leadership.
Christian early childhood educational leadership CERC Marion Shields 2018 This research project explored the beliefs, values and practices of four leaders of CEECCs in New South Wales, Australia from four different denominational groups. Using the tools of grounded theory in a three-round hermeneutic dialectic, the question of whether Christian faith was integrated into their practice was examined; and if so, how this was done.
Head, Hand & Heart: Attitude change in pre-service teachers. CERC Marion Shields Within the field of education, the literature indicates a resistance by teachers to having children with special needs in their classes, despite its mandated status. This project assesses the attitudes of pre-service primary and secondary teachers towards the inclusion of students with special needs both before and after a unit on inclusion.
Are Christian schools really Christian? Perceptions of final year pre-service teachers in Australia CERC Bev Christian
Peter Beamish
2017 What do pre-service teachers have to say about the Christian schools they have experienced?
Connecting children to God through nature: Why we should and how we can. CERC Bev Christian 2018 Connecting children to God through nature
Being in nature, being in God: Nature experiences and the young child’s felt sense of God. CERC Bev Christian 2018 Nature experiences and the young child’s felt sense of God.
Integration of faith and learning CERC Kevin Petrie
Phil Fitzsimmons
Julie-Anne Heise
Sherry Hattingh
2018 Avondale students’ perceptions of how they believe faith and learning is integrated at college.
Following Jesus projects CERC Phil Fitzsimmons
Julie-Anne Heise
Sherry Hattingh
Paul Hattingh
2018 The impact of a short term venture to the Holy Lands on Christian educators.
Puppetry for EQ CERC Andrew Matthes 2018 A study into how the use of puppets can impact the emotional intelligence of students at Year 4 level.
Wellbeing Education for Educators CERC Jason Hinze 2018 A report of a 10 week wellbeing intervention with a cohort of Christian college students
Bullying in Faith-Based Schools CERC Kevin Petrie 2018 A comparison of bullying in Adventist schools to the general population.


Completed Projects (2017)

Project title Partner/Funding Body Avondale Researchers Completion details Project information Link to related publication
Old school or cutting edge? An examination of Ellen White’s view on education from a best practice twenty-first century viewpoint. CERC Peter Kilgour
Bev Christian
42948 A study of how 21st Century pedagogies align with the counsel of Mrs White from 1903. Teach Journal 11(2)
Primary pre-service teachers' perceptions of course related factors that enhance instructional self-efficacy CERC Bev Christian 2017 Pre-service teachers were asked their perceptions of course related factors that increased their instructional self-efficacy. Australian Journal of Teacher Education.
42(2)
Nature-based learning in Christian schools: Essential element or optional extra? CERC Bev Christian 2017 This research explores the relationship between nature-based learning and the aims of Christian education, with speci c reference to student wellbeing, spirituality and stewardship. Teach Journal 11(1)
Aust Govt Funding of Adventist Schools CERC Peter Kilgour
Tony Williams
2017 A history of the introduction of and reactions to government funding of Adventist schools in Australia Book published by Avondale Academic Press
Solomon Island Got Funding of Adventist Schools CERC Peter Kilgour
Joseph
Pitakia
2017 A history of the introduction of and reactions to government funding of Adventist schools in the Solomon Islands. Book published by Avondale Academic Press