Completed Projects (2020)

Project titlePartner/Funding BodyAvondale ResearchersCompletion detailsProject informationLink to Related Publication
A Decade of Encounter Biblical StudiesCERCBarry Hill,
Phil Fitzsimmons, Peter Kilgour,
Beverly Christian
2020Starting with a brief history of the development of the Encounter Bible curriculum and summary of the evaluative research methodology, this paper draws on teacher, student & administrator interview data in its account of teachers’ attempts to teach Encounter Bible.Teach Journal 14(1)
The Impact of Faith Development Activities on Self-Reported Measures of School ClimateCERC/
Association of Independent Schools (NSW)
Kevin Petrie,
Allyson Allen,
Keith Zullig

Avondale School
David McClintock,
Garry Marsters,
Peter Lindsay
2018-2020This 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?”Avondale School Research

Kuyers Institute Conference 2019: Shaping Christian Learning
Attachment, nature, and the young child’s felt sense of God.CERCBev Christian2020Part of the Nature-pedagogy and children’s spirituality project

It is proposed that young children may develop a felt sense of God through an attachment to nature that parallels their attachment to significant people in their lives. Children learn through their senses and young children experience a sense of awe and wonder when immersed in nature. This article argues for a nexus between young children’s sensory experiences in nature and their felt sense of God.
Journal of Research on Christian Education
Bullying in Faith-Based SchoolsCERCKevin Petrie2020A comparison of bullying in Adventist schools to the general population.
Christian early childhood educational leadership: A manualCERCMarion Shields2020Following 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.
Women in Higher Education: The Challenge Remains, Who Wears the “Pants”CERCLisa Barnes, Maria Northcote, Carolyn Rickett, Lynnette Lounsbury, Kira-Leigh Josey

Alphacrucis College
Lily Arasaratnam-Smith

Rhodes University
Noelle Obers
2020This research was initially done across disciplines and across faculties in one faith-based higher education institution in Australia, to discover the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the higher education sector. It was then expanded to see if these issues were different for those working in secular institutions, as well as other faith-based institutions. A replicated study, it also compares results to a study completed at Rhodes University in South Africa.Universal Journal of Educational Research
School leader preparation and development programs: What teachers wantCERCPeter Williams2020This research explored elements that current faith-based education system teachers would like to see embedded in the creation of aspirant and novice school leader preparation and developmentprograms.Teach Journal 14(1)
When Business and Business Schools unite to create uniqueness: Stakeholder relationships in business hubs embedded in higher education business institutionsCERCLisa Barnes, Warrick Long, Peter Williams, David Wilson, Erin Poultin, Velan Sormin2020This research is conducted on a smart hub embedded in a business school, in a regional location, of a higher education institution.Research Paper
Enhancing financial literacy in children 5–12years old using authentic learning within a school market garden programmeCERCPeter Williams, Jason Morton, Beverly Christian2020This research aims to contribute to the literature on embedding financial literacies in a school market garden programme. It seeks to do this by using one school market gardening programme in an Australian primary education setting as a case study, exploring its role and perceived benefits in developing financial literacies in students.International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education 3(13)
Revealing Jesus in the Learning Environment: Making a World of DifferenceCERCEditors:
Peter Kilgour, Beverly Christian
2020This book contains a bricolage of personal experience interwoven with research that offers opportunities for reflection and action. Spanning life stages from infancy through the years of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, the chapters present topics as diverse as historical aspects of Christian education, Christian hospitality and inclusion, the crucial roles of Christian teachers, and preparing graduates who can reveal Jesus in the workplace.Book published by Avondale Academic Press
What Makes Education Christian?CERCDon C. Roy2020Over the years, many words and expressions have become part of the rhetoric of Christian educators as they seek to define the essence of Christian education and what it means for schools to function as genuine communities of Christian faith. What does all this mean, and how does it translate into the reality and practice of schooling as we know it, especially in those aspects commonly regarded as mundane and secular? In this chapter, the author seeks to explain how Christ-centredness and biblical sensitivity provides the answers to such questions, and how the knowledge gained is able to transform the understanding and practice of Christian schools as communities of faith.Book Chapter
The Nature of Christian Early Childhood Education & CareCERCSandra Ludlow2020To date, little has been written about which theories, approaches and pedagogies are most compatible with the goals of Christian early childhood education. It is the purpose of this chapter to consider this issue by considering what it means to claim that we are a Christian ECEC service. It will also ponder what Christian ECEC offers the sector that is unique and enabling and celebrate what already exists and occurs in this sector. Finally, it will cast a vision of what Christian ECEC services should be like so that they can truly reveal Jesus to the children, families and communities whom they serve.Book Chapter
Digging Deep to Reveal JesusCERCKaryn Cameron2020Using literature, personal experience and data from teacher interviews, this chapter makes an explorative foray into critical reflection upon the revealing of Jesus in the learning environment. By questioning current practice, making visible the ‘hidden curriculum’, seeking five lenses of perspective, examining context, considering partnerships and contemplating aspects of process, I argue that educators and educational institutions can be more intentional and humbly authentic in their attempts to reveal Jesus to students.Book Chapter
The Teaching of History as a Transformative Christian Tool in the Tertiary ClassroomCERCDaniel Reynaud2020This is a study of student responses to the teaching of history in an American university context, conducted by an Australian professional on a year’s exchange. It is based on an analysis of data drawn from student response surveys conducted across the units taught. The results highlight a number of key principles for a curriculum that is centred around the revealing of Jesus, particularly in the nature and effect of the learning experiences created by the teacher.Book Chapter
Revealing Jesus Through Close Encounters in Far PlacesCERCBev Christian2020The perceptions of educators who participated in a Bible lands study tour were investigated. Using a qualitative research model, participants shared their thoughts before the tour, during it, immediately after and again four years later. Interviews and observations during the tour recorded in-depth and general reactions to experiences.Book Chapter
Teaching Challenging Children and Revealing Jesus to ThemCERCMarion Shields2020The term ‘emotional behavioural disorder’ (EBD) emerged in the 1960s when clinicians and educators recognised that some children display extremely inappropriate behaviours which require special educational accommodations. This chapter provides an understanding of EBD, its potential effect on teachers and appropriate strategies for children’s academic, social and faith development.Book Chapter
Teachers Who Reveal JesusCERCPeter Kilgour2020This chapter investigates the issue of how pre-service teachers see their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare to graduate and join the ministry of teaching. The debate between professional teacher education programs covering mandated standards as opposed to providing a deep academic, philosophical, and spiritual grounding in the teaching career is examined. A small survey was completed by a cohort of pre-service teachers in their final year of study.Book Chapter
What Employers in Christian-based Organisations Desire in Graduates from a Christian Business SchoolCERC/
Avondale Business School
Lisa Barnes, Warrick Long, Peter Williams, Craig Louwen2020The purpose of this study is to engage with various Christian-based employers of business school graduates to discover views, requirements and expectations of graduates from a Christian Business School. An initial review of the literature reveals no published works on the graduate attributes expected by Christian employers of Christian business school graduates. This study seeks to add knowledge given the gap that exists in this literature.Book Chapter