Current Research Projects

How do students and teachers build positive relationships? 

Relationships between students and teachers at school are very important. Research has shown that students perform better at school when they have good relationships with their teachers. Positive relationships can also help students deal with stress or other challenging life events. We want to understand more about how these relationships develop by talking to students and teachers. Participation will involve an interview that will take approximately 30 minutes. All students will receive a $25 gift voucher as a thank you for their time.

How do parents and schools help children meet challenges?

Parents and teachers both have an important role in supporting children. We are exploring the impact of challenging or stressful life experiences on children in the school setting and are interested in talking to parents about their knowledge and understandings. We are also interested in parents’ thoughts about how schools respond to the impacts of stressful experiences on children. We are currently looking for parents to participate in an interview (approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour), you will receive a $30 gift card as reimbursement for your time.

We are listening to and hearing about what works for children at school!!

Never before has there been a need to provide supportive environments for children. We need to reduce things that stress children and help them to feel good about themselves and their community. We want to hear from children in years 5, 6 and 7… we would like kids to tell us what they love about school and what needs to be improved. Once we have talked to enough kids we will put the information together and make recommendations to how schools about how they can create environments which help children to feel good, want to be there and love to learning.

We are currently recruiting children in years 5, 6 and 7.

If you are interested in being involved click the link below!

We acknowledge and thank the support received for this project by

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If you have any questions please email: kate.e.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au