Dr Marie McGregor

Dr Marie McGregor

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Education

Marie McGregor is a Lecturer in the School of Education. She is a former primary school teacher who has taught in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Australia. Marie is the Program Director of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary). 

Marie's research focuses on supporting the motivational needs of gifted learners in the classroom to facilitate talent development. She is also interested in student engagement and well-being and supporting gifted learners with disability through targeted, focused interventions. Marie teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Gifted Education and facilitates short courses for teachers and executive staff members on responding to diverse needs in the classroom.

G30 Morven Brown Building
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Townend G; McGregor M; Alonzo D; Nguyen HTM, 2024, 'What would it take? Enhancing outcomes for high-ability students with disability', Frontiers in Education, 9, pp. 1322872, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2024.1322872
    Journal articles | 2022
    Jung JY; Jackson RL; Townend G; McGregor M, 2022, 'Equity in Gifted Education: The Importance of Definitions and a Focus on Underachieving Gifted Students', Gifted Child Quarterly, 66, pp. 149 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00169862211037945
    Journal articles | 2021
    McGregor M, 2021, 'Understanding and working with gifted learners: 'They're not bringing my brain out' (Book Review)', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, pp. 69 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.21505/ajge.2021.0006
    Journal articles | 2020
    McGregor M, 2020, 'An interview with Associate Professor Margaret Plunkett', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 29, pp. 47 - 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.21505/ajge.2020.0015
  • Conference Presentations | 2023
    McGregor M, 2023, 'Motivational Profiles of High-Ability Students in Science', presented at European Conference on Educational Research, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 21 August 2023 - 24 November 2023

Eacott, S., Beswick, K., Lee, H. M., & McGregor, M. (2023). Optimising learning for every student. NSW Department of Education, DOE04690/23, $198 000.

2023 UNSW Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Examples of research projects I am currently working on include:

  • Motivational Profiles of Gifted Students in Science
  • Professional Learning in Gifted Education for School Counsellors/Psychologists
  • The Dimensionality of Motivation
  • Approach and Avoidance Motivations in Academically Gifted Students
  • Teacher Education
  • Supporting School Counsellors/Psychologists in Gifted Education


European Council for High Ability

Research on Mathematical Promise and Giftedness (15th International Congress on Mathematical Education, 7-14 July 2024, Sydney)


My Teaching

Marie teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and professional learning courses in gifted education. Marie encourages critical and creative thinking through debate, dialogue and collaboration. Current courses taught include:


EDST4096 Responding to Gifted Students [undergraduate, Term 1]

This course is designed to provide practical, evidence-based information and skills on the following issues related to the education of gifted students: 1/ the nature of giftedness within a talent development framework, 2/ cognitive and affective characteristics of gifted students, 3/ underachievement of gifted students, 4/ curriculum differentiation for diverse gifted learners, including gifted learners with disability, disadvantaged gifted learners, and linguistically diverse gifted learners. 


EDST5803 Developing Programs for Gifted Students [postgraduate, Term 1]

This course involves the evaluation of and development of a program for gifted students. Students conduct needs analyses to critically reflect on current offerings for gifted students with regard to best practice. Research on the effectiveness of grouping, acceleration, counselling, and mentoring will be closely examined, with particular attention to the efficacy of these program components in supporting the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. The course will involve the development of a program for gifted learners. 


EDST5805 Curriculum Differentiation for Gifted Students [postgraduate, Term 2]

This course examines curriculum differentiation for gifted and talented students. The course focusses on assessment strategies to identify individual needs and enhance differentiated curricula for gifted learners. Current research on models of differentiation, as well as instructional strategies used to facilitate higher-order, critical and creative thinking skills, will be explored. Additionally, this course explores intrapersonal factors that are conducive to talent development, including awareness, motivation, and volition.



Mini-COGE [ongoing]

GERRIC's Mini-COGE is a two-day NESA-accredited course that offers practical professional development for educators to support high-potential and gifted students. This course will help educators identify gifted, high-potential and talented students, including those who may be underachieving, have a disability, be disadvantaged, or be linguistically diverse. The course assists educators in designing differentiated curricula and assessments for gifted learners, with a focus on the creation of low-floor/high-ceiling learning activities that are meaningful, challenging, and encourage intellectual thinking (e.g., critical, creative, divergent, analytical, complex).


Mini-COGE Advanced: Supporting Gifted Learners with Disability [ongoing]

What is not often well-known or well-understood is that students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability— just as students with disabilities may also be gifted.  Gifted Learners with Disability (GLD) are gifted children who have the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. These disabilities may include specific learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia), autism spectrum, or other impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This population of students require a strength-based approach that concurrently offers opportunities for talent development whilst supporting areas of relative challenge. This course builds on the knowledge of the Mini-COGE and includes a discussion on the diversity of gifted learners with disability, their characteristics, strengths, challenges, and strategies to support these students. In this course, educators will develop tailored individual education plans to support gifted learners with disability. Attendees must have completed the two-day Mini-COGE to participate in the Mini-COGE Advanced: Supporting Gifted Learners with Disability.