Dr Tracy Durksen
Scientia Fellow (Level C)

Dr Tracy Durksen

Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education (2015), Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta (Canada)

Graduate Certificate, Community-Based Research and Evaluation (2015), Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta (Canada)

M.A., Learning and Development in Educational Psychology (2010), Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria (Canada)

Teaching Certificate, Professional Development Program in University Teaching (2010), Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria (Canada)

B.Ed. (Post Baccalaureate), K-12 Teacher Education Degree (2002), Faculty of Education, Vancouver Island University (Canada)

B.A. (Honours with Distinction), Psychology, (1997), Department of Psychology, University of Victoria (Canada)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Education

Tracy Durksen, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

I am a Scientia Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Educational Psychology interested in the learning and development of students and teachers. I investigate the broad area of teacher education with the aim to transform attraction and recruitment, selection, development, retention, and promotion of teachers and school leaders by focusing on the importance of interpersonal interactions and psychological characteristics like motivation and adaptability. I am a mixed methods researcher grounded in social cognitive and self-determination theories. My previous experience in community-based research and evaluation through a randomised control trial project with cultural experts in Canada initiated my multi-method, relational, and contextual approach.

In order to influence policies that foster conditions for effective schooling, I prioritise research partnerships and community engagement. Locally, I am a longitudinal research partner with the NSW Department of Education investigating teacher recruitment and selection practices with the aim to increase equitable student access to quality teachers. I am also a research team member of the UNSW-led Ambassador Schools Research Centre - established in 2021 and funded by the NSW Department of Education. Since 2015 I have been an international research collaborator with the Teacher Selection Project team (University of York, UK) by assisting with the development and testing of online scenario-based tools. As an invited consultant for an OECD Questionnaire Expert Group, I am helping develop, test, and report on the Teaching and Learning International Survey which will be administered in over 48 countries and economies in 2024.

I was trained as a K-12 teacher and previously worked as a primary school teacher in Canada. Through my role as Program Director (2018-2021) for the School of Education’s Master of Teaching Primary program at UNSW, I helped support and develop the next generation of teachers. As a non-Indigenous Canadian with Australian citizenship, I am committed to supporting the professional development of preservice and practicing teachers as an avenue for systemic and sustainable change in Aboriginal education. In 2022 I joined the Culturally Nourishing Schooling project as a lead researcher to help support teachers and school leaders change their practice through building relationships with local Aboriginal people, listening to and learning from Aboriginal people, and letting their practice be informed – and their curriculum transformed – by this learning.

Phone
+61 2 9065 4867
Location
G38 Morven Brown Building
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Bostwick KCP; Martin AJ; Collie RJ; Durksen TL, 2022, 'Students' Growth Orientation', in Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools, Routledge, pp. 309 - 318, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003013778-24
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Patterson F; Rowett E, 2017, 'Filtering functions of assessment for selection into initial teacher education programs.', in Clandinin J; Husu J (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, Volume 1, Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp. 893 - 909, https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/the-sage-handbook-of-research-on-teacher-education/book245642#description
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Klassen R; Durksen T, 2015, 'Recent advances in research on teacher motivation and emotions', in The Routledge International Handbook of Social Psychology of the Classroom, pp. 339 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315716923
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Tze VMC, 2014, 'Teachers' self- efficacy beliefs: Ready to move from theory to practice?', in Richardson PW; Karabenick SA; Watt HMG (ed.), Teacher Motivation: Theory and Practice, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 100 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203119273
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Tze VMC, 2014, 'Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs', in Teacher Motivation, Routledge, pp. 100 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203119273-7
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Klassen RM; Tze VMC; Durksen TL, 2013, 'CULTURE, CONTEXT, AND COLLECTIVE CONFUSION Exploring Teachers' Motivation in Cross-Cultural Contexts', in Liem GAD; Bernardo ABI (ed.), ADVANCING CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: A FESTSCHRIFT FOR DENNIS M MCINERNEY, INFORMATION AGE PUBLISHING-IAP, pp. 193 - 210, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000332903100010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Sheridan L; Coleman B; Durksen TL, 2022, 'Important non-academic attributes in Australian initial teacher education', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 49, pp. 387 - 406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-021-00443-x
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bardach L; Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Rushby JV; Bostwick KCP; Sheridan L, 2021, 'The power of feedback and reflection: Testing an online scenario-based learning intervention for student teachers', Computers and Education, vol. 169, pp. 104194 - 104194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2021.104194
    Journal articles | 2021
    Durksen TL; Sheridan L; Tindall-Ford S, 2021, 'Pre-service Science and Mathematics teachers’ reasoning: a think-aloud study', Educational Studies, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03055698.2021.1973377
    Journal articles | 2021
    Klassen RM; Rushby JV; Durksen TL; Bardach L, 2021, 'Examining teacher recruitment strategies in England', Journal of Education for Teaching, vol. 47, pp. 163 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2021.1876501
    Journal articles | 2021
    Klassen RM; Rushby JV; Maxwell L; Durksen TL; Sheridan L; Bardach L, 2021, 'The development and testing of an online scenario-based learning activity to prepare preservice teachers for teaching placements', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 104, pp. 103385 - 103385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2021.103385
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lee J; Durksen TL, 2021, 'Global Academic Interest Scale for Undergraduate and Graduate Students', Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, vol. 39, pp. 182 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734282920946144
    Journal articles | 2021
    Loughland T; Bostwick K; Nguyen H; Durksen T, 2021, 'Looking to GROW: The absence of goal setting in post-lesson mentoring conversations on work-integrated learning placements', International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, vol. 22, pp. 475 - 487, https://www.ijwil.org/files/IJWIL_22_4_475_487.pdf
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bishop M; Durksen TL, 2020, 'What are the personal attributes a teacher needs to engage Indigenous students effectively in the learning process? Re-viewing the literature', Educational Research, vol. 62, pp. 181 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131881.2020.1755334
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bostwick KCP; Collie RJ; Martin AJ; Durksen TL, 2020, 'Teacher, classroom, and student growth orientation in mathematics: A multilevel examination of growth goals, growth mindset, engagement, and achievement', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2020.103100
    Journal articles | 2019
    Bostwick KCP; Martin AJ; Collie RJ; Durksen TL, 2019, 'Growth orientation predicts gains in middle and high school students’ mathematics outcomes over time', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 58, pp. 213 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2019.03.010
    Journal articles | 2019
    Martin AJ; Collie RJ; Durksen TL; Burns EC; Bostwick KCP; Tarbetsky AL, 2019, 'Growth goals and growth mindset from a methodological-synergistic perspective: lessons learned from a quantitative correlational research program', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, vol. 42, pp. 204 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2018.1481938
    Journal articles | 2019
    Sheridan L; Durksen TL; Tindall-Ford S, 2019, 'Understanding the reasoning of pre-service teachers: a think-aloud study using contextualised teaching scenarios', Teacher Development, vol. 23, pp. 425 - 446, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2019.1640281
    Journal articles | 2018
    Durksen T, 2018, '-', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 77, pp. 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.10.005
    Journal articles | 2018
    Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2018, 'The development of a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) of personal attributes for quality teaching in rural and remote Australia', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 45, pp. 255 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-017-0248-5
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ginns P; Martin AJ; Durksen TL; Burns EMMA; Pope A, 2018, 'Personal Best (PB) goal-setting enhances arithmetical problem-solving', The Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 45, pp. 533 - 551, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-018-0268-9
    Journal articles | 2018
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Al Hashmi W; Kim LE; Longden K; Metsäpelto RL; Poikkeus AM; Györi JG, 2018, 'National context and teacher characteristics: Exploring the critical non-cognitive attributes of novice teachers in four countries', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 72, pp. 64 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.03.001
    Journal articles | 2018
    Yerdelen S; Durksen T; Rimfeld K; Plomin R; Asbury K, 2018, 'Developing SENSES: Student experience of non-shared environment scales.', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202543
    Journal articles | 2018
    Yerdelen S; Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2018, 'An international validation of the engaged teacher scale', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, vol. 24, pp. 673 - 689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2018.1457024
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bostwick KCP; Collie RJ; Martin AJ; Durksen TL, 2017, 'Students' growth mindsets, goals, and academic outcomes in mathematics', Zeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology, vol. 225, pp. 107 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000287
    Journal articles | 2017
    Durksen TL; Klassen RM; Daniels LM, 2017, 'Motivation and collaboration: The keys to a developmental framework for teachers’ professional learning', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 67, pp. 53 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.05.011
    Journal articles | 2017
    Durksen TL; Martin AJ; Burns EC; Ginns P; Williamson D; Kiss J, 2017, 'Conducting research in a medical science museum: Lessons learned from collaboration between researchers and museum educators.', Journal of Museum Education, vol. 42, pp. 273 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10598650.2017.1339171
    Journal articles | 2017
    Durksen TL; Way J; Bobis J; Anderson J; Skilling K; Martin AJ, 2017, 'Motivation and engagement in mathematics: a qualitative framework for teacher-student interactions', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol. 29, pp. 163 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13394-017-0199-1
    Journal articles | 2017
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Kim L; Patterson F; Rowett E; Warwick J; Warwick P, 2017, 'Developing a proof-of-concept selection test for entry into primary teacher education programs', International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education, vol. 4, pp. 96 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.21449/ijate.275772
    Journal articles | 2017
    Lee J; Durksen TL, 2017, 'Dimensions of academic interest among undergraduate students: passion, confidence, aspiration and self-expression', Educational Psychology, vol. 38, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2017.1342770
    Journal articles | 2016
    Andre L; Durksen T; Volman ML, 2016, 'Museums as avenues of learning for children: a decade of research', Learning Environments Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-016-9222-9
    Journal articles | 2016
    Durksen TL; Chu M-W; Ahmad ZF; Radil AI; Daniels LM, 2016, 'Motivation in a MOOC: a probabilistic analysis of online learners’ basic psychological needs', Social Psychology of Education, vol. 19, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11218-015-9331-9
    Journal articles | 2016
    Frenzel AC; Pekrun R; Goetz T; Daniels LM; Durksen TL; Becker-Kurz B; Klassen RM, 2016, 'Measuring Teachers’ enjoyment, anger, and anxiety: The Teacher Emotions Scales (TES)', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 46, pp. 148 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.05.003
    Journal articles | 2016
    Martin AJ; Durksen TL; Williamson D; Kiss J; Ginns P, 2016, 'The role of a museum-based science education program in promoting content knowledge and science motivation', Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vol. 53, pp. 1364 - 1384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tea.21332
    Journal articles | 2014
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL, 2014, 'Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the teaching practicum: A mixed methods study', LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION, vol. 33, pp. 158 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.05.003
    Journal articles | 2014
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL, 2014, 'Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the teaching practicum: A mixed methods study', Learning and Instruction, vol. 33, pp. 158 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.05.003
    Journal articles | 2014
    Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Rowett E; Patterson F, 2014, 'Applicant Reactions to a Situational Judgment Test used for Selection into Initial Teacher Training', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 3, pp. 104 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.4471/ijep.2014.07
    Journal articles | 2014
    Martin AJ; Durksen TL; Williamson D; Kiss J; Ginns P, 2014, 'Personal Best (PB) goal setting and students' motivation in science: A study of science valuing and aspirations', Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, vol. 31, pp. 85 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/edp.2014.19
    Journal articles | 2013
    Durksen T; Poth C, 2013, 'Book review - Visualizing social science research: Maps, methods, and meaning', Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 43, pp. 146 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.47678/cjhe.v43i1.184237
    Journal articles | 2013
    Durksen T; Poth C, 2013, 'Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods, and Meaning', CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 43, pp. 146 - 149, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000216365400009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2013
    Klassen RM; Yerdelen S; Durksen TL, 2013, 'Measuring teacher engagement: Development of the engaged teachers scale (ets)', Frontline Learning Research, vol. 1, pp. 33 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.14786/flr.v1i2.44
    Journal articles | 2012
    Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2012, 'Pre-service teachers' weekly commitment and engagement during a final training placement: A longitudinal mixed methods study', Educational and Child Psychology, vol. 29, pp. 32 - 46
  • Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 3
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 4
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R; Heffernan A; Loughland T; Gobby B; Durksen T, 2021, High-impact school leadership in regional, rural and remote schools, https://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/permalink/f/5gm2j3/unsworks_modsunsworks_75297
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 1
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 2
    Reports | 2020
    Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 1: Barriers and Challenges, 1
    Reports | 2020
    Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 3: Non-monetary Incentives, 3
    Reports | 2020
    Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high-impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 2: High-Impact Leadership, 2
    Other | 2017
    Durksen T; Martin AJ; Ginns P; Williamson D; Kiss J, 2017, Science education - surviving the zombie apocalypse. In ‘Teacher’., ACER, https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/article/science-education-surviving-the-zombie-apocalypse
    Reports | 2016
    Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2016, The development of a context-specific scenario-based measure of teachers’ non-academic attributes [Final Research Report for the NSW Department of Education]., NSW Department of Education, https://app.education.nsw.gov.au/serap/ResearchRecord/Summary?id=41
    Preprints |
    Bardach L; Klassen R; Durksen TL; Rushby JV; Bostwick K; Sheridan L, The Power of Feedback and Reflection: Testing an Online Scenario-based Learning Intervention for Student Teachers, http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/whsny
    Preprints |
    Klassen R; Bardach L; Rushby J; Durksen TL, Examining Teacher Recruitment Strategies in England, http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/5qg4h
    Preprints |
    Klassen R; Bardach L; Rushby JV; Maxwell L; Durksen TL; Sheridan L, The development and testing of an online scenario-based learning activity to prepare preservice teachers for teaching placements, http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/sz2xy

External

Chief Investigator (2017-2020/extended to 2021). Model of teacher success. NSW Department of Education. Amount: AUD $149,900.  

Co-investigator (2019). High-impact leaders in regional, rural, and remote education. Australian Department of Education. Chief Investigator: A/Prof Scott Eacott. Co-investigators: Dr Richard Niesche (UNSW) and Dr Tony Loughland (UNSW) with collaborators Dr Amanda Heffernan (Monash University) and Dr Brad Gobby (Curtin University). Successful Government Tender: AUD $88,000 

Chief Investigator (2017). The development of a teacher suitability framework. New South Wales Council of Deans of Education (Australia). Amount: AUD $5,000

Internal

Chief Investigator (2021). School of Education Rapid-Fire Research Grant Scheme. Scenario-based learning for preservice teachers. Co-investigators: A/Prof Tony Loughland and Dr Hoa Nguyen. Amount: AUD: $7,689

Chief Investigator (2016-2019). PL-TIME: Professional learning and teachers’ interpersonal skills, motivation, and engagement. Vice Chancellor Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Funding (UNSW). Amount: AUD $30,000

Chief Investigator (2018). Developing teachers' ability to optimise female students' STEM-related academic achievement and career aspirations: A museum-based study of professional learning. Faculty Collaborative Research Grant (UNSW Sydney). Co-investigator: Scientia Professor Andrew Martin (School of Education, UNSW). Collaborator: Derek Williamson (Museum of Human Disease, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW). Amount: AUD $14,693         

Chief /Co-Investigator (2017-2019). School of Education Grants. Amount: AUD $22,500     

Doctoral funding

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2015). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Amount: CAD $40,000

President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2013-2014). Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta (Canada). Amount: CAD $15,429                                        

Graduate/travel awards (2012-2015). Amount: CAD $11,500 

Learning and Teaching Award (2020). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Learning and Teaching Award for Excellence for Design and Development (Master of Teaching Primary Program, UNSW). Amount: AUD $500

Shortlisted Nominee for Research Award (2019). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Research Award for Achievements by an Early Career Researcher (UNSW).

AERA 2017 Learning Environments SIG/Springer Award for best journal article. Andre, L., Durksen, T. L., & Volman, M. (2017). Museums as avenues of learning for children: A decade of research. Learning Environments Research, 20, 47-76. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10984-016-9222-9

2021

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 1101 Educational Psychology (Course Convenor)

2020

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)

2019

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)

2018

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Deputy Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)

2017

  • EDST 5457 Literature Review (Academic Course Supervisor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)