Professor Linda Graham

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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Education (Macquarie University), Bachelor of Arts (Eng. Lit & Mod. Hist) (Macquarie University)

Linda J. Graham is Director of The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) and a Professor in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice at QUT. Her research investigates the role of education policy and schooling practices in the development of disruptive student behaviour and the improvement of responses to children that teachers can find difficult to teach.

Professor Graham completed her doctoral study, titled “Schooling Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders: educational systems of formation and the ‘disorderly’ school child” at QUT in 2007. Of particular interest was how schooling practices and discourses may be contributing to the increased diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Since graduating with the 2007 Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Award and the 2008 Australian Association of Research (AARE) Excellence in Doctoral Research Award, Linda has been awarded 4 successive research fellowships. These highly competitive awards have included a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Sydney (2007-2008), a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (The political economy of special educational needs: international trends and policy developments, 2009-2011), an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Research Fellowship (A critical analysis of the increase in diagnosis of special educational needs in NSW government schools, 2010-2012), and most recently, a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (Destination elsewhere: a longitudinal study of pathways into separate special educational settings for students with disruptive behaviour, 2013-2015).

In 2011, she was awarded a second ARC Discovery project grant (Tracking the experiences of students enrolled in special schools for challenging behaviour and their reintegration to mainstream) with Dr Penny Van Bergen & Dr Naomi Sweller (Macquarie University).

She has also partnered with international collaborators on a comparative project funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Council of Canada with Professor Markku Jahnukainen, University of Alberta & University of Helsinki (Analysing the current state and change of special education in New South Wales, Finland and Alberta) and is partner investigator on a 2012-2013 Leverhulme International Network grant with Professor Sheila Riddell from the University of Edinburgh (Special Education & Policy Change: A study of six jurisdictions).

In the same year, Linda was named Macquarie University Early Career Researcher of the Year, and received both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Paul Bourke Award and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Research Award.

From 2013 to 2019, she led a 6-year longitudinal study tracking the school liking, learning, language and behaviour of QLD prep children through to end grade 5, with Dr Sonia White (School of Early Childhood, QUT), Dr Kathy Cologon (Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University), Prof Pamela Snow (LaTrobe Rural Health School), and Prof Robert Pianta (Curry School of Education, University of Virginia). The study was funded by the Financial Markets Foundation for Children (2013-2015) and the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects scheme (2016-2019).

In 2016, she began leading an Education Horizon project funded by the Queensland Government, “Empowering learners: using student voice, videorecorded classroom interactions and teacher feedback to develop positive learning environments in high-need Queensland secondary schools”, with Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan.

In 2017, she again partnered with Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan (Lead CI) on “Wellbeing Matters: a collaborative approach to harnessing student voice to develop a Wellbeing Framework for Action in the middle years“, also funded by the Queensland government.

Currently, Linda is co-leading the Accessible Assessment ARC Linkage project with A/Prof Jill Willis “Improving Outcomes through Accessible Assessment and Inclusive Practices”, partnering with the QCAA, three large state secondary schools, QLD Secondary Schools Association and Speech Pathology Australia. The research team includes A/Prof Naomi Sweller (MQ), A/Prof Sonia White, Dr Andrew Gibson (QUT), A/Prof Chris DeLuca (Kingston University), Ms Gaenor Dixon (SPA), Ms Callula Killingly (QUT) and two PhD students: Ms Julie Arnold and Ms Haley Tancredi.

This ARC Linkage built on a project led by A/Prof Jill Willis, Strengthening Senior Assessment, funded by the Queensland government Education Horizons scheme.

Linda chaired the 2020 Inquiry into suspension, exclusion and expulsion processes in South Australian government schools, and co-convenes the AARE Inclusive Education Special Interest Group (with Dr Kate de Bruin and Ms Haley Tancredi). In 2021, she was one of three academics internationally to be awarded the Spencer Foundation’s Mentor Award.

Linda has appeared in numerous print, radio and television media and is a strong advocate that inclusive education is a fundamental human right, enabling social and economic equity and independence.

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Additional information

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2021
Details
Spencer Foundation Mentorship Excellence Award
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2020
Details
Invited Expert Witness to the Royal Commission on Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation against People with Disability
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2020
Details
Chair of the Inquiry into Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion Processes in South Australian government schools
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee Member, Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA)
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Elected Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Educational Researcher (AER) and appointed to the AARE Executive Committee.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Researcher Award for 2011
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Macquarie University 'Early Career Researcher of the Year' (2011)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)2011 Paul Bourke Award for Outstanding Early Career Research
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2008 National Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2007
Details
Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Award
Title
Improving Outcomes through Accessible Assessment and Inclusive Practices
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP180100830
Start year
2019
Keywords
Title
Which Children Develop Severely Disruptive School Behaviour?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP160100319
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Whose behaviour is and is not managed in the early years of school, why and with what effects?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2013-030
Start year
2013
Keywords
Disruptive Behaviour;Inclusive Education;Learning Support;Mixed-Methods;Teacher-Student Relationships
Title
Tracking the experiences of students enrolled in segregated settings for challenging behaviour and their reintegration to mainstream schools
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP110103093
Start year
2011
Keywords
segregated schooling;behaviour disorder;education policy;student perspectives;inclusive education
Title
A critical analysis of the increase in diagnosis of special educational needs in New South Wales government schools
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1093020
Start year
2010
Keywords
  • ASPIRATIONS THROUGH TIME: THE YEAR 10 TRANSITION PLANNING EXPERIENCE OF QUEENSLAND STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Suzanne Carrington
  • Discreet Disengagement in the Classroom
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Jill Willis, Dr Callula Killingly
  • The impact of accessible pedagogies on the classroom experiences, engagement and academic output of students with language and/or attentional difficulties
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Sonia White
  • Teaching Reading: Exploring how reading instruction is conceptualized in Australian education jurisdictions
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Callula Killingly
  • Identifying and implementing curriculum adjustments for students with disability in secondary classrooms.
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Suzanne Carrington