Our theses collection showcases the breadth and depth of Graduate Research at ACU. Our collection includes PhD and Masters theses.

Theses are arranged alphabetically by author's surname within the year that they were submitted. If you believe copyrighted materials have been used in a student's work, please contact us with details.

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Theses from 2008

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Practising inclusion within the regular school setting: students with special needs and their Aprender experience, Napoleon Rodezno

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Exploration of differences in vertical jump performance between typically developing children and those identified with DCD: a kinematic and kinetic analysis, Morgan Williams

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Teacher leadership in South-East Queensland Anglican schools, Mark Donald Sly

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Meaning-making: a key pedagogical paradigm for schooling in the third millennium, Joanne Hack

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Catholicism, history and culture: a Dawsonian synthesis, Michael Richard Lynch

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Teaching pronunciation of English using computer assisted learning software: an action research study in an Institute of Technology in Taiwan, Su Tseng Lee

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The appropriateness of the apologetical arguments of Justin Martyr, Robert Michael Haddad

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Boarding houses, owners and tenants: the demise of an old form of working-class housing, Daniel William Carmody

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The relationship between "the religious" and "the secular": the case of Australian Catholics, Joan Margaret Daw

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An investigation into the equity and efficiency of Australia's higher education system, Sarah Jean Wright

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An exploration of teachers' knowledge about aspects of Australian indigenous history and their attitude to reconciliation, Diane McClure

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Practitioner experience of a developing professional learning community, Shirley Ann Coulson

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An exploration of a contemporary youth spirituality among senior students in three Catholic schools, Michael Maroney

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The chameleon principal: a reconceptualisation of the notion of leadership as seen within the context of a rural school and its community, Angela Kelly

Theses from 2007

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The transformative power of liturgical music: a case study of an Australian catholic parish, Catherine (Kit) Smith

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'What should I do?': a study of social work ethics, supervision and the ethical development of social workers, Marian Therese Esler

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Developing better practice for beginning primary teachers: the significance of the practicum, John Edward Elligate

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Making the Edmund Rice ethos a reality: a case study in the perceptions of principals in Christian Brothers' schools in Queensland, Kerrie Patricia Tuite

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Understanding the 'mixed ability' program in Catholic secondary schools in Mauritius: perceptions of educators for best practice in the middle years of schooling, Kathleen Dauguet

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An investigation of clinical assessment processes of student nurses in Jackarta, Indonesia, Dessie Wanda

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Collaborative ministry: a case study in innovation, collegiality and theological reflection, Alan Andrew Niven

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Leading educational change in primary teacher education: a Papua New Guinea study, Catherine Matmadar Nongkas

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The experience of university academic staff in their use of information communications technology, Gordon William Howell

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The emergence of a dominant discourse associated with school programs: a study of CLaSS, John Michael Rafferty

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A comparison of the Stanford model chronic disease self management program with pulmonary rehabilitation on health outcomes for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne, Maria Clare Murphy

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Teacher learning matters: the interrelationship between the personal and professional lives of rural teachers, Helen Ann Weadon

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Perceptions of the transmission of the Edmund Rice Charism: changing leadership from religious to lay in Christian Brothers' schools, Andrew Michael Watson

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Are graduate nurses satisfied with graduate nurse programs?, Julie Reeves

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Chemical intent: imagining the drug using client and the human service worker in harm minimisation policy, Lea Campbell

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Effects of whole body vibration on neuromuscular performance of community dwelling older adults, Trentham Phillip Furness

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The phenomenon of problematic school-related absenteeism, Robert Wylie Rennie

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The inside story of living with chronic intractable nonmalignant back pain: an autoethnography, Susan Patricia White

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An exploration of the relationship between teacher leadership and the principalship in nurturing student learning, John Henry Madden

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Images of salvation: a study in theology, poetry and rhetoric, Gregory Brian Smith

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The theory of informed consent in medicine: problems and prospects for improvement, Garry Anthony Aloysius Nieuwkamp

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The psychosocial issues of orphaned youth by HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya, Lucy Irene Kiyiapi

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A practical theology of mental health: a critical conversation between theology, psychology, pastoral care and the voice of the witness, Pauline Emma Pierce

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Harry Potter and the quest for values: how the boy wizard can assist young people in making choices, Anthony Lennard

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Management of curriculum change: an analysis of religious education coordinator's perspectives on the management of a particular curriculum change in Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Michael T. Buchanan

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The dynamics of expert work: a case study of anti-doping laboratory directors, Alanah Lucille Kazlauskas

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Paul, Jerusalem and the Judaisers: the Galatian crisis in its broader historical context, Ian Jeffrey Elmer

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Thinking and acting: an exploration of Australian early childhood teachers' beliefs and practice regarding learning, teaching and religious education, Catherine Jane Meehan

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Legitimacy, authority and transition in the public office of the ministry in the Lutheran Church of Australia, David Grulke

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Indigenous women's career development: voices that challenge educational leadership, Nerida Dawn White

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On the deeper purposes of testimony: a philosophical study of the relationship between testimony and the emergence of mind, Peter Henry Bennett

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The response of elderly female fast gait to whole body vibration, Hans Christian Lorenzen

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Legitimacy, authority and transition in the public office of the ministry in the Lutheran Church of Australia -- 2 vols, David Andrew Grulke

Theses from 2006

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The effect of participation in school-facilitated community service programmes on students' self-esteem, sense of community engagement and attitudes to Christianity, Luke Terrence Reed

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The Church first called Christian: the Melkite Church of Antioch, Elizabeth Ann Reeves

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A religious, ethical and philosophical study of the human person in the context of biomedical practices, Douglas J.W. Milne

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An exploration of primary school principals' perspectives on the concept of community as applied to Catholic schools, John David Graham

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A grounded theory study of midwives' decision-making: use of continuous electronic foetal monitoring on low risk labouring women, Janene Rattray

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To lead, or not to lead: that is the question. An exploration of understandings of leadership in the context of the deputy principal in the Lutheran secondary school, Merryn Jane Ruwoldt

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Praesentia Substantialis: an examination of the Thomistic metaphysics of the Eucharistic Prescence, Colin Robert Goodwin

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Chinese young people and spirituality: an Australian study, Mei Ling Chung

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Biblical metaphors for God in the primary level of the education series To Know Worship and Love, Margaret F. Carswell

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A study of learning environment in the extended practicum of a pre-service teacher education course at a Catholic University, Joy Kennedy

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Physical activity, aerobic fitness, body composition and asthma severity in children and adolescents, Liam Welsh

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The relational person within a practical theology of health care, Patrick McArdle

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The church as family of God: its development and implications for the church in Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Tien

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Attitudes to reading: an investigation across the primary years, Anne-Marie L. Black

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Josephus' Jewish war as a narrative five-act tragedy, Suresh A. Shenoy

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Influences of motivational orientation on academic achievement within the context of lower and upper primary year levels, Peta Hamilton

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A Pentecostal study of Daniel's Prince of Persia (Daniel 10:13), Elizabeth Denham Guntrip

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Exploring student and teacher interactions for critical thinking in face to face and online environments in an EFL course in Taiwan, Yi-Ching Jean Chiu

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No pain, no gain: an investigation of the concept of persistence in learning in a Taiwanese college program, Li-Chi Pan

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Mission through journalism: Elizabeth Hayes and the Annals of Our Lady of the Angels, Pauline Joan Shaw

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Relational standards: rules and expectations in romantic relationships, Alexandra Elizabeth West

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An examination of student meaning-making in the post-compulsory subject of study of religion, Mark Gerard Craig

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Human rights in crisis: is there no answer to human violence?: a cultural critique in conversation with Rene Girard and Raymund Schwager, Peter Robert Stork

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Paradoxes, parallels and pedagogy: a case study of Ignatian pedagogy and of teachers' perceptions of its implementation in Australian Jesuit schools, Christopher Xavier Hayes

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Bringing up children in Taiwan: parents' beliefs, concerns and coping strategies relating to preschool children's food acceptance behaviour, Shu-Fang Tsai

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Exploring pastoral leadership in the context of an Australian Chinese congregational church, King Hung Ng

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Maternal and child emotional regulation in paediatric chronic pain, Sophia Franks

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Lay principals under contract: 'Going Down for the Good Turf': an exploration of the perceptions of selected secondary lay principals in relation to the religious and spiritual dimensions of their role, Liam G. Davison

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Drama and religious education: a match made in heaven, Anne Frawley-Mangan

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Thomas Merton and the Towers of Babel, Colleen Ann O'Sullivan

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Research and evaluation of psycho-educational approaches to prevention and intervention for marginalised young people in the Barwon region of Victoria, Susan Margaret Green

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Vegetation changes in a large estuarine wetland subsequent to construction of floodgates: Hexham Swamp in the Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Geoffrey Bruce Winning

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Reinventing a school for the 21st century: a case study of change in a Mary Ward school, Leoni Marilyn Degenhardt

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How is religious leadership understood and practised by principles in Catholic secondary schools in South Australia?, Francis Joseph McEvoy

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An exploration of how nurses construct their leadership role during the provision of health care, Yvonne Therese Osborne

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Transforming professions: a case study of social work in the Australian Defence Organisation, Roslyn Denise Hughes

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Belonging: the case of immigrants and the Australian Catholic Church, Mary Noseda

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From El Salvador to Australia: a 20th century exodus to a promised land, Beatriz Santos

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The effect of the use of self-regulated learning strategies on college students' performance and satisfaction in physical education, Ao Man-Chih

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An investigation into students' perceptions of multicultural classroom environments in Queensland Catholic secondary schools, Michael John Carroll

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Memorization and improvisation: a comparison of two strategies in the oral acquisition of english as a second language, Wen-Chung Liu

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Principals' understandings of aspects of the law impacting on the administration of Catholic schools: some implications for leadership, Paul McCann

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An exploration of how some staff members perceive Catholic school renewal in some primary schools in the Catholic Diocese of Rockhamption, Simon A. Watkins

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Experiences of teachers' daily work which nourish and sustain the spirituality of lay teachers in Catholic high schools, Michael John Downey

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The music of Dom Stephen Moreno, OSB: a study of its sources, chronology and context, Paul Raymond Curtis

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Art and religious education: seeking meaning in the sacred seriousness of art, Gina Bernasconi

Theses from 2005

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The role of the house motif in the Gospel of Mark, Brian Victor J. Beggs

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An investigation of reading intervention programs in a junior secondary school setting, Catherine Florence Callery

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Stories of buoyancy and despondency: five beginning teachers' experiences in their first year in the teaching profession, Meagan Louise McKenzie

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Identifying some characteristics of children's spirituality in Australian Catholic primary schools: a study within hermeneutic phenomenology, Brendan Hyde

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A study of factors affecting participation and performance of police officers undertaking the Queensland Police Service's management development program by distance education, Barbara Leigh Jack

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Spirituality in the parochial and plain sermons of John Henry Newman, Richard St Clair Johnson

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Neither 'less' or 'free': a long-term view of couple's experiences and construction of involuntary childness, Christine Beatrix Moulet