Australian Catholic University's 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 2009

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Never on a Sunday: A study of Sunday observance and Sunday public musical entertainment in theatres in Melbourne, 1890-1895, Laurence James Moore

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Run that you may win it: Contingency and emotional connectedness in the soteriological language of Paul, Michael Julian Godfrey

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Politeness phenomena in Palestinian Arabic and Australian English: A cross-cultural study of selected contemporary plays, Said Hassan Farahat

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Spiritual ecological consciousness towards ecological conversion: Experiental stories of senior secondary students and an autoethnography of the researcher, Margaret Elizabeth Bannan-Watts

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Elaboration on a permissible theme, Drew Allen Carter

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Contribution of gait analysis to the understanding of motor development, Cameron Wilson

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Lay people in the Asian church : A critical study of the role of the laity in the contextual theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (1970-2001) with special reference to John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations Christifideles Laici (1989) and Ecclesia in Asia (1999) and the pastoral letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference, Peter Nguyen Van Hai

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Lonergan's intentionality analysis and the foundations of organization and governance: A response to Ghoshal, John David Little

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The distribution, growth, reproduction and population genetics of a mangrove species, Rhizophora stylosa Griff, near its southern limits in New South Wales, Australia, Nicholas Charles Wilson

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Human rights education: Exploring the experiences of participants in a human rights education program in a Melbourne secondary college, Kerry Roger Ang

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Parents, teachers and religious education: A study in a Catholic secondary school in rural Victoria, Anthony Gerard Finn

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Process of recovery from eating disorder symptomatology, Bridie Hellings

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Relocation to a nursing home: The significance of cultural diversity, Cecelia Akuda Yeboah

Theses from 2008

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'A Chinese fish thinks about Chinese water': The cultural engagement of Christian theology in the emerging Sin-Christian context, Timothy Lee Yii Lau

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The life and writings of St Therese of Lisieux: Contributions to contemporary understandings of the relationship between Faith and Sin, Margaret Anne Quane

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Beyond the fringe of speech: The spirituality of Evelyn Underhill and art, Marie Therese Crowley

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Schools providing for students with disabilities: The impact of principal behaviours, principal engagement and school conditions, Ian Jackson

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The search for success ina a charismatic environment: Senior teacher's responses to high stakes testing in academically successful Christian Brothers' schools, Michael Davies

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The development and testing of an instrument for measuring awareness of coronary heart disease risk factors reduction in a Hong Kong Chinese population, Choi Wan Chan

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Teachers mentored by students in using ICT, Donna Gronn

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The sound of many voices: Investigating how principals view and influence massed singing in secondary boys' schools, Daryl James Barclay

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The nature of caring teachers and the factors that impact on their caring, Wendy Kay Moran

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Towards an ecologically sustainable Catholic primary school, Patricia Hindmarsh

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An assessment of animal repellents in the management of vehicle-macropod collisions in New South Wales, Craig Phillip Gibson

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An exploration of participant experience of the service learning program at an Australian Catholic boys' secondary school, Damien Faust Price

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An investigation of the union membership of teachers in Victorian Catholic schools during the period 1994 to 2004, Terence Henry Wilson

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Holy Cross College Woollahra 1908-2001: a micro-study of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Sydney in the twentieth century, Janice Royaline Garaty

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Not everything is grace: Aquinas's notion of 'pure nature' and the Christian integralism of Henri De Lubac and of radical orthodoxy, Matthew Bernard Mulcahy

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Carer-child relationships in permanent care programs, Maria Alexandris

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Jesus and the Cross: Necessity, meaning and atonement, Peter Rod Laughlin

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A case study of the implementation of children's literacy success strategy: The perceptions of principals, literary co-ordinators and teachers, Mary Therese Lovelock

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The cognitive anatomy of moral understanding and the moral education question: A study in the philosophy of moral education, James Cooper

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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