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 2012

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Perspectives of training, coaching, formation and access for church planting in Australia, Colin Ross Stoodley

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Saltmarsh, mosquitoes and insectivorous bats: Seeking a balance, Leroy Gonsalves

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Cultivating fertile soil: Formation for canonical governance, John Henry Thornber

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Flow at work: The development and validation of a measure, Christopher James Holt

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An exploration of the use of Web 2.0 to enhance teaching and learning in an Australian Catholic secondary school, Kevin T. Sharkey

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A map of the divine subtle faculty: The concept fo Qalb (Heart) in classical and contemporary Islamic scholarship, Mehmet Yavuz Seker

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Like a bridge: Scaffolding as a means of assisting low-attaining students in mathematics during cognitively challenging tasks, Sarah Ferguson

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Musculoskeletal stiffness and Achilles tendon mechanical property changes following exercise-induced muscle damage, Corey William Julian Joseph

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Understanding the experiences of mothers who are breastfeeding an infant with tongue tie: A phenomenological study, Janet Elizabeth Edmunds

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On the grounds of a transcendental intellect for a philosophy of leadership, Thomas Alexander Lysaght

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Separated at birth: Adoption practices in relation to single women confined at the Royal Women's Hospital 1945-1975, Christin Anne Quirk

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The role of local languages in teaching mathematics in the bridging class (grade 3) within South Wahgi area of Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea, Charly Muke

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A number sense approach to written calculation: Exploring the effects in the middle years of schooling, Rick Owens

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A preliminary study into the immediate effects of ankle foot orthoses of varying design on the walking of people in the early stages of stroke recovery and healthy individuals, Robert John Mehan

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While they were eating: Lukan mission through domestic hospitality and ministry as table-service, and implications for the contemporary church, Nicholas James Tuohy

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Cognitive patterns that influence female vulnerability to depression: Rumination, thought suppression, reaction time variability and self-evaluation, Kate Witteveen

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Taming to tackling: Addressing numeracy achievement in low SES schools as a wicked problem, Craig Antony Ashhurst

Mystery shopping with Foucault: An exploration of managerial power and surveillance in the age of customer sovereignty, Sebastian Noeman Krook

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A story of early years educators’ experiences of technology and literacy in early years learning environments, Karen J. McLean

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The relationships between personality traits, dysfunctional schemas and personality disorder features, Ninawa Butrus

Theses from 2011

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Compositional techniques in the early-career works of Jason Robert Brown, Ian Nisbet

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Working it out: new mothers' experiences of learning to breasfeed, Danielle Gleeson

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Depression in men: Development of the male depression risk scale, Simon Rice

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Moanan-Tongan fatongia and deontic in Greco-Rome: Fiefia, happiness, of tauelangi, climatic euphoria, and 'alaha kakala, permeating frangrance - Malie! Bravo!, Siosiua F. P. Lafitani

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The enduring effects of job demands on the mental health of police officers, Katrina J. Lawson

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Applications of portable tracking technology to talent development in team sports, Darren Burgess

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Breastfeeding difficulty after caesarean section under regional anaesthesia: A phenomenological study, Jacqueline Chaplin

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Meaning and mission: Exploring a contemporary approach to spiritual formation for Catholic school educators, Jill Daly Gowdie

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Bachelor of Midwifery students' experiences of achieving competency for beginning practice, Sharon Licqurish

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The notion of participation in the early work of St Thomas Acquinas, Patrick Brooke Kavanagh

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The construction of gender identity in India through television advertisements: A semiotic analysis, Deodrin Maria Correa

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Exploring the spirituality and religiosity of Dinka Children in Catholic Schools in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Denise Anne Carmel Goodwin

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In good faith: A historical study of the provision of religious education for Catholic children not in Catholic schools in New South Wales: The CCD Movement 1880-2000, Ann Maree Whenman

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The community development concepts of the Igorot indigenous peoples in Benguet, Philippines, Digna Lipa-od Adonis

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A qualitative study of Spanish-speaking patients’ experiences of pain after surgery, Nelly Beatriz Bruinsma

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Pedagogy: What's my purpose? : an investigation of the impact of the learning community Institute professional activities on pedagogical practices across a rural Catholic Schools system, Kerry D. Mowett

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Human and animal individuality, Simon James Coghlan

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Matthew's wisdom christology in its Jewish and early Christian contexts, Thathathai Singsa

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The ends of morality, Sean Benedict McKenna

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An investigation of the linkages between leadership, learning and student engagement, Brad Campbell

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Integrating project-based learning in an English language tourism classroom in a Thai university, Jantima Simpson

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Upper body bone strength and muscle function in non-elite artistic gymnasts, Lauren A. Burt

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Musculoskeletal kinetic models to predict injury and performance in adolescent female athletes, Mark Peter Moresi

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Evaluation of nursing students' academic expectations, perceptions and experiences of science at different stages during their undergraduate studies, Hemant Mehta

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Interpreting students' explanations of fraction tasks, and their connections to length and area knowledge, Anne Elizabeth Mitchell

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The effect of the emerging paradigm of diversity on the church and its leadership, Andrew Peters

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Human resource capital and relational capital dimensions and the perceptions of mum and dad shareholders, Alma Sleiman Kairouz

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Teachers as learners: Professional learning in the lives of teachers, Sandra Ellen Cameron

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Implementing curriculum change in religious education: A study of the perceptions of primary school religious educators in the Archdiocese of Hobart, Helen Healy

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The experiences of parents and nurses of hospitalised infants requiring oxygen therapy for severe bronchiolitis: A phenomenological study, Alison Peeler

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The history of Bantu education: 1948-1994, Ivan Raymond Wills

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How young Catholics come to faith: Why they continue to practics their faith and how they understand their identity as Catholics, Diana Wendy McKinley

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Teachers in transition: A journey of educational reform, Margaret Noack

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Learning to be in the 21st century: Meanings and needs: a transdisciplinary approach, Marie-Laure Mimoun-Sorel

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Do leaders' characteristics and organisational culture matter while downsizing?: A study of publicly funded Australian universities, Banadahally Manjegowda Santosh

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A christological interpretation of "The Golden String" of Bede Griffiths' spiritual journey, Beatrice Alice Green

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Stones cry out: A gospel imagination for Catholic school identity, William Francis Sultmann

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The origins of the convent high school in Europe and its implantation and evolution in the Antipodes – St. Rita’s College, Brisbane, as a case study (1926-2008), Anna Barbaro

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Educational restructuring in Catholic schools: A case study of St John's College, Woodlawn: Towards a personalist account, Raymond F. Chapman

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An exploration of factors that influence end of career nurses' decision making regarding their workforce participation, Catriona Anne Booker

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'A vision splendid': The use and value of the concept of sustainability in policy, reform and practice in human services, Giovanna Margaret Richmond

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How understanding the Aboriginal Kinship system can inform better policy and practice: Social work research with the Larrakia and Warumungu Peoples of Northern Territory, Karen Christine King

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The theology of witness: A critical exposition of George Tyrrell's pastoral theology, Anthony Maher

Theses from 2010

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Spiritual wellbeing and its relationship to adolescent resilience. A case study of Australian youth attending one local church, Lindsay Mervyn Smith

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The spirituality of pilgrims: A study of an Australian experience of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Neil Patrick Harrigan

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Retelling scripture: The rhetorical function on the Old Testament citations vis-a-vis the Jews in John 1:19-12:15, Ruth Sheridan

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The origin and development of the doctrine of the communion of saints, Nithyananda Augustus Nathan

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Developing a measure of cognitive deconstruction, Zoe Clare Nicholes

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A study of affective domain factors influencing the decisions of leaders with different cultural perspectives, Geoffrey Robert Beech

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Investigating rejection sensitivity: an exploration of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors, Emily L. Musgrove

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Open Access community child health services: A three-phase evaluation, Lauren Naomi Kearney

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The effect of high intensity running training on work capacity in football (soccer), Timothy James Rogers

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Transition to end-of-life in the aged care setting: Identifying the changes, Ruth Hohn

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Queensland's education and training reform: Perspectives from teachers and administrators in one secondary school, Robyn Maree Burton-Ree

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Writing on the spirit: An exploration of the role of senior leadership teams in enhancing the mission integrity of selected Catholic schools in the Mercy tradition, Darren J. Egberts

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Catholic secondary school principals as faith leaders: A study of the dioceses of Lismore, Caroline Thompson

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Collaborative partnerships: A model of professional learning in primary science for practising and preservice teachers, Mellita M. Jones

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Platonic prophecy and the possibility of philosophy, Stuart Weierter

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Principles of the new evangelization: Analysis and direction, Richard Rymarz

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An ethnographic study of the work environment of an aid organisation, Pauline Abboud

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Inclusion: Teachers' attitudes and pedagogy, Cheryl McKenzie

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A transnational approach to educational leadership capacity building: a case study of the Masters of Education programme at Notre Dame Institute of Education, Karachi, Pakistan, Sukaina Rizvi

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Incident management: Human factors and minimising mean time to restore service, Katherine Mary O'Callaghan

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Compliance with lipid-lowering medications following diagnosis of coronary heart disease by angiography: A prospective cohort study, Sandra N. McKellar

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Chronic depression: Responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation and considerations of a developmental construction of self, Jasmina Markovski

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Hearing the call of God: Toward a theological phenomenology of vocation, Meredith Ann Secomb

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Intrapersonal intelligence, executive function and stage three students, Maura Sellars

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Shout to the Lord: Music and change at Hillsong, 1996-2007, Tanya Nicole Riches

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Developing a socioeconomic measure of the changing occupational status of British accountants in the nineteenth century, Kevin Clarke

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An ethnography study of nurses' cancer pain management in Sri Lanka, Badurakada Sunil De Silva

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Migratory shorebird ecology in the Hunter estuary, sourth-eastern Australia, Jennifer Spencer

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An investigation of the spirituality of children in Victorian state primary schools, Micheline Wyn Moriarty

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Gait variability, stride dynamics and falls risk in community dwelling older women, Kade Paterson

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The ministerial and congregational singing of chant: A study of practices and preceptions in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Paul Taylor

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The metaphysical realism of E.L. Mascall and Anglican doctrine, Robert Ireland

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A study of the effects of an intervention program incorporating aspects of social constructivist and essentialist models of pedagogy on educational experiences of boys in preliminary year English classes at a senior college, Anna Hill

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A case study of the responses of two mainstream primay teachers in a non-metropolitan area to the refugee English Language Learners in their classe, Jacqueline Coleman

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School and classroom environment of a small Catholic secondary school, Paul Kelly

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A study of the work role in the context of change management practices in Catholic schools, Wayne Hellmuth

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Implementing mandated curriculum reform: Sources of support for teacher-meaning making, Janeen Therese Lamb