School of Education
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Brendan Bentley is a lecturer in Education. He is the Director of Partnerships and Engagement, and the Program Director of the Master of Teaching program at the University of Adelaide. He is an experienced School Principal, curriculum leader and teacher of STEM education. Brendan has designed and written post graduate educational leadership courses at both national and international levels and is a consultant in professional formation and development for teachers and school leaders. His research interests are in educational leadership, cognitive load theory, STEM, science and mathematics education and in particular proportional reasoning.
Doctor Brendan Bentley's main research interests are within primary and secondary school learning and has over 10 publications.
One: Mathematics, Science and STEM education
Two: Cognitive Load Theory and education
Three: Civics and Citizenship education
Four: Online/Networked learning
Outputs include publications in high impact journals and in 2017 a book chapter titled Connecting Values and Religion with Civics and Citizenship; Teaching Excellence Awards; and Online Design Excellence Award. Other outputs include numerous consultancies and publications on STEM learning, Mathematics and Science Education and cognitive learning theory.
Date Position Institution name 2106 - 2017 Stream Coordinator Master of Education Educational Leadership University of South Australia 2017 - ongoing Lecturer and Director: Engagement, School Partnership & Marketing University of Adelaide 2010 - 2017 Lecturer Science and Mathematics Education; Professional Experience Coordinator University of South Australia 2002 - 2008 School Principal St Raphael's School 1997 - 2001 School Deputy Principal St Joseph's Memorial School
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2017 University of South Australia Australia PhD 1994 - 1997 University of South Australia Australia Master of Education Science and Mathematics Education 1989 - 1991 Australian Catholic University (Institute of Catholic Education) Australia Graduate Diploma of Mathematics Education 1984 - 1986 Australian Catholic University (Institute of Catholic Education) Australia Diploma of Teaching
Year Citation 2023 Bentley, B., Walters, K., & Yates, G. C. R. (2023). Using iconic hand gestures in teaching a Year 8 science lesson. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 37(3), 496-506.
2022 Bentley, B., Sieben, R., & Unsworth, P. (2022). STEM Education in Australia: Impediments and Solutions in Achieving a STEM-Ready Workforce. Education Sciences, 12(10), 730.
DOI Scopus4 WoS3
2021 G. Barclay, T., & Bentley, B. (2021). STEM Education: How much Integration is Enough?. International Journal of Research Publications, 89(1), 183-199.
2021 Sieben, R., & Bentley, B. (2021). From pedagogue to principal: addressing the declining candidature for principalships. Australian Educational Leader, 43(4), 36-39. 2021 Bentley, B., & Sieben, R. (2021). Cognitive Load Theory and technology in the classroom. Resources in Action. Australian Educational Leader. 2019 Bentley, B., & Sieben, R. (2019). Cognitive Load Theory: An adjunct to constructivist learning theory not an alternative. Australian Educational Leader, 41(1), 48-51. 2018 Bentley, B. P., & Yates, G. R. C. (2018). Teaching is a craft. in Tuition, 34(4), 18-19. 2017 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2017). A case for cautious optimism? Active citizenship and the Australian civics and citizenship curriculum. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(1), 42-54.
DOI Scopus6 WoS2
2017 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2017). Education for citizenship in South Australian public schools: a pilot study of senior leader and teacher perceptions. Curriculum Journal, 28(1), 105-122.
DOI Scopus10 WoS5
2017 Bentley, B., & Yates, G. (2017). Facilitating proportional reasoning through worked examples: Two classroom-based experiments. Cogent Education, 4(1), 1297213-1-1297213-14.
DOI Scopus12 WoS9
2017 Bentley, B. P., & Kehrwald, B. A. (2017). From ‘Good Teaching’ to ‘Better Teaching’: One Academic’s Journey to Online Teaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(1), 58-66.
2016 Bentley, B. (2016). Golden proportion: Why the Golden Proportion really is golden. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 72(2), 10-14. 2016 Paige, K., Bentley, B., & Dobson, S. (2016). Slowmation: A twenty-first century educational tool for science and mathematics pre-service teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(2), 1-15.
DOI Scopus20 WoS13
2016 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2016). Securitisation and/or Westernisation: dominant discourses of Australian values and the implications for teacher education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 42(2), 239-251.
DOI Scopus12 WoS9
2015 Peterson, A., Durrant, I., & Bentley, B. (2015). Student teachers' perceptions of their role as civic educators: Evidence from a large higher education institution in England. British Educational Research Journal, 41(2), 343-364.
DOI Scopus11 WoS5
2015 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2015). Exploring the connections between Philosophy for Children and character education: Some implications for moral education?. Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 2(2), 48-70.
Year Citation 2021 Kerhwald, B. A., & Bentley, B. (2021). Understanding and Identifying Cognitive Load in Networked Learning. In N. Bonderup Dohn, P. Jandrić, T. Ryberg, & M. de Laat (Eds.), Mobility, Data and Learner Agency in Networked Learning (pp. 103-115). Switzerland: Springer.
2020 Bentley, B. P. (2020). New understandings of instructional theory: Finding the instructional 'Sweet Spot'. In M. White, & F. McCallum (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Leadership: Enhancing Educational Outcomes (pp. 107-122). Singapore: Springer.
2016 Bentley, B., & Peterson, A. (2016). Connecting values and religion with Civics and Citizenship education. In A. Peterson, & E. Tudball (Eds.), Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia: Challenges, Practices and International Perspectives (1st ed., pp. 147-164). London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Academic.
Year Citation 2020 Kerhwald, B., & Bentley, B. (2020). Understanding and Identifying Cognitive Load in Networked Learning. In N. Bonderup Dohn, P. Jandrić, T. Ryberg, & M. de Laat (Eds.), Unknown Conference (pp. 103-116). Springer. 2017 Kehrwald, B. A., & Bentley, B. (2017). Towards the use of cognitive load theory as a diagnostic tool in online learning. In ASCILITE 2018 - Conference Proceedings - 35th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Open Oceans: Learning Without Borders (pp. 434-439). Online: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
New Colombo Plan (NCP) (2016) Commonwealth funded Undergraduate Overseas Professional Experience Grant (China) $158 000
Divisional Research Performance Funds Grant (DRPF) (2014) University of South Australia funded pilot study of a small range (6-8) of public primary/secondary schools in South Australia $14 000
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor The effectiveness of virtual reality on cognitive load and schema acquisition of STEM students Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jaclyn Crystal Steffan 2023 Co-Supervisor Incorporating transformative learning in a primary school to improve competences in Education for Sustainable Development with upcycled art Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Gulsah Yildirim Kirbaci 2023 Principal Supervisor Teacher professional development, cognitive load and the use of schema to improve leadership development. Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Glyn Roberts 2023 Principal Supervisor Enhancing Classroom Management and Teacher Training: A Focus on Conscious Teaching for Improved Student Behaviour and Teacher Retention. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Saha Bajraktarevic 2018 Co-Supervisor The Impact of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Organisation on Student Success and Study or Employment Pathways Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Allyson Kaye Dutschke
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Primary Teachers’ Knowledge of Inquiry-Based Learning and Learner Autonomy in Science Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nemwel Nyakenyanya Aming'a
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