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Dr Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews
Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Arts

Dr Robert Matthews is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, having joined the School in 2003. He teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, preparing beginning teachers for their classroom practice and guiding early researchers in their Masters dissertations respectively. Prior to this position, Robert was a post-doctoral research physicist at Flinders University doing theoretical calculations of electron scattering experiments in various materials. Although this work was of great interest, a desire to work with people took hold. This led to training to be a teacher, and consequently Robert wrote curriculum for the ASMS and taught as a secondary physics and mathematics teacher. Around this time, Robert also commenced training as a Jungian analyst in Switzerland. His earlier seeking to understand the depths of the physical world, were now accompanied by the same scrutiny of the inner world of the psyche. Something akin to following the (much larger) footsteps of the Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli, who, working with Carl Jung, attempted to bridge these two domains. This rich background offers many novel insights into the realm of education, creativity and learning which sit at the heart of Robert’s research interests.

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Dr Robert Matthews

Dr Robert Matthews is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, having joined the School in 2003. He teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, preparing beginning teachers for their classroom practice and guiding early researchers in their Masters dissertations respectively. Prior to this position, Robert was a post-doctoral research physicist at Flinders University doing theoretical calculations of electron scattering experiments in various materials. Although this work was of great interest, a desire to work with people took hold. This led to training to be a teacher, and consequently Robert wrote curriculum for the ASMS and taught as a secondary physics and mathematics teacher. Around this time, Robert also commenced training as a Jungian analyst in Switzerland. His earlier seeking to understand the depths of the physical world, were now accompanied by the same scrutiny of the inner world of the psyche. Something akin to following the (much larger) footsteps of the Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli, who, working with Carl Jung, attempted to bridge these two domains. This rich background offers many novel insights into the realm of education, creativity and learning which sit at the heart of Robert’s research interests.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Robert’s research focus is the application of analytical psychology into pathways of transformation in the Education and Research context.  Archetypal approaches to learning as articulated by Carl Jung, Mari-Louise von Franz and Wolfgang Pauli.  Creativity as transformative praxis of conscious and unconscious dynamics.  The role of religious or spiritual life in the transformative learning of educators.  The psychology of Kuhnian paradigm shifts in cultural thought of artists and scientists.  The nature of the teaching process and maintaining healthy complex personality structures in the face of difficult classroom experiences.  Life-long learning and personality development for educators.

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
The Flinders University of SA Australia PhD (Theoretical Physics)
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Australia B.Sc (Hons)
Unversity of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma Education
Kranz International Australia Diploma Counselling and Communications

Journals

Year Citation
2015 Matthews, R. (2015). An analytical psychology view of wholeness in art. International Journal of Jungian Studies, 7(2), 124-138.
DOI
2014 Cargill, M. A., O'Connor, P. J., & Matthews, R. (2014). Publication skills development in the sciences: decision support for effective program design. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, 69, 101-114.
2014 Missingham, D., & Matthews, R. (2014). A democratic and student-centred approach to facilitating teamwork learning among first-year engineering students: A learning and teaching case study. European Journal of Engineering Education, 39(4), 412-423.
DOI Scopus4
2012 Maniam, V., & Matthews, R. (2012). Secondary school students' feelings about participation in sports: a qualitative study from six schools in Adelaide, South Australia. International Journal of Sport and Society, 2(4), 61-72.
2010 Matthews, R. (2010). Experiences of Soul-minded Educators. Jung Journal, 4(2), 96-97.
DOI
2010 Matthews, R. S. (2010). Aligning universities and school for new teachers. Leadership in Focus, Winter, 10-13.
2009 Matthews, R. (2009). The feeling function and education: Differentiated relationships and ethics of the teacher. Jung Journal, 3(4), 103-111.
DOI
2008 Matthews, R. (2008). Engaging Asian learners: Teaching explicit concepts through active learning approaches. Unknown Journal, 24(2), 14-15.
2005 Talib, O., Matthews, R., & Secombe, M. (2005). Constructivist animation for conceptual change: an effective instructional strategy in understanding complex, abstract and dynamic science concepts. Malaysian Online Journal of Instructional Technology, 2(3), 78-87.
2005 Talib, O., Matthews, R., & Secombe, M. (2005). Computer-animated instruction and students' conceptual change in electrochemistry: Preliminary qualitative analysis. International Education Journal, 5(5), 29-42.
2005 Liu, H., & Matthews, R. (2005). Vygotsky's philosophy: Constructivism and its criticisms examined. International Education Journal, 6(3), 386-399.

Book Chapters

2014   Learning & Development Grant, Faculty of Professions, “Classroom dialogue – an online tool preparing Education students for teaching practice”, awarded $10,000.

2013    Executive Dean’s award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, awarded $2,000.

2013   Learning & Development Grant, Faculty of Professions, “Language and Professional Literacy Support for Education Students”, awarded $10,000.

2013    School of Education Grant, awarded $6,250.  “Exploring the practicum experience.”

Past Teaching:

Courses Coordinated Master of Education:  Theories of Psychology in Education, Neuroscience and Education, Alternative Education, Masters Dissertation.

Courses Coordinated Bachelor of Teaching / Graduate Diploma of Education / Master of Teaching: Educational Psychology, Student and Teacher Interaction in the Classroom, Alternative Education.

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2016 Co-Supervisor Power And Emergence in Remote Education Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Wendy Elizabeth Cowan
2014 Principal Supervisor The Meaning Making of Learning and Spirituality Towards Quality Teaching Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Aryani Tri Wrastari

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Teacher Approachability in Higher Education:
Determining its Characteristics and their Connection with Teacher Attachment Styles, Wellbeing and Spirituality
Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Fizza Sabir
2010 - 2012 Co-Supervisor The Study of English Literary Texts in a Monocultural Secondary School Context and Students Attitudes to the Cultural Other Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Mary Vlahakis
2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Adelaide Secondary School Students Participation in Sport and their Cultural Identity: A Humanistic Sociological Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Vegnes Maniam
2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Collaborative Interdisciplinary Publication Skills Education:
Implementation and implications in international science research contexts
Doctor of Education Doctorate Part Time Dr Margaret Cargill
2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Computer-Animated Instruction and Students' Conceptual Change in Electrochemistry Doctor of Education Doctorate Full Time Mr Othman Talib

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2015 - ongoing President C G Jung Society of South Australia Australia
Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83130488
Fax
8313 3604
Campus
North Terrace
Building
10 Pulteney Street, floor 8
Room Number
8 16
Org Unit
School of Education

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