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.
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.
|University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen||Australia||B.Sc (Hons)|
|Kranz International||Australia||Diploma Counselling and Communications|
|The Flinders University of SA||Australia||PhD (Theoretical Physics)|
|Unversity of Adelaide||Australia||Graduate Diploma Education|
|2012||Liu, C. & Matthews, R. S. (2012). Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. In N. M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (pp. 2733-2736). Springer Science & Business Media.|
|2010||Matthews, R. (2010). A depth psychology account of the creative imagination: applying the psychology of Carl Jung. In T. Nielsen RFitzgerald & M. Fettes (Eds.), Imagination in Educational Theory and Practice: A Many-sided Vision (pp. 233-242). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.|
|2010||Matthews, R. (2010). Reflections on a pre-service teacher education approach though the lens of the Troika. In R. Toomey (Ed.), Teacher Education and Values Pedagogy: a Student Wellbeing Approach (pp. 195-207). Australia: David Barlow Publishing.|
|2008||Matthews, R. & Liu, C. (2008). Education and imagination: a synthesis of Jung and Vygotsky. In R. Jones, A. Clarkson, S. Congram & N. Stratton (Eds.), Education and Imagination: post-Jungian perspectives (pp. 15-37). UK: Routledge.
|2004||Alagumalai, S., Matthews, R., Gibbons, M. & Dutney, A. F. (2004). Teaching out of the unconscious: the role of shadow and archetype. In J. Keeves & S. Alagumalai (Eds.), The Seeker: Papers in Honour of John P Keeves (pp. 187-200). Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.|
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.”
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.
Fizza Sabir, PhD, “Teacher Approachability in Higher Education; determining its characteristics and their connection with teacher attachment styles, wellbeing and spirituality. Principle Supervision.
Mary Vlahakis, PhD, “The Study of English Literary Texts in a Monocultural Secondary School Context and Students’ Attitudes to the ‘Cultural Other’.” Co Supervision.
Vegneskumar Maniham, PhD, “Sports Participation and Cultural Identity in the Experience of Young People”. Principle Supervision.
Margaret Cargill, DEd, “Collaborative Interdisciplinary Publication Skills Education (CIPSE): Implementation and implications in international science research contexts.” Principle Supervision.
Othman Talib, DEd, “Computer-animated instruction and students' achievement gains in electrochemistry”. Principle Supervision.