Tracey Winning

Associate Professor Tracey Winning

Associate Professor

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Associate Professor Tracey Winning

I currently lead the Dental Education Research group, which focusses on curriculum development and evaluation (e.g., self-monitoring and communication skills), research into students’ experiences in different learning contexts, and procedural skill learning.

I coordinate inquiry-based learning activities in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and support staff in implementing inquiry-based and flipped learning approaches. I have been co- (3) or principal-supervisor (4) for PhD students (five in the area of dental education; all of these PhD students are now in academic positions in dental schools Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and UAE). I have over 40 publications on dental education and research and has been principal investigator on several successful national teaching development (CAUT (1994), CUTSD (200-2001) & OLT grants (2015-16)) and small research grants (>20), involving collaboration internationally, e.g., Malmo University, Otago University, University of Manitoba and The University of Hong Kong/Waikato. My ongoing support for students’ learning has been recognised by University of Adelaide (Stephen Cole the Elder Award & Vice Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Education, 2006; Beacon Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning, 2016) and national teaching awards (ALTC Citation in 2007).

Student Experiences and Outcomes

Investigation of psychomotor skills development in dental students. The focus of this research is to explore individual differences in factors that influence the acquisition of psychomotor skills in dental students, and identify which approaches support effective skill learning. An initial project was undertaken as a PhD project by Dr Nattira Suksudaj. Follow up studies using implicit learning approaches for operative and endodontic skills learning are ongoing.  These recent projects involve Prof Rich Masters and Dr Neha Malhotra, University of Waikato, New Zealand supported by grants from the University of Adelaide, Australian Dental Research Foundation and Australian Society of Endodontology.

Investigation of the development of patient-centred communication by student oral health practitioners. This research involved evaluating students' perceptions, knowledge and skills related to patient-centred communication, at different stages of the curriculum. A key component of this research involves patient feedback to support development of students' skills for diverse groups of patients, eg, older age groups. Findings will guide strategic refinement of existing communications curriculum. These projects are in collaboration with Dr Vicki Skinner, Assoc Prof Dimi Lekkas and Assoc Prof Dieter Schönwetter, Professor Mickey Wener, and Dr Nita Mazurat, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Manitoba, supported by grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, University of Adelaide,  Australian Dental Research Foundation and ANZAPHE. 

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Evaluation of flipped learning design. (Sophie Karanicolas, Cathy Snelling, Tracey Winning; supported by an OLT grant)

Staff Development

Capacity building for staff and evaluation of flipped learning design. (Sophie Karanicolas, Cathy Snelling, Tracey Winning; supported by an OLT grant)

Analysis of outcomes of Professional development for sessional tutors on clinical assessment (Dimi Lekkas and Tracey Winning; supported by University of Adelaide, Teaching Development Grant)


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    1999 Associate Professor The Universirty of Adelaide
    1999 - 2006 Senior Lecturer Level C The University of Adelaide
    1997 - 1998 Lecturer Level B The University of Queensland
    1993 - 1996 Lecturer Level B/Research Officer The University of Adelaide
    1990 - 1992 Lecturer level B/NHMRC Senior Research Officer The University of Queensland
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award University of Adelaide Beacon Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Award Good practice in supporting sessional staff award: Benchmarking Leadership Advancement Standards for Sessional Teaching Macquarie University Australia
    2013 Award Good practice in supporting sessional staff award: Benchmarking Leadership Advancement Standards for Sessional Teaching Macquarie University Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 The University of New South Wales Australia GradDipHEd
    1993 The University of Melbourne Australia PhD
    1980 The University of Queensland Australia BDSc (hons)
  • Research Interests

Funding Period Title & Chief Investigators Awarded
Office for Learning & Teaching
2015 - 2016

Translating Concept into Practice: enabling first-year health sciences teachers to blueprint effective flipped learning approaches.

S Karanicolas, C Snelling, T Winning     Partner Institutions: Australian Catholic University, University of Tasmania

Australian Dental Research Foundation

Learning by observing: effects of multi-tasking and stress on performance in endodontics

M El-Kishawi, G Townsend, P Cathro, R Masters, T Winning


Characteristics and motivation of dentists who provide care to underserved populations. A mixed methods study. Stage 2

S Gardner, K Roberts-Thomson, T Winning


Collaborative learning: Understanding dental students’ perceptions and experiences

AA Almajed, TA Winning, VJ Skinner, RF Peterson

Australian Society of Endodontology

Improving students’ learning and performance in pre-clinical endodontics

M El-Kishawi, T Winning, G Townsend, P Cathro, R Masters



Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) Consortium Research Funding
2013 – 2017

Do multifaceted admission processes predict performance of students in two Australian dental programmes?

A Rich, J Rountree, G Seymour, D Lekkas, T Winning, G Townsend


ADRF GC MI Research Award & Presentation

Title & recipient


What demographic and program factors are associated with positive and negative patients’ ratings of the quality of dental students’ clinical communication?

T Winning



I have supported student learning in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) through a range of class formats. Specifically these include, Inquiry-based learning approaches (e.g., Case-based and Problem-based learning), Flipped learning design, including Team-based learning, interactive lectures, learning laboratories, tutorials, workshops, and online activities. To support these sessions, I have developed a range of course materials.  These include Course Guides (including aims, objectives, learning activities, assessment); paper, video/audio, and web-based Case/PBL packages for the BDS and the Bachelor of Oral Health; Tutor guides for tutorials and learning laboratory, and video resources and quizzes, resource manuals and workshop materials.

To support these developments I have obtained University and external funding (approx $500,000). For example, an Office for Learning and Teaching Grant (2015-16) relating to building capacity for staff to flip their classes in health Sciences (with Sophie Karanicolas and Cathy Snelling and project team members from Australian Catholic University and University of Tasmania); an Organisational Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development (CUTSD) Grant (2000-01), involving all (6) Dental Schools/Faculties in Australia and New Zealand to develop PBL packages; a Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching grant (1993-4) for developing online PBL packages and grants from the University of Adelaide for development of learning, assessment and staff development resources.

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Improving Students' Learning and Performance in Pre-clinical Endodontics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Mohamed El-Kishawi
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Collaborative Learning: Students’ Perceptions and Experiences Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Abdulaziz Ali R Almajed
    2010 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Exploration of dentists' characteristics associated with caring for disadvantaged patients, using a mixed-methods approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Suzanne Gardner
    2008 - 2010 Principal Supervisor What Factors Influence Learning of Psychomotor Skills by Dental Students? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nattira Suksudaj
    2003 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Interpreted Curriculum: Students' Constructions of Problem-Based Learning Groups Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Vicki Skinner
    2001 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Investigation of the Role of the X-Linked Opitz Syndrome Gene, MID1, in Craniofacial Development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Saidi Bin Jaafar
    1999 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Becoming a Dentist: Characteristics, Experiences and Performance of Students in the Early Years of the Adelaide Dental Course Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Dimitra Lekkas
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1995 - ongoing Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia Inc
    1987 - ongoing International Association of Dental Research
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - 2016 Associate Editor BMC Medical Education
    2007 - 2015 Associate Editor European Journal of Dental Education
    2005 - 2015 Board Member European Journal of Dental Education The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135683
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 10
  • Room: WS10055.10
  • Org Unit: Dental

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