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Australian Catholic University


Research Report


1998


Australian Catholic University


Research Report


1998


From The Vice-Chancellor


Australian Catholic University (ACU) is unique in the Australian context: it is the only multistate university in Australia and it has a Mission which separates it from other universities in this country. The University was formed on 1 January 1991 through the consolidation of four Catholic teaching institutions in three states and a territory in eastern Australia, and has grown into a mature university in which staff are critically aware that a pervasive research climate and culture characterises us as a quality teaching and learning institution. This awareness has been fostered by the frequent observation that those who are engaged in an active program of research and scholarship are ideally placed to inspire students and enthuse them with a love of learning which is based on proper critical reflection and scholarly inquiry. Consequently, every effort has been made at ACU to encourage and facilitate research and scholarship and their integration with excellence in teaching and learning.


The information presented in this Research Report adds to the evidence of our conviction that research across the full spectrum of our disciplines makes a major contribution to our sense of identity and cohesiveness as a university. It informs teaching and learning and enhances the quality of our training. As such, it helps prepare our students for both living and making a living. The employment rate of our graduates is living testimony of such a claim.


I applaud and congratulate those members of the University staff whose achievements are listed in this Research Report.


(photo & signature)


Professor Peter W. Sheehan, AO

Vice-Chancellor


July, 1999


From The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)


As in previous years Australian Catholic University (ACU) during 1998 continued to demonstrate a very strong commitment to, and support for, research across its three faculties. This commitment manifests itself in many ways that are not readily inferred from this Research Report with its focus mainly on research publications. The comments that follow are intended to remedy the shortcoming of this time-honoured listing of quantifiable output. Still this Report is central in ACU's reporting to the public as it forms part of our accountability to the community


ACU has a primary responsibility to provide excellent higher education for its entire diversified and dispersed student body. Its ideal graduates will be highly competent in their chosen fields, ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life, and a commitment to serving the common good. To accomplish this lofty goal ACU is committed to the enhancement of research and scholarship and their integration with excellence in teaching and learning. The University aims to create an intellectual culture that is dedicated to a love of learning, respect for scholarship, and engagement in research and inquiry. It is committed to the highest standards of research and scholarship.


This Research Report reflects our researchers' preference for multidisciplinary approach to research. Staff at ACU typically hold that research issues and problems do not respect disciplinary boundaries. They submit that the most promising research contributions come from critical borrowing and constructive use of ideas, information and techniques from a variety of traditional disciplines.


Researchers at ACU are community-oriented. Their research is typically of an applied nature. The strategic participation of industry in research and teaching (SPIRT) with our staff has been most impressive during 1998 as the success rate of 83.3 percent of SPIRT grant applications readily demonstrates. If boasting were appropriate it could be pointed out that ACU's success rate in this scheme has been the highest among all Australian universities.


From The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)


Particularly pleasing is the growth of research higher degree students at ACU. In 1998 we had 85 EFTSUs as against 123 in 1999, a growth rate of 45 percent. This to no small degree is due to the fact that an ever increasing proportion of staff at ACU have completed their own doctoral studies and are now in a position to help with the supervision of postgraduate research students. Slightly more than 40 percent of ACU staff now hold doctoral qualifications and another 15 percent are in an advanced state of completing their doctoral studies. This level of achievement reflects the fact that during recent years ACU has dispatched the largest number of staff to the ANU summer school in social research methods and research technology.


ACU only four years ago accepted research higher degree students. And yet, last year the University was able to confer already three doctoral degrees. And this year's completion rate is particularly encouraging as about a dozen students will be able to graduate with a PhD or an EdD. Combine this with a low drop-out rate and a high satisfaction of our research students and ACU is well and truly performing better than the average Australian university as reported by DETYA in its most recent account of higher education in this country.


Looking forward to the new millennium ACU remains committed to providing research leadership in areas relevant to its mission and mandate and to fostering strategic development in designated areas of research strength.


(photo & signature)


Professor Wolfgang L. Grichting

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)


July, 1999

Table of Contents


Introduction 7


Research Mission Statement 8


Research Management 10


Locations 11


Vice-Chancellery 15


Research Publications

* Books 17

* Chapters in Books 17

* Papers in Scholarly Journals 18

* Published Conference Papers 18

* Published Pamphlets, Reports and other Publications 18

Research Projects 19

Research Grants 19


Faculty of Arts and Sciences 21


Research Publications

* Books 25

* Chapters in Books 26

* Papers in Scholarly Journals 28

* Published Conference Papers 36

* Published Pamphlets, Reports and other Publications 39

Research Projects 43

Research Grants 54


Faculty of Education 57


Research Publications

* Books 61

* Chapters in Books 62

* Papers in Scholarly Journals 64

* Published Conference Papers 68

* Published Pamphlets, Reports and other Publications 72

Research Projects 73

Research Grants 80


Faculty of Health Sciences 85


Research Publications

* Chapters in Books 88

* Papers in Scholarly Journals 88

* Published Conference Papers 91

* Published Pamphlets, Reports and other Publications 95

Research Projects 96

Research Grants 99


Research Centres & Institute 101


* Cardinal Clancy Centre for Research in Religious and Moral Education

103

* Research Centre for Early Christian Studies 108

* Research Centre for Studies in Religion, Literature and the Arts 110

* Plunkett Research Centre for Ethics in Health Care 113

* Mathematics Teaching and Learning Research Centre 116

* The Institute for the Advancement of Research 119


Introduction


In presenting this annual report of research activity within Australian Catholic University, the University is happy to note that the year 1998 gives evidence of continued growth in the area both in terms of quantity and quality of endeavour.


The report carries the following information in order to allow for easier interaction between University research workers and interested readers:


* Faculty of researcher.

* Contact telephone and fax numbers for University research management personnel.

* In cases of multiple authorship the principal researcher is listed first.

* Where multiple authorship involves researchers from other institutions, non-staff members are indicated by an asterisk (*).


This Research Report includes details of the following:


* Grants for 1998 made under the University’s Internal Research Grants Scheme.

* Reports on the activities of the University’s three research centres.

* The work of the members of the Institute of Advanced Research (incorporated into the body of the Report).

* The University’s Research Mission Statement.


Readers seeking further information or aspects of this report are invited to contact the Office of Research in the first instance.


Research Mission Statement




The Research Mission Statement of the Australian Catholic University reflects the University's Mission Statement. That Statement set down the University's commitment to foster and promote teaching, research and scholarship in their widest and richest sense in accordance with Catholic principles and traditions. One goal is to excel as a university thereby enriching the Australian culture and to serve the local and world community by making scholarly and creative contributions to the arts and sciences, technology, the professions, commerce and public service.


Australian Catholic University will be particularly concerned to promote and to encourage research germane to the role of religion in society, especially in relation to the Catholic tradition.


In pursuing its research mission, the University will aim to fulfil the following objectives and general policies.


OBJECTIVES


* Encourage the development, promotion and public dissemination of research and scholarship which make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge and learning.

* Promote and advance knowledge by carrying out research in areas related to the needs of Australia, the international community and, in particular, the Catholic community.

* Promote co-operative research among various parts of the University and with institutions with mutual research interests.

* Promote the establishment of Centres, according to University guidelines, to stimulate research in areas of research strength within the University.

* Establish a research environment which will attract the best postgraduate students and will provide for their most suitable training.

* Encourage and promote changes in the direction of research where this is appropriate.

* Maintain an environment where critical assessment of the research activities of individuals, groups and departments can occur as part of the normal academic process.


Research Mission Statement


POLICIES


* The relationship between teaching and research may vary from discipline to discipline, but, except for special appointments and for some staff from the predecessor colleges, those who teach in the University would normally be expected to engage in research as well as teaching.

* The maintenance of the highest standards of teaching and research is a fundamental concern of the University at all times.

* All academic staff will be encouraged to attain their full research potential.

* The University will allocate internal resources competitively and on the basis of excellence, or on the potential to excel.

* The allocation of research resources will be regularly reviewed to ensure that adequate funds are provided to support the University's priority areas and superior research performers.

* Successful applicants for research funds must report regularly on the progress of the research project and include an annual financial statement.

* All academic staff engaged in research have a responsibility to seek outside support for their research.

* Equal opportunity and affirmative action policies operate within the University.


Research Management


VICE-CHANCELLOR

Professor Peter W. Sheehan, AO Tel: (02) 9739 2929

Fax: (02) 9379 2905


PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR (RESEARCH)

Professor Wolfgang L. Grichting Tel: (03) 9241 4500

Fax: (03) 9241 4495

E-mail: W.Grichting@acu.edu.au


OFFICE OF RESEARCH

Dr Stewart J. Sharlow Tel: (03) 9241 4513

Manager Fax: (03) 9241 4529

E-mail: Res.Office@acu.edu.au


FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Professor Peter G. Carpenter Tel: (03) 9563 3673

Dean Fax: (03) 9563 3677


FACULTY OF EDUCATION

Professor Judith Chapman, AM Tel: (03) 9241 4501

Dean (commenced November 1998) Fax: (03) 9241 4595


FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Professor Elizabeth Cameron-Traub Tel: (02) 9739 2333

Dean Fax: (02) 9739 2953


Enquiries about the University research activities at present should be directed to:


Australian Catholic University

Office of Research

Mercy Campus

412 Mount Alexander Road

Ascot Vale Victoria 3032


Tel: (03) 9241 4513

Fax: (03) 9241 4529

E-mail: Res.Office@acu.edu.au

Australian Catholic University

Locations



ADDRESS


POSTAL ADDRESS

TELEPHONE

FACSIMILE

AQUINAS CAMPUS

1200 Mair Street

Ballarat VIC 3350



PO Box 650

Ballarat VIC 3353


(03) 5337 3100


(03) 5337 3105

CHRIST CAMPUS

17 Castlebar Road

Oakleigh VIC 3166



PO Box 213

Oakleigh VIC 3166


(03) 9563 3600


(03) 9563 3605

MacKILLOP CAMPUS

40 Edward Street

North Sydney NSW 2060



PO Box 968

North Sydney NSW 2059


(02) 9739 2368


(02) 9739 2342

McAULEY CAMPUS

53 Prospect Road

Mitchelton QLD 4053



PO Box 247

Everton Park QLD 4053


(07) 3855 7100


(07) 3855 7105
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