Jane Kirkham

Jane Kirkham

Mrs, PhD Candidate, Doctor of Philosophy Student

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Jane Kirkham is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia. She is investigating motivational factors that underlie gendered decision-making about mathematics courses in senior secondary school students. She has presented her work at international conferences and in 2021 she was awarded the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) - Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Student Research Prize. Her research interests lie in the motivation, engagement, and the wellbeing of school students and teachers. 

Professionally, Jane is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist currently employed by a non-profit organisation to provide a range of psychological services at independent schools in Western Australia. Jane also has an extensive teaching background with experience in mainstream, gifted, and inclusive education at primary and secondary levels in Australia, United Kingdom, and in South Africa. In 2017 her service to education was acknowledged with an Outstanding Professional Service Award presented by the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia (PTCWA).

Education/Academic qualification

Gifted Education, Certificate of Gifted Education, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 11 Aug 2007

Educational Psychology, MEd, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Award Date: 18 Apr 1996

Special Education, Diploma in Education (Hearing Impaired), University of Birmingham

Award Date: 5 Jul 1991

Special Education, Advanced Diploma in Special Needs in Education, Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 31 Dec 1988

Primary Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Primary, Bangor University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1984

Psychology, BA(Hons), Bangor University

Award Date: 9 Jul 1983

External positions

Senior Psychologist, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia


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