Dr Robert Whannell

Senior Lecturer, STEM Education - School of Education

Robert Whannell

Phone: +61 2 6773 5981

Email: rwhannel@une.edu.au

Biography

Rob is a member of the Science Education team in the School of Education.
He has 20 years experience teaching in private and secondary schools in Queensland across the mathematics, science and information technology fields. He has taught in tertiary bridging education at both the University of Southern Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Qualifications

BSc, Dip Ed, Med, PhD

Teaching Areas

Science, Mathematics, IT.

Research Interests

Rob's research focus is on educational transitions, in particular the transition into tertiary education for people who have previously underachieved in secondary school.

Publications

Whannell, R., & Whannell, P. (2014 In Press). Identifying tertiary bridging students at risk of failure in the first semester of undergraduate study. The Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 54(2).

Chambers, K., Whannell, R., & Whannell, P. (2014). The use of peer assessment in a regional Australian university tertiary bridging course. The Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 54(1), 69-88.

Whannell, R. & Whannell, P. (2014) The role of the teacher in influencing student outcomes in secondary school. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, January 2014.

Whannell, R. (2013). First-in-family students in a tertiary bridging program: Does it really make a difference? Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 15(2), 6-21.

Whannell, R. (2013). Predictors of attrition and achievement in a tertiary bridging program. The Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 53(2), 280-301.

Whannell, R., & Allen, B. (2012). First year mathematics at a regional university: Does it cater to student diversity? The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3(2), 45-58.

Whannell, P., Whannell, R., & Allen, B. (2012). Investigating the influence of a teacher on academic and study behaviour in a tertiary bridging program. Australian Journal of Adult Learning. 52(1), 39-65.

Whannell, P., Whannell, R., & White, R. (2012). Tertiary student attitudes to bicycle commuting in a regional Australian university. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 13(1), 34-45.

Whannell, R., Whannell. P, & Bedford. T. (2012) Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: What can the institution do?. Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference, Auckland, December 2012.

Whannell, P. & Whannell, R. (2012) Reducing the attrition of tertiary bridging students studying by distance: A practice report. Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference, Auckland, December 2012.

Whannell, R., & Allen, W. (2011) High school dropouts returning to study: The influence of the teacher and family during secondary school. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(9), Article 3.

Whannell, R., Whannell., P, & Chambers, K. (2011). Venus and Mars in a tertiary bridging program. 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, Adelaide, December 2011.

Whannell, R., Whannell., P., & Chambers, K. (2011). The role of assessment in the development of academic identity in tertiary bridging program students. 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, Adelaide, December 2011.

Whannell, R., Allen, B., & Lynch, K. (2010). Casualties of schooling? 18 to 22 year old students in a tertiary bridging program. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 35(5), 1-17.