Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities
Ed.D; M. Ed (Special Education); M.Ed (Hons); B.Ed.
Membership of professional associations
ACFE regional council board member; Australian Association of Special Educators (AASE) Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)
Area of study
Educational leadership and management
Teaching: Postgraduate and Undergraduate Special Education, Research and Supervision of Higher Degree Students.
Research: Personalised Learning, Student Agency, Aspergers, Specialist Education, Social Entrepreneurship.
Community: Building healthy Communities, Kalianna and La Trobe Partnership for community learning. Adult and Community and Further Education, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.
- EDU2UA: Understanding Autism
- EDU5ESA: Engaging students with Autism
- EDU5CIE: Contentions in Inclusive Education
- EDU5RSP: Responsive Schools and Pedagogy
- EDU5SWR: Schools, Wellbeing and Responsiveness
- EDU5SCL: Schools, Community and Learning
- EDU5LDP: Learning Differences and Pedagogy
Special Education, Aspergers, Personalised Learning, Learning difficulties
1. Keeffe, M. (2017). Transition to junior secondary schooling for students with learning disabilities: A study in personalised learning and building school relationships. In M. Milton (Ed.), Inclusive principles and practices in literacy education (Vol. 11). United Kingdom: Bingley.
2. Halder, S., Assaf, L. and Keeffe, M. (2017) Disability and Inclusion: Current challenges and future directions in Halder, S. and Assaf, L. (Eds) Disability and Inclusion in emergent countries. Springer.
3. Keeffe, M, & Ghosh, R. (2017) . Legislation, case law and current issues in inclusion for the United States, Australia and India. in Halder, S. and Assaf, L. (eds) Disability and Inclusion in emergent countries Springer.
4. Keeffe, M. (2016). Developing Student Agency in a Teacher Advisor Program. Personalised Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam, Sense: 205-220.
5. Keeffe, M. and V. Lovejoy (2016). Personalised Learning and Differentiation in Studio Arts: Juggling Prescriptive Curriculum and Artistic Nurture. Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam, Sense: 163-180.
6. Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., . . . Waldrip, B. (2016). Remaking Schooling through Open-Plan Settings: Some Conclusions and the Future Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam: Sense.
7. Prain, V., P. Cox, et al. (2016). Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam, Sense cited by 2
8. Prain, V., Cox, P., Edwards, D., Farrekky, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., (2015) Characterising Personalising Learning. In Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam, Sense 3-25
9. Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., . . . Yager,Z. (2014).Researching the outcomes of the Bendigo Education Plan changing school settings. In Adapting to Teaching and Learning in Open-Plan Schools (pp. 3-17). doi:10.1007/978-94-6209-824-4_1
10. Prain, V. R., Cox, P. J., Deed, C. G., Edwards, D. J., Farrelly, C. B., Keeffe, M. B., . . . Yager, Z. (2014). Personalising Learning: Theory and Enactment. In V. R. Prain, P. J. Cox, C. G. Deed, D. J. Edwards, C. B. Farrelly, M. B. Keeffe, . . . Z. Yager (Eds.), Adapting to Teaching and Learning in Open-Plan Schools (pp. 43-58). Rotterdam: Sense. doi:10.1007/978-94-6209-824-4_3
11. Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., . . . Yager,Z. (2014). New practices, new knowledge and future implications for learning in open-plan settings for low SES students. In Adapting to Teaching and Learning in Open-Plan Schools (pp.195-204). doi:10.1007/978-94-6209-824-4_12
12. Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., . . . Yager,Z. (2014). Adapting to teaching and learning in open-plan schools. doi:10.1007/978-94-6209-824-4
13. Keeffe, M. (2014) Building relationships: Teacher advisor programs in the BEP schools in Adapting to Teaching and Learning in Open-Plan Schools (Vaughan Prain and Peter Cox Eds.) Sense Publishers
14. Keeffe, M. (2014) Distributed leadership in opne plan schoolsin Adapting to Teachign and Learning in Open-Plan Schools (Vaughan Prain and Peter Cox Eds.) Sense Publishers.
Refereed Journal Articles
1. Kennedy, C., Keeffe, M., Gardner, F., & Farrelly, C. (2017). Making death, compassion and partnership 'part of life' in school communities. Pastoral care in Education, RPED 1306873. doi:10.1080/02643944.2017.1306873
2. Keeffe, M., Andrews, D. (2014) Towards an adolescent friendly methodology: Accessing the authentic through collective reflection. International Journal of Research and Method in Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2014.931367
3. Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Spencer-Jones, D., Prain, V. (2013) A case study in personalising learning: Relational agency in a visual arts studio. Art Education Australia. 35(1&2).
4. Prain, V., Cox,P., Deed, C., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., Yager.Z., (2013). Personalised learning: Lessons to be learnt. British Educational Research Journal. 39(4), 654-676.
5. Keeffe, M., & Andrews, D. (2011). Students’ perspectives on leadership: Interpretations of symbolic, social and cultural capital. Leading & Managing, 17(2), 21-35.
6. Dempster, N., Stevens, E., & Keeffe, M. (2011). Student and youth leadership: A focussed literature review. Leading & Managing, 17(2), 1-20.
7. Keeffe, M., De-Georgio, L. (2010) On the pulse of change: The new beat of special education in Higher Education. Australasian Journal of Special Education.
8. Dempster, N., Lizzio, A., Keeffe, M., Skinner, J. & Andrews, D. (2010). The contributions of research design and process facilitation in accessing adolescent views of leadership. Leading & Managing, 16(2), 77-89.
9. Keeffe, M. O’Brien, P. (2006) Burnout in pre-service teachers. Australian Journal of Psychology 58.
10. Keeffe, M. (2004). Communication in learning and the provision of sign language (Auslan) interpreters for a student with a hearing impairment – Clarke v. Catholic Education Office. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education. 9. 109.
11. Keeffe, M. (2004) Reconceptualizing research questions from a mixed method study for interpretation from a Habermasian theoretical perspective. In S. Danby, E. McWilliam & J. Knight (Eds.) Performing Research: Theories, Methods and Practices. Flaxton. Qld. Post Pressed.
12. Keeffe, M. (2003) The principal’s governance of inclusion and the requirements of the disability discrimination legislation: Are they worlds apart? Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education 8, 1&2. pp. 69-76. Scholarly Books
13. Keeffe, M. & Carrington, S. (Eds) (2007) Schools and Diversity (2nd ed.) Pearson Education. Frenchs Forest. Scholarly Book Chapter
14. Keeffe, M. (2007) Horizons of life experiences in Keeffe & Carrington (Eds). Schools and Diversity (2nd ed.). Pearson Education. Frenchs Forest. 3. Keeffe, M. (2007) The Inclusive Society in Keeffe & Carrington (Eds). Schools and Diversity (2nd ed.). Pearson Education. Frenchs Forest. Refereed Conference Papers
15. Keeffe, M., & Austin, L. (2012) Reciprocity, the rascal of resolution: Collaborative problem solving in an online role play. Peer reviewed paper presented at CSEDU 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. Porto, Portugal. Published in SciTePress Digital Library
16. O’Brien, P. Goddard, R. Keeffe, M. (2008) Burnout confirmed as a viable explanation for beginning teacher attrition. Australian Association of Research in Education.
17. Keeffe, M. (2006) Beginning teacher burnout in one year graduate programs. Australian Psychological Society. Auckland. New Zealand
18. Keeffe, M. (2004) Principal’s stress: Tensions between the requirements of the disability discrimination legislation and the governance of inclusion in schools. Australian Association of Research in Education. Melbourne. Australia
19. Keeffe, M. (2003) Habermas and the principal’s lifeworld in the lawful governance of inclusion in schools. Australian Association of Research in Education. Auckland. New Zealand
20. Keeffe, M., Lampert, J., Burnett, L., (2003) Stereotypical attitudes and beliefs held by preservice teachers. Research report presented to the Equity Committee for the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology.
21. Farrell, A., Walsh, K., and Keeffe-Martin, M. (2003) Leadership and management in large classes in tertiary settings. Research report presented to the Coordinators of Large Units for the Queensland University of Technology.
22. Keeffe-Martin, M. (2002) Participation, enrolment and challenging behaviours: Issues for principals from case law. Educare News. The Independent Journal of Australian Education, Victoria.
23. Keeffe-Martin, M. (2002) Learning from disability discrimination case law: Educational issues and legal considerations for principals and school administrators. In P Singh & E. McWilliam (Eds). Designing educational research: Theories, methods and practices. Flaxton, Qld. Post Pressed.
24. Keeffe-Martin, M. (2001) Students with disabilities and challenging behaviours: Implications for educators from Hoggan v the State of New South Wales (Department of Education) Nov. 2000. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education 5 (2) 74-86
25. Keeffe-Martin, M. (2001) Legislation, case law and current issues in inclusion: An analysis of trends in the United States and Australia. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 6 (1&2), 25-45
26. Keeffe-Martin,M., Lindsay, K. & Stewart, D. (2001) Inclusion in Australian schools. In C.J. Russo (Ed.). The Yearbook of Education Law. 2001. Dayton. Ohio.
27. Keeffe-Martin, M. (2000) Students with disabilities and challenging behaviours: Implications for educators and school administrators from Hoggan v. State of New South Wales (Department of Education) Nov. 2000. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education. 5, 2. pp 74-86.
Higher Degree by Research current and completed: Dr. Mary Keeffe
Principal supervisor unless stated otherwise
Making schools more compassionate: Grief, Death and Dying
2. Anne Southall
Students with trauma and implications for teachers
3. Sarah Trevaskis
Building Teacher Capacity for Personalised Learning in Open Plan Primary Classrooms in Mumbai, India
4. Julie Fry
How do Disability Liaison Officers and Learning Support Coordinators influence success in Tertiary Education for students with Specific Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia?
EdD Completed 2016
5. Judith Clark
Students with Aspergers and their perspectives on school responsiveness
6. Frederic Fovet
Innovative educational spaces and the inclusion paths of students with Social, Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties (SEBD)
PhD Completed 2016
7. Francis Langenberg
Women and work in the trades
8. Carla Jeffrey
Temperament and transition from prep to grade one
9. Lucy Edwards
Technology and Higher order thinking skills in the National Curriculum
10 Faisal Alamiri
Empowering Saudi Arabian Primary Teachers through Participatory Action Research to Improve their Professional Knowledge and Practices Regarding Gifted Learners
PhD Completed 2013
12 Thomas Chitongo
Distributed Leadership and Challenging Behaviour in Victorian Government Specialist Schools: Principals’ perspectives
EdD Completed 2012
13 Vicki Vadamootoo
How are teachers’ educational beliefs influential in the way we integrate and teach ICT?
M. Spec Ed. M.T. Completed 2012
14 Tina Sonka
How does teamwork develop employability skills in an Applied Learning Context in a rural community?
M. Spec Ed. M.T. Completed 2012
15. Susan Bennett
Parents’ perspectives on accessing early intervention
M. Spec Ed. M.T. 2012
16 Michelle Thomas
Strengths-based learning and teaching from the perspectives of teacher, parent and child
M. Spec Ed. M.T. Completed 2012
17 Mansour ALjobran
The Impact of Autism on Families in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
M. Spec Ed. M.T. Completed 2010
18 Greg McMillan
30 years on from Kangan: An analysis of the current policy position of TAFE Queensland
EdD Completed 2007
19 Peter Rosenfeldt
The changing role of Head of Department in Queensland Secondary Schools
Ed.D Completed 2007
Australia India Council grant 2014 ($50,000) Reciprocal relationships between Australian and Indian schools and higher educationNew Colombo Plan ($116,000) Australia India short study tours 2016-2019.
ARC Linkage Grant 2010 ($484,00) Improving regional secondary students' learning and wellbeing Prof V. Prain, P.Cox, C.Deed, J. Dorman, D.Edwards, C.Farrelly, M. Keeffe, P.Sellings B.Waldrip, Z. Yager.
ARC Discovery Grant 2008 ($189,000) Understanding adolescent student leadership for civic engegement in schools and community groups Prof N. Dempster, A.Lizzio, J. Skinner, D.Andrews, M.Keeffe, R. Newman
Personalised Learning; P.L. for students with Aspergers; Differentiated Curriculum.
Student Leadership; Student Voice and Choice.
Postgraduate Supervision and co-supervision
- Transition planning to secondary school for students with Autism and Aspergers.
- Transition to Higher Education for students with Aspergers.
- Supporting students with learning disabilties in higher education.
- Inclusion and high achievers: Action Research to build teacher capacity.
- Information technology and higher order thinking skills: a sociocultural framework.
- Distributive Leadership and the management of students with challenging behaviours in State Specialist Schools
- Social support for parents of children with autism.
- Inclusion of students with social and emotional behavior disorders
- Early childhood interventions for children with Autism.
- Teachers' understandings of Pedagogic Connectedness
- TAFE Queensland: A Policy Position