Geraldine Townend

Lecturer and Researcher Gifted and Special Needs Education
Lecturer

Geraldine Townend is a published academic with over a decade of experience in the field of gifted education, having expertise in the area of twice exceptionality. Geraldine completed her PhD at Griffith University in Queensland. Geraldine is now a researcher and lecturer at the University of New South Wales (Gifted Education Research and Resource Information Centre) in the areas of gifted education, gifted with learning disability, and special learning needs. Her research interests focus on supporting gifted and twice-exceptional students to aspire to their potential in education, which includes the development of positive academic self-concept. 

Geraldine’s research findings indicate that there are several sociological and psychological influences on academic self-concept, including a social comparison theory, and she is particularly interested in the interaction between teachers and their students. She has also focused on outcomes for pre- and post-graduate teachers’ understandings of diversity in education, including inclusive classroom practices and applications of National Curriculum. Her university teaching was recognised in 2015 with the award of Teaching Excellence Commendation.  

Geraldine advises government around curriculum and education, and has been featured on national TV. She has been currently working in an advisory capacity with the Department for Education, New South Wales. Geraldine conducts professional development for schools in the identification of, and support for, gifted underachievers, and has featured on Australian National television.

She also provides advice for parents and families of gifted and twice-exceptional students, and works closely with State and National Associations. 

Book Chapters
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Townend G; Hay PK; Jung JY; Smith SR, 2021, 'Supporting Australian Gifted Indigenous Students’ Academic Potential in Rural Settings', in Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Asia-Pacific, Springer Singapore, pp. 709 - 726, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3041-4_73
2021
Blackburn AM; Townend G, 2021, 'Gifted Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Provisions and Priorities in Australian School Settings', in Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Asia-Pacific, Springer Singapore, pp. 555 - 577, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3041-4_26
2021
Townend G; Hay P; Jung J; Smith S, 2021, 'Supporting Australian Gifted Indigenous Students’ Academic Potential in Rural Settings', in Smith S (ed.), Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Asia Pacific, Springer International Handbooks of Education., Singapore, pp. 709 - 726, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3021-6_73-1
2021
Townend G; Hay P; Jung J; Smith S, 2020, 'Supporting Australian Gifted Indigenous Students’ Academic Potential in Rural Settings', in Smith S (ed.), Gifted and Talented Development in the Asia Pacific, Springer International Handbooks of Education., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3021-6_73-1
2020
Rowan L; Townend G, 2016, 'No hugs required: University student perspectives on the relationship between excellent teaching and educational rapport', in Student Engagement and Educational Rapport in Higher Education, pp. 105 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46034-5_6
2016
Journal articles
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Hately S; Townend G, 2020, 'A qualitative meta-analysis of research into the underachievement of gifted boys', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 29, pp. 6 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.21505/ajge.2020.0002
2020
Hall D; Sultmann W; Townend G, 2019, 'Constants in context: an exploration of conciliar and post-conciliar documents on the Catholic school', JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, vol. 67, pp. 17 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40839-019-00074-6
2019
Blackburn A; Townend G, 2019, 'Gifted Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Provisions and Priorities in Australian School Settings', Gifted and Talented Development in the Asia Pacific, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3021-6_26-1
2019
Sammel A; Townend G; Kanasa H, 2018, 'Hidden Expectations Behind the Promise of the Flipped Classroom', College Teaching, vol. 66, pp. 49 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2016.1189392
2018
Townend G; Brown R, 2016, 'Exploring a sociocultural approach to understanding academic self-concept in twice-exceptional students', International Journal of Educational Research, vol. 80, pp. 15 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2016.07.006
2016
Rowan L; Townend G, 2016, 'Early career teachers’ beliefs about their preparedness to teach: Implications for the professional development of teachers working with gifted and twice-exceptional students', Cogent Education, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2016.1242458
2016
Rowan L; Beavis C; Townend G; Kelly L; Fletcher J, 2016, 'Museums, games, and historical imagination: Student responses to a games-based experience at the Australian national maritime museum.', Digital Culture and Education, vol. 8, pp. 169 - 187
2016
Ronksley-Pavia M; Townend G, 2016, 'Student voice: Listening and responding to the experiences of GLD students', TalentEd, vol. 62, pp. 4 - 18
2016
Townend G; Pendergast D, 2015, 'Student voice: What can we learn from twice-exceptional students about the teacher's role in enhancing or inhibiting academic self-concept', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 24, pp. 37 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.21505/ajge.2015.0006
2015
Townend G; Pendergast D; Garvis S, 2014, 'Academic self-concept in GLD students: What the literature tells us.', TalentEd, vol. 28, pp. 75 - 89
2014

Provost Award for teaching at Griffith University 2015 - awarded to top 1% of lecturers 

ASPECT Linkage 2020