Tracy Durksen

Senior Lecturer, Educational Psychology
Senior Lecturer

Tracy Durksen, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology. My expertise falls in the area of educational psychology and the core theme driving my research and teaching is teacher education and development. I am interested in preservice and practicing teachers’ personal and professional learning and development across career stages and teaching contexts. Specifically, I aim to transform teacher attraction, recruitment and selection, development, retention, and promotion by focusing on psychological characteristics like motivation and adaptability. As such, my research includes exploring non-academic measures of classroom readiness through innovative methods (e.g., online scenario-based learning). My research interests also include site-based and outreach education programs in STEM for students and teachers.

I completed my PhD in 2015 through the University of Alberta (Canada). I joined the School of Education at UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a three-year appointment (2016-2019) under the mentorship of Scientia Professor Andrew Martin. I have continued to contribute in the School of Education as Lecturer (2019-2021) and Senior Lecturer (since July 2021). Over the years I have developed my research focus by collaborating with the European Research Council funded (€1.4 million) Teacher Selection Project team led by Professor Klassen (University of York, UK). Locally, I have been the chief investigator for a funded research project with the NSW Department of Education on teacher success since 2017. My international contributions include being a member of the questionnaire expert group tasked with supporting the development and implementation of the 2024 OECD Teacher and Learning International Survey. I previously worked as a primary school teacher in Canada and currently serve as Director for the School of Education’s Master of Teaching Primary program.

Journal articles
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Sheridan L; Coleman B; Durksen TL, 2021, 'Important non-academic attributes in Australian initial teacher education', Australian Educational Researcher, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-021-00443-x
2021
Bardach L; Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Rushby JV; Bostwick KCP; Sheridan L, 2021, 'The power of feedback and reflection: Testing an online scenario-based learning intervention for student teachers', Computers and Education, vol. 169, pp. 104194 - 104194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2021.104194
2021
Lee J; Durksen TL, 2021, 'Global Academic Interest Scale for Undergraduate and Graduate Students', Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, vol. 39, pp. 182 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734282920946144
2021
Klassen RM; Rushby JV; Durksen TL; Bardach L, 2021, 'Examining teacher recruitment strategies in England', Journal of Education for Teaching, vol. 47, pp. 163 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2021.1876501
2021
Klassen RM; Rushby JV; Maxwell L; Durksen TL; Sheridan L; Bardach L, 2021, 'The development and testing of an online scenario-based learning activity to prepare preservice teachers for teaching placements', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 104, pp. 103385 - 103385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2021.103385
2021
Bishop M; Durksen TL, 2020, 'What are the personal attributes a teacher needs to engage Indigenous students effectively in the learning process? Re-viewing the literature', Educational Research, vol. 62, pp. 181 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131881.2020.1755334
2020
Bostwick KCP; Collie RJ; Martin AJ; Durksen TL, 2020, 'Teacher, classroom, and student growth orientation in mathematics: A multilevel examination of growth goals, growth mindset, engagement, and achievement', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2020.103100
2020
Bostwick KCP; Martin AJ; Collie RJ; Durksen TL, 2019, 'Growth orientation predicts gains in middle and high school students’ mathematics outcomes over time', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 58, pp. 213 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2019.03.010
2019
Martin AJ; Collie RJ; Durksen TL; Burns EC; Bostwick KCP; Tarbetsky AL, 2019, 'Growth goals and growth mindset from a methodological-synergistic perspective: lessons learned from a quantitative correlational research program', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, vol. 42, pp. 204 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2018.1481938
2019
Sheridan L; Durksen TL; Tindall-Ford S, 2019, 'Understanding the reasoning of pre-service teachers: a think-aloud study using contextualised teaching scenarios', Teacher Development, vol. 23, pp. 425 - 446, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2019.1640281
2019
Yerdelen S; Durksen T; Rimfeld K; Plomin R; Asbury K, 2018, 'Developing SENSES: Student experience of non-shared environment scales.', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202543
2018
Yerdelen S; Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2018, 'An international validation of the engaged teacher scale', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, vol. 24, pp. 673 - 689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2018.1457024
2018
Ginns P; Martin AJ; Durksen TL; Burns EMMA; Pope A, 2018, 'Personal Best (PB) goal-setting enhances arithmetical problem-solving', The Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 45, pp. 533 - 551, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-018-0268-9
2018
Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Al Hashmi W; Kim LE; Longden K; Metsäpelto RL; Poikkeus AM; Györi JG, 2018, 'National context and teacher characteristics: Exploring the critical non-cognitive attributes of novice teachers in four countries', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 72, pp. 64 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.03.001
2018
Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2018, 'The development of a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) of personal attributes for quality teaching in rural and remote Australia', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 45, pp. 255 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-017-0248-5
2018
Durksen T, 2018, '-', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 77, pp. 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.10.005
2018
Durksen TL; Way J; Bobis J; Anderson J; Skilling K; Martin AJ, 2017, 'Motivation and engagement in mathematics: a qualitative framework for teacher-student interactions', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol. 29, pp. 163 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13394-017-0199-1
2017
Bostwick KCP; Collie RJ; Martin AJ; Durksen TL, 2017, 'Students' growth mindsets, goals, and academic outcomes in mathematics', Zeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology, vol. 225, pp. 107 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000287
2017
Lee J; Durksen TL, 2017, 'Dimensions of academic interest among undergraduate students: passion, confidence, aspiration and self-expression', Educational Psychology, vol. 38, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2017.1342770
2017
Durksen TL; Martin AJ; Burns EC; Ginns P; Williamson D; Kiss J, 2017, 'Conducting research in a medical science museum: Lessons learned from collaboration between researchers and museum educators.', Journal of Museum Education, vol. 42, pp. 273 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10598650.2017.1339171
2017
Durksen TL; Klassen RM; Daniels LM, 2017, 'Motivation and collaboration: The keys to a developmental framework for teachers’ professional learning', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 67, pp. 53 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.05.011
2017
Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Kim L; Patterson F; Rowett E; Warwick J; Warwick P, 2017, 'Developing a proof-of-concept selection test for entry into primary teacher education programs', International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education, vol. 4, pp. 96 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.21449/ijate.275772
2017
Durksen TL; Chu M-W; Ahmad ZF; Radil AI; Daniels LM, 2016, 'Motivation in a MOOC: a probabilistic analysis of online learners’ basic psychological needs', Social Psychology of Education, vol. 19, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11218-015-9331-9
2016
Frenzel AC; Pekrun R; Goetz T; Daniels LM; Durksen TL; Becker-Kurz B; Klassen RM, 2016, 'Measuring Teachers’ enjoyment, anger, and anxiety: The Teacher Emotions Scales (TES)', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 46, pp. 148 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.05.003
2016
Martin AJ; Durksen TL; Williamson D; Kiss J; Ginns P, 2016, 'The role of a museum-based science education program in promoting content knowledge and science motivation', Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vol. 53, pp. 1364 - 1384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tea.21332
2016
Andre L; Durksen T; Volman ML, 2016, 'Museums as avenues of learning for children: a decade of research', Learning Environments Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-016-9222-9
2016
Klassen RM; Durksen TL, 2014, 'Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the teaching practicum: A mixed methods study', LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION, vol. 33, pp. 158 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.05.003
2014
Klassen RM; Durksen TL, 2014, 'Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the teaching practicum: A mixed methods study', Learning and Instruction, vol. 33, pp. 158 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.05.003
2014
Martin AJ; Durksen TL; Williamson D; Kiss J; Ginns P, 2014, 'Personal Best (PB) goal setting and students' motivation in science: A study of science valuing and aspirations', Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, vol. 31, pp. 85 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/edp.2014.19
2014
Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Rowett E; Patterson F, 2014, 'Applicant Reactions to a Situational Judgment Test used for Selection into Initial Teacher Training', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 3, pp. 104 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.4471/ijep.2014.07
2014
Durksen T; Poth C, 2013, 'Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods, and Meaning', CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 43, pp. 146 - 149, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000216365400009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2013
Durksen T; Poth C, 2013, 'Book review - Visualizing social science research: Maps, methods, and meaning', Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 43, pp. 146 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.47678/cjhe.v43i1.184237
2013
Klassen RM; Yerdelen S; Durksen TL, 2013, 'Measuring Teacher Engagement: Development of the Engaged Teachers Scale (ETS)', Frontline Learning Research, vol. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.14786/flr.v1i2.44
2013
Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2012, 'Pre-service teachers' weekly commitment and engagement during a final training placement: A longitudinal mixed methods study', Educational and Child Psychology, vol. 29, pp. 32 - 46
2012
Reports
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Eacott S; Niesche R; Heffernan A; Loughland T; Gobby B; Durksen T, 2021, High-impact school leadership in regional, rural and remote schools
2021
Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high-impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 2: High-Impact Leadership, 2
2020
Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 1: Barriers and Challenges, 1
2020
Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 3: Non-monetary Incentives, 3
2020
Durksen TL; Klassen RM, 2016, The development of a context-specific scenario-based measure of teachers’ non-academic attributes [Final Research Report for the NSW Department of Education].
2016
Other
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Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 1
2021
Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 2
2021
Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 3
2021
Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 4
2021
Durksen T; Martin AJ; Ginns P; Williamson D; Kiss J, 2017, Science education - surviving the zombie apocalypse. In ‘Teacher’., ACER, https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/article/science-education-surviving-the-zombie-apocalypse
2017
Book Chapters
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Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Patterson F; Rowett E, 2017, 'Filtering functions of assessment for selection into initial teacher education programs.', in Clandinin J; Husu J (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, Volume 1, Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp. 893 - 909, https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/the-sage-handbook-of-research-on-teacher-education/book245642#description
2017
Klassen R; Durksen T, 2015, 'Recent advances in research on teacher motivation and emotions', in The Routledge International Handbook of Social Psychology of the Classroom, pp. 339 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315716923
2015
Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Tze VMC, 2014, 'Teachers' self- efficacy beliefs: Ready to move from theory to practice?', in Richardson PW; Karabenick SA; Watt HMG (ed.), Teacher Motivation: Theory and Practice, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 100 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203119273
2014
Klassen RM; Durksen TL; Tze VMC, 2014, 'Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs', in Teacher Motivation, Routledge, pp. 100 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203119273-7
2014
Klassen RM; Tze VMC; Durksen TL, 2013, 'CULTURE, CONTEXT, AND COLLECTIVE CONFUSION Exploring Teachers' Motivation in Cross-Cultural Contexts', in Liem GAD; Bernardo ABI (ed.), ADVANCING CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: A FESTSCHRIFT FOR DENNIS M MCINERNEY, INFORMATION AGE PUBLISHING-IAP, pp. 193 - 210, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000332903100010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2013

2021

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 1101 Educational Psychology (Course Convenor)

2020

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)

2019

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)

2018

  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Deputy Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)

2017

  • EDST 5457 Literature Review (Academic Course Supervisor)
  • EDST 5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)