Virginia O'Rourke - Approved area of practice - educational and developmental psychology

Qualifications

Virginia has a masters in educational and developmental psychology.

Professional Experience

Virginia is a tutor at the University of Western Sydney for Masters of Teaching (primary) program & a PhD candidate.

Current Research Activities

Virginia’s PhD research project is: Aboriginal Education Success: Relation of Quality Teaching Effective Schools and Psychosocial Drivers on Educational Outcomes.Virginia was successful in obtaining an ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant to support this work.

Publications

Munns, G., O'Rourke, V. and Bodkin-Andrews, G. (2013), 'Seeding success : schools that work for Aboriginal students', Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol 42, no 1 , pp 1 - 11.

Bodkin-Andrews, G., O'Rourke, V., Dillon, A., Craven, R. and Yeung, A. (2012), 'Engaging the disengaged? A longitudinal analysis of the relations between indigenous and non-indigenous Australian atudents' academic self-concept and disengagement', Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, vol 11, no 2 , pp 179 - 195.

Dobia, B. & O’Rourke, V. G. (2011). Promoting the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous children in Australian primary schools. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.

Bodkin-Andrews, G., O'Rourke, V. and Craven, R. (2010), 'The utility of general self-esteem and domain-specific self-concepts : their influence on Indigenous and non-Indigenous students' educational outcomes', The Australian Journal of Education, vol 54, no 3 , pp 277 - 306.

Bodkin-Andrews, G., O'Rourke, V., Grant, R., Denson, N. and Craven, R. (2010), 'Validating racism and cultural respect: testing the psychometric properties and educational impact of perceived discrimination and multiculturation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students', Educational Research and Evaluation, vol 16, no 6 , pp 471 - 493.

Conference Papers

Bodkin-Andrews, G., O'Rourke, V., Dillon, A., Craven, R. and Yeung, A. (2011), 'Explaining Away Aboriginality: Causal modelling of Academic Self-Concept and Disengagement for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian Students.', Proceedings of the 5th International Biennial SELF Research Conference 2009, Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self and Identity, Dubai, UAE.

O'Rourke, V., Craven, R., Yeung, A. and Munns, G. (2009), 'Closing the educational gap for Aboriginal primary students in low density schools?: A multi-method longitudinal analysis elucidating impact of inclusive practices', The Australian Association for Research in Education Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane.

O'Rourke, V. (2009), 'Invisible Fences: Perceived Institutional Barriers to Success for Indigenous University Students', The Australian Association for Research in Education Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane.

Bodkin-Andrews, G., Covic, T., Yeung, A., Craven, R. and O'Rourke, V. (2009), 'Opening the blind eye: Causal modelling of perceived discrimination and academic disengagement for Indigenous students', The Australian Association for Research in Education Changing climates: Education for sustainable futures, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane.

O'Rourke, V. and Mcinerney, V. (2006), 'No Need to Fail: Personal and Institutional Barriers to Success for Indigenous University Students', Aboriginal Studies:Making the Connections, Bankstown Sydney.