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Since leaving Deakin University in 1993 as a junior academic I have been actively engaged in the development of new services and centres for professional education and research in the fields of education of children with sensory disabilities. From 1993 until 1999, I was Head of Renwick College, a centre for professional Education and research which was administered by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in affiliation with the University of Newcastle. During that period, the Centre grew from its origins to accommodate graduate level educational programs (of the University of Newcastle) for more than 80 students (now more than 120 students, approximately 50 EFTSU). That period of growth and development in academic programs was accompanied by a heavy commitment to teaching in postgraduate coursework Throughout that period, however, I managed a modest commitment to research activity and a heavy commitment to professional consultancy and scholarship through engagement with the professional field, including four years on the organising committee (ultimately as Chair) for the International Congress on Education of the Deaf and the Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness which was held in Sydney in 2000. During that same period I was a joint principal investigator on two ARC linkage (in one case SPIRT) grants including one very successful program evaluating and seeking developmental guidelines for bilingual educational programs for deaf children. The outcomes of that work are still being experienced as new programs have been significantly influenced by those findings. For the six years form 1999 until 2005, I was Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Institute for deaf and Blind Children. During that period of intensive engagement in high level administration I have managed to maintain a continuing engagement in research having been a joint chief investigator on another ARC linkage grant and as a partner investigator on a current Linkage Grant application seeking to develop a program to examine and describe infant language development of deaf Mandarin speakers, in collaboration with researchers form Beijing. And the MARCS Auditory Research Centre. During this same period of time I have been on the editorial Board of the most influential an respected scientific journal in the field of education of deaf children (The Oxford Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education), having acted as joint guest editor for one special series inclusion. I am also on the Editorial Board of the British journal Deafness and Education International. So, during a period of having been being the most senior administrator of Australias largest independent educational service system for deaf children, with more than 220 staff, I have maintained a modest but constant publication stream in the research literature ad a constant presence in the development of the broader field in regard to academic and research discourse. The relative size of the corpus of both my grant activity and publication output should be judged relative to the industry-based administrative engagement that I have had as well as the significant ongoing commitment to teaching and administration and consultancy in the broader field. During the last 6 years I have supervised three PHD students to completion and have two current PhD/MPhil students and a third in prospect. In the context of such active involvement in industry-based activity, I submit that the research output has been extensive and forms the basis for important outcomes in the context of a small but extremely important area of academic and research endeavour. Indeed, the formation of Renwick College (now the Renwick Centre) over the period of my involvement has created a centre which has reversed a trend of diminishing provision of research and professional training in the small but highly specialised field of education for children with sensory disabilities.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Education, Griffith University
  • Master of Science, Washington University - St Louis

Research

Research keywords

  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Language Development
  • Literacy
  • Sensory Disability
  • Signed Communication

Research expertise

My research has focussed on issues in classroom interaction and communication between teachers and their deaf studentsparticularly with regard to the form and function of their signed language communication. Career research funding stands at $373,000; including $354,000 in national competitive research grants and $19,000 in university-administered competitive research grants. I am currently listed as a co-investigator on an application by researchers at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) in regard to a national study of outcomes for children with impaired hearing that has reached the final 5% of applications being considered for funding in 2007. In 1991, I was a visiting research associate in the Centre for Deafness Studies and Research at Griffith University, Queensland. In 2003, I was invited to be Visiting International Scholar at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA. I am a member, of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Oxford University Press, and Deafness and Education International, Wiley Publishing.

Languages

  • Auslan

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130300Specialist Studies In Education75
111400Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine15
190200Film, Television And Digital Media10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Chairman - International Committee, International Congress on Education of the Deaf
  • Chairman - National Newborn Hearing Screening Committee

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Chairman - International Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness
  • Member - Scientific Committee, Asia-Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Deafness and Education International Journal
  • Member - Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Appointments

National President of Education Commission
XIII World Congress, World Federation of the Deaf (Australia)
01/01/1998 - 01/07/1999
Congress Chairman
19th International Congress on Education of the Deaf and 7th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness (Australia)
01/07/2000 - 01/07/2000
Member, Advisory Board
MARCS Auditory Research Centre, University of Western Sydney (Australia)
01/01/2002
Appointed Member
Ministerial Standing Committee on Hearing, Departmet of Health, Government of New South Wales (Australia)
01/01/2004

Awards

Distinction.

2011Peter Howson Medal
Deafness Foundation (Australia)
This annual award is made in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of deafness.
2001Fellowship
Australian College of Educators (Australia)

Recognition.

2011Griffith University Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year
Griffith University (Australia)
This was the inaugural award of this type made by Griffith University.

Invitations

Changing parameters in deafness and deaf education: Greater opportunity yet greater diversity
Centre for Educational Research Partnerships, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, USA, United States (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2007
Invited Presentation: Newborn Screening for Hearing; Issues for Family Relationships and Support
3rd National Deafness Sector Summit, Deafness Forum, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2004
Invited presentaion: Language and Deaf Education--Into the 21st Century
Scottish Sensory Centre, United Kingdom (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2006
Keynote Address: Education of deaf children in a new era: Early identification, cochlear implantation, and communication diversity
9th Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness, Japan (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2006
Invited presentation: Deaf Education: Global perspectives
Liberty Hill Seminar Series, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, United States of America, United States (Invited presentaion to Seminar Series)
2003

Administrative

Administrative expertise

As a member of the senior executive of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) I have held the position of Assistant Chief Executive, and Chair of the Renwick Centre (the senior most executive responsible for research and professional education within the organisation). During my 14 years at RIDBC I have overseen the development of research and professional Education programs in affiliation with the University of Newcastle. During this same period I have assumed national and international roles in the administration of committees and professional bodies as follows: Chair, National Newborn Hearing Screening Committee; Chair, International Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness; Chair, International Committee, International Congress on Education of the Deaf; Appointed Member, Ministerial Standing Committee on Hearing, New South Wales Department of Health, Government of New South Wales; Member, Advisory Board, MARCS Auditory Research Centre, University of Western Sydney; Congress Chairman, 19th International Congress on Education of the Deaf and 7th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness, Sydney, 2000; Chair, Academic Board, Renwick College, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children / University of Newcastle, New South Wales; National President of Education Commission, XIII World Congress, World Federation of the Deaf (an international non-government organisation in affiliation with ECOSOC, UNESCO, ILO and WHO).

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Curriculum Development
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Literacy
  • Sensory Disability
  • Special Education

Teaching expertise

I have coordinated 23 different courses in five different Australian Universities or Colleges as either a full-time or part-time member of academic staff. These courses have all focussed on aspects of the education of deaf and hard of hearing children with a particular emphasis in the areas of language and literacy development. The vast majority of teaching experience has been at a postgraduate level. As the foundation Head of the innovative Renwick College Program (a joint initiative of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind children and the University of Newcastle), I was responsible for the development of the curriculum for all courses in the Master of Special Education (Sensory disability) program at the University of Newcastle. The RIDBC/university collaboration with the University of Newcastle Renwick College Program was recognised with the award of the Business Higher Education Roundtable Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Education & Training. My personal teaching evaluations within that program have always been of the highest order. The institutions where I have coordinated or lectured within courses include (The University if Newcastle, Deakin University, The University of Melbourne, Victoria College and Brisbane C.A.E., and Rochester Institute of Technology, USA). Across 20 years as a university academic I have held the position of Course (Program) director for the Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) program at the University of Newcastle and for the Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Hearing Impairment) at both Deakin University and Victoria College (Burwood). During this same period I have successfully supervised 7 higher degree students and currently have two RHD students.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Leigh GR, 'Editorial Board', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 11 (2006) [C2]
2002Johnston TA, Leigh GR, Adam RE, Baker R, Schembri A, Wigglesworth G, 'Issues in Development of the Test Battery for Australian Sign Language Morphology and Syntax', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 7 (1) 18-40 (2002) [C1]
2004Power D, Leigh GR, Educating deaf students global perspectives, Gallaudet University Press, Washington, 217 (2004) [A2]
1998Hyde M, Power D, Leigh GR, 'Oral-only and simultaneous communication speech characteristics of teachers of the deaf', Issues unresolved: New perspectives on language and deaf education, Gallaudet University Press, Washington, DC 117-125 (1998) [B1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Power D, Leigh GR, Educating deaf students global perspectives, Gallaudet University Press, Washington, 217 (2004) [A2]

Chapter (7 outputs)

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2011Power D, Leigh GR, 'Curriculum: Cultural and communicative contexts', The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Volume 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford 38-49 (2011) [B2]
2010Leigh GR, Newall JP, Newall AT, 'Newborn screening and earlier intervention with deaf children: Issues for the developing world', The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, Oxford University Press, Oxford 345-359 (2010) [B1]
2010Leigh GR, Schmulian-Taljaard D, Pulakis Z, 'Newborn hearing screening', Newborn Screening Systems: The Complete Perspective, Plural Publishing, San Diego, California 95-115 (2010) [B1]
2008Leigh GR, 'Changing parameters in deafness and deaf education: Greater opportunity but continuing diversity', Deaf Cognition: Foundations and Outcomes, Oxford University Press, Oxford 24-51 (2008) [B1]
2003Power D, Leigh GR, 'Curriculum: Cultural and Communicative Contexts', Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York 38-51 (2003) [B2]
2001Leigh GR, 'Curriculum Considerations', Ethics in Deaf Education, Academic Press, USA 143-166 (2001) [B2]
1998Hyde M, Power D, Leigh GR, 'Oral-only and simultaneous communication speech characteristics of teachers of the deaf', Issues unresolved: New perspectives on language and deaf education, Gallaudet University Press, Washington, DC 117-125 (1998) [B1]
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Journal article (22 outputs)

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2013Ching TYC, Dillon H, Marnane V, Hou S, Day J, Seeto M, et al., ' Outcomes of Early- and Late-Identified Children at 3 Years of Age', Ear and Hearing, 34 535-552 (2013) [C1]
2012McCarthy M, Duncan J, Leigh GR, 'Telepractice: The Australian experience in an international context', Volta Review, 112 297-312 (2012) [C1]
2012Matthijs L, Loots G, Mouvet K, Van Herreweghe M, Hardonk S, Van Hove G, et al., 'First information parents receive after UNHS detection of their baby's hearing loss', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 17 387-401 (2012) [C1]
2010Leigh GR, 'The changing context for education of the deaf in Australia: New imperatives for teacher education', Japanese Journal of Special Education, 47 427-441 (2010) [C1]
2010Burnham D, Jones C, Leigh GR, Noble W, Brown H, Varely A, et al., 'Who uses television captions, when, and why? Analyses based on the Australian Television Captions Users Survey', Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing, 13 135-144 (2010) [C1]
2010Mayer C, Leigh GR, 'The changing context for sign bilingual education programs: Issues in language and the development of literacy', International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 13 175-186 (2010) [C1]
2010Leigh GR, 'Implementing universal newborn hearing screening programs: Some perspectives on the importance of standards', Sound Partnership Newsletter, 7 1-3 (2010) [C2]
2009Tyler MD, Jones C, Grebennikov L, Leigh GR, Noble W, Burnham D, 'Effect of caption rate on the comprehension of educational television programmes by deaf school students', Deafness and Education International, 11 152-162 (2009) [C1]
2008Power D, Hyde M, Leigh GR, 'Learning English from signed English: An impossible task?', American Annals of the Deaf, 153 37-47 (2008) [C1]
2008Burnham D, Leigh GR, Noble W, Jones C, Tyler M, Grebennikov L, Varley A, 'Parameters in television captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults: Effects of caption rate versus text reduction on comprehension', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 13 391-404 (2008) [C1]
2007Napier J, Leigh GR, Nann S, 'Teaching sign language to hearing parents of deaf children: An action research process', Deafness and Education International, 9 83-100 (2007) [C1]
2007Leigh GR, 'Education of deaf children in a new era: Early identification, cochlear implantation, and communication diversity', Auditory Disorders, 62 19-31 (2007) [C1]
2006Marschark M, Leigh GR, Sapere P, Burnham D, Convertino C, Stinson M, et al., 'Benefits of sign language interpreting and text alternatives for deaf students' classroom learning', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 11 421-437 (2006) [C1]
2006Leigh GR, 'Editorial Board', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 11 (2006) [C2]
2006Leigh GR, 'Editorial Board', Deafness & Education International, 8 (2006) [C2]
2005Leigh GR, Marschark M, 'Ethics and deafness: A matter of perspective?', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 10 109-110 (2005) [C1]
2003Marschark M, Power D, Leigh GR, 'iced 2000', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Vol 8, No 1 3-4 (2003) [C3]
2002Johnston TA, Leigh GR, Adam RE, Baker R, Schembri A, Wigglesworth G, 'Issues in Development of the Test Battery for Australian Sign Language Morphology and Syntax', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 7 (1) 18-40 (2002) [C1]
2002Leigh GR, Johnston TA, Foreman PJ, 'The Implementation of the Principles of Sign Bilingualism in a Self-described Sign Bilingual Program: Implications for the Evaluation of Language Outcomes', Australian Journal of Education of the Deaf, 8,2002 38-46 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: PHIL FOREMAN

2000Power D, Leigh GR, 'Principles and Practices of Literacy Development for Deaf Learners: A Historical Overview', Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 5 (1) 3-8 (2000) [C1]
1999Power D, Leigh GR, 'Teaching reading and writing to deaf students: A brief history', Australian Journal of Education of the Deaf, 4 (1998) 16-19 (1999) [C1]
1999Leigh GR, Hyde M, 'The relationship between teacher attitude and effectiveness in the use of signed communication', Australian Journal of Education of the Deaf, 3(2)(1997) 17-20 (1999) [C1]
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Conference (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ter-Horst K, Leigh GR, Cook G, 'Remote and conventional paediatric audiometry: A comparative study in school age children', Audiology Australia National Conference 2012. Conference Program/Handbook/Abstracts, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2011Moore RC, Leigh GR, 'The infant monitor of vocal production: Improving evaluation of auditory-vocal development in infants with hearing loss', Partners in Education: Issues and Trends from the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Vancouver (2011) [E3]
2011Murray M, Wake M, Leigh GR, Poulakis Z, Wirth K, 'Universal newborn hearing screening: National survey of Australian ENT surgeons, audiologists and pediatricians', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Darwin (2011) [E3]
2011Leigh GR, 'Old issues in a new era: Professional discourse on education of the deaf from Milan to Vancouver', ANZCED 2011: Staying on Track with Deaf Education, St Kilda (2011) [E3]
2010Leigh GR, 'Early identification of hearing loss in Australia: Well begun is not all done!', The 2010 Libby Harricks Memorial Oration, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E2]
2010Ter-Horst K, Leigh GR, Cook G, 'Working towards reliable protocals for remote assessment of children via tele-audiology', Audiology Australia 19th National Conference 2010, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2009Newall P, Leigh GR, Newall J, Newall A, 'Universal neonatal hearing screening in developing countries: Is it really worth it?', Universal neonatal hearing screening in developing countries: Is it really worth it?, Bangkok, Thailand (2009) [E3]
2009Leigh GR, 'Whither the Teacher of the Deaf? New challenges in professional education, accreditation and employment', ANZCED 2009: Real Learning Real Outcomes...Foundations for the Future, Sydney (2009) [E3]
2008Leigh GR, 'Newborn hearing screening and alternative lives for deaf children', Get Screened and Live Forever: New Zealand National Screening Symposium 2008: Keynote Presentations, Wellington, NZ (2008) [E3]
2008Leigh GR, 'Universal newborn hearing screening, earlier cochlear implantation, and sign bilingualism', 2de Brussels congres over bilinguale-biculturele opvoeding van dove kinderen en jongeren: Programme, Brussels, Belgium (2008) [E3]
2008Leigh GR, 'A new paradigm for intervention in early childhood hearing impairment: Newborn hearing screening and beyond', FAOPS 2008: 15th Congress of the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, Nagoya, Japan (2008) [E3]
2007Leigh GR, 'Recent developments in early intervention for deaf children: Earlier identification and cochlear implantation', International Forum on Special Education. Paper Collection, Beijing (2007) [E2]
2007Moore RC, Leigh GR, 'Monitoring progress of children in infancy through pre-lexical vocal production', CIGICON 2007. Fifth Annual Conference The Cochlear Implant Group of India. Abstracts, Pune, India (2007) [E3]
2006Leigh GR, 'Education of Deaf Children in a New Era: Early Identification, Cochlear Implantation, Communication Diversity', 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Deafness - Abstracts Book, Tokyo, Japan (2006) [E3]
2006Leigh GR, Madden M, Jackson L, Burnham D, Noble B, 'Simultaneous instruction through sign language and captions: Student comprehension under multiple presentation conditions', Australia New Zealand Conference for Educators for the Deaf (ANZCED), Roturua, New Zealand (2006) [E3]
2000Schembri A, Wigglesworth G, Johnston T, Leigh GR, Adam RE, Barker R, 'The Test Battery for Australian Sign Language Morphology and Syntax Project: Noun-Verb Pairs in Auslan', Deaf Studies, Sydney, 1998: Selected Papers from the Australian Deaf Studies Research Symposim, Renwick College Sydney, Sydney (2000) [E2]
2000Schembri A, Napier J, Beattie RG, Leigh GR, 'Deaf Studies, Sydney, 1998: Selected papers from the Australian Deaf Studies Research Symposium, Renwick College, August 22-23, 1998', Deaf Studies, Sydney, 1998: Selected papers from the Australian Deaf Studies Research Symposium, Renwick College, August 22-23, 1998, Renwick College (2000) [E4]

Co-authors: ROD BEATTIE

1998Power DJ, Leigh GR, Hyde MB, 'Grammatical and lexical characteristics of the language of the deaf to hearing students and deaf students under simulated oral - only and simultaneous communication', Proceedings of the 18th International Congress on Education of the Deaf, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 16-20, 1995 (1998) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$271,562

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2003 (1 grants)

Captions for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Availability versus Accessibility$146,562
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$146,56220032005
GNo:18103938

1999 (1 grants)

An evaluation of an innovative bilingual (Australian Sign Language & English) educational program: Principles, resources, environment and outcomes$125,000
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
SPIRT Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$125,00019992001
GNo:18103945
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.43
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.45

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Principal SupervisorDefining the Professional Attitudes and Behaviours of Teachers of the Deaf to Develop the National Standards for Teachers of the Deaf
20122016M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorHearing Impairment in the Workplace: A User's Perspective of Barriers and Accommodations
20122020PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Effectiveness of Telepractice in Delivering Specialist Early Intervention Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and their Families
20072014PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Influence of Mandatory language Assessments on the Service Delivery Itinerant Support Teachers of DHH Students

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2006PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorVisual and Linguistic Representation in the Acquisition of Depicting Verbs. a study of native signing deaf children of Auslan (Australian Sign Language)
2006PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorSimply Singing: Characteristics and Consequences for Speech Perception by Young Children with Impaired Hearing
2006PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorA Collective Case Study: How Regular Teachers Provide Inclusive Education for Severely and Profoundly Deaf Students in Regular Schools in Rural New South Wales
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Conjoint Professor Gregory Leigh

Work Phone(02) 9872 0372
Cell / Mobile Phone0419416544
Fax(02) 9872 0824
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PositionConjoint Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
Ross Field Building (Royal Institue for Deaf and Blind Children),
Renwick Centre
361-365 North Rocks Rd
North Rocks NSW 2151
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/greg-leigh
Linkhttp://www.ridbc.org.au/renwick/about/staff.php