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Dr Jennifer Archer

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

I graduated with a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  My thesis was in the area of motivational theory, particularly the construct of achievement goals.  I was fortunate to be at Illinois when the construct of achievement goals was being devised by leading psychologists including Carole Ames, Martin Maehr, Carol Dweck, and John Nicholls.  I have maintained my research interest in achievement goals as well as other cognitively-based approaches to understanding students' motivation to achieve, for example, attributions, expectancy-value, self-efficacy, personal and situational interest, and self concept. 

Currently, Nathan Berger and I have been looking at achievement goals from the perspective of socio-economic status. Do high SES students hold different achievement goals from low SES students?  Does the intensity of goal adoption differ between high SES students and low SES students?  Given the consistent and significant differences in achievement between high and low SES students, it is desirable that we understand how low and high SES students make sense of their worlds (including making sense of their time in school). SES typically has been the province of sociologists rather than psychologists, but there is an increasing interest in examining SES from a psychological perspective.

I lecture in educational psychology to students preparing for careers in teaching.  I am convinced that educational psychology has much to offer. We consider typical developmental changes (physical, emotional, social, moral, and cognitive) to understand why learners of similar ages think and behave in similar ways.  Then we consider ways in which learners of similar ages differ (in terms of gender/sex, motivation to learn, anxiety, intelligence, ethnic background, and SES) to understand why students of similar ages think and behave in different ways. We look in detail at current theories of cognition to understand why learners remember some things and forget other things and how teachers can help learners to remember the important things.

I have about 10 current PhD students - as principal supervisor or co-supervisor. Associate Professor Shen Chen and I are supervisors of a number of international students (from Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines) who are working in the area of teaching English as a second language. I also have students completing theses on personal and situational interest in science, teaching qualifications of people working in the VET sector, motivation of students preparing to be physical education teachers, and an psychological analysis of high school students from high and low SES backgrounds.

Since I have been at the University of Newcastle, I have undertaken a number of major administrative roles. I was Dean of Students for four years.  For six years I was the Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning) within the Faculty of Education and Arts. Currently I am the Director of the Student Experience within the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Research Expertise
- Education 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • Master of Education, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, James Cook University

Keywords

  • Education

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130399Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - Editorial Board - Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental PsychologyAustralian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Berger N, Archer J, 'The relationship between social class and students' academic achievement goals: Three hypotheses', The Routledge International Handbook of Social Psychology of the Classroom, Routledge, New York 31-41 (2015)
Co-authorsNathan Berger
2009Archer J, 'Motivational implications of the Quality Teaching Model in New South Wales', Reforming Learning: Concepts, Issues and Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region, Springer, Berlin 277-291 (2009) [B1]
DOI10.1007/978-1-4020-3024-6_13
2004Archer J, 'Choosing the right teacher: when self-regulation can hinder learning', Thinking about Thinking What Educators Need to Know, McGraw Hill Education, Singapore 181-202 (2004) [B1]
2004Archer J, 'Choosing the Right Teacher: When self-regulation can hinder learning', Thinking about Thinking. What Educators Need to Know, McGraw-Hill, Singapore 181-202 (2004) [B2]
2001Archer J, 'From motivation to self-regulation: Clustering Students' Motivational and Cognitive Characteristics, and exploring the impact of social interaction on learning', Multiple competencies and self regulated learning - Edited Book by Chi-Yue Chiu; Farideh Salili; Ying-yi Hong, IAP - Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, Connecticut 95-122 (2001) [B1]
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Journal article (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Suryati N, Chen S, Archer J, 'The students' perceptions of EFL classroom interaction: An Indonesian study.', The International Journal of Literacies, 19 181-199 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsShen Chen
2001Cantwell RH, Archer J, Bourke SF, 'A comparison of the academic experiences and achievement of university students entering by traditional and non-traditional means', Assessment and Development in Higher Education, 26 (3) 221-234 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 28
Co-authorsSid Bourke
1999Archer J, Cantwell RH, Bourke SF, 'Coping at University: An examination of achievement, motivation, self regulation, confidence and method of entry', Higher Education Research and Development, 18 31-54 (1999) [C1]
Co-authorsSid Bourke
1998Archer J, Scevak JJ, 'Enhancing students' motivation to learn: achievement goals in university classrooms', Educational Psychology, 18 (2) 205-223 (1998) [C1]
Co-authorsJill Scevak
1994ARCHER J, 'ACHIEVEMENT GOALS AS A MEASURE OF MOTIVATION IN UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS', CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 19 430-446 (1994)
DOI10.1006/ceps.1994.1031Author URL
CitationsScopus - 119Web of Science - 102
1988Ames C, Archer J, 'Achievement goals in the classroom: Students' learning strategies and motivation processes.', Journal of Educational Psychology, 80 260-267 (1988)
DOI10.1037/0022-0663.80.3.260
1987Ames C, Archer J, 'Mothers' Beliefs About the Role of Ability and Effort in School Learning', Journal of Educational Psychology, 79 409-414 (1987)
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Conference (20 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Archer J, Berger N, 'Exploring the motivations and future plans of senior students in a high and a low SES school', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsNathan Berger
2013Berger N, Archer J, 'Exploring the motivational goals of senior high school students from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds', Social Psychology of the Classroom International Conference, Auckland (2013) [E3]
DOI10.13140/2.1.4594.6883
Co-authorsNathan Berger
2010Archer J, Aisoli-Orake RE, Chen S, 'Constructing a pedagogical framework for English writing at upper-secondary schools in Papua New Guinea', AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings, Canberra (2010) [E2]
Co-authorsShen Chen
2009Archer J, 'Students' reasons for working or not working in class: Aligning academic and social motivation', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E2]
2007Beveridge AR, Archer J, 'Motivational implications of problem-based learning for the preparation of social workers', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Annual Conference, Adelaide (2007) [E2]
Co-authorsAlex Beveridge
2005Archer J, 'Learning as a means to achieve social goals: A motivational analysis', AARE 2004 Conference Papers Collection, Melbourne, Australia (2005) [E2]
2004Archer J, 'Learning as a means to achieve social goals: A motivational analysis', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
2003Archer J, 'From theory to practice: Looking for achievement goal theory in classrooms', Improving Learning, Fostering the Will to Learn Abstracts of the 10th Biennial Conference EARLI, Padova , Italy (2003) [E3]
2003Wongsri N, Cantwell RH, Archer J, 'The strategic flexibility questionnaire - a survey in Thai tertiary students', Improving Learning, Fostering the Will to Learn. Abstracts of the10th Biennial Conference EARLI, Padova, Italy (2003) [E3]
2002Archer J, 'High school students' positive and negative responses to school', -, New Orleans, USA (2002) [E1]
2002Cantwell RH, Archer J, Wongsri N, 'The validation of measures of self-efficacy, motivation and self-regulation learning among Thai tertiary students', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
2001Archer J, Bourke SF, 'Students' rating of the quality of their school lives: Grade level effects and the influence of students' perceptions of their lives outside school', Abstracts - 9th European Conference EARLI, Freibourg - Switzerland (2001) [E3]
Co-authorsSid Bourke
2001Archer J, 'Achievement motivation: Defining Australian Characteristics', AARE - Conference Papers, Fremantle (2001) [E2]
2001Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in school', AARE 2000 - Conference papers, Sydney (2001) [E2]
2000Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in mathematics', AARE-NZARE 1999 Conference Papers, Melbourne (2000) [E2]
2000Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in English', AARE-NZARE Sydney 2000 - Education Research: Towards an Optimistic Future- Abstracts, Sydney 4-7 December (2000) [E3]
1999Archer J, 'Turning motivation into self regulation', AARE - Online publications, Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide, 1998 (1999) [E2]
1999Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in mathematics', Global Issues & Local Effects: The Challenge for Educational Research, Melbourne Australia (1999) [E3]
1998Cantwell RH, Bourke SF, Archer J, 'The effectiveness of enabling programmes for university entrance', AARE - Online Publication, Brisbane (1998) [E2]
Co-authorsSid Bourke
1998Bourke SF, Cantwell RH, Archer J, 'Evaluation of an equity program for university entrance', Abstracts of Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society in Australasia, Auckland, Auckland (1998) [E2]
Co-authorsSid Bourke
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Berger NJ, Holmes K, Archer J, Gore J, 'A social-cognitive perspective on the interaction of student social class with work and education aspirations', ( pp.1-1): AARE-NZARE 2014 (2014) [O1]
DOI10.13140/2.1.2927.2645
Co-authorsJenny Gore, Nathan Berger, Kathryn Holmes
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$66,164

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20151 grants / $1,000

2014 Vice Chancellors Award for Supervision Excellence - Faulty of Education and Arts$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeAward for Supervision Excellence
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401488
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20042 grants / $10,390

An exploration of students' social motives engage in academic work: Extending achievement goal theory.$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer, Professor Jennifer Gore
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183542
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 29 November - 2 December 2004$390

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184886
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20012 grants / $4,800

9th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Switzerland 28 Aug - 1 Sept 2001$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180999
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

AERA - Annual Meeting - New Orleans, USA - 1/5 April 2002$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181640
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20001 grants / $6,500

Teachers' beliefs about students' motivation to learn$6,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178773
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19982 grants / $11,036

Teacher Beliefs and Practices$10,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Jennifer Archer, Professor Allyson Holbrook
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0177242
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

International Conference on the Application of Psychology to the Quality of Learning and Teaching, Hong Kong, 13-18 June 1998$536

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0179730
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19953 grants / $29,438

Tertiary performance of students from enabling programs.$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Jennifer Archer, Doctor Robert Cantwell
SchemeEquity Project Grant (Defunct)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175941
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Students' motivation to learn: The interplay of the classroom structures of task, evaluation and autonomy.$2,800

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0174998
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

European Conference on Educational Research - England - from 14 - 17 September 1995$1,638

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175506
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19931 grants / $2,000

The Relationship Between the Structure of a Tertiary Level Course, Instruction in the Use of Effective Writing Strategies, and Students' Motivation to Learn$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0172733
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19921 grants / $1,000

Influencing Students' Motivation To Learn By Changes In Course Evaluation$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1992
Funding Finish1992
GNoG0174100
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015An Investigation of Chinese University's 2+2 Program on TCSOL Degrees at an Australian University
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014An Investigation on Place of Culture in ELICOS Program in Australia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013A Study of First-Year Retention and Engagement in a Health and Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013A Social Psychological Examination of Factors Shaping Career and Education Aspirations through Childhood and Adolescence
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012Intercultural Awareness in Vietnam English Foreign Language Teacher Education Curriculum
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Exploring Students' Experiences of English Medium Instruction in Vietnamese Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Investigating University Lecturers' Attitudes towards Learner Autonomy in the EFL Context in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011An Investigation of the Motivation of Male and Female Vietnamese University Students to Learn English in the Light of the Expectancy-Value Model of Academic Motivation.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011Communication Strategies in the High-Context and High Power Distance Culture of the Philippines: A Classroom Investigation
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010Teacher Preparation for the Australian Vocational Education and Training System: the Effects of Policies and Standards on Teacher Qualifications
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2010An Investigation of Vietnamese EFL Teachers' Attitudes to Promoting Intercultural Competence Through Methodological Innovations
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009The Development of Professional Standards for Bachelor of Special Education Programs in Saudi Arabia Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Investigating the Role of Situational Interest in Developing Individual Interest in Science and Self-Efficacy to Teach Science in Preservice Primary Teachers
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Investigating the Role of Situational Interest in Developing Individual Interest in Science and Self-Efficacy to Teach Science in Preservice Primary Teachers
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2014A Study of the Certification of EFL Teachers in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Developing an Effective Classroom Interaction Framework to Promote Lower Secondary School Students' English Communicative Competence in Malang, East Java, Indonesia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Learning English: Promoting Classroom Interaction at Universities in Hong Kong
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009Constructing a Pedagogical Framework for English Writing at Upper-Secondary Schools in Papua New Guinea
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007Online Learning and the Quality of Learning :The Impact of Online Learning on the Quality of Learning for Students in a Journalism Course in Indonesia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2007Developing an Effective English Language Teaching Model for Indonesia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2005Developing a New Model: Captioned Video Teaching for EFL Learners in Taiwanese Elementary Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2004A cross-cultural and cross disciplinary comparison of some components of self-regulated learning
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Jennifer Archer

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Emailjennifer.archer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6723
Fax(02) 4921 6895

Office

RoomHA61
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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