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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.

 

Qualifications

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

Research

Research keywords

  • Education

Research expertise

  • Education

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified100

Memberships

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
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Publications

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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 Classroom Social Psychology, Routledge, New York 1-1 (2015)

Co-authors: NATHAN 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]
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)

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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-authors: SHEN 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]

Co-authors: SID 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-authors: SID BOURKE

1998Archer J, Scevak JJ, 'Enhancing students' motivation to learn: achievement goals in university classrooms', Educational Psychology, 18 (2) 205-223 (1998) [C1]

Co-authors: JILL SCEVAK

1994ARCHER J, 'ACHIEVEMENT GOALS AS A MEASURE OF MOTIVATION IN UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS', CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 19 430-446 (1994)
1988Ames C, Archer J, ' Achievement goals in the classroom: Students' learning strategies and motivation processes.', Journal of Educational Psychology, 80 260-267 (1988)
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)

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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]
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-authors: NATHAN 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-authors: SHEN 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-authors: ALEX 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]
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]
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]
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, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in school', AARE 2000 - Conference papers, Sydney (2001) [E2]
2001Archer J, 'Achievement motivation: Defining Australian Characteristics', AARE - Conference Papers, Fremantle (2001) [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-authors: SID BOURKE

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-authors: SID 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-authors: SID BOURKE

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$66,164

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2015 (1 grants)

2014 Vice Chancellors Award for Supervision Excellence - Faulty of Education and Arts$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Award for Supervision ExcellenceChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020152015
GNo:G1401488

2004 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer, Professor Jennifer Gore
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020042004
GNo:G0183542

Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 29 November - 2 December 2004$390
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$39020042004
GNo:G0184886

2001 (2 grants)

9th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Switzerland 28 Aug - 1 Sept 2001$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020012001
GNo:G0180999

AERA - Annual Meeting - New Orleans, USA - 1/5 April 2002$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020012001
GNo:G0181640

2000 (1 grants)

Teachers' beliefs about students' motivation to learn$6,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,50020002000
GNo:G0178773

1998 (2 grants)

Teacher Beliefs and Practices$10,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Jennifer Archer, Professor Allyson Holbrook
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,50019981998
GNo:G0177242

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

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$53619981998
GNo:G0179730

1995 (3 grants)

Tertiary performance of students from enabling programs.$25,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Jennifer Archer, Doctor Robert Cantwell
SchemeRole
Equity Project Grant (Defunct)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00019951995
GNo:G0175941

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

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,80019951995
GNo:G0174998

European Conference on Educational Research - England - from 14 - 17 September 1995$1,638
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,63819951995
GNo:G0175506

1993 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00019931993
GNo:G0172733

1992 (1 grants)

Influencing Students' Motivation To Learn By Changes In Course Evaluation$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jennifer Archer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00019921992
GNo:G0174100
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions12
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL4.95

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
20142022PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation on Place of Culture in ELICOS Program in Australia
20132021PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorHigher Education Longitudinal Process Study (HELP Study): A Framework for Transition to Success
20132017PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorA Social Psychological Examination of Factors Shaping Career and Education Aspirations through Childhood and Adolescence
20122016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorIntercultural Awareness in Vietnam English Foreign Language Teacher Education Curriculum
20112016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorInvestigating University Lecturers' Attitudes towards Learner Autonomy in the EFL Context in Vietnam
20112015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorAn 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.
20112015PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorCommunication Strategies in the High-Context and High Power Distance Culture of the Philippines: A Classroom Investigation
20112015PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorExploring Students' Experiences of English Medium Instruction in Vietnamese Universities
20102014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation of Vietnamese EFL Teachers' Attitudes to Promoting Intercultural Competence Through Methodological Innovations
20102018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorTeacher Preparation for the Australian Vocational Education and Training System: the Effects of Policies and Standards on Teacher Qualifications
20092013PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Development of Professional Standards for Bachelor of Special Education Programs in Saudi Arabia Universities
20082016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorInvestigating the Relationship Between Situational Interest and Individual Interest

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorA Study of the Certification of EFL Teachers in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
2013PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorDeveloping an Effective Classroom Interaction Framework to Promote Lower Secondary School Students' English Communicative Competence in Malang, East Java, Indonesia
2011PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorInclusive Teaching Strategies for Learning English: Promoting Classroom Interaction at Universities in Hong Kong
2009PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorConstructing a Pedagogical Framework for English Writing at Upper-Secondary Schools in Papua New Guinea
2007PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorOnline Learning and the Quality of Learning :The Impact of Online Learning on the Quality of Learning for Students in a Journalism Course in Indonesia
2007PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorDeveloping an Effective English Language Teaching Model for Indonesia
2005PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorDeveloping a New Model: Captioned Video Teaching for EFL Learners in Taiwanese Elementary Schools
2004PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorA cross-cultural and cross disciplinary comparison of some components of self-regulated learning
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Dr Jennifer Archer

Work Phone(02) 4921 6723
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PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
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