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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

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2010 -  Editorial Board - Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology Australian 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Berger 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-authors Nathan Berger
2009 Archer 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]
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-3024-6_13
2004 Archer 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]
2004 Archer 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]
2001 Archer 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Suryati 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
2001 Cantwell 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]
Citations Scopus - 28
Co-authors Sid Bourke
1999 Archer 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
1998 Archer 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
1994 ARCHER J, 'ACHIEVEMENT GOALS AS A MEASURE OF MOTIVATION IN UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS', CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 19 430-446 (1994)
DOI 10.1006/ceps.1994.1031
Citations Scopus - 122Web of Science - 103
1988 Ames C, Archer J, 'Achievement goals in the classroom: Students' learning strategies and motivation processes.', Journal of Educational Psychology, 80 260-267 (1988)
DOI 10.1037/0022-0663.80.3.260
1987 Ames 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 (22 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Berger NJ, Holmes K, Archer J, Gore J, 'A social-cognitive perspective on the interaction of student social class with work and education aspirations', AARE-NZARE 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2014) [E3]
DOI 10.13140/2.1.2927.2645
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes, Nathan Berger
2014 Berger NJ, Holmes K, Archer J, Gore J, 'A social-cognitive perspective on the interaction of student social class with work and education aspirations', AARE-NZARE 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2014) [E3]
DOI 10.13140/2.1.2927.2645
Co-authors Kathryn Holmes, Nathan Berger, Jenny Gore
2013 Archer 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
2013 Berger 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]
DOI 10.13140/2.1.4594.6883
Co-authors Nathan Berger
2010 Archer 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
2009 Archer 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]
2007 Beveridge 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
2005 Archer J, 'Learning as a means to achieve social goals: A motivational analysis', AARE 2004 Conference Papers Collection, Melbourne, Australia (2005) [E2]
2004 Archer J, 'Learning as a means to achieve social goals: A motivational analysis', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
2003 Archer 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]
2003 Wongsri 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]
2002 Archer J, 'High school students' positive and negative responses to school', -, New Orleans, USA (2002) [E1]
2002 Cantwell 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]
2001 Archer 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
2001 Archer J, 'Achievement motivation: Defining Australian Characteristics', AARE - Conference Papers, Fremantle (2001) [E2]
2001 Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in school', AARE 2000 - Conference papers, Sydney (2001) [E2]
2000 Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in mathematics', AARE-NZARE 1999 Conference Papers, Melbourne (2000) [E2]
2000 Archer 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]
1999 Archer J, 'Turning motivation into self regulation', AARE - Online publications, Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide, 1998 (1999) [E2]
1999 Archer J, 'Teachers' beliefs about successful teaching and learning in mathematics', Global Issues & Local Effects: The Challenge for Educational Research, Melbourne Australia (1999) [E3]
1998 Cantwell RH, Bourke SF, Archer J, 'The effectiveness of enabling programmes for university entrance', AARE - Online Publication, Brisbane (1998) [E2]
Co-authors Sid Bourke
1998 Bourke 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 grants 13
Total funding $66,164

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $1,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Award for Supervision Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401488
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer, Professor Jennifer Gore
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183542
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184886
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180999
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181640
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $6,500

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178773
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19982 grants / $11,036

Teacher Beliefs and Practices$10,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Jennifer Archer, Professor Allyson Holbrook
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177242
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0179730
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19953 grants / $29,438

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Jennifer Archer, Doctor Robert Cantwell
Scheme Equity Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175941
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174998
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175506
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0172733
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19921 grants / $1,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer Archer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174100
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed11
Current14

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.7
PhD4.6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Masters An Evaluation of the University of West Indies Associate Degree Secondary Science Programme Offered by the Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD An Investigation of Chinese University's 2+2 Program on TCSOL Degrees at an Australian University
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Aspiration: Cultural Capacity or Cognitive Skill Set?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD An Investigation on Place of Culture in ELICOS Program in Australia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD A Study of First-Year Retention and Engagement in a Health and Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters Aspiration: Cultural Capacity or Cognitive Skill Set?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD A Social Psychological Examination of Factors Shaping Career and Education Aspirations through Childhood and Adolescence
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Intercultural Awareness in Vietnam English Foreign Language Teacher Education Curriculum
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Exploring Students' Experiences of English Medium Instruction in Vietnamese Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Investigating University Lecturers' Attitudes towards Learner Autonomy in the EFL Context in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD An 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, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Cultural Influences on the Oral Communication Strategies Used by Pre-Service Teachers and Teacher Educators: An Investigation of English Medium Classrooms in Central Mindanao, The Philippines
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD Teacher 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, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD An Investigation of Vietnamese EFL Teachers' Attitudes to Promoting Intercultural Competence Through Methodological Innovations
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD The Development of Professional Standards for Bachelor of Special Education Programs in Saudi Arabia Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Investigating 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, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Investigating 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, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD A Study of the Certification of EFL Teachers in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Developing 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, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Learning English: Promoting Classroom Interaction at Universities in Hong Kong
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2009 PhD Constructing a Pedagogical Framework for English Writing at Upper-Secondary Schools in Papua New Guinea
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Online 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, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2007 PhD Developing an Effective English Language Teaching Model for Indonesia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005 PhD Developing a New Model: Captioned Video Teaching for EFL Learners in Taiwanese Elementary Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004 PhD A cross-cultural and cross disciplinary comparison of some components of self-regulated learning
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Jennifer Archer

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

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

Office

Room HA61
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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