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Dr Kerry Dally

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Kerry Dally is a Senior Lecturer in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She joined the University of Newcastle as a full-time Lecturer in March 2005, after completing her PhD in 2002 and working as a Research Officer for three years, firstly with the Newcastle Institue of Public Health and then the Centre for the Study Of Research Training and Impact.

Kerry's teaching career, spanning 20 years, has included teaching in various capacities as a Special Education teacher in a School for Specific Purposes (SSP), a primary school teacher and as a coordinator and itinerant outreach teacher with the Lower Hunter Early Childhood Support Service, providing support to children with disabilities in inclusive Pre-school and Early Childhood Education settings.

Research Expertise
My research interests span a number of areas including learning difficulties, learning to read in English as a second language, early childhood intervention, and values education.

After teaching for over 20 years, I am committed to engaging in research that addresses current educational issues and problems within schools. I have conducted a longitudinal investigation of factors impacting on children's reading acquisition, using structural equation modelling techniques and multiple regression analysis. This study revealed that inattentive behaviour has a significant influence on disrupting children's reading progress over and above phonological awareness skills. This earlier interest in the effects of self-regulation on student learning and quantitative methods has led to my involvement as a university advisor to two clusters of NSW primary schools implementing values education projects. These collaborations have yielded important insights into the transformative effects that ensue from whole-school approaches to values education. Publications from these projects include a chapter in the International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing and a chapter in Teacher Education and Values Pedagogy: A Student Wellbeing Approach.

I have also been involved in a longitudinal evaluation of an early intervention program delivered via remote mediums, including tele-conferencing, video-conferencing, email and video exchanges to families of young children with sensory disabilities living in rural and remote areas of Australia. The implementation of this program compared favourably with elements of best-practice in early childhood family-centred approaches.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching experiences prior to lecturing at the University included Special Schools (SSPs), primary school, and inclusive Early Childhood Intervention as an itinerant teacher. I am currently lecturing in Special Education (Learning Difficulties and Interpersonal Skills) and Early Childhood courses (primarily Early Childhood Intervention) at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Administrative Expertise
During 2010 I was appointed to the role of Acting Director of the Special Education Centre. The Special Education Centre hosts a number of agencies which provide a range of services for children with disabilities and their families and teachers. Firstchance provides an Early Childhood Intervention Program which is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including teachers, teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and family workers. Positive Partnerships provides online training for families and teachers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder while the National Disability Coordination Officer facilitates networking opportunities and information sharing for school students and those leaving school and transitioning to work. The centre is also home to the national office of Keyword Sign Australia which distributes resources for supporting the communication skills of people with no, or very limited, language. As Acting Director I am responsible for managing the administrative functions of the centre including Occupational Health and Safety matters, authorisation of affiliated staff through the University systems, and liaison with University services such as Information Technology, Facilities Management and Legal Services.

Collaborations
From 2006-2009, Kerry was involved with primary schools in the Newcastle and mid-North Coast regions as a University Advisor in the school's Values Education projects. Kerry has presented guest lectures at some of the schools and during 2010 provided workshops on Values Education for the NSW Department of Education and Training and for the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Special Education, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Reading Acquisition
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Values Education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 60
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified 20
220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2006 -  University Advisory Network Associate Curriculum Corporation

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2002 Doctoral Thesis Award
Australian Early Childhood Association
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Publications

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


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Lovat TJ, Dally KA, Clement ND, Toomey R, Values Pedagogy and Student Achievement: Contemporary Research Evidence, Springer, Dordrecht, 205 (2011) [A1]
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1563-9
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2010 Toomey R, Lovat TJ, Clement ND, Dally KA, Teacher Education and Values Pedagogy: A Student Wellbeing Approach, David Barlow Publishing, Terrigal, N.S.W, 261 (2010) [A3]
Co-authors Terry Lovat

Chapter (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Spedding SF, Dally KA, 'Understanding and supporting literacy competence', Inclusion in Action, Cengage Learning, Melbourne 314-355 (2011) [B2]
2010 Dally KA, 'The second pillar of the student wellbeing pedagogy: Social and emotional learning', Teacher Education and Values Pedagogy: A Student Wellbeing Approach, David Barlow Publishing, Macksville, New South Wales 32-53 (2010) [B1]
2010 Dally KA, 'A teacher's duty: An examination of the short-term impact of values education on australian primary school teachers and students', International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing, Springer, Berlin 503-520 (2010) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-8675-4_29
2008 Robinson GL, Dally KA, 'Understanding literacy and numeracy', Inclusion in Action, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC 246-301 (2008) [B2]
2008 Robinson GL, Dally KA, 'Developing literacy and numeracy skills', Inclusion in Action, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC 302-343 (2008) [B2]
2001 Dally KA, 'Phonological processing, behavioural adjustment and early reading', Creating Positive Futures, AREA, Victoria 191-208 (2001) [B2]
2000 Chan KS, Dally KA, 'Review of Literature', Mapping the Territory, Department of Education Training and Youth Affairs, QLD 161-331 (2000) [B1]
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Journal article (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Smith JJ, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Dally KA, Salmon J, Okely AD, et al., 'Smart-phone obesity prevention trial for adolescent boys in low-income communities: the ATLAS RCT.', Pediatrics, 134 e723-e731 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1542/peds.2014-1012
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, David Lubans
2014 Smith JJ, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Dally KA, Salmon J, Okely AD, et al., 'Smart-phone obesity prevention trial for adolescent boys in low-income communities: The ATLAS RCT', Pediatrics, 134 e723-e731 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1542/peds.2014-1012
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Philip Morgan, David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff
2014 Smith JJ, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Dally KA, Salmon J, Okely AD, et al., 'Rationale and study protocol for the 'Active Teen Leaders Avoiding Screen-time' (ATLAS) group randomized controlled trial: An obesity prevention intervention for adolescent boys from schools in low-income communities', Contemporary Clinical Trials, 37 106-119 (2014) [C3]

Introduction: The negative consequences of unhealthy weight gain and the high likelihood of pediatric obesity tracking into adulthood highlight the importance of targeting youth w... [more]

Introduction: The negative consequences of unhealthy weight gain and the high likelihood of pediatric obesity tracking into adulthood highlight the importance of targeting youth who are 'at risk' of obesity. The aim of this paper is to report the rationale and study protocol for the 'Active Teen Leaders Avoiding Screen-time' (ATLAS) obesity prevention intervention for adolescent boys living in low-income communities. Methods/design: The ATLAS intervention will be evaluated using a cluster randomized controlled trial in 14 secondary schools in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia (2012 to 2014). ATLAS is an 8-month multi-component, school-based program informed by self-determination theory and social cognitive theory. The intervention consists of teacher professional development, enhanced school-sport sessions, researcher-led seminars, lunch-time physical activity mentoring sessions, pedometers for self-monitoring, provision of equipment to schools, parental newsletters, and a smartphone application and website. Assessments were conducted at baseline and will be completed again at 9- and 18-months from baseline. Primary outcomes are body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Secondary outcomes include BMI z-scores, body fat (bioelectrical impedance analysis), physical activity (accelerometers), muscular fitness (grip strength and push-ups), screen-time, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, resistance training skill competency, daytime sleepiness, subjective well-being, physical self-perception, pathological video gaming, and aggression. Hypothesized mediators of behavior change will also be explored. Discussion: ATLAS is an innovative school-based intervention designed to improve the health behaviors and related outcomes of adolescent males in low-income communities. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

DOI 10.1016/j.cct.2013.11.008
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Geoff Skinner, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, David Lubans
2014 Al-Khalaf A, Dempsey I, Dally K, 'The Effect of an Education Program for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Jordan', International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 36 175-187 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10447-013-9199-3
Co-authors Ian Dempsey
2013 Lubans DR, Lonsdale C, Plotnikoff RC, Smith J, Dally K, Morgan PJ, 'Development and evaluation of the Motivation to Limit Screen-time Questionnaire (MLSQ) for adolescents.', Prev Med, 57 561-566 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.07.023
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Philip Morgan, David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff
2011 Lovat TJ, Dally KA, Clement ND, Toomey R, 'Values pedagogy and teacher education: Re-conceiving the foundations', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36 31-44 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2011 Lovat TJ, Clement ND, Dally KA, Toomey R, 'The impact of values education on school ambience and academic diligence', International Journal of Educational Research, 50 166-170 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijer.2011.07.008
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2010 Lovat TJ, Clement ND, Dally KA, Toomey R, 'Values education as holistic development for all sectors: Researching for effective pedagogy', Oxford Review of Education, 36 713-729 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03054985.2010.501141
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2010 Lovat TJ, Clement ND, Dally KA, Toomey R, 'Addressing issues of religious difference through values education: An Islam instance', Cambridge Journal of Education, 40 213-227 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/0305764X.2010.504599
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2006 Dally K, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 98 420-437 (2006)
DOI 10.1037/0022-0063.98.2.420
Citations Web of Science - 33
2006 Dally KA, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', Journal of Educational Psychology, 98 420-437 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1037/0022-0663.98.2.420
Citations Scopus - 44
2004 Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'PhD Theses at the Margin: Examiner Comment on Re-examined Theses', Melbourne Studies in Education, 45 89-115 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17508487.2004.9558608
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat, Sid Bourke
2004 Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'The processes and parameters of Fine Art PhD examination', International Journal of Educational Research, 41 136-162 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijer.2005.04.010
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2004 Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'Qualities and Characteristics in the Written Reports of Doctoral Thesis Examiners', Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 4 126-145 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat, Sid Bourke
2004 Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Lawry MJ, Graham AM, 'Assessing the exhibition and the exegesis in visual arts higher degrees: perspectives of examiners', Working Papers in Art & Design, 3 1-14 (2004) [C1]
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2001 Chan LKS, Dally KA, 'Learning disabilities and literacy & numeracy development', Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6 (1) 12-19 (2001) [C1]
2001 Chan LKS, Dally KA, 'Instructional techniques and service delivery approaches for students with learning difficulties', Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6 (3) 12-19 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Tajin RT, Dally KA, Lovat TJ, 'Teachers' perceptions and school-based provisions in the domain of values development: Case-studies of six government primary schools in Bangladesh', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2009 Lovat TJ, Toomey R, Clement ND, Dally KA, 'The impact of values education on student effects and school ambience: Results from ten Australian case studies', 16th International Conference on Learning: Sessions, Barcelona, Spain (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lovat
2008 Dally KA, Lovat T, 'Values education: Teaching and learning values in K-6 classrooms', 5th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]
2005 Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, Ashburn EA, 'Assessment Practice in Visual Arts Higher Degrees', European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction 11th Biennial Conference. Integrating Multiple Perspectives on Effective Learning Environments, Nicosia, Cyprus (2005) [E3]
Co-authors Miranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
2005 Holbrook AP, Dally KA, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Examiner Reflections on the Fine Art Higher Degree Examination Process', AARE 2004 Conference Papers Collection, Melbourne, Australia (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2005 Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'An investigation of inconsistencies in PhD examination decisions', AARE 2004 Conference Papers Collection, Melbourne, Australia (2005) [E2]
Co-authors Sid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat
2004 Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'Characteristics, degree completion times and thesis quality of Australian PhD candidates', Proceedings of the 2004 International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia (2004) [E2]
Co-authors Sid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat
2004 Holbrook AP, Dally KA, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Lawry MJ, Lu Y, 'Evaluating some fundamental features of doctoral assessment', Proceedings of the 2004 International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Sid Bourke, Miranda Lawry, Terry Lovat
2004 Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'The Fine Art higher degree examination process', Proceedings of the 2004 International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2004 Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'An investigation of inconsistencies in PhD examination decisions', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lovat, Allyson Holbrook, Sid Bourke
2004 Holbrook AP, Dally KA, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Examiner reflections on the Fine Art Higher Degree examination process', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Miranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
2004 Holbrook AP, Dally KA, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'The perspectives of examiners on the processes of research higher degree supervision and examination in fine art', Conference Paper, Stockholm (2004) [E2]
Co-authors Miranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
2003 Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Higher Degree Examination in Fine Art', Defining the Doctorate, Crowne Plaza, Newcastle (2003) [E1]
Co-authors Sid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2002 Holbrook AP, Lovat TJ, Bourke SF, Dally KA, Hazel GJ, 'Examiner comment on theses that have been revised and resubmitted', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
Co-authors Terry Lovat, Sid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook
2002 Dally KA, 'The Influence of Phonological Processing and Inattentive Behaviour on Early Reading', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
2000 Dally KA, 'Phonological processing, behavioural adjustment and early reading', Aurstralian Resource Educators' Association National Conference 2000 Publication, University of Melbourne (2000) [E3]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Lovat TJ, Toomey R, Dally KA, Clement ND, 'Project to Test and Measure the Impact of Values Education on Student Effects and School Ambience', Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 268 (2009) [R1]
Co-authors Terry Lovat
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $529,124

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20151 grants / $25,000

Evaluation of the Hunter Prelude Baby Program$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Prelude

Funding body Hunter Prelude
Project Team Doctor Kerry Dally, Associate Professor Linda Newman
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500694
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20121 grants / $261,837

Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour to improve health and wellbeing in adolescent boys from disadvantaged schools$261,837

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor David Lubans, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Kerry Dally, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100085
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20091 grants / $5,000

Provision of goods or services to curriculum corporation$5,000

Funding body: Curriculum Corporation

Funding body Curriculum Corporation
Project Team Doctor Kerry Dally
Scheme Consultancy/Tender
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20081 grants / $27,272

Evaluation of the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment Process$27,272

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Dr Peter Whiteman, Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman, Doctor Kerry Dally
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188967
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20071 grants / $200,000

Project to test and measure the impact of values education on student effects and school ambiance$200,000

Funding body: Department of Education, Science and Training

Funding body Department of Education, Science and Training
Project Team Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Neville Clement, Doctor Kerry Dally
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188011
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20061 grants / $10,014

An assessment of the influences affecting the explicit teaching of values in 9 primary schools$10,014

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kerry Dally
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0187224
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $1

Good Beginnings: Promoting successful transitions from Early Childhood Centres to School$1

Funding body: Smith Family

Funding body Smith Family
Project Team Doctor Kerry Dally
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183680
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Knowledge and Use of Ethics by Novice Researchers: A Study that Explores the Background Philosophical and Practical Knowledge and Application of Ethics Thinking in PhD Students
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 Restorative Practices and the Impact on a Learning Community
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009 The Development of Professional Standards for Bachelor of Special Education Programs in Saudi Arabia Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 An Investigation of Phonological Processing and Reading Skills in Bhutanese Primary Students
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013 An Investigation of Primary Education from a Values Education Perspective: Case Studies of Government Primary Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 Christian-Muslim Relationships in Medan and Dalihan na tolu - A Social Capital Study of The Batak Cultural Values and Their Effect on Interreligious Encounters
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 An Education Program for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Jordan
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010 Moral Judgement to Moral Action: Implications for Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009 An Investigation of Social and Emotional Skills and their Relationship with Behaviour Problems in Thai Secondary Students
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Kerry Dally

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email kerry.dally@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6281
Fax (02) 4921 6939

Office

Room SE01
Building Special Education Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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