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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130399Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified60
199999Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified20
220499Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/11/2006 - University Advisory Network AssociateCurriculum Corporation

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2002Doctoral 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Lovat TJ, Dally KA, Clement ND, Toomey R, Values Pedagogy and Student Achievement: Contemporary Research Evidence, Springer, Dordrecht, 205 (2011) [A1]
DOI10.1007/978-94-007-1563-9
Co-authorsTerry Lovat
2010Toomey 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-authorsTerry Lovat

Chapter (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Spedding SF, Dally KA, 'Understanding and supporting literacy competence', Inclusion in Action, Cengage Learning, Melbourne 314-355 (2011) [B2]
2010Dally 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]
2010Dally 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]
DOI10.1007/978-90-481-8675-4_29
2008Robinson GL, Dally KA, 'Understanding literacy and numeracy', Inclusion in Action, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC 246-301 (2008) [B2]
2008Robinson GL, Dally KA, 'Developing literacy and numeracy skills', Inclusion in Action, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC 302-343 (2008) [B2]
2001Dally KA, 'Phonological processing, behavioural adjustment and early reading', Creating Positive Futures, AREA, Victoria 191-208 (2001) [B2]
2000Chan 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Smith 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]
DOI10.1542/peds.2014-1012Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsRon Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, David Lubans
2014Smith 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]
DOI10.1542/peds.2014-1012
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsPhilip Morgan, David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff
2014Smith 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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.cct.2013.11.008
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsGeoff Skinner, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, David Lubans
2014Al-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]
DOI10.1007/s10447-013-9199-3
Co-authorsIan Dempsey
2013Lubans 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]
DOI10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.07.023Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsPhilip Morgan, David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff
2011Lovat 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]
CitationsScopus - 4
Co-authorsTerry Lovat
2011Lovat 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]
DOI10.1016/j.ijer.2011.07.008
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsTerry Lovat
2010Lovat 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]
DOI10.1080/03054985.2010.501141
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsTerry Lovat
2010Lovat 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]
DOI10.1080/0305764X.2010.504599
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsTerry Lovat
2006Dally K, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 98 420-437 (2006)
DOI10.1037/0022-0063.98.2.420Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 33
2006Dally KA, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', Journal of Educational Psychology, 98 420-437 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1037/0022-0663.98.2.420
CitationsScopus - 44
2004Holbrook 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]
DOI10.1080/17508487.2004.9558608
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat, Sid Bourke
2004Dally 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]
DOI10.1016/j.ijer.2005.04.010
CitationsScopus - 5
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2004Holbrook 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]
CitationsScopus - 4
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat, Sid Bourke
2004Dally 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-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2001Chan LKS, Dally KA, 'Learning disabilities and literacy & numeracy development', Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6 (1) 12-19 (2001) [C1]
2001Chan 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Tajin 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-authorsTerry Lovat
2009Lovat 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-authorsTerry Lovat
2008Dally 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]
2005Dally 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-authorsMiranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
2005Holbrook 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-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2005Holbrook 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-authorsSid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat
2004Bourke 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-authorsSid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook, Terry Lovat
2004Holbrook 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-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Sid Bourke, Miranda Lawry, Terry Lovat
2004Dally 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-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2004Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'An investigation of inconsistencies in PhD examination decisions', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
Co-authorsTerry Lovat, Allyson Holbrook, Sid Bourke
2004Holbrook AP, Dally KA, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Examiner reflections on the Fine Art Higher Degree examination process', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
Co-authorsMiranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
2004Holbrook 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-authorsMiranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
2003Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Higher Degree Examination in Fine Art', Defining the Doctorate, Crowne Plaza, Newcastle (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsSid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2002Holbrook 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-authorsTerry Lovat, Sid Bourke, Allyson Holbrook
2002Dally KA, 'The Influence of Phonological Processing and Inattentive Behaviour on Early Reading', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
2000Dally 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Lovat 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-authorsTerry Lovat
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
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 bodyHunter Prelude
Project TeamDoctor Kerry Dally, Associate Professor Linda Newman
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500694
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor David Lubans, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Kerry Dally, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100085
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20091 grants / $5,000

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

Funding body: Curriculum Corporation

Funding bodyCurriculum Corporation
Project TeamDoctor Kerry Dally
SchemeConsultancy/Tender
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190357
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20081 grants / $27,272

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

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding bodyNSW Department of Education and Training
Project TeamDr Peter Whiteman, Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman, Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188967
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyDepartment of Education, Science and Training
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Neville Clement, Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188011
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Kerry Dally
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0187224
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $1

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

Funding body: Smith Family

Funding bodySmith Family
Project TeamDoctor Kerry Dally
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183680
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Knowledge 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
2012Restorative Practices and the Impact on a Learning Community
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009The 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

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013An Investigation of Phonological Processing and Reading Skills in Bhutanese Primary Students
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013An 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
2012Christian-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
2012An Education Program for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Jordan
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010Moral Judgement to Moral Action: Implications for Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009An 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

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

Office

RoomSE01
BuildingSpecial Education Centre
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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