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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 30/08/2002
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle, 30/04/1983
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, 28/04/1979
  • Master of Special Education, University of Newcastle, 26/09/1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 22/04/1978

Research

Research keywords

  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Reading Acquisition
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Values Education

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.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified60
220499Religion And Religious Studies Not Elsewhere Classified20
199999Studies In The Creative Arts And Writing Not Elsewhere Classified20

Appointments

University Advisory Network Associate
Curriculum Corporation (Australia)
01/11/2006

Awards

Research Award.

2002Doctoral Thesis Award
Australian Early Childhood Association (Australia)

Collaboration

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.

Administrative

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.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Learning Difficulties

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.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Dally KA, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', Journal of Educational Psychology, 98 420-437 (2006) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
2004Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'Investigating PhD thesis examination reports', International Journal of Educational Research, 41 98-120 (2004) [C1]
2008Robinson GL, Dally KA, 'Developing literacy and numeracy skills', Inclusion in Action, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC 302-343 (2008) [B2]
2008Robinson GL, Dally KA, 'Understanding literacy and numeracy', Inclusion in Action, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC 246-301 (2008) [B2]
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]
2001Chan LKS, Dally KA, 'Learning disabilities and literacy & numeracy development', Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6 (1) 12-19 (2001) [C1]

Publications

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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]

Co-authors: TERRY 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-authors: TERRY 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, '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]
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]
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)

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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]
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)
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)
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]
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]

Co-authors: TERRY 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]
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]
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]
2006Dally KA, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', Journal of Educational Psychology, 98 420-437 (2006) [C1]
2006Dally K, 'The influence of phonological processing and inattentive behavior on reading acquisition', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 98 420-437 (2006)
2004Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'Investigating PhD thesis examination reports', International Journal of Educational Research, 41 98-120 (2004) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2001Chan LKS, Dally KA, 'Learning disabilities and literacy & numeracy development', Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6 (1) 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-authors: TERRY 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-authors: TERRY 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2004Holbrook AP, Dally KA, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Examiner reflections on the Fine Art Higher Degree examination process', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
2004Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Dally KA, 'An investigation of inconsistencies in PhD examination decisions', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
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]
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]
2003Dally KA, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Higher Degree Examination in Fine Art', Defining the Doctorate, Crowne Plaza, Newcastle (2003) [E1]
2002Dally KA, 'The Influence of Phonological Processing and Inattentive Behaviour on Early Reading', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
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]
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-authors: TERRY LOVAT

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$504,124

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2012 (1 grants)

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)

Project Team
Professor David Lubans, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Kerry Dally, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$261,83720122014
GNo:G1100085

2009 (1 grants)

Provision of goods or services to curriculum corporation$5,000
Funding Body: Curriculum Corporation

Project Team
Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeRole
Consultancy/TenderChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0190357

2008 (1 grants)

Evaluation of the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment Process$27,272
Funding Body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Project Team
Dr Peter Whiteman, Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman, Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$27,27220082008
GNo:G0188967

2007 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Neville Clement, Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$200,00020072008
GNo:G0188011

2006 (1 grants)

An assessment of the influences affecting the explicit teaching of values in 9 primary schools$10,014
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,01420062006
GNo:G0187224

2003 (1 grants)

Good Beginnings: Promoting successful transitions from Early Childhood Centres to School$1
Funding Body: Smith Family

Project Team
Doctor Kerry Dally
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$120032003
GNo:G0183680
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.1

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
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorKnowledge 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
20132017PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorPedagogical Approaches for Students with Special Learning Needs
20122020PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorRestorative Practices and the Impact on a Learning Community
20092013PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Development of Professional Standards for Bachelor of Special Education Programs in Saudi Arabia Universities

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation of Primary Education from a Values Education Perspective: Case Studies of Government Primary Schools
2013PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation of Phonological Processing and Reading Skills in Bhutanese Primary Students
2012M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Education Program for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Jordan
2012PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorChristian-Muslim Relationships in Medan and Dalihan na tolu - A Social Capital Study of The Batak Cultural Values and Their Effect on Interreligious Encounters
2010PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorMoral Judgement to Moral Action: Implications for Education
2009PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation of Social and Emotional Skills and their Relationship with Behaviour Problems in Thai Secondary Students
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Dr Kerry Dally

Work Phone(02) 4921 6281
Fax(02) 4921 6939
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
SE01,
Special Education Centre,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/kerry-dally