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One of few individuals on the globe to have been fortunate enough to be educated at three of the world’s most prestigious universities, Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford (where he completed the D.Phil), Dr Ronald S. Laura is currently Senior Professor at The University of Newcastle, Australia.  At the time he took up his initial Chair position, he was the youngest full-professor in education, ever to be appointed in Australia.  Since his arrival at Newcastle University, he has served a six year term of office as Dean of the Faculty of Education; three years as Head of the Department of Education, and three years as Coordinator of its Honours Programme.  He currently has 19 doctoral candidates under his supervision, and during the last decade three of his graduating students have won various prizes at State and National levels for the Best Doctoral thesis in their graduating year.  In 2012 his student Dr Amy Chapman won multiple awards at School, Faculty, University, State and National levels for the most outstanding doctoral thesis of the year.

Professor Laura was twice elected as President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australia, and twice elected Chairman of the New South Wales Deans of Education Committee. In addition to his pioneering research in the Philosophy of Education, focusing on Leadership Education, Environmental Education, Religious/Values Education, and Health Education, he has made an outstanding contribution to  Sport Education. He is known internationally for his creation of The Matrix System of Exercise, an unique program of fitness, based upon radically new foundations of exercise physiology for maximising muscular development and significantly enhanced performance in sport. The Matrix System affords a complete training program in itself, but also provides the theoretical foundations for training regimes such as Body Pump, and  Professor Laura's Aussie Megapump System in the USA.

His lifetime commitment to drug-free bodybuilding and sport was in 2012 honoured by Hands On health International with an Award for a Decade of Voluntary Charity Service Coaching, working with disadvantaged people in Australia. During his time at The University of Newcastle he has served on the Editorial Boards of numerous scholarly journals and international health magazines. He was for ten years on the editorial board and a feature writer for Joe Weider’s Muscle and Fitness magazine, with a monthly readership of seven million worldwide. He was previously appointed Director of the IFBB Weider Research Clinic in Australia, initially known as the Human Performance Research Centre, a position which he held for ten years, teaching people about the remarkable benefits of Matrix Training. He thereafter worked collaboratively with Professor Saxon White, then Professor of Physiology at Newcastle University, to establish The Hunter Academy of Sport, and served for two years as the first Chairman of its Sports Medicine and Health Education Committee. During this period he and Professor White organised the first International Conference on the Drug Problem in Sport, featuring contributions from Olympic athletes, coaches and judges; Olympic Committee Executives, and international researchers in the field from around the globe. He and Professor White  later edited the book titled, The Drug Problem In Sport, which became not only a best-seller, but a frontier book in drug education which still remains widely read today. Professor Laura was also for many years a feature writer for Paul and Carol Graham's Australian edition of Muscle and Fitness and Flex magazines, both of which did much to promote drug free and healthy bodybuilding for Australia's athletes, young and old. Professor Laura was appointed as an Australian and International Bodybuilding Judge for the IFBB, not only judging, but also often acting as compere for many top-level competitions in Australia and abroad, over the course of two decades.  At the World Bodybuilding Championship in Paris, France, he was awarded a Medal of Honour from the IFBB and the USA National Academy for Sports Medicine for his ‘pioneering research developments in Matrix Training as a genuine alternative to the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport’.  The Medal of Honour was presented in Paris by Dr Robert Goldman, then President of the USA National Academy of Sport.  In addition to Professor Laura's editorial and advisory research work for the IFBB and Weider Publications, USA, Professor Laura has served on the editorial boards of many Scholarly Journals.  He has also been a feature writer for many other fitness and health magazines, including Muscle Power (UK), Australian Fitness and Training, Pump, Triathlon, The Coach, Nature and Health Magazine, including  feature health articles for the internationally well-known woman's magazine,Vogue. Professor Laura has 43 published books to his credit and approximately 375 published articles. He has recently accepted an invitation to take up the Senior Editorship of The International Journal of Hands-On-Health. In 2010 he was appointed to the Scientific and Medical Advisory Boards of “Greatest Asset, USA Inc” as their ‘Senior Research Advisor for the Scientific and Philosophical Study of Lifestyle Medicine’. He has also recently been invited to join the editorial board of The Journal of Education Science, USA, with six Nobel Prize Winners on Its editorial board. Since 2010 Professor Laura has been invited to deliver 12 Keynote addresses in countries around the globe, including the USA, Italy, England, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mainland China. He has also recently presented three Keynote addresses, accompanied by four, full-day seminar/workshops in India.

In addition to his successful and busy academic life Professor Laura is an accomplished musician and singer. He cultivates many rare and endangered species of Australian native flowers, and has won several first place prizes for the beautiful home garden which he designed himself. More recently he is growing. an increasing number of fruits and vegetables from his own garden ,which he uses in his cooking. He is a gourmet Italian Chef and is presently writing a cooking book which incorporates disquisitions on the historical and socio-cultural evolution of Italian cuisine. Professor Laura has a number of more unusual hobbies as well. He has a passion for competitive Club Race Car Driving, and is a Lifetime Member of the BMW Race Drivers Club and the Australian Race Drivers Club. He collects rare BMW and Italian Race Cars and has won many show prizes for his beautifully preserved Motorsport History Vehicles. In the sporting world, Professor Laura was the first National Title Holder of the Professional Australian Arm Wrestling Championship, sponsored by Solo Beverages, plus the winner of an additional Four State titles to his credit. He previously placed fifth at the Open American National Arm Wrestling Championships, held in Baton Rouge, USA.

Using his Matrix Training Techniques, he now helps to train a number of world class competitors in this rapidly growing sport, including his son, Adam, who recently won two National Super Heavyweight Australian Arm Wrestling titles.  His son will compete again November defend his National Title in Sydney.  Professor Laura has also been a successful Powerlifting Champion and a former World Record Holder in the Bench Press, lifting two and a half times his bodyweight. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Professor Laura stays super-fit using his now world renowned Matrix System of Body-shaping.  In April 2014 members of his Matrix Clinic witnessed him  bench press 100kg for 30 consecutive repetitions, an amazing feat of strength for anyone ,but especially so  for a drug-free  athlete such as Professor Laura.

Last, but not least, Professor Laura is conversant in 12 languages and is currently learning Mandarin under the weekly tutelage of one of his close friends from China. In regard to his love of language acquisition, he recalls warmly  the time his father visited with him for dinner at a Harvard University foreign language conference, where he heard Professor Laura speak ten languages during the course of the night. When he asked his father how he enjoyed the evening, his father coyly replied, “What can I say?, you give a whole new and 'multiple-meaning' to the idea of ‘having the last word’."

Qualifications

  • Master of Divinity, Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Lewis and Clark College

Research

Research keywords

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Leadership Education
  • Limits of Technologisation
  • Matrix Fitness Training
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Re-enchantment of nature

Research expertise

Professor Ronald Laura is a pioneer of what he calls the "New Renaissance Approach to Educational Pedagogy." He regards his research as 'trams -disciplinary'. The central core of his research area is 'HEALTH EDUCATION'', but the approach to understanding its subtlety comes from his analysis of its multifaceted elaboration. For example, whatever else education may be, it at least involves the transmission of knowledge. Traditionally, the emphasis here is on the transmission of knowledge, in the sense that teachers need to be good transmitters of knowledge. So in the preparation of teachers we spend an enormous amount of time on maximising the efficiency of teaching methods to succeed in transmitting knowledge.The problem is that we end up knowing a great deal about how to teach ,but very little about knowledge itself. We thus end up knowing very little about the value of what we transmit, and thus fail to know whether it is worth transmitting at all. To redress this imbalance one aspect of New Renaissance Pedagogy is its reliance on EPISTEMOLOGY, as a tool of analysis, and this area has become a specialisation for Professor Laura.(See,for example, Laura,R.S.& Cotton,M, Empathetic Education, Falmer Press, London , 1999)

The second area of specialisation relates to the paramount importance of ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS for good health. Professor Laura has researched and written extensively on the impacts ,beneficial and adverse,of technological development on the environment and directly on the human body. In his research publications he has written extensively on topics such as water and air quality, electromagnetic pollution, soil contamination , deforestation and flora/fauna decimation and permanent species loss. (See his books, Laura, R.S. & Ashton, J.F.,Hidden Hazards( Transworld Publishers, New York/London/Sydney, 2002); Perils of Progress, Ashton,J.F.& Laura,R.S.( University of NSW, Sydney/ London, 2004)

Another specialisation dimension of Professor Laura's comprehensive approach to Health Education is his research on LIFESTYLE MEDICINE AND HEALTH. Once again ,Professor Laura has written extensively on the role played by the lifestyle choices we make in the prevention and maintenance of good health. His many books on these topics include: Ashton,J.F.& Laura,R.S. Uncorked: the Hidden Hazards of Alcohol,( Signs, Sydney, Boston,2008); Laura,R.S.& Ashton,J.F., 101 Ways to a Healthy Lifestyle ( Prentice Hall, New York, 2000) ; Ashton,J.F.&Laura,R.S., The Life Enhancement Handbook( Prentice Hall,New York, 2001)

Another specialisation area in Health Education developed in Professor Laura 's research is the relevance of DIET AND NUTRITION for integrated well being.his books on this topic include a reconceptualisation of the conventional wisdom associated with the Food Pyramid, the potent anti-cancer properties of certain foods and health benefits of organically certified foods, toxicity and the use of chemical insecticides and fertilisation of food sources, steroid and vaccination treatment of animals,and the analysis of performance enhancing foods and supplements for sport and fitness. (See, Laura,R.S.&Nixon, S. The Encyclopaedia of Health,Fitness,and Nutrition ( Collins, New York/Boston/Sydney, 2009); Laura,R.S. &White,S.,( The Drug Controversy in Sport, Allen & Unwin, Sydney/London/New York, 1996)

Professor Laura's holistic approach to Health Education is also represented by his research into the contribution made by various sorts of exercise , but especially weight resistance exercise to the prevention of illness and disease ,and the maintenance of good health. Professor Laura developed a comprehensive program of weight training called the Matrix System, and in his numerous books on this research topic he examines the benefits of resistance exercise for many aspects of health. See the following books by Laura,R.S.&Dutton,K., The Matrix Principle ( Allen&Unwin, Sydney/New York, 1990); Matrix for Muscle G

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified80
109999Technology Not Elsewhere Classified20

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • 'Matrix Lifestyle Education' Fitness, Health and Mindpower Science
  • Health impacts of Technological Development
  • Philosophy of Leadership Education
  • Religious and Moral / Values Education
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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2002Laura RS, Marchant TC, Surviving the high tech depersonalisation crisis - Don't let technology steal your soul, Goldbold Publishing, Wellers Hill, Australia, 253 (2002) [A2]
2002Laura RS, Nixon S, The Encyclopedia of Health Fitness & Nutrition, Godbold & Associates, Wellers Hill, Queensland, 349 (2002) [A2]
2003Ashton JF, Laura RS, New Insights in Environmental Education: On Harmonising Technology and Nature, Insight Press, Sydney/Boston/New York, 311 (2003) [A2]
2004Laura RS, Sylvester MA, Matrix Mindpower, Insight Press, New York, 223 (2004) [A2]

Publications

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Book (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ashton CO, Laura RS, Dimensions of Health: Educating for a Quantum Perspective, CreateSpace, Newcastle, 372 (2012) [A2]
2009Laura RS, Chapman AK, Hinchey M, The Paradigm Shift in Health: Towards a Quantum Understanding of the Role of Consciousness in Health Promotion and Education, University Press of America, Lanham, Maryland, 210 (2009) [A1]
2008Laura RS, Marchant T, Smith SE, The New Social Disease: From High Tech Depersonalization to Survival of the Soul, University Press of America, Lanham, Maryland, 183 (2008) [A1]
2006Laura RS, Zhang DQR, Integrating Eastern & Western Traditions in Health, Body & Soul Dynamics, Sydney, Australia, 326 (2006) [A2]
2006Laura RS, Marchant DT, Don't let technology steal your soul, Body & Soul Dynamics, Sydney/Boston, 234 (2006) [A3]
2006Laura RS, Nixon S, The Encyclopaedia of Health, Fitness & Nutrition: The Matrix Lifestyle Program, Insight Press, Sydney, 330 (2006) [A3]
2004Laura RS, Ashton JF, Uncorked! The hidden hazards of alcohol, Signs Publishing Company, Victoria Australia, 136 (2004) [A2]
2004Laura RS, Sylvester MA, Matrix Mindpower, Insight Press, New York, 223 (2004) [A2]
2003Ashton JF, Laura RS, New Insights in Environmental Education: On Harmonising Technology and Nature, Insight Press, Sydney/Boston/New York, 311 (2003) [A2]
2002Laura RS, Marchant TC, Surviving the high tech depersonalisation crisis - Don't let technology steal your soul, Goldbold Publishing, Wellers Hill, Australia, 253 (2002) [A2]
2002Laura RS, Nixon S, The Encyclopedia of Health Fitness & Nutrition, Godbold & Associates, Wellers Hill, Queensland, 349 (2002) [A2]
1999Ashton J, Laura RS, The Perils of Progress - The health and environment hazards of modern technology and what you can do about them, Zed Books Ltd, London, 346 (1999) [A1]
1999Laura RS, Cotton MC, Empathetic Education: An ecological perspective on educational knowledge, Farmer Press, London, 180 (1999) [A1]
1998Ashton J, Laura RS, The Perils of Progress, University of New South Wales Press Ltd, Sydney, 338 (1998) [A1]
1998Laura RS, Men's health - How men can live longer and fuller lives, Simon & Schuster Australia, NSW Australia, 163 (1998) [A2]
1991Laura RS, White SW, Drug Controversy in Sport: The Socio-Ethical and Medical Issues, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney, NSW, 171 (1991)

Co-authors: Saxon White

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Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'Can how we come to know the world disconnect us from the world we come to know?', Religious Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 111-120 (2011) [B1]
1999Laura RS, 'A Biographical Sketch of a Scholar and a Gentleman', Variete: Perspectives in French Literature, Society and Culture, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 19-25 (1999) [B1]
1991Laura RS, White SW, 'The price athletes pay in pursuit of Olympic gold', Drug Controversy in Sport: The Socio-Ethical and Medical Issues, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney, NSW 1-14 (1991)
1991White SW, 'The need for steroids in modern athleticism', Drug Controversy in Sport: The Socio-Ethical and Medical Issues, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney, NSW 80-89 (1991)
1991Laura RS, White SW, 'The price athletes pay in pursuit of Olympic gold', Drug Controversy in Sport: The Socio-Ethical and Medical Issues, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney, NSW 1-14 (1991)
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Journal article (27 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Laura RS, Zhou D, 'Philosophical reflections on the importance of a values-based program of environmental education, with special reference to the Three Gorges Dam Project', International Journal of Business, Management & Social Sciences, 1 57-60 (2012) [C2]
2009Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'The technologisation of education: Philosophical reflections on being too plugged in', International Journal of Childrens Spirituality, 14 289-298 (2009) [C1]
2007Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'Educational Compuphilia: The new assault on mental health in schools', Education Research and Perspectives, 34 80-90 (2007) [C1]
2007Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'The challenge of technology to psychosocial wellbeing in education', Education Connect, 5-7 (2007) [C3]
2004Feldman RH, Laura RS, 'The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices Among Australian University Students', Complementary Health Practice Review, 9 173-179 (2004) [C1]
2001Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Towards an Epistemology of Ecofeminism', Education Research and Perspectives, 28 57-70 (2001) [C1]

Co-authors: Rachel Buchanan

2000Laura RS, Marchant TC, 'Where the mind goes so goes the soul', Education Research and Perspectives, 27 (1) 37-56 (2000) [C1]
2000Ashton J, Laura RS, 'Pesticides - Just how unsafe are they?', New Vegetarian and Natural Health, Autumn 2000 44-47 (2000) [C3]
2000Laura RS, 'The Hi-cal Diet Paradox', Signs of the Times, 115 (12) 5-8 (2000) [C3]
2000Laura RS, 'Heart Time Bomb', Signs of the Times, 115 (9) 9-11 (2000) [C3]
2000Ashton J, Laura RS, 'Whole foods for health', Signs of the Times, 115 (11) 9-12 (2000) [C3]
2000Laura RS, 'On growing yourself anew... towards a new philosophy of the human spirit', New Vegetarian and Natural Health, Winter 2000 50-52 (2000) [C3]
1999Laura RS, 'Race to condemn a fix for our woes', Drugs in sport, 106 28-29 (1999) [C3]
1997Leahy M, Laura RS, 'Religious 'doctrines' and the closure of minds', JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION, 31 329-343 (1997)
1997Laura RS, 'Reflections on Israel Scheffler's philosophy of religion', Studies in Philosophy and Education, 16 225-240 (1997)
1993ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS AND THE ETIOLOGY OF MELANOMA', CANCER CAUSES & CONTROL, 4 59-62 (1993)
1992ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'THE CADMIUM PROBLEM', SEARCH, 23 31-33 (1992)
1990ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'THE CAUSES OF MALIGNANT-MELANOMA - ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS AND THE MELANOMA ENIGMA', SEARCH, 21 217-218 (1990)
1990ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'DIETARY ALUMINUM STILL WORRYING', SEARCH, 21 5-5 (1990)
1990ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'LET THERE BE LIGHT', SEARCH, 21 268-269 (1990)
1989ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'THE RISKS OF DIETARY ALUMINUM', SEARCH, 20 180-182 (1989)
1986Laura RS, 'Towards a new theology of transcendence', Sophia, 25 30-40 (1986)
1973Laura RS, 'God, necessary exemplification, and the synthetic/analytic', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 4 119-127 (1973)
1972Laura RS, 'Positivism and philosophy of religion', Sophia, 11 13-20 (1972)
1972Goman TG, Laura RS, 'A logical treatment of some upanisadic puzzles and changing conceptions of sacrifice', Numen, 19 52-67 (1972)
1972Frazier SL, Laura RS, 'Reality therapy-a critical examination', Pastoral Psychology, 23 39-48 (1972)
1971Laura RS, 'The positivist poltergeist and some difficulties with Wittgensteinian liberation', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2 183-190 (1971)
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Conference (23 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Truong TTH, Laura RS, 'The Effects of Educating for Soft Skills on Success in Career Development among Graduates at Universities of Economics and Business Administration in Vietnam', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2013Tucker NW, Laura RS, '┬┐Education depends upon a belief in the power of the child ...┬┐ Dr M Montessori', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2013Beeken C, Laura RS, 'The Commodification of Education: The Hidden Pedagogy of Consumerism', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2013Laura RS, Truong TTH, 'Soft Skill Pedagogy And Educator - Employer Collaboration In Soft Skill Development In Business Students Through Curricular Interventions In Vietnam', GABER Tenth International Conference Proceedings, Dubai, UAE (2013) [E2]
2013Zhou D, Laura RS, 'The Importance of a Values-Based Program of Environmental Education, with Special Reference to the Three Gorges Dam Project', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2013Clarke C, Laura RS, 'Philosophical Reflections on the Problem of Teaching Religious Education in a Multicultural Society', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2013Guowu J, Laura RS, 'The Evolution of English Language Teaching (ELT/TESOL) in China', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2013Smith KD, Laura RS, 'Electronic Microphone: Exploring the Nexus between Education, Instrumental Exchange and Social Change', Proceedings of the Second Annual Higher Degree Student-led Conference, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E2]
2012Laura RS, Chalender R, 'Patriarchal theism', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Set free by the word of God', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Rachel Buchanan

2012Laura RS, Chapman A, 'The digital revolution: Theophilosophical reflections on the God of computechnology', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012Buchanan RA, Laura RS, 'Theo-critical feminism, Mother Nature and epistemological patriarchy', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Rachel Buchanan

2012Laura RS, Clarke CS, 'Spiritual consciousness in the context of educative pedagogy', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'God, Freedom and Nature: Transdisciplinary reflections on the discourse of religion and theology', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Rachel Buchanan

2012Laura RS, Zhou D, 'Reconceptualising the foundations of knowledge to enhance the pedagogic goals of environmental education with special reference to the Three Gorges Dam project', Future Environment and Energy: International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering, Singapore (2012) [E2]
2012Laura RS, Buchanan RA, Chapman AK, 'Conference Editors', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E4]

Co-authors: Rachel Buchanan

2012Zhou D, Laura RS, 'The Three Gorges Dam: Getting a Sense of the Magnitude and Scope of the Project and its Moral Implications', Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Association, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (2012)
2009Laura RS, Smith S, 'The reenchantment of science education: Towards a new vision of engaging rural gifted children in science', ISFIRE 2009: International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education: Improving Equity in Rural Education: Symposium Proceedings, Armidale, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Setting free the word of God', Religious Communication Conference: Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Rachel Buchanan

2007Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'The value-ladenness of educational epistemology - How can we come to know the world disconnect us from the world we come to know?', Negotiating the Sacred IV: Toleration, Education and the Curriculum. Abstracts, Canberra, ACT (2007) [E3]
2001Laura RS, 'The technologisation of relationships', Slivalake Convention 2001 - CD, Sanur Bali (2001) [E2]
1989White SW, Laura RS, 'The hypothetical: Drugs in sport: "The birth of superman"', International Congress on Drugs in Sport: Public Forum, Newcastle, NSW (1989)

Co-authors: Saxon White

1989Laura RS, White SW, 'The drug-sport connection: Should we be plugged in?', International Congress on Drugs in Sport: Public Forum, Newcastle, NSW (1989)

Co-authors: Saxon White

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$2,500

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1993 (1 grants)

'World Congress on Health and the Environment', Lindau Germany, October-November$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Ronald Laura
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50019931993
GNo:G0174440
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions23
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL1.2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL9.7

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
20142016M Philosophy (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Problem of Low Pass Rates and the Declining Quality of Education in Secondary Schools Around the Province of Sofala in Mozambique
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Christian School Movement in Australia: Achieving Outcomes or Maintaining the Status Quo?
20142022PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorExploring the Relevance for Religious Education of the Development of the Episcopal Office in the Era of the Fathers of the Christian Church (50-300 AD)
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorA Critical Look at Assessments of University Students' EFL Speaking Skill in Ho Chi Minh City.
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorTeacher's Intention to Use Technology in Mathematics Class in Saudi Arabia High Schools
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorTransformation from Needs to Goals: Improving the English Proficiency of Thai Undergraduate Students.
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorTowards a Quantum Perspective in Health Education: Building New Foundations for a Holistic Theory of the Importance of Nutrition in Health
20132017PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorIs the Baha'i Faith a Speculative Sect of Islam: A Case For and Against and Implications for Religious Education.
20132020PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Examination of Moral Decision-Making in Medicine, Informed by a Habermasian Paradigmatic Approach : Implications for Medical Education
20122016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorCritical Reflections on the Current Debate Regarding the Effects of Explicit and Implicit Instruction on Linguistic Pragmatic Development and its Implications for Vietnamese EFL University Students
20122017PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorAn Exploration of Factors Which Affect the Christian Ethos of Christian Schools: A Case Study
20122019PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorCritical Reflections on the Evolution of Concepts of Whole Child: With Particular Reference to the Recent Development of the Australian Walker Learning Approach
20112015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorEssential Soft Skills for Successful Business Graduates in Vietnam
20112015PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorExegesis of Islamic Sources and Educational Ramifications
20112016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorEthics and Moral Education
20112016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorReclaiming our Mythical Past: Philosophical Reflections on Creation Mythology in the Reconceptualisation of a Multicultural Heuristic for the Spiritual Development of Children
20092012PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorIn Harmony with Nature: Enhancing Health Education Through Empathetic Ecomusication
20082016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorA Pedagogy for Pacific Communities in Relation to Domestic Violence
20082012PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorPhilosophical Reflections on the Importance of a Values-Based Program of Environmental Education, with Special Reference to the Pedagogy of Empathetic Education
20082013PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorInterface Between Moral and Legal Education; Towards a New Paradigm of an Inclusive Understanding for Dispute Resolution
20072010Masters Philosophy
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorElaborating the Matrix System of Exercise and Diet as the Foundation for a Comprehensive Programme of Longevity Education
20072010Masters Philosophy
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorDeveloping the Concept of Empathetic Education as a Core Concept in the Moral Education of Pacific Islanders
20012010PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorComputer Technology And The Health Curriculum

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorPhilosophical and Theological Reflection on the Bible as a Significant Body of Non-sectarian Literature in Religious Education
2011PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorToward a New Paradigm of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education
2010M Education [R]Sole SupervisorReconceptualising the Philosophical Foundations of Health Education with Respect to the Impact of Food Technology on Human Health
2010PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorLiturgical Minimisation in the Presbyterian Church of Australia
2010PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorToward an Understanding of the Role of Human Development in Education for Health: A Key to Evolving a Quantum Perspective
2010PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorNew Frontiers of Feminist Education: Challenging the Presumptions of Epistemological and Rationalist Patriarchy in the Context of Emancipatory Pedagogy
2008M Education [R]Principal SupervisorThe Effects of Sprint and Bounds Training on 0-30 m Running Speed in Elite Adolescent Rugby League Players
2006PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorPhilosophical Reflections on the Technologisation of Education: Exploring the Nexus Between Computechnology and Depersonalization
2006PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorTowards a new E.R.A. Epistemological Resolution Analysis by, through and from Klein Bottle Wholeness and Transdisciplinary Education
2004PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorToward an Inclusivist Reading of Text: Educational Implications from the Reading and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative
2004PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorEmpathetic Epistemology: Challenging the Contemporary Paradigm of Educational Knowledge
2002PhD (Education)Sole SupervisorTracing the Impacts of Church Administration in Tension with Scholars on the Sociocultural Standards and Philosophies of Education at Avondale College. Are They Now "Post-Ellen G. White"?
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Professor Ronald Laura

Work Phone(02) 4921 5942
Fax(02) 4921 7887
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PositionProfessor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HC44,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/ron-laura