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Professor Ronald Laura

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School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

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’."

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







Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • 'Matrix Lifestyle Education' Fitness, Health and Mindpower Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health impacts of Technological Development
  • Leadership Education
  • Limits of Technologisation
  • Matrix Fitness Training
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Leadership Education
  • Re-enchantment of nature
  • Religious and Moral / Values Education

Languages

  • French (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Fluent)
  • Cantonese (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 80
109999 Technology not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Ashton CO, Laura RS, Dimensions of Health: Educating for a Quantum Perspective, CreateSpace, Newcastle, 372 (2012) [A2]
2009 Laura 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]
2008 Laura 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]
2006 Laura RS, Marchant DT, Don't let technology steal your soul, Body & Soul Dynamics, Sydney/Boston, 234 (2006) [A3]
2006 Laura RS, Zhang DQR, Integrating Eastern & Western Traditions in Health, Body & Soul Dynamics, Sydney, Australia, 326 (2006) [A2]
2006 Laura RS, Nixon S, The Encyclopaedia of Health, Fitness & Nutrition: The Matrix Lifestyle Program, Insight Press, Sydney, 330 (2006) [A3]
2004 Laura RS, Ashton JF, Uncorked! The hidden hazards of alcohol, Signs Publishing Company, Victoria Australia, 136 (2004) [A2]
2004 Laura RS, Sylvester MA, Matrix Mindpower, Insight Press, New York, 223 (2004) [A2]
2003 Ashton JF, Laura RS, New Insights in Environmental Education: On Harmonising Technology and Nature, Insight Press, Sydney/Boston/New York, 311 (2003) [A2]
2002 Laura RS, Marchant TC, Surviving the high tech depersonalisation crisis - Don't let technology steal your soul, Goldbold Publishing, Wellers Hill, Australia, 253 (2002) [A2]
2002 Laura RS, Nixon S, The Encyclopedia of Health Fitness & Nutrition, Godbold & Associates, Wellers Hill, Queensland, 349 (2002) [A2]
1999 Laura RS, Cotton MC, Empathetic Education: An ecological perspective on educational knowledge, Farmer Press, London, 180 (1999) [A1]
1999 Ashton 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]
1998 Laura RS, Men's health - How men can live longer and fuller lives, Simon & Schuster Australia, NSW Australia, 163 (1998) [A2]
1998 Ashton J, Laura RS, The Perils of Progress, University of New South Wales Press Ltd, Sydney, 338 (1998) [A1]
1991 Laura 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Laura 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]
DOI 10.1007/978-94-6091-412-6_9
1999 Laura 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]
1991 Laura 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)
Co-authors Saxon White
1991 White 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)
Co-authors Saxon White
1991 Laura 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)
Co-authors Saxon White
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Journal article (27 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Laura 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]
2009 Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'The technologisation of education: Philosophical reflections on being too plugged in', International Journal of Childrens Spirituality, 14 289-298 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13644360903086554
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2007 Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'Educational Compuphilia: The new assault on mental health in schools', Education Research and Perspectives, 34 80-90 (2007) [C1]
2007 Laura RS, Chapman AK, 'The challenge of technology to psychosocial wellbeing in education', Education Connect, 5-7 (2007) [C3]
2004 Feldman RH, Laura RS, 'The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices Among Australian University Students', Complementary Health Practice Review, 9 173-179 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1533210104272356
2001 Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Towards an Epistemology of Ecofeminism', Education Research and Perspectives, 28 57-70 (2001) [C1]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2000 Ashton J, Laura RS, 'Whole foods for health', Signs of the Times, 115 (11) 9-12 (2000) [C3]
2000 Laura RS, 'The Hi-cal Diet Paradox', Signs of the Times, 115 (12) 5-8 (2000) [C3]
2000 Laura RS, 'Heart Time Bomb', Signs of the Times, 115 (9) 9-11 (2000) [C3]
2000 Ashton J, Laura RS, 'Pesticides - Just how unsafe are they?', New Vegetarian and Natural Health, Autumn 2000 44-47 (2000) [C3]
2000 Laura RS, 'On growing yourself anew... towards a new philosophy of the human spirit', New Vegetarian and Natural Health, Winter 2000 50-52 (2000) [C3]
2000 Laura RS, Marchant TC, 'Where the mind goes so goes the soul', Education Research and Perspectives, 27 (1) 37-56 (2000) [C1]
1999 Laura RS, 'Race to condemn a fix for our woes', Drugs in sport, 106 28-29 (1999) [C3]
1997 Laura RS, 'Reflections on Israel Scheffler's philosophy of religion', Studies in Philosophy and Education, 16 225-240 (1997)

The burden of this piece is to draw together into a coherent whole the somewhat diverse strands of Israel Scheffler's thought on the philosophy of religion. Extrapolating from per... [more]

The burden of this piece is to draw together into a coherent whole the somewhat diverse strands of Israel Scheffler's thought on the philosophy of religion. Extrapolating from personal discussions with Professor Scheffler, various of his books, articles, and other unpublished materials authored and kindly provided by him, I contend that he adumbrates a post-empiricist rendering of religious belief which masterfully avoids some philosophical problems, while unwittingly giving rise to others. Committed to the view that the methodology of science - in one or other of its more acceptable guises - provides the most reliable measure of the content and structure of reality, Scheffler is bound conceptually to redefine Jewish belief in such a way that the traditional conflict between religion and science never emerges. Consistent with this end, he is concerned to divest traditional Judaism of its metaphysical garb, so that what remains are simply the matters of living to which religion ought properly on his view address itself. The Bible is thus reconceptualized as a piece of rich literature, of no real difference in logical kind to any other piece of rich literature, except that it defines uniquely, along with the Torah and other relevant Jewish literature, the history of the particular community whose perception of human values and meaningfulness forms the core of what it is to be Jewish. While I have no quibble whatsoever with Scheffler that the Bible and other religious teachings provides a profound reservoir for cognitive insight into the matters of quality living and appropriate social interaction, I argue that the divorce of religious values from the metaphysics of religion is in the end misguided. My problem with Scheffler's philosophy of religion is not so much with what he has found to be central to religion, as what he has failed to find in religion. By jettisoning its metaphysical basis, he has jettisoned what is inevitably fundamental to Judaism - namely, a resolute belief in God. This being so, an atheist could more readily adopt Scheffler's version of Judaism than could the theist - an outcome which should be problematic for both the theist and the atheist. © 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

1997 Leahy M, Laura RS, 'Religious 'doctrines' and the closure of minds', JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION, 31 329-343 (1997)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9752.00059
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
1993 ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS AND THE ETIOLOGY OF MELANOMA', CANCER CAUSES & CONTROL, 4 59-62 (1993)
DOI 10.1007/BF00051715
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 11
1992 ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'THE CADMIUM PROBLEM', SEARCH, 23 31-33 (1992)
Citations Web of Science - 1
1990 ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'DIETARY ALUMINUM STILL WORRYING', SEARCH, 21 5-5 (1990)
1990 ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'LET THERE BE LIGHT', SEARCH, 21 268-269 (1990)
1990 ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'THE CAUSES OF MALIGNANT-MELANOMA - ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS AND THE MELANOMA ENIGMA', SEARCH, 21 217-218 (1990)
1989 ASHTON JF, LAURA RS, 'THE RISKS OF DIETARY ALUMINUM', SEARCH, 20 180-182 (1989)
Citations Web of Science - 1
1986 Laura RS, 'Towards a new theology of transcendence', Sophia, 25 30-40 (1986)
DOI 10.1007/BF02789847
1973 Laura RS, 'God, necessary exemplification, and the synthetic/analytic', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 4 119-127 (1973)
DOI 10.1007/BF00138699
1972 Goman TG, Laura RS, 'A logical treatment of some upanisadic puzzles and changing conceptions of sacrifice', Numen, 19 52-67 (1972)
DOI 10.1163/156852772X00043
1972 Frazier SL, Laura RS, 'Reality therapy-a critical examination', Pastoral Psychology, 23 39-48 (1972)
DOI 10.1007/BF02351365
1972 Laura RS, 'Positivism and philosophy of religion', Sophia, 11 13-20 (1972)
DOI 10.1007/BF02804052
1971 Laura RS, 'The positivist poltergeist and some difficulties with Wittgensteinian liberation', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2 183-190 (1971)
DOI 10.1007/BF00134366
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Truong H, Laura R, Shaw KM, 'The essential soft skills in business success and the strategies in soft skills development', AARE-NZARE Conference 2014: Speaking Back Through Research, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Kylie Shaw
2013 Laura 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]
2013 Guowu 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]
2013 Clarke 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]
2013 Smith 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]
2013 Tucker 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]
2013 Zhou 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]
2013 Beeken 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]
2013 Truong 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]
2012 Laura RS, Buchanan RA, Chapman AK, 'Conference Editors', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E4]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2012 Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Set free by the word of God', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2012 Laura RS, Chalender R, 'Patriarchal theism', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012 Laura RS, Clarke CS, 'Spiritual consciousness in the context of educative pedagogy', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012 Laura RS, Chapman A, 'The digital revolution: Theophilosophical reflections on the God of computechnology', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012 Laura 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
2012 Buchanan RA, Laura RS, 'Theo-critical feminism, Mother Nature and epistemological patriarchy', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2012 Laura 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]
2012 Zhou 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)
2009 Laura 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]
2009 Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Setting free the word of God', Religious Communication Conference: Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2007 Laura 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]
2001 Laura RS, 'The technologisation of relationships', Slivalake Convention 2001 - CD, Sanur Bali (2001) [E2]
1989 Laura 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
1989 White 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
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $2,500

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19931 grants / $2,500

'World Congress on Health and the Environment', Lindau Germany, October-November$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ronald Laura
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174440
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed13
Current23

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters1.2
PhD9.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Towards a Quantum Perspective in Health Education: Building New Foundations for a Holistic Theory of the Importance of Nutrition in Health
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Teacher's Intention to Use Technology in Mathematics Class in Saudi Arabia High Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters The Problem of Low Pass Rates and the Declining Quality of Education in Secondary Schools Around the Province of Sofala in Mozambique
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Transformation from Needs to Goals: Improving the English Proficiency of Thai Undergraduate Students.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Classroom-Based Oral Assessment of EFL in Tertiary Education: An Investigation into Construct Validity and Reliability
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters The Christian School Movement in Australia: Achieving Outcomes or Maintaining the Status Quo?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD How Does Vietnamese Culture Shape Women's Leadership in Higher Education? A Case STudy in Khanh Hoa Province
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Exploring 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)
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Is the Baha'i Faith a Speculative Sect of Islam: A Case For and Against and Implications for Religious Education.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD An Examination of Moral Decision-Making in Medicine, Informed by a Habermasian Paradigmatic Approach: Implications for Medical Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Critical Reflections on the Evolution of Concepts of Whole Child: With Particular Reference to the Recent Development of the Australian Walker Learning Approach
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Critical 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
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD An Exploration of Factors Which Affect the Christian Ethos of Christian Schools: A Case Study
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Exegesis of Islamic Sources and Educational Ramifications
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Ethics and Moral Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Essential Soft Skills for Successful Business Graduates in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Reclaiming our Mythical Past: Philosophical Reflections on Creation Mythology in the Reconceptualisation of a Multicultural Heuristic for the Spiritual Development of Children
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2009 PhD Harmonisation with Nature: Enhancing Health Education through Empathetic Ecomusication
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2008 PhD Interface Between Moral and Legal Education; Towards a New Paradigm of an Inclusive Understanding for Dispute Resolution
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2008 PhD A Pedagogy for Pacific Communities in Relation to Domestic Violence
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2007 Masters Elaborating the Matrix System of Exercise and Diet as the Foundation for a Comprehensive Programme of Longevity Education
Philosophy, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2007 Masters Developing the Concept of Empathetic Education as a Core Concept in the Moral Education of Pacific Islanders
Philosophy, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2001 PhD Computer Technology And The Health Curriculum
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Philosophical Reflections on the Importance of a Values-Based Program of Environmental Education, with Special Reference to the Pedagogy of Empathetic Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Philosophical and Theological Reflection on the Bible as a Significant Body of Non-sectarian Literature in Religious Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Toward a New Paradigm of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 Masters Reconceptualising the Philosophical Foundations of Health Education with Respect to the Impact of Food Technology on Human Health
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2010 PhD Toward an Understanding of the Role of Human Development in Education for Health: A Key to Evolving a Quantum Perspective
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2010 PhD Liturgical Minimisation in the Presbyterian Church of Australia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD New Frontiers of Feminist Education: Challenging the Presumptions of Epistemological and Rationalist Patriarchy in the Context of Emancipatory Pedagogy
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2008 Masters The Effects of Sprint and Bounds Training on 0-30 m Running Speed in Elite Adolescent Rugby League Players
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2006 PhD Towards a new E.R.A. Epistemological Resolution Analysis by, through and from Klein Bottle Wholeness and Transdisciplinary Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2006 PhD Philosophical Reflections on the Technologisation of Education: Exploring the Nexus Between Computechnology and Depersonalization
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2004 PhD Empathetic Epistemology: Challenging the Contemporary Paradigm of Educational Knowledge
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2004 PhD Toward an Inclusivist Reading of Text: Educational Implications from the Reading and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2002 PhD Tracing 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"?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
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Professor Ronald Laura

Position

Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email ron.laura@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5942
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HC44
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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