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Dr Gordon Lyons

Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Gordon is a lecturer and researcher with the Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies in the School of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education, particularly in the teacher education programs.

Research

Gordon’s current research focuses on improving quality of life for people with severe cognitive impairments, including those with profound multiple disabilities and very advanced dementia. This research is currently around: decision making by and for people with severe cognitive impairments; developing ‘Stretching’ and ‘Deep Assessment”- two new techniques for improving quality of life for people with severe cognitive impairments; and curriculum development for students with profound multiple disabilities. Gordon is a member of the UON Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies Research Group and the Australian Research Network in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He has been a chief or associate investigator on nine funded research projects, and the recipient of fourteen competitive grants, awards and scholarships totalling to around $425K. He was principal of Gordon Lyons Consultancy from 1998 until 2014.

Teaching

Gordon’s school teaching expertise has been recognised in appointment to five executive positions during his school teaching career. In 2007 Gordon’s university teaching expertise was recognised through student nomination in the Nelson Hall / UniJobs competition as the Runner Up in the University of Newcastle Lecturer of the Year. In 2008 he was further recognised as one of the Nelson Hall / UniJobs Top 10 University of Newcastle lecturers of the year. Gordon currently coordinates six undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Research Higher Degree Supervision

Gordon is interested in supervising full-time PhD students in the areas of profound multiple disabilities, disability studies, classroom management, and special education. Gordon currently c0-supervises two PhD students and three MPhil students. He has previously supervised students completing Honours Theses, Teacher Research Reports, Student Equity Summer Scholarship Research Reports and has supported a UNISS scholar through to graduation. He has also supervised two MEd students to completion.

Professional Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Special Education, Master of Educational Studies, Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching, Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (UON) & Bachelor of Science (Hons), Diploma of Education (University of NSW), and:

Qualified Teacher, Special Education, Design & Technology, NSW

Qualified User, Level B Test Products: Australian & NZ Psychological Corporation

Certificated Facilitator, Community Conferencing: Transformative Justice Australia

Certificated Trainer, Talk Sense To Yourself: NSW DEC.

Certificated Trainer, Assertive Discipline; Behaviour Management Australia

Certificate, Teaching English to speakers of other languages: Australian School of TESOL

Certificate, Merit Selection: NSW Government, Premier’s Department

Other Professional ExperiencesLiaison Officer, Guardian, R/g Senior Guardian & Regional Manager: Office of the Public Guardian, NSW Attorney-General’s Department (1998-2004)

Lecturer, Tutor, Course Coordinator (contract): UON, School of Humanities, Central Coast Campus (1998-2004)

Principal, Assistant Principal, Coordinator, Support Class Teacher, Support Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Senior Education Officer Class 1 & 2: NSW Department of Education (1984-1997)

Lecturer, Tutor (contract): Taree College of Technical and Further Education (1987-1992)

Head Teacher, Faculty Coordinator, Classroom Teacher: Catholic Schools Offices, Sydney (1980-1983)

Current Memberships & Professional Activities

Board Director: Yourimbah (Central Coast Campus Student Association)

Editorial Panel Member: Special Education Perspectives

Member: Australian Research Network in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Member: Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies Research Group

Guest Reviewer: Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology; Educational Psychology; International Journal of Disability, Development and Education; Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability; Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities; Teaching and Teacher Education; John Wiley & Sons, Australia; Cengage Learning Australia.

Publications (since 2013)

Lyons, G. S. & Arthur-Kelly, M. (2014). Collaborative Stretching : A research agenda for enhancing the quality of life of people with severe cognitive impairments. Journal of Care Services Management, 7(3), 107-115.

Lyons, G. S. & Arthur-Kelly, M. (2014). UNESCO inclusion policy and the education of school students with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities : Where to now ? Creative Education, 5(7), 445-456.

Lyons, G., Ford, M., & Slee, J. (2014). Classroom management: Creating positive learning environments (4th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning.

Lyons, G. S. (2014). Inclusion in primary schools. Ch.11 in P. Foreman & M. Arthur-Kelly (Eds.), Inclusion in action (4th ed.). Melbourne: Cengage.

Lyons, G. S. (2014). Practicing successful inclusion. Ch.3 in P. Foreman (Ed.), Inclusion in action (4th ed.). Melbourne: Cengage.

Lyons, G. S., Arthur-Kelly, M., & Walla, P. (2013). Towards improved ways of knowing children with profound multiple disabilities : Introducing Startle Reflex Modulation. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16(5), 340-344.

Arthur-Kelly, M, Sutherland, D., Lyons, G. S., & Foreman, P. (2013). Reflections on enhancing pre-service teacher education programs to support inclusion : Perspectives from New Zealand and Australia. European Journal of Special Needs Education, xxxxx

Other publications (under review and/or in preparation)

Lyons, G. S., Arthur-Kelly, M., Eidels, A. ‘Deep Assessment’: A novel technique for improving the understanding of and care for people with very advanced Alzheimer’s Disease

Lyons, G. S., Arthur-Kelly, M. M., & Ford, M. The Lyford Model of classroom management: Authentication through continuing ‘reflections from the field’.

Lyons, G. S., De Nobile, J., & Arthur-Kelly, M.  Classroom management (5th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia

Lyons, G. S. Coming to know people with profound multiple disabilities: A grounded theory.

Lyons, G. S. Happiness for people with profound multiple disabilities: Theorising to improve practice.

Lyons, G. S. The Life Satisfaction Matrix: A procedure for improving the life satisfaction of people with profound multiple disabilities.

Lyons, G. S. Life satisfaction for people with profound multiple disabilities: A grounded theory.

Lyons, G. S. Simple Discipline: A systemic approach to student welfare and discipline.

Lyons, G. S. & Arthur-Kelly. M., & De Bortoli, T. Triangulated proxy reporting: Improving the validity of proxy reporting for people in care

Arthur-Kelly. M. M., Lyons, G. S., et al Reported effects of a professional learning program on the knowledge, skills, and concerns of Australian early childhood educators supporting young children at risk of challenging behaviours.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Special Education, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Classroom management
  • Decision making by and for individuals with severe intellectual disabilities
  • Inclusive education
  • Inclusive education for students with additional needs
  • Pedagogy
  • Persons with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviours
  • Quality of life for children with profound multiple disabilities
  • School-wide approaches to student discipline / welfar
  • Special education
  • Student welfare and discipline
  • Teacher training / education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified 30
130312 Special Education and Disability 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2006 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/06/2006 Lecturer Macquarie University
Australian Centre for Educational Studies
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2004 Senior Lecturer BCA National Training Group
Education; Community Services
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/12/2004 Sessional Lecturer, Tutor, Course-Coordinator University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Australian College of Education Australian College of Educators
Australia
Member - Australian Teacher Education Association Australian Teacher Education Association [ATEA]
Australia
Member - Australian Association for Research in Education Australian Association for Research in Education [AARE]
Australia
Member - Australian Association of Special Education Australian Association of Special Education
Australia
Member - Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disabilities Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disabilities
Australia
Member - International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1998 - 1/12/2004 Senior Guardian, Guardian, Liason Officer NSW Attorney General's Department
Office of the Public Guardian; Community Services
Australia
1/01/1998 -  Consultant Gordon Lyons Consultancy
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1985 - 1/12/1998 Teacher NSW Department of Education and Training
1/01/1980 - 1/12/1984 Teacher Catholic Education Office
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2004 NSW Office of the Public Guardian Special Leave
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2005 Interactive Curriculum Development in Teacher Education Programs
Unknown
2001 Australian Postgraduate Award 2001-2003
Unknown
2001 The University of Newcastle, Faculty of Education and Arts Research Grant
Unknown
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $31,035

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20141 grants / $20,000

Engaging technology to optimise communicative engagement outcomes for students with multiple and severe disabilities in a range of settings $20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly, Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman, Doctor Gordon Lyons
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301375
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $11,035

Validating the life satisfaction matrix: An instrument and procedure for assessing the subjective quality of life of individuals with profound multiple disabilities$9,535

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Gordon Lyons
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187303
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Measuring Quality of Life for Persons with Severe Dementia$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Gordon Lyons
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187756
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.5
PhD1.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters Post-School Aspirations of Young Australians with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Are Existing Services Adequate? M Philosophy (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Post-School Aspirations for Students with a Mild Intellectual Disability PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Promoting Social Inclusion for Students in Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD The Outcomes of Differentiated Curriculum and Transition to Work for Students with Moderate or Mild Intellectual Disabilities PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Preparing Teachers to Use Function-Based Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disability in Vietnam: An Action Research Project PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2007 Masters Students in care xxxx Education Studies, Macquarie University Principal Supervisor
2006 Honours The transition of children with disabilities to Kindergarten Education Studies, Macquarie University Sole Supervisor
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Dr Gordon Lyons

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email gordon.lyons@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4073
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room HO1.20
Building Humanities
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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