Dr Leanne Fray

Dr Leanne Fray

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

After working as a teacher in public schools following her undergraduate training in teaching and social science, Leanne completed her PhD in 2013. Her thesis examined the sociological construction of risk in relation to the organised out-of-school activities of children in Australia since the 1950s. Leanne has worked on other research projects at the University across such disciplines as health and social sciences, including the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Leanne has extensive experience in qualitative research methods including focus group facilitation, data analysis, and the use of NVivo qualitative software. She has provided substantial and sustained research support to the Aspirations Longitudinal Study and has recently managed a number of HEPP-funded projects investigating the aspirations of students for specific higher education fields of study. Dr Fray is a member of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle


Qualifications

  • PhD (Leisure and Tourism), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation & Tourism), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Equity
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Student aspirations
  • Thematic analysis

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 40
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified 40
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
Casual Academic 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


(11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Gore J, Patfield S, Holmes K, Smith M, Lloyd A, Gruppetta M, et al., 'When higher education is possible but not desirable: Widening participation and the aspirations of Australian Indigenous school students', Australian Journal of Education, (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0004944117710841
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith, Adam Lloyd, Maree Gruppetta, Natasha Weaver
2017 Gore JM, Fray L, Wallington C, Holmes K, Smith M, 'Australian school student aspirations for military careers: Traditional perceptions in shifting contexts', ARMED FORCES & SOCIETY, 43 238-259 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0095327X16682046
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
2017 Gore J, Patfield S, Fray L, Holmes K, Gruppetta M, Lloyd A, et al., 'The participation of Australian Indigenous students in higher education: a scoping review of empirical research, 2000¿2016', Australian Educational Researcher, 44 323-355 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s13384-017-0236-9
Co-authors Adam Lloyd, Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore, Maree Gruppetta
2017 Gore JM, Fray L, Wallington C, Holmes K, Smith M, 'Australian school student aspirations for military careers: Traditional perceptions in shifting contexts', ARMED FORCES & SOCIETY, (2017)
DOI 10.1177/0095327X16682046
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
2017 Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Fray L, McElduff P, Weaver N, Wallington C, 'Unpacking the career aspirations of Australian school students: towards an evidence base for university equity initiatives in schools', Higher Education Research and Development, 1-18 (2017)

© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Demand for higher education in Australia has doubled since 1989, increasing the number ... [more]

© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Demand for higher education in Australia has doubled since 1989, increasing the number of students from diverse social, economic and academic backgrounds. Equity targets have seen a proliferation of programs and interventions aimed at encouraging school students, particularly those from low socio-economic status backgrounds, to participate in higher education. However, little is known about the specific occupational interests of school students upon which targeted strategies might effectively be designed and implemented. This paper examines school students¿ aspirations for specific careers that require a university education, in relation to student background and school-related variables. The analysis draws from a study of 6492 students from Years 3 to 12 in 64 New South Wales public schools. We found a complex array of factors relating to interest in different careers. Year level at school, gender and prior achievement were stronger predictors across many careers than factors such as SES, Indigenous status and school location. We argue that rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach to encouraging participation in higher education, outreach activities should be targeted to take account of student diversity and inequalities that foster differing aspirations.

DOI 10.1080/07294360.2017.1325847
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Patrick Mcelduff, Jenny Gore, Natasha Weaver
2016 Lloyd AB, Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Fray L, 'Exploration of parental influence(s) on who seeks a career in STEM' (2016)
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Adam Lloyd, Maxwell Smith
2016 Fray LT, Gore J, Smith M, LLoyd A, Holmes K, 'Guiding futures: The role of teachers in the formation of students¿ aspirations for higher education', Guiding futures: The role of teachers in the formation of students¿ aspirations for higher education (2016)
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
2015 Holmes K, Lloyd AB, Gore J, Smith M, Fray L, Wallington C, 'The future of STEM: Who seeks a career in STEM and why?', Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith, Adam Lloyd
2015 Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Fray LT, 'Investigating the factors that influence the choice of teaching as a first career', Queensland College of Teachers, 55 (2015)
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore
2015 Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Lyell A, Ellis H, Fray L, 'Choosing university: The impact of schools and schooling. Final report to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.', National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (2015) [R1]
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore
2007 Bryson LJ, Warner-Smith PA, Brown P, Fray LT, 'Managing the work-life roller-coaster: Private stress or public health issue?', Social Science and Medicine, 65 1142-1153 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.04.027
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $663,158

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20172 grants / $125,321

Girls in Maths$86,249

Funding body: Margaret Bowers Estate

Funding body Margaret Bowers Estate
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor John Fischetti, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Doctor Adam Lloyd, Doctor Leanne Fray
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700309
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Community influence on university aspirations: Does it take a village?$39,072

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Leanne Fray, Doctor Adam Lloyd, Doctor Jess Harris, Miss Sally Patfield
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701286
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20163 grants / $537,837

Locating Aspirations: Evidence to support participation in higher education of low SES students from regional and remote Australia$278,450

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Leanne Fray, Doctor Jess Harris, Doctor Adam Lloyd, Professor Geoff Whitty, Professor Max Smith
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601033
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Learning Impact: Evaluation of QuickSmart Maths$169,091

Funding body: Social Ventures Australia

Funding body Social Ventures Australia
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Drew Miller, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Doctor Jess Harris, Doctor Adam Lloyd, Doctor Leanne Fray
Scheme Learning Impact Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1600614
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Guiding Futures: The role of teachers in the formation of students' aspirations for higher education$90,296

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Associate Professor Alex Garn, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Adam Lloyd, Doctor Leanne Fray, Professor Kathryn Holmes
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600140
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 PhD On 'Being First': Navigating Aspirations and Pathways to Higher Education for First in Family School Students PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Leanne Fray

Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow
Teachers and Teaching Research Centre
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Academic
Teachers and Teaching Research Centre
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email leanne.fray@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8715
Fax (02) 4921 6020

Office

Room HA-101
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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