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
  • Thematic analysis
  • Student aspirations

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
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Gore J, Gibson S, Fray L, Smith M, Holmes K, 'Fostering Diversity in the Creative Arts by Addressing Students' Capacity to Aspire', Journal of Creative Behavior, (2018)

© 2018 The Creative Education Foundation. Research on young people's aspirations and their capacity to aspire to higher education has proliferated in recent decades, however,... [more]

© 2018 The Creative Education Foundation. Research on young people's aspirations and their capacity to aspire to higher education has proliferated in recent decades, however, very little attention has been paid to the creative arts. Diversity in the arts remains a persistent issue in many nations, and repeated attempts to promote diversity in the Australian arts community have had limited impact, suggesting the need for new approaches. Drawing on data from a 4-year longitudinal study of students from ages 8 to 18 (n = 6,492) in government schools, we examine school students' aspirations for careers in the arts. Arts-related careers were popular among students, yet we found a distinct lack of diversity among those aspiring to such careers. Using logistic regression analysis we found that being female, high achieving, from an English-speaking background, possessing high cultural capital, and attending advantaged schools were significant predictors of interest in the arts, suggesting the likely reproduction of existing patterns of participation. We argue that initiatives within schools are essential to disrupting these patterns and building the capacity of a more diverse range of students to aspire to careers in the arts.

DOI 10.1002/jocb.232
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
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
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Natasha Weaver, Adam Lloyd, Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith, Maree Gruppetta
2017 Gore J, Rickards B, Fray L, Holmes K, Smith M, 'Profiling Australian school students' interest in a nursing career: insights for ensuring the future workforce', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 35 12-22 (2017) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore
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, 36 1383-1400 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2017.1325847
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Natasha Weaver, Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore, Patrick Mcelduff
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 - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore
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 Maree Gruppetta, Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith, Adam Lloyd
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
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 - 20Web of Science - 20
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Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Lloyd AB, Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Fray L, 'Exploration of parental influence(s) on who seeks a career in STEM', Newcastle upon Tyne UK (2016)
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Adam Lloyd, Jenny Gore
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, Melbourne (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), Geelong Victoria, Australia (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Adam Lloyd, Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith

Report (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Gore J, Ellis H, Fray LT, Smith M, Lloyd A, Berrigan C, et al., 'Choosing VET: investigating the VET aspirations of school students', National Centre for Vocational Education and Training (NCVER) (2017)
Co-authors Natasha Weaver, Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore
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 Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
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
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $1,293,364

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20173 grants / $755,305

Professional development in equity interventions for school teachers$599,984

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Penny Jane Burke, Associate Professor Peter Howley, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Doctor Jess Harris, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Doctor Leanne Fray, Doctor Adam Lloyd, Dr Andrew Harvey, Professor Jo Lampert
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701442
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

Girls in Maths$116,249

Funding body: Margaret Bowers Estate

Funding body Margaret Bowers Estate
Project Team Laureate 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 2018
GNo G1700309
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
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 Laureate 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 C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

20163 grants / $538,059

Locating Aspirations: Evidence to support participation in higher education of low SES students from regional and remote Australia$278,672

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Laureate 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 C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

Learning Impact: Evaluation of QuickSmart Maths$169,091

Funding body: Social Ventures Australia

Funding body Social Ventures Australia
Project Team Laureate 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 C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
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 Laureate 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 C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
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’: Reconsidering Australian Higher Education Equity Policy Through a Comprehensive Analysis of the Aspirations of Prospective First-In-Family Students PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Leanne Fray

Position

Postdoctoral Fellow
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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