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About Katrina Eddles-Hirsch

Dr Katrina Eddles-Hirsch is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. Dr Eddles-Hirsch has taught at university, middle school and primary school levels. She has undertaken various roles in education such as lecturer, headmistress, gifted and talented coordinator, visual arts and primary school teacher. She has taught in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Dr Eddles-Hirsch received her Master of Education from the University of New South Wales. Her research used a phenomenological theoretical framework to discover the benefits and disadvantages of the specialised educational setting. Dr Eddles-Hirsch received her PhD from the University of Wollongong and received the 2010 Beth Southwell Research Award for outstanding doctoral research. Her PhD explored the type of social contexts schools need to create in order to ensure optimal education of their gifted and talented population.

Dr Eddles-Hirsch’s current research focus is the social and emotional development of gifted children incorporating topics such as social context, challenging instruction and gender.

AARE Blog presentation (2014) Girly Girls, Tomboys, Jocks and Nerds: Gifted girls and boys experience of the specialised school environment.
Consultant Lane Cove Public School, Sydney (2013): How to create an equitable gifted program in the primary school environment.
Workshop leader with Anna Novak, St Therese`s Mascot, Sydney (2013): How Numeracy can be implemented across the curriculum using Apps.
Manuscript Reader: Roeper Review, (2011 to 2012)
Abstract Reader. (2010). 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness, Sydney


Present Senior Lecturer, The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Education, Sydney


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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Winner of the Mensa Richard Johns Grant
  • 2016 International scholar at the University of Portland

Contact Information

Dr Katrina Eddles-Hirsch

Senior Lecturer
Phone: (02) 8204 4130

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