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About Dr Renata Phelps

Dr Renata Phelps BEd(CSU) MDisEd(Deakin) DipEd(SCU) PhD(SCU)
Renata is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Education and is a Research Associate with the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University (
Renata’s main areas of research and teaching include:
• Educational information technology, in particular: computer education; computer capability; information literacy; teacher professional development in ICT; integration of
ICT in learning and teaching; management of ICT in primary, secondary, and tertiary education; and online and flexible learning and instructional design.
• Learner-centred pedagogy
• Metacognition and metacognitive approaches to learning; self-directed and self-regulated learning;
• Research with children and young people
• Action learning and action research
• Complexity theory in education;
• Organising and managing research.
Renata has been involved in a number of research projects through her work with the Centre for Children and Young People, including:
• Vietnamese children's perspectives on learning and the provision of quality primary school education within the rural Na Ri district in Vietnam - Through a partnership with ChildFund Australia
• A major ARC funded research project conducted in partnership with Catholic Education Office, Lismore Diocese (2004-7) investigated the metacognitive influences on teachers' use of information and communication technology (ICT) and the implications for teacher professional development. This project led to the development of a metacognitive approach to whole-school ICT professional development known as Technology Together. See the Technology Together website.( This research is the focus of a publication for teachers and schools:
Technology Together: Whole-School Professional Development for Capability and Confidence is published by the International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE)(2013).
More information about these and other projects can be found on the Centre for Children
and Young People projects page
• Renata co-authored a text for researchers on Organising and Managing Your Research (2007, Sage). See the Organising and Managing your Research website ( for more details.


Present Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University


Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2)6620 3134
Fax: (+61 2)6622 1833


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