Dr Jennifer St George
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Dr Jennifer StGeorge is an Early Career Researcher at the University of Newcastle. Jennifer’s PhD in music educational psychology was awarded in 2010, gaining a University and National Australian Society for Music Education Award. Since 2004, Jennifer has published eight peer reviewed articles, and twelve conference papers or presentations. In her position as Research Academic in the Fathers and Families Research Program, Faculty of Health, Jennifer has responsibility for at least ten completed and current research projects. Her responsibilities include all aspects from research design to writing up. She teaches courses in qualitative research methods, educational psychology, and human services, is a registered trainer for NVivo (qualitative analysis software) and is reviewer for two high impact journals.
- PhD, University of Newcastle, 2010
- music educational psychology; family studies; qualitative research methods
My research experience is situated in both Education and in Health.
I commenced my research career with a mixed methods doctoral study in music education psychology ('The subjectivity of musical instrument learning', 2010), and I have developed several publications and presentations from this research (e.g.,StGeorge, Cantwell & Holbrook, 2012). For the doctoral thesis I earned the Newcastle Institute of Education Thesis Prize, and the Callaway Doctoral Award from the Australian Society for Music Education . As a member of SORTI (Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact), I have collaborated in studies exploring doctoral experiences in the Fine Arts (e.g., Holbrook, StGeorge, Graham, Lawry & Ashburn, 2006).
My knowledge in the family studies discipline stems from my research with the Fathers and Families Research Program (F&FRP), Faculty of Health. As Research Academic, I have responsibility for at least ten completed and current research projects. My methodological strengths lie in qualitative and mixed research methodologies. Research instruments that I have designed and used in data collection include questionnaires, focus groups, and structured, semi-structured and in-depth interviews. Other data I work with include videos and online texts (e.g., Fletcher & StGeorge, 2011). In collaboration with Fletcher, I have developed an observation instrument designed to measure parent-child interaction (e.g., Fletcher, StGeorge & Freeman, in press).
Since 2008, I have worked within the Fathers and Families Research Program, in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health. Led by Dr Richard Fletcher, the research team has worked on a number of different projects with a core focus on fathers' role in family life and child well-being and father-inclusive practice in human services. The team have together produced a suite of peer-reviewed publications that explore fathers' influence from quantitative, qualitative and observational research approaches.
At the same time, I have been developing publications from my thesis in music education psychology and maintaining collaborations with research colleagues in SORTI (Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact).
Fields of Research
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Centres and Groups
Body relevant to professional practice.
- Member - Australian Society for Music Education
Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Government (Australia)
APA scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a HDR in Australia.
Callaway Doctoral Award
Australian Society for Music Education (Australia)
For an outstanding thesis
Newcastle Institute for Educational Research Thesis Prize
Newcastle Institute for Educational Research (Australia)
For an outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of Education.
- father engagement; men in human services;educational psychology; qualitative research methods
Courses I teach include:
Men in Human Services
Father Engagement - Theory and Practice
Qualitative Research Methods
I am also a registered trainer in NVivo qualitative analysis software and since 2007 have delivered training to research students and academics at ANU, Macquarie University and University of Newcastle.