Publications of Ken Purnell

Refereed journals:

      Fasso, W., Knight, B. & Purnell, K. (2016). Distributed leadership of school curriculum change: an integrative approach. School leadership & management, 36 (2), 204-220. doi:10.1080/13632434.2016.1209177

      Fasso, W., Knight, B. & Purnell, K. (2016, under review). Competing curriculum discourses: Teachers’ beliefs and externally imposed curriculum.

      Purnell, K. (2013). Building Geography’s new frontier: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Geography. Geographical Education, 26, 42-50.

      Purnell, K. & Muldoon, N. (2012). Informed prescription and informed professionalism in geographical education. Geographical Education, 25, 29-38.

      Harrison, A. & Purnell, K.N. (2011). Developing accurate student conceptions in Geography and Science. Geographical Education, 24, 34-40.

      Purnell, K. N.  (2010). Geography teaching: Sharing the expertise. Geographical Education, 23, 41-48.

      Purnell, K.N., McCarthy, R. & McLeod, M. (2010). Student success at university: Using early profiling and interventions to support learning. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 7 (3), 77-86.

      Purnell, K. N.  (2009). Geography Teaching Standards and the development of teacher expertise. Geographical Education, 22, 6-8.

      Miles, B., Greer, L., Akbar, D., Dawson, M., Lyons, T., Purnell, K. & Tabert, S., (2009). Investigating the barriers and enablers in attracting and retaining suitably qualified professionals to specialist teaching and non-teaching roles in Queensland State Schools. Brisbane: Department of Education and Training.

      Purnell, K. N. & Hutchinson, N.  (2008). Geography takes centre stage: Australia’s new national curriculum. Geographical Education, 21, 8-14.

      Grainger, P. Purnell, K.N., & Zipf, R.  (2008). Judging quality through substantive conversations between markers. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 33, 133 – 142.

       McKavanagh, M, & Purnell, K.N. (2007). Student Learning Journey: Supporting student success through the Student Readiness Questionnaire. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 4, 27-38.

Purnell, K. N.  (2007). Geography fieldwork: Making a difference by using a ‘backward design process’ to enhance learning. Geographical Education, 20, 45-50.

Tabert, S. & Purnell, K. (2007). Making Energy a Priority in Schools: An Analysis of Energy Behaviours. CQU Edited Collection.

Tabert, S. & Purnell, K. (2007). Making energy a priority in schools: An evaluation of the Queensland Solar Schools Initiative. In B. A. Knight, B. Walker-Gibbs, & J. Delamoir (eds.), Research Into 21st Century Communities. Ch. 14.

Purnell, K. N. (2006). Making connections and creating sustainable futures through a residential learning program in the middle years of schooling. Geographical Education, 19, 37-45.

Purnell, K. N. (2006). Geography – Making connections and creating futures. Geographical Education, 19, 2-3.

Miles, R. & Purnell, K. N. (2005). Climate change: How real is it? The issues and implications, Geographical Education, 18, 31-45.

Gralton, A., Sinclair, M. & Purnell, K.  (2004). Changes in Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviour: A Critical Review of Research into the Impacts of Environmental Education Initiatives, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 20(2). 41-52.

Purnell, K., Sinclair, M. & Gralton, A.  (2004). Sustainable Schools: Making energy efficiency a lifestyle priority, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 20(2), 81-91.

Purnell, K. N.  (2004). Creating sustainable futures through experiential learning in an energy efficiency in schools program. Geographical Education, 17, 40-51.

Purnell, K. N., Callan, J., Whymark, G., & Gralton, A. (2004). Managing learner interactivity: A precursor to knowledge exchange. In S. Aldred, L. Hinton & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Best practice in university learning and teaching: Learning from our challenges (Part 2). Theme issue of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 1(2), 32-44.

Whymark, G., Callan, J., & Purnell, K. N. (2004). Online learning predicates teamwork: Collaboration underscores student engagement. In S. Aldred, L. Hinton & P. A. Danaher (Eds.),  Best practice in university learning and teaching: Learning from our challenges (Part 2). Theme issue of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development , 1(2), 61-71.

Purnell, K. & Waters, N. (2003). Geography futures: Assessing student achievement using ICTs to enhance student learning. Geographical Education, 16. 18-23.

Purnell, K. N.  (2002).  Geography for all. Geographical Education, 15, 3.

Purnell, K. N.  (2000).  Contextualised learning through in-school vocational education: Aspects of the Queensland experience.  International Journal of Vocational Education and training, 8, 45-68.

Jeffery, S. & Purnell, K. N.  (1998).  Selecting to study at a regional university:  Factors influencing enrolment choices of school leavers and beginning students.  Journal of College Admissions, 160.

Cuskelly, E. & Purnell, K. N.  (1997).  Hearing distance education student voices: Issues and implications for practice.  Distance Education, 18 (2).

Crock, M., & Purnell, K. N.  (1996).  Improving learning through computer based assessment.  The Education Journal.

Purnell, K. N., Cuskelly, E., Danaher, P.  (1996). Improving distance education for university students:  Issues and experiences of students in cities and rural areas.  Journal of Distance Education, XI (2), 75-101.

Purnell, K. N. & Hallinan, P.  (1995).  School-based senior school curriculum studies for preservice teachers.  South Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 23, 35-43.

Purnell, K. N., Lee, C. & Lambert, D.  (1995).  Promoting world class standards in geography with junior high school students.  International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 4,  32-43.

Purnell, S. E., & Purnell, K. N.  (1995).  Infant regulation of breastmilk intakes and the effects on milk supply and composition.  Research report.  Nunawading, Victoria: NMAA.  (Refereed paper of 6 pages.)

Lambert, D. & Purnell, K. N.  (1994).  International testing in geography:  Comparing students' achievements within and between countries.  Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 1, (2), 167-179.

Purnell, K. N.  (1993).  Evaluating quality geographical and environmental education research.  International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2, (1), 70-72.

Purnell, K. N., & Solman, R. T.  (1993).  Improving learners' comprehension of technical material using developments in cognitive science.  Queensland Researcher, 9, 24-30.

Purnell, K. N., & Solman, R. T.  (1993).  The application of cognitive load theory to improve the learning of spatial information.  International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2, (2), 80-91.

Danaher, P. A. & Purnell. K. N.  (1992).  Object categorisation and concept development of adult learners.  Queensland Researcher., 8, (1) 13-20.

Purnell, K. N., & Solman, R. T.  (1991).  The influence of technical illustrations upon students' comprehension in geography.  Reading Research Quarterly, 26, 277-299.

 (Reading Research Quarterly is the world's leading journal in reading.)

Purnell, K. N., Solman, R. T., & Sweller, J.  (1991).  The effects of technical illustrations on cognitive load.  Instructional Science, 20, 443-462.

 

 

Book chapters - refereed:

Fasso, W., Knight, B. & Purnell, K. (2016). Navigating, negotiating and nullifying research around school curriculum change. In D. Rossi, F. Gacenda, & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Navigating the education research maze: Contextual, conceptual, methodological and transformational challenges and opportunities for researchers (pp 145-161). Melbourne, Victoria: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-39853-2

Harrison, A. & Purnell, K.N. (2012). Sustainability education in Australia: Using the evidence. In M. Robertson (Ed.) Schooling for Sustainable Development: A focus on Australia, New Zealand and the Oceanic region. Sydney: Springer.

Tabert, S. & Purnell, K. (2007). Making energy a priority in schools: An evaluation of the Queensland Solar Schools Initiative. In B. A. Knight, B. Walker-Gibbs, & J. Delamoir (eds.), Research Into 21st Century Communities. Ch. 14.

 

Book chapters:

Ackworth, K. & Purnell, K. (2014). Marine environments. In C.Acworth, R.Cook, T. Eggleton, X. Guo, k. Hargroves, D. Marinova, P. Newman, K. Purnell, J. Sammut, K. Thompson & F. Tonnizo (Eds.), Geography for the Australian Curriculum 10 (pp. 123-139). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Purnell, K. N.  (1996).  Case studies.  In M. Naish & R. Gerber (Eds.), Qualitative Research Methods in Geography (pp. 85-94).  Armidale, NSW: International Geographical Union.

Purnell, K. N. & Cuskelly, E.  (1996).  University students learning at a distance in rural and metropolitan settings: Focus groups research.  In G. Lawrence, K. Lyons & S. Momtaz (Eds.), Social change in rural Australia: Perspectives from the Social Sciences (pp. 201-217).  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University, Rural Social and Economic Research Centre.

 

Chief Editor for International Symposium Refereed Proceedings:

Purnell, K., Lidstone, J. & Hodgson, S. (2006)  Changes in Geographical Education: Past, Present and Future. Proceedings of the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education Symposium, Brisbane. International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education and Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, ISBN: 0 949286141

 

Conference presentations and proceedings (including refereed conference proceedings)

Purnell, K. (2016, January). Should we fail more students? Hawaii International Conference on Education. Retrieved from http://www.hiceducation.org/EDU2016.pdf. Available in digital proceedings ISSN #1541-5880.

Purnell, K. (2016, January). Strengthening marker judgments using calibration processes. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Retrieved from http://www.hiceducation.org/EDU2016.pdf.  Available in digital proceedings ISSN #1541-5880.

Purnell, K. (2015, October). Blended general and vocational education: Experiences from schools. October VET Conference – invited speaker. Mackay: Central Queensland University.

Purnell, K. (2015, September). Building student resilience to increase retention. Strategies for Student Retention Conference – invited speaker. Melbourne: Criterion Conferences.

Purnell, K. (2015, May). I have the power: using my brain plasticity and stretch goals to improve my learning. Central Queensland University Seminar for Year 12 students, Rockhampton.

Purnell, K. (2015, March). Retention, stretch goals and self-monitoring. Student Recruitment and Retention Forum – Invited speaker, Sydney: Informa.

Purnell, K. (2014, March). Implementing the Australian Curriculum Economics and Business: Lessons from early trials. Australian Curriculum Aligning Learning Areas Conference of the Queensland Studies Authority, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Purnell, K. (2014, February). Pre-birth to age 5: Contemporary messages from neuroscience. Children’s Champions Conference in Rockhampton, Queensland.

Purnell, K. (2014, January). Letting students into the secret: Aligning assessment and using exemplars. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Retrieved from http://www.hiceducation.org/EDU2014.pdf

Purnell, K. (2012, April). Quality assessment practices using Information Technology: Lessons from neuroscience. Brisbane: QSA.

Purnell, K. & Dudley, B. (2012, January). Developing assessor expertise through social moderation. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Available on CD Rom:  ISSN #1541-5880.

Purnell, K. (2011, December). You can teach an ‘old dog’ new tricks: Neuroplasticity and improving assessment culture. Brisbane: QSA.

Purnell, K. & Dudley, B. (2011, July). The quality of judgments of standards evidenced in student responses to assessment: Moderation, neuroplasticity and learning. Brisbane: QSA.

Purnell, K. (2007, September). Literacy outcomes from extended Middle Years of Learning Programs at NKIEEC.  Queensland Outdoor and Environmental Education Annual Conference, North Keppel Island.

Purnell, K. (2007, April). Human ethics and implications for research. Central Queensland University Research Higher Degree Students and Supervisors Seminar, Rockhampton.

Purnell, K., Tennent, B. & Cardnell, (2007, March). Quality feedback on assessment. Central Queensland University Learning & Teaching Seminar, Rockhampton.

Purnell, K., Ames, K. & Cardnell, (2007, March). Assessment for learning. Central Queensland University Staff Induction Seminar, Rockhampton.

Grainger, P., Purnell, K. & Zipf, R. (2006, October). Judging quality through substantive conversations between markers. Central Queensland University Learning & Teaching Seminar, Rockhampton.

Purnell, K. N. (2006, September).  Sustainability and climate change: Implications for practices. Rockhampton Diocese Spring School, Rockhampton.

Purnell, K. N. (2006, August).  Climate change – how real is it and what does it mean? Greening Australia and Livingstone Shire Council, Enviro-living Expo, Yeppoon.

Purnell, K. N. (2006, June). Teachers and what they do matters: The importance of direct instruction to achieve learning gains for all learners. Queensland Studies Authority, Bardon Centre, Brisbane.

Purnell, K. N. (2006, June). Education for sustainability: Innovative learning experiences for middle year students on a tropical island. International Geographical Union – Commission for Geographical Education International Conference, Brisbane, Queensland. Refereed.

Purnell, K. N. (2006, January). Creating preferred sustainable futures through residential learning and industry connections. Australian Geography Teachers Association Conference, Launceston, Tasmania. Refereed.

Purnell, K. N.  (2005, March). Working partnerships for sustainability: Industry, schools and university creating a more energy efficient future.  Beyond Declarations – Working Partnerships for Sustainability National Conference, Sydney.

Purnell, K. N.  (2004, September).  EEIS and middle schooling.  Education Queensland Environmental Education Centre Principals Conference, North Keppel Island.

Purnell, K. N. & Searle, I. (2004, July).  Dimensions of learning: Higher order thinking and decision-making.  Presented at the Queensland Studies Authority Annual State Conference at Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane.

Purnell, K. N, & Hossack, G.  (2004, July). EEIS program: Achieving learning outcomes & making industry links to create a preferred futures.  Queensland Environmentally Sustainable Schools Initiative Conference, Lennon’s Hotel, Brisbane.

Purnell, K. N.  (2004, June).  Research outcomes for the Energy efficiency in schools program.  Launch of the 2004 EEIS Program with the Minister for the Environment, The Honourable John Mickel at Gracemere State School, Rockhampton.

Purnell, K. N., Callan, J., Whymark, G., & Gralton, A. (2004, February). Managing learner interactivity: A precursor to knowledge exchange. Paper presented at the 2nd Teaching and Learning Showcase, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Qld.  Refereed.

Purnell, K., Sinclair, M. Gralton, A.  (2004, February). Sustainable schools: Making energy efficiency a lifestyle priority.  Presented at the Effective Sustainability Education National Conference at the University of NSW, Sydney.

Whymark, G., Callan, J., & Purnell, K. N.  (2004, February). Teamwork predicates online learning: Collaboration underscores student engagement. Paper presented at the 2nd Teaching and Learning Showcase, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Qld. Refereed.

Purnell, K., Callan, J. & Munnerley, T. (2003, July).  Managing learning and maximising outcomes with ICTs using a Group Support System. Presented at the Transformational Tools for the 21st Century Minds: National Conference 2003, Sea World Nara Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. (Refereed Conference paper published by Knowledge Creation Press at Eveleigh, NSW.) Pp. 80-85. Refereed.

Purnell, K. N.  (1999, April).  Evaluation of the SOSE syllabus, Sourcebook modules, Sourcebook guidelines and Initial inservice materials. Queensland School Curriculum Council SOSE Conference: Brisbane.

Cuskelly, E., Danaher, P. & Purnell, K.  (1997, September).  Just which technology do distance students really want?  Results of focus group research.  Presented at the 13th Biennial Forum of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.  Launceston, Tasmania: The University of Tasmania.

Danaher, P. Cuskelly, E. & Purnell, K.  (1997, September).  Students’ constructions of their learning requirements: Implications for “customising” Australian university distance education.  Presented at the 13th Biennial Forum of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.  Launceston, Tasmania: The University of Tasmania.

Purnell, K. N.  (1996).  Studying university subjects at a distance in rural Australia: Issues and experiences of students.  TASA ’96.  Hobart, Tasmania: The University of Tasmania.

Roberts, L., Moriarty, B. & Purnell, K.  (1996, August).  Third year students’ perceptions of their first year statistics course. Presented at the New Zealand Statistical Association Annual Conference: Research in the Learning of Statistics, Wellington.

Purnell, K. N.  (1995).  International testing in geography for junior secondary students.  Proceedings of the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (p. 125).  Newcastle, NSW: The University of Newcastle.

Purnell, K. N. & Cuskelly, E.  (1995).  University student experiences of distance education: Findings from focus group research.  TASA ‘95: Tolerance, Diversity and Social Inequality (p. 157).  Newcastle, NSW: The University of Newcastle.

Purnell, K. N.  (1994).  International testing in geography: The InterGeo project.  In H. Haubrich (Ed.), Europe and the world in geography education (pp. 155-160).  Nurnberg: International Geographical Union.

Purnell, K. N., & Hallinan, P.  (1993, July).  Partnerships between schools and universities to deliver selected discipline studies for graduates.  Paper presented at the Australian Teacher Educators Association Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Purnell, K. N., & Solman, R. T.  (1992).  Cognitive science and technical illustrations:  What can geographers learn?  In A. D. Hill (Ed.), Interdependence in Geographic Education Proceedings of the International Geographical Union Commission for Geographical Education (pp. 175-177).  University of Colorado: Centre for Geographic Education.

 

Professional journals:

Cuskelly, E., Lawerence, G & Purnell K.,  (1997).  Improving distance education delivery: Listening to students’ needs.  Northern Radius, 4, (2), 13-15.

Purnell, K. N.  (1995).  Initiatives in Studies of Society and Environment and the Key Competencies.  Econopac, June, 83-103.

Purnell, K. N.  (1995).  Empirical research and geography teaching [Review of Empirical research and geography teaching].  International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 4,  110-111.

Purnell, K. N.  (1994).  Studies of Society and Environment: A case study of developments in the national curriculum.  Economics, 30, 8-12.

Purnell, K. N.  (1995).  Update on Studies of Society and Environment.  Economics, 31,

Purnell, K. N.  (1993).  Preservice teacher education: Developing stronger partnerships between university and school practitioners.  Australian Council for Educational Administration Research Newsletter, 1, 3.

Purnell, K. N.  (1993).  The effects of recent sales tax reforms on market behaviour.  Economics, 29, 4-5.

Purnell, K. N., & Collins, R. E.  (1990).  A global issue of local origins: The greenhouse we live in.  Geography Bulletin, 22, 35-50.

Purnell, K. N.  (1988).  Using vertical air photographs to facilitate the development of topographic map reading and interpretation skills in high school students.  Geography Bulletin, 20, 156-162.

Purnell, K. N.  (1986).  Landsat: Reading and interpreting colour MSS imagery.  Geography Bulletin, 18, 48-55.

Reports

Graham, C., Knight, C., Lancaster, D., Moore, T. & Purnell, K.  (2006, June). Bachelor of Learning Management program and course review. Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  43 pages.

Purnell, K. N. & James, K.  (2006, January). Middle Years of Learning: Reconnecting to nature and improving learning gains.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  13 pages.

Purnell, K. N. & James, K.  (2005, November). Sustainable energy education in Queensland.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  41 pages.

Purnell, K. N. & James, K.  (2005, November). Powering to success.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  12 pages.

Purnell, K. N. & James, K.  (2005, February). Solar towns and energy efficiency.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  25 pages.

Purnell, K, N., Sinclair, M. & James, K.  (2004, March). Sustainable schools: Making energy efficiency a lifestyle priority. Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  28 pages.

Purnell, K, N., Sinclair, M. & Gralton, A.  (2002, December). Sustainable schools: Making energy efficiency a lifestyle priority. 22 pages.

Purnell, K, Catts, R. & Rogers, M.  (2000).  School to Work in Rural and Remote Areas Project: External Evaluation Report (Final).  Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. 67 pages.

Purnell, K, Catts, R. & Rogers, M.  (1999, June).  School to Work in Rural and Remote Areas Project: External Evaluation Report 3.  34 pages.

Purnell, K, Catts, R. & Rogers, M.  (1999, Dec).  School to Work in Rural and Remote Areas Project: External Evaluation Report 4.  22 pages.

Purnell, K. N., Moran, P. & Rogers, M.  (1999, April).   Studies of Society and Environment Key Learning Area: Evaluation report 2.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (64 pages.)

Purnell, K. N., Moran, P. & Rogers, M.  (1999, July).   Studies of Society and Environment Key Learning Area: Evaluation final report.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (51 pages.)

Bowser, D., Fitzsimmons, J., Jones, D., Kennedy, M., Nouwens, F., Orr, D., Purnell, K., Rideout, J., Schofield, G & Shepherd, D.  (1999).  Final Report from a Task Force formed to consider the issues requiring University-wide policy in the provision of support for students and staff in an online teaching/learning environment.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.

Purnell, K. N., Catts, R, Maher, M. & Rogers, M.  (1998a).  Evaluation Report on the School to Work in Rural and Remote Areas project: Report 1.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (4 pages.)

Purnell, K. N., Catts, R, Maher, M. & Rogers, M.  (1998b).  School to Work in Rural and Remote Areas project: Evaluation report 2.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (67 pages.)

Cuskelly, E., Purnell, K., & Lawrence, G.  (1998).  Hearing distance education student voices: Issues and implications for practice.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (15 pages.)

A copy of this report was provided to all distance education students at Central Queensland University.

Purnell, K. N., Maher, M. & Rogers, M.  (1998).   Studies of Society and Environment Key Learning Area: Evaluation report 1.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (6 pages.)

Purnell, K. N., Smith, L., & Rogers, M.  (1998).  Community involvement in strategic planning at Taranganba Sate School.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (6 pages.)

Purnell, K. N., Moran, P. & Rogers, M.  (1998).   Studies of Society and Environment Key Learning Area: Evaluation final report.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (22 pages.)

Purnell, K. N.  (1997).  Arbor Day 1996:  Making a difference in primary schools in Central Queensland.  Report for Central Queensland Arbor Day Committee.

Purnell, K. N.  (1997).  Vocational education in Queensland schools:  A preliminary evaluation of the effects of BSSSS initiatives under delegation from VETEC.  Brisbane: Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies.  Report distributed to all Queensland secondary schools by the Board.

Purnell, K,, Cuskelly, E. & Lawrence, G.  (1996).  Studying by distance education?  You are not alone!  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University.  (11 pages.)

Cuskelly, E., Purnell, K., & Lawrence, G.  (1995).  Student experiences of distance education at Central Queensland University:  Findings from focus group research.  Rockhampton: Central Queensland University, Rural Social and Economic Research Centre.  (63 pages.) CQU Chancellery provided a copy of this report to every staff member at the University.

Poster

Kindt, I., Woodrow, C., Hallinan, P. Rose, C., Duncum, P., Thompson, R., Danaher, P., Moran, P., Wyer, D. & Purnell, K.  (1992).  Practices and issues in the evaluation of itinerant students: A case study of Showmen's Guild children.  Queensland Researcher, 8, (2), 18.


At CQUniversity Australia Ken has led or been a senior researcher in over $330,000 worth of funded projects including leading the evaluation of syllabus and resource development for a learning area for the State of Queensland

Ken has over 120 publications – details may be viewed above

Ken invited presentations include international conferences in Sydney and Melbourne in 2015 on student retention and others in Sydney, Brisbane, London, Singapore and the United States on curriculum and assessment



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