Dr Robert Matthews

Dr Robert Matthews
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Education
 Email robert.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0488
 Location Floor/Room 8 16 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Qualifications

    PhD (Theoretical Physics), B.Sc. (Hons), Graduate Diploma Education, Diploma Counselling and Communications.

  • Teaching Interests

    Dynamics of Student-Teacher Interactions.

    Alternative Education.

    Neuroscience and Education.

    Theories of Learning and Education.

    Creativity, Learning and Education.

  • Research Interests

    Creativity and Education.

    Non-linear approaches to Learning.

    Psychodynamic approaches to Education, Creativity and Learning.

    Teacher Wellbeing & Rejuvination.

    Moral Dimension of Teaching

    Mutual Development of Teacher and Student.

  • Publications

    Book Chapters:

    Matthews, R.  (2010) “A Depth Psychology Account of the Creative Imagination”, in Nielson, T. & Fitzgerald, R. (Eds.) Imaginative Education, London: Cambridge Scholars.   

    Matthews, R.  (2010) “Reflections on a Pre-service Teacher Education Approach through the Lens of the Troika”, in Toomey, R., Lovat, T. & Clement, N. (Eds.) Taking Values Education to Teacher Education, Terrigal: David Barlow Publishing.

    Matthews, R. & Liu, H.  (2008) “Education and Imagination”, Jones, R., Clarkson, A., Congram, S. & Stratton, N. (Eds) in Education and Imagination. East Sussix: Routledge.

    Matthews, R. (2004) “Teaching Out of the Unconscious: The Role of Shadow and Archetype," Thompson, M., Gibbons, M. & Dutney, A. (Eds) in The Seeker: Papers in Honour of John P Keeves. Adelaide: FUIIE / Shannon Press.

    Encyclopaedia Entry:

    Matthews, R. & Liu, C. (2012) “Analytical Psychology and Learning.”, in Seel, N. M. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of the Sciences of Learning, Springer.


    Matthews, R. & Liu, C. (2012) “Role of Play in Learning.”, in Seel, N. M. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of the Sciences of Learning, Springer.


    Liu, C. & Matthews, R. (2012) “Vygotsky’s Philosophy and Learning.”, in Seel, N. M. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of the Sciences of Learning, Springer.


    Liu, C. & Matthews, R. (2012) “Psychosemiotics and Learning.”, in Seel, N. M. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of the Sciences of Learning, Springer.


    Refereed Journal Papers:


    Maniam, V. & Matthews, R. (2012) Secondary School Students' Feelings about participation in Sports.  A Qualitative Study from Six Schools in Adelaide, South Australia.  The Journal of Sport and Sociey, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp. 61-72.

    Matthews, R. (2010) The Feeling Function and Education: Differentiated Relationships and Ethics of the Teacher. Journal: Culture & Psyche, Volume 3, Number 4, pp. 102-111.

    Matthews, R. (2010)  Aligning School and University for Beginning Teachers: Utilising the Collaborative skills of pre-service teachers to support teacher induction.  Leadership in Focus, No. 18, Winter, pp. 10-12. 


    Liu, H. & Matthews, R. (2005) Vygotsky’s philosophy: Constructivism and its criticisms examined. International Education Journal, 2005, 6(3), 386-399.

    Refereed Conference Papers:
    Talib, O., Matthews, R. & Secombe, M. (2005).
    Computer-animated instruction and students’ conceptual change in electrochemistry: Preliminary qualitative analysis.  International Education Journal, ERC2004 Special Issue, 2005, 5(5), 29-42.
    Talib, O., Matthews, R. & Secombe, M (2005). Prototype Model of Computer-Animated Instruction in electrochemistry – Preliminary Quantitative Analysis.  In H.S Dhinsa, I.J. Kyeleve, O. Chukwu & J.S.H.Q. Perera (Eds). The International Conference on Future Directions in Science, Mathematics and
    Technical Education (pp.101-110). Gadong: University Brunei Darussalam. 5

    Non-refereed Journal Papers:

    Matthews, R (2008) Engaging Asian Learners: Teaching explicit concepts through active learning approaches.  English as a Second Language Educators of South Australia Journal, Vol 24, No. 2, p. 14.

                Book Reviews:

    Matthews, R. (2010) Reviving the Educator. [Review of the book Re-imagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning, Slattery, D. P. & Selig, J. L. Eds.] Journal: Culture & Psyche, Volume 4, Number 2, pp. 96-97.

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