Dr Anne Coffey

Dip. Counselling (AIPC), Grad.Dip. Ed, B.P.E., M.Ed (UWA), PhD (Edith Cowan University)
Associate Dean

Email: anne.coffey@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0153

  • Biography

    Anne Coffey is the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning. She has over twenty years experience in teaching at a secondary level in a variety of government schools. She has also held a number of positions at the district level for the Education Department. As Project Manager, Local Area Education Planning Anne worked closely with school administrators, parents, architects, local government and Members of Parliament in the development of new schools. In the role of Manager Operations, she was involved in assisting and advising schools in matters related to Education Department policy and procedures.

    Anne is currently an Associate Professor and teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She is passionate about the early adolescent years and researches widely in this area.  Her research in the area of transition of students from primary to secondary school has been used by both the Western Australian and Queensland education sectors. Other research interests include service-learning, education policy, school organisation and youth mentoring.

  • Teaching areas

    Teaching areas

    • Early adolescent pedagogy
    • General pedagogy
    • Strategic management in education
    • Research methods

    Undergraduate courses taught

    • EDUC5215 Contemporary Issues in Secondary Schooling
    • EDUC5000 Research Methods
    • EDUC5237 Planning and Pedagogy

    Postgraduate courses taught

    • EDUC6640 Teaching and Leading in the Middle Years of Schooling
    • EDUC6670 Strategic Management in Education
  • Research expertise and supervision

    Anne is a member of the Research in the Middle Years and the Service-Learning research teams within the School of Education.  Areas that have been investigated include transition from primary to secondary school, student leadership, youth mentoring and student well being. Other areas of research have included the role of service learning in the preparation of pre-service secondary teachers.

  • Research projects

      Completed research projects

      • 2009, The PHENC Project: Interactive Video Analysis to Develop Learning and Assessment of University Students’ Practical and Communication Skills, Prof Beth Hands,
      • 2011, Managing the Move, A/Prof Anne Coffey
      • 2011, The L.E.A.D Project: Leading educational achievement through dialogue, Prof Michael O’Neill, Prof Shane Lavery, Lou Thompson, Jen Oaten.
      • 2013, An examination of why some youth mentoring relationships break down, A/Prof Judy McCallum, A/Prof Sue Beltman, A/Prof Trudi Oliver, Department of Communities
      • 2015, Service-Learning: A valuable means of preparing pre-service teachers for a teaching practicum, A/Prof Shane Lavery
      • 2018, Review of middle school teaching practice (Aquinas College), Prof Michael O’Neill, Patrick Hampton.
      • 2019, Student leadership in the middle years, A/Prof Shane Lavery

      Current higher degree by research students

      • Lucy McCrory (PhD) Perceptions of year 12 students from five Catholic secondary schools in Western Australia towards teaching as a career. Co-supervisor A/Prof Shane Lavery
      • Nancy Bonfiglio-Pavisich (PhD) Mentoring experiences of early career teachers. Co-supervisor Prof Caroline Mansfield.
        Research grants
      • O’Neill, M., Coffey, A., Hampton, P. (2018). Review of Middle School Teaching Practice ($17,250) Aquinas College
  • Book chapters

    • Coffey, A. (2018). Effective pedagogy for student learning. In Allen, J., & White, S. (Eds.), Learning to teach in a new era (pp. 74-110). Cambridge University Press
    • Lavery, S., Coffey, A., & Sandri, S. (2017,). The value of service-learning in a pre-service teacher qualification. In Lavery, S., Chambers, D. & Cain, G. (Eds.) Service-Learning: Enhancing inclusive education. Castle Hill, Sydney: Emerald Press.
  • Journal articles

    • Lavery, S. & Coffey, A. (2020, In Press). Middle school students’ views about leaders and leadership. Improving Schools
    • Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2019). Guidelines for designing middle-school transition using universal design for learning principles. Improving Schools, 22(1), 29-42
      https://doi.org/10.1177/1365480218817984
    • Coffey, A. & Lavery, S. (2018). Student leadership in the middle years: A matter of concern. Improving Schools, 21(2), 187-200.
      https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1365480217732223
    • MacCallum, J., Beltman, S., Cooper, T., & Coffey, A.  (2017). Taking care of youth mentoring relationships: Red flags, repair and respectful resolution, Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning Journal, 25(3), 250-271
      https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2017.1364799
    • Lavery, S., & Coffey, A. (2016). Service-learning: Promoting the development of the graduate professional standards in pre-service teachers. Refereed research paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Forum, Curtin University, January 29-30.
    • Coffey, A., & Lavery, S. (2015). Service-learning: a valuable means of preparing pre-service teachers for a teaching practicum. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(7), 86-101. (9 citations)
    • Coffey, A. (2014). Using video to develop skills in reflection in teacher education students. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(9) 86-97.  (14 citations)
    • MacCallum, J., Beltman, S., Coffey, A., Cooper, T., & Jarvis, J. (2014). Youth mentoring relationships: Understanding how to prevent breakdown. Report for Government of Western Australia, Department of Local Government and Communities.
    • Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2013) Development of a mobile-optimised website to support students with special needs transitioning from primary to secondary settings. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 37(1), 79–91.
    • Coffey, A., Berlach, R., & O’Neill, M. (2013). Transitioning Year 7 primary students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic schools: How successful was the move? Research in Middle Level Education Online, 36(10), 1-15.
    • Coffey, A. (2013). Relationships: The key to successful transition from primary to secondary school. Improving Schools, 16(3) 261-271.
    • O’Neill, M., Coffey, A., Lavery, S., Oaten, J. & Thompson, L. (2011). The L.E.A.D. project: Leading educational achievement through dialogue.
    • Coffey, A., Berlach, R., & O’Neill, M. (2011). Transitioning Year 7 primary students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic schools: A description of the process. Journal of Catholic School Studies, 83(2), 6-17.
    • Coffey, A. (2009). Managing the move. Report prepared for the Catholic Education Office Western Australia.
    • Hands, B. P., Parker, H., Coffey, A., Clark-Burg, K., Das, A., Gerrard, P., Hackett, C., Jenkins, S., MacNish, J., Miller, D., Rycroft, P., van Staden, C., Gilomen, K., & Flynn, B. (2009). The PHENC Project final report: Interactive video analysis to develop learning and assessment of university students’ practical and communication skills.
  • Conference papers

    • Coffey, A., Lavery, S., Chambers, D. & Cain, G.  (2019). Exploring the relationship between service-learning and the development of leadership skills in early adolescents. Paper presented at the Service-Learning Summit, Australia, Gold Coast (14-15 Nov).
    • Chambers, D., Lavery, S., Cain, G., & Coffey, A. (2019). Why service-learning: A tapestry of service-learning experiences in ITE. Paper presented at the Service-Learning Summit, Australia, Gold Coast (14-15 Nov).
    • Coffey, A. (2019). What does it mean to be a leader? Perspectives from middle years students. Paper presented at the 11th Conference for Adolescent Success, Brisbane (8 Aug).
    • Coffey, A. (2018). Leadership from the middle. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Educational Research, Sydney.
    • Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2017). Designing transition programs using Universal Design for Learning principles. Association for Middle Level Education Conference, Philadelphia (November 6-8)
    • Coffey, A., & Lavery, S. (2017). Student leadership: Putting students in the driver’s seat. Australian Association for Education Research Middle Years of Schooling Research Roundtable, 26 August.
    • Coffey, A. (2016). Service-learning: A different way of preparing pre-service teachers for a teaching practicum: Working with schools and NGOs. Paper presented at the seminar at The Education University of Hong Kong, 14 November.
    • Lavery, S., & Coffey, A. (2016). Service-learning: Promoting the development of the Graduate Professional Standards in secondary pre-service teachers. Paper presented at the Teaching & Learning Forum, Curtin University, January, 29-30.
    • Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2016). Designing transition programs using Universal Design for Learning principles. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success, Singapore, 10-11 September.
    • Coffey, A., & Lavery, S. (2015). Service-learning: A valuable means of preparing pre-service teachers for a teaching practicum. Paper presented at the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Forum ‘Education Research: Past, Present and Future, 8 August, Perth, Western Australia
    • Coffey, A., & Lavery, S. (2015). Service-learning: A valuable means of preparing pre-service teachers for a teaching practicum. Paper presented at the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, 8-10 July, Darwin, Northern Territory.
    • Coffey, A. (2014). A focus on relationships: The key to successful transition from primary to secondary school. Paper presented at the inaugural Asia Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success, 13-14 September, Singapore.
    • Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2014). Employing a mobile-optimised website to support the transition of students with special needs from primary to secondary settings. Poster presentation at the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association International Conference 2014, 19-21 November, Hong Kong.
    • Coffey, A. (2013). Transitioning year 7 primary students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic Schools. Paper presented at the research round table at the 40th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, 7-9 November, Minneapolis.
    • Coffey, A. (2013). Year 7 transition into high school: Getting it right. Paper presented at the Australian Council of Educational Leadership and Australian College of Educators Hot Topic Series, 12 September, Mercedes College, Perth.
    • Coffey, A. (2013). Transitioning year 7 students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic Schools. Keynote address at the Queensland Catholic Education Office Symposium, 'Forward Focus: Year 7 Secondary Transition', 12-13 August, Perth, Western Australia.
    • Coffey, A. (2013). Moving on Up: Development of a mobile technology to support the transition of students from primary to secondary school. Paper presented at the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Forum 'Research Informing Reform', 13 August, Perth, Western Australia.
    • Coffey, A (2013). Moving on Up: Development of a mobile technology to support the transition of students from primary to secondary school. Paper presented at the International Middle Years of Schooling Association Conference 23-25 May, Gold Coast, Queensland.
    • Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2012). Moving on up: Development of a responsive website to support the transition of students with special needs from primary to secondary settings. Paper presented at the Joint 2012 AASE/TPA Conference, 'Ethical Leadership for All', 11 – 13 July, Hobart, Tasmania.
    • Coffey, A. (2011). Transitioning Year 7 primary students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic schools: How successful was the move? International Middle Years of Schooling Association Conference, 26 -28 May, Gold Coast, Queensland.
    • Coffey, A. (2009). Managing the Move. Paper presented at the Catholic Education Office Mathematics Educators Annual Meeting, 20 November, Perth, Western Australia.
    • Coffey, A. (2009). Using video analysis software to develop pre-service teachers' presentation skill. Paper presented at the ATEA Conference, 28 June – 1 July, Albury, NSW
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Australian College of Educators (President 2018-2020)
    • Adolescent Success (Editor, Australian Journal of Middle Schooling)
    • Australian Association for Educational Research
    • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Community Engagement

    Consultancies

    • Coffey, A. (2017). Evaluation of the collaborative project. Report prepared for Catholic Education WA.
  • Invited presentations

    • Coffey, A. (2013). Year 7 transition into high school: Getting it right. Paper presented at the Australian Council of Educational Leadership and Australian College of Educators Hot Topic Series, 12 September, Mercedes College, Perth.
    • Coffey, A. (2013). Transitioning year 7 students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic Schools. Keynote address at the Queensland Catholic Education Office Symposium, 'Forward Focus: Year 7 Secondary Transition', 12-13 August, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Awards

    • 2012, Pearson Australia Prize for Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • 2016, PTCWA Outstanding Professional Service Award