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Mansfield, Caroline

Dr Caroline Mansfield is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology in the School of Education, Murdoch University, Western Australia. She coordinates undergraduate and postgraduate units focusing on learning, teaching and assessment processes, social and emotional development, collaborative learning and motivation.

Caroline’s research focuses on motivation of students and teachers in learning contexts. Her research has investigated the factors that influence student motivation and how motivation changes and develops during this time. She is currently involved in projects about the motivation of teachers and preservice teachers, development of teacher beliefs, teacher resilience and teacher efficacy for primary science teaching. Furthermore, Caroline has a keen interest in how well teacher education programs prepare teachers to meet the challenges of the profession and has conducted recent research regarding how preservice teachers learn about classroom motivation and how this impacts on their practice.

Caroline has received awards of excellence for both teaching and research. In 2009 she received Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in the category of early career teaching. In 2003 Caroline received the Western Australian Institute of Educational Research’s Postgraduate Award for meritorious research for her PhD dissertation.

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