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Award nomination recognises initiative for students to 'change their thinking and change their life'

Published:13 August 2019

CQUni Alumnus and adjunct lecturer Dr Ragnar Purje.

CQUniversity alumnus and adjunct lecturer Dr Ragnar Purje has been recognised for his contributions to the field of education as a scholar and practitioner.

Dr Purje, a neuroscientist who is also working as a Year One classroom teacher at Cooroy State School, has been nominated for an 'Outstanding Contribution to Teaching' award through the TEACHX Awards, conducted by the Queensland College of Teachers.

The CQUni PhD graduate is the author of Responsibility Theory, a brain-based, immersive, self-talk learning program which is achieving positive outcomes for both staff and students.

It can also be applied outside of education to any organisation or individual interested in advancing their well-being and dealing with negativity.

The motto of the program is, “If I can change my thinking, I can change my behaviour and my life.”

Dr Purje's PhD thesis emphasised two key terms; the first being 'neurofluidity' which relates to cascading neurological processes that lead to brain plasticity. The second is 'Hólos', which provides a category that unifies the brain and body with one word, as opposed to two separate entities.

For a number of years now, Responsibility Theory has been used as a standard text for Preservice Graduate Teachers at the CQUniversity School of Education and the Arts, under the direction of Professor Ken Purnell.

All up, Dr Purje has 11 university qualifications, ranging from a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education) from Victoria University in 1980 to his PhD from CQUni in 2016.

Alongside his adjunct lecturer role at CQUni, he regularly presents at conferences and is published in scholarly journals around the world.

He is also an esteemed member of the traditional martial arts form Goju Karate-Do.

Winners of the TEACHX Awards will be announced during a ceremony on Thursday 24 October in Brisbane.