Learning, Equity, Access and Participation – Bruce Knight

Get to know Bruce Knight

I chose CQUniversity for my research as it’s regarded a leader in issues relevant to regional and rural areas.

Learning, Equity, Access and Participation – Professor Bruce Knight

Personal experience

After teaching in primary and special schools for 14 years, I joined the University of New England as a lecturer in education.

After being awarded a Doctor of Philosophy I became a senior lecturer and later joined the Faculty of Education and Creative arts at CQUniversity where I am now the Professor of Education.

I’m a trained facilitator and Australasian coordinator of the Strategies Program for Effective Learning and Thinking (SPELT), a thinking skills package that applies to all students from prep through to year twelve.

Throughout my career, I’ve been involved in identifying, programming for and teaching students with special needs (including gifted students), as well as conducting workshops and seminars for teachers and parents.

Research at CQUniversity: Learning, Equity, Access and Participation

The research conducted through the Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, and Access & Participation (LEAP) at CQUniversity – of which I am the Deputy Director – produces ERA-recognised outputs in the Specialist Studies in Education (1303 Field of Research).

We undertake high impact applied research that leads to sustainable benefits in the education and employment arenas for people from diverse backgrounds. Our focus is on research that provides evidence to inform policy and practice at the local, national and international level in partnership with industry and our communities.

We provide regional and national leadership in education and equity-related research. Our aim is to achieve significant research and community impact through ‘engaged research’ focussed on the themes of equity, access and participation policy and practice; scholarship of learning and teaching; education and employment pathways, and healthy communities and health education.

We have a wealth of quality supervisors readily on hand to support current and future RHD students in their research goals and onward career prospects.

Current research projects

My current research interests include developing workforce and students’ resilience, learning design, and catering for students with literacy learning difficulties.

I chose CQUniversity for my research as it’s regarded a leader in issues relevant to regional and rural areas, especially where my interests were concerned.

Research career highlights

My biggest career highlight was being made a Fellow of the International Academy of Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD) in 2006. I am one of only a few Australian education academics elected to this prestigious international organisation of premier scientists, educators and clinicians (from 29 countries) who are working together to better understand individuals with learning disabilities. The group is considered world-leading in the scientific study of human issues related to learning disabilities.

I was twice invited to the University of Alberta in Canada to teach graduate students at summer school about the psychology and needs of students with special needs in the 1990s.

Explore more about current research at CQUni’s School of Education and the Arts.