- Human Development and Learning
- The Psychology of Learning
- Managing the Learning Environment
- neurological development in children
- early and adolescent development
- cognition and learning
- gender and learning
- middle years of schooling
- teacher education and professional development
Associate Professor Michael Nagel’s research and teaching interests extend across a number of areas but focus primarily on human development and the psychology of learning. His PhD research encompassed an international project that looked at the learning experiences of Australian and Canadian teenagers.
Prior to his arrival at USC, Dr Nagel spent time in the United States researching neurological development in children, with a particular interest in early and adolescent development and areas related to a sexually dimorphic brain. Dr Nagel has authored eleven books focusing on educational psychology and child development including 'Boys-Stir-Us: Working WITH the Hidden Nature of Boys', 'It's A Girl Thing: Schooling and the Developing Female Brain', 'In the Beginning: The Brain, Early Development and Learning' and 'Nurturing A Healthy Mind: Doing What Matters Most for Your Child's Developing Brain', 'In the Middle: The Adolescent Brain, Behaviour and Learning' and ‘Human Development and Learning: Implications for Teaching. These volumes of work have been written for any person whose professional or personal interests encompass child development, learning and parenting respectively.
Aside from his teaching and research activity at the University, Dr Nagel has also conducted workshops and seminars for teachers and parents at over 300 schools in Australia and abroad. He was selected by the Australian Middle Years of Schooling to be their national travelling scholar in 2012 and is a regular presenter for Generation Next which focuses on adolescent health and well-being. Dr Nagel is also the Queensland Director of the Australian Council on Children and the Media and he has been nominated as Australian Lecturer of the year each year since 2010. Finally, Dr Nagel has won a number of awards for linking theory with the everyday realities of raising and working with children, has appeared on 'Sunrise', 'A Current Affair', 'The Project' and New Zealand TV's Breakfast program and is a feature writer for the Child and Jigsaw series of magazines which offers parenting advice to more than one million Australian readers.
- International Neuropsychological Society
- Society for Research in Child Development
- European Association for Developmental Psychology
- The Learning and Brain Society
- Middle Years of Schooling Association (MYSA)
- Queensland College of Teachers