Dr Peter Grainger

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Dr Peter Grainger


Senior Lecturer in Education

PhD Qld., MSocSc Qld., GC Advanced ISLPR Testing Griff., Diploma Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, National Japanese Language Research Institute (Kokken)., DipEd Qld.,  BA Griff.

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Dr Peter Grainger


Dr Peter Grainger's research focuses are assessment (grading tools), second language learning (Japanese) and more recently, Peer Review processes in tertiary educational institutions. He has taught in four universities in Queensland (Griffith University, CQUniversity, James Cook University and the University of the Sunshine Coast). Prior to his academic career, Peter worked as a Principal Project Officer for three years at the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) and towards the end of the QCAR project as a writer for the online Assessment Bank. Prior to these experiences he taught Japanese and history in Queensland secondary schools in Brisbane for 20 years.

Research grants

  • 2017: Learning and Teaching Grant ($15000): Improving assessment literacies through development of quality assessment rubrics and enhanced student outcomes in a triad based peer review process.
  • 2015: USC Exploratory Grand with Kelly Burton etc. Enhancing the reflective practice of first year law students using video recorded simulations in the USC moot court (A$10,000)
  • 2015: Teaching and Learning Innovation Grand. Oj Ruggins and Peter Grainger. Optimising P-3 Second Language Immersion Using the Accelerative Integrated Method (A$20,000)
  • 2014: USC Quickstart Engagement Grant: Developing a community of Language learners (A$1,000)
  • 2013: University of the Sunshine Coast. Faculty Seed Grant: Is a HD really a HD? Meeting the TEQSA quality assurance benchmarking agenda through moderation processes and criteria sheets
  • 2012: JCU Consensus moderation practices at JCU (A$5,000)
  • 2006: CQU The future of the BLM, investigating best practice in the Teaching School Model (A$6,000)
  • 2005: CQU Developing assessment and standards exemplars (A$5,500)
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8214-2595

Recent publications

  • Schriever, V and Grainger, P. Mentoring an early career researcher: Insider perspectives from the mentee and mentor. Accepted by Reflective Practice in September 2019
  • Grainger, P. and Weir, K. Editors. (2019) Facilitating student learning and engagement in higher education through assessment rubrics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Grainger, P;  Steffler,R., Sheepers, M., Thiele, C.; Dole,S. The DeLorean Project- Student negotiated learning, student agency and General Capabilities in the 21st century. Accepted for publication in the Australian Educational Researcher in October 2018 . DOI :10.1007/s13384-018-0287-6. https://rdcu.be/baHoi
  • Grainger, P. Heck, D. and Carey, M. (2018). Are assessment exemplars perceived to support self-regulated learning in teacher education?  Frontiers in Education, section Assessment, Testing and Applied Measurement, Vol. 3: 60 doi: 10.3389/feduc.2018.00060
  • Young, K. and Grainger, P. (accepted for publication in 2018). Attracting preservice teachers to remote locations. Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • Grainger, P., Burton, K., Crimmins. (2017 online). Assuring the quality of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across satellite campuses. The Journal of Further and Higher Education. The DOI of your paper is: 10.1080/0309877X.2017.1386286. Available at the following permanent link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2017.1386286.
  •  Carey, M; Grainger, P. and Christie, M. (online 2017). Preparing preservice teachers to be data literate: A Queensland case study. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education The DOI of your paper is: 10.1080/1359866X.2017.1402860. Available at the following permanent link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2017.1402860.
  • Visser, I; Chandler, L and Grainger, P. (2017). Engaging creativity: Fostering creative thinking in design education through assessment strategies. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education special issue: Territories of Graphic Design Education . Volume 16 Number 1. doi: 10.1386/adch.16.1.53_1 . Available at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/adche/2017/00000016/00000001/art00005
  • Peter Grainger , Michael Christie , Glyn Thomas , Shelley Dole , Deborah Heck , Margaret Marshman & Michael Carey (2017) Improving the quality of assessment by using a community of practice to explore the optimal construction of assessment rubrics, Reflective Practice, 18:3, 410-422, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2017.1295931. To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2017.1295931
  • Grainger, P.; Heck, D. and Christie, M. (2017). Evaluating the efficacy of Masters coursework criteria sheets using a 10 question framework. Journal of Further and Higher Education DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2017.1363384 available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2017.1363384
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