Motivation for secondary students who experience mathematics learning difficulties and disabilities

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Motivation for learning assists students to persist in learning in the face of difficulty and has been identified as important for academic success.  Students who experience difficulties in learning (e.g., those with intellectual disability) may disengage from formal learning, thus getting caught in a spiral of classroom failure. This project will include secondary school students who are identified as experiencing difficulties with learning and investigate factors that assist them to remain engaged or that act as barriers to engagement, in the mathematics classroom. The scholarship offered here will be conducted in association with a research project that is focussed on understanding how such students can be engaged in the mathematics classroom with learning tasks that are similar to that of their age peers.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Rhonda Faragher

School of Education


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of disability and mathematics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of education or psychology and the potential for scholastic success.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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