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This award will be decided by open competition based on the submission of a paper appropriate for publication in the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. Researchers eligible to receive this award will have completed their PhD within the last six years, and will be currently engaged in research which has the potential to make a significant contribution to theory or practice in the learning difficulty area. 

Previous Recipients

2015 – Dr Tanya Serry

The 2015 Early Career Researcher Award, presented by the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, was awarded to Dr Tanya Serry. The central theme of Tanya Serry’s research is on policy and practices in the Australian context for students at all levels, who struggle with reading and spelling.

2015 AJLD Early Career Highly Commended Award to Dr Anne Bellert

Dr Anne Bellert, of Southern Cross University Faculty of Education and Social Work, received the special 2015 AJLD acclamation of ‘highly commended’ for her paper Effective Re-teaching, AJLD Vol 20 No.2. This review focuses on re-teaching within a formative cycle of instruction in regular classroom settings.

Anne’s main lecturing and research interests are learning difficulties, effective teaching for literacy and numeracy, neuroscience and education.  Anne was LDA’s 2008 Student Award Winner with her paper Narrowing the gap: A report on the QuickSmart mathematics intervention, published in the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties Vol 14 No.2. This article focuses on the cognitive factors that impact on students in the middle school years experiencing learning difficulties in basic mathematics.