Dr Margaret Kiley

PhD (Adelaide) M.Ed.Admin (Deakin) Grad.Dip.Ed.Admin. (UniSA) B.Ed. (Uni SA) Dip T. (Uni SA)
Visiting Fellow: Research School Humanities and the Arts and Adjunct, Newcastle University
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Higher Education 130103
  • Specialist Studies In Education 1303
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302
  • Other Education 1399

Research interests

Main research interests focus on graduate research education and include:

  • Pathways into, and from doctoral education
  • Honours
  • The development of skills in research education
  • The examination of research theses
  • Threshold concepts in doctoral education
  • Conceptions of research, and
  • The Mobility of Australian postgraduate students


Margaret joined the ANU in December 2004 after working for three years at the University of Canberra and eight years at the University of Adelaide in the Advisory Centre for University Education (ACUE). Margaret has been involved for many years in education at school and university levels in South Australia, Northern Territory, Indonesia, ACT and England.

Margaret completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide where she undertook a longitudinal study related to the expectations and experiences of Indonesian research students studying in Australia.

Researcher's projects

Funded research includes

Available student projects

Margaret is particularly interested in being involved in supervisory panels where the candidate's project relates to aspects of doctoral education.

Current student projects

Current research candidates:

  • Rhonda Fuzzard
  • Nigel Palmer
  • Will Shannon
  • Susan Page
  • Nonie Tuxen
  • Rami Ibo
  • Manfred Lai
  • Martha Kinsman

Past student projects

Dr Ying Zhang
The influence of Chinese cultural custom and policy practice on doctoral supervision in the Management discipline in China

Dr Lynette Johns-Boast
Engineering the Curriculum: Towards and adaptive curriculum

Dr John Fricker
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the dental profession in Australia: An approach and its implications

Dr Steve Thornton
Slow Maths: A metaphor of connectedness for school mathematics

Dr Malba Barahona
Understanding English language teacher education in Chile: A cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) perspective

Professor Imogen Mitchell
Patient Deteroration: The Effect of Humans and Systems in One Health Care System.

Dr Henk Eijkman
Online learning as curricular justice? A critical framework for higher education

Dr Monica Kennedy
Developing a holistic perspective on learning and knowledge in a public sector organisation: An exploration of workplace experience


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  22 March 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers