Murdoch University is recognised as one of Australia’s leading research institutions. It has a strong commitment to its students and has achieved a 5 star rating for graduate satisfaction on 13 occasions. Murdoch University maintain three campuses in Western Australia and transnational partners in Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia. Currently there are more than 18,000 students (3000 international) enrolled at Murdoch University. The School of Education is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a center of excellence in its teaching, research and professional services. In the past 5 years, Murdoch’s School of Education has lead two highly recognized externally funded research projects on teacher resilience.
Dr Caroline Mansfield is senior lecturer in teacher education, in the School of Education at Murdoch University. Her research focuses on motivation in learning contexts and teacher motivation, emotion, efficacy and resilience across career stages. From 2009-2012, Dr Mansfield was project leader for the Australian Teaching and Learning Council project entitled “Keeping Cool: Embedding resilience in initial teacher education curricular”. Key deliverables of this project include development of the Keeping Cool website (www.keepingcool.edu.au) which provides resources to build teachers’ and pre-service teachers’ resilience, and a resilience framework for teacher education. This successful project also made recommendations for development of teacher resilience at the university and early career stages. Currently, Dr Mansfield is leading the project “Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRiTE)” funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching, Australia.