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My teaching and research interests focus on Tier 1 Support of all students, with a particular focus on differentiated instruction and inclusivity in Australian mainstream classrooms

Dr Kathy Gibbs is a lecturer in Special Needs and Learning Support at Griffith University. Before moving to the tertiary sector, Kathy taught across a range of disciplines and held several high-profile positions in P-12 schools in NSW and Queensland. These roles included classroom teacher, Head of Department, Counsellor, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal. Her research doctorate focused on the schooling experience of adolescent boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Dr Kathy Gibbs

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Special Needs and Inclusive Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Inclusive Education
  • Special Needs Education and Inclusion

Industry Experience

Kathy has been involved as a consultant in pastoral care at several schools in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. She is currently working with an Education Queensland Inclusive Coach in Brisbane Metropolitan to gain insight about the progress of differentiated instruction within the region.

  • Professional Membership – Kathy has been a registered teacher since 1985; Vision Australia as a Seeing Eye Dog (SED) carer.

Research Expertise

Kathy’s research expertise includes inclusive education and differentiated instruction (DI). Research highlights include:

  • Australian adolescent boys with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD): teacher and teaching factors that assess the efficacy of reducing unwanted behaviours within the classroom environment. Year: 2017      Publisher: Australian   Journal of Learning Difficulties
  • The schooling experience of   adolescent boys with AD/HD: An Australian case study. Year: 2016      Publisher: International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

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