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My research focuses on gifted and talented education, and teacher education and professional development, with an emphasis on underserved gifted populations and social justice

Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia has been a gifted and talented educator, special and inclusive education teacher and advisor, as well as a secondary English and Visual Arts teacher for over 20 years; in P-12 schools, and in Adult Education; TAFE and VET sectors, in Queensland and New South Wales. Over the last 11 years Michelle has worked with gifted and talented students throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales, and has developed teacher professional learning packages for educators in both primary and secondary schooling sectors. Michelle’s research focuses on underserved gifted populations including twice-exceptional learners (gifted students with disabilities), creativity and using Visual Arts and literacy practices to support gifted and talented students. This interest stemmed from learning Visual Arts when Michelle grew up living in Belgium. 


Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia

School of Education and Professional Studies

Gifted and Talented Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Curriculum Differentiation for Gifted Learners
  • Learning Disabilities and Classroom Accommodations
  • Underserved Populations of Gifted Students
  • Visual Arts

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

  • 2016 Bullying and gifted Children, Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children, Teachers and parents presentation
  • 2016 Lived experiences of twice exceptional children: Narrative understandings of disability and giftedness. AAEGT National Gifted Conference, Beyond the Boundaries in Gifted Education. University of New South Wales
  • 2015 Lived Experiences of Two Children with High-Functioning Autism: Research from The Edge. Asia Pacific Autism Conference - Transforming Beginnings.

Industry Experience

Michelle serves as co-convenor for the Qualitative Research Methodologies Special Interest Group Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE). Michelle is also a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She is a former president of the Gold Coast branch of the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC).Michelle has worked with teachers to develop their capacity to support the needs of their gifted and talented students through workshops and presentations for Teacher Training Australia (TTA). Other highlights include:

  • 2015 Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching (Sessional-HC)
  • Peer reviewer for Roeper Review and Gifted Child Quarterly journals.
  • Member of Griffith Special Interest Groups: Teacher Education (TE); Special Education; and, Literacy, Learning and New Media.
  • Member of the Narrative Research Group (meets at Griffith under GIER).

Research Expertise

Michelle’s research and publications are in the areas of gifted and talented education, twice-exceptional learners, at-risk adolescents, stigma and bullying in the lives of gifted and talented students, Visual Arts and gifted students, and narrative research practices. Michelle regularly presents at national and state conferences to practitioners, educators, parents and children about gifted education. Highlights of Michelle projects and publications:

  • (2018). Understanding classroom management. In Learning to Teach in a New Era (pp. 275–308).
  • Continuum of Educational Support for High Schools (Year 7-10) research project conducted by Griffith University on behalf of an Australian Government jusristiction to develop a model of support for ‘at risk’ and disengaged students. 2016
  • The lived experiences of twice exceptional children: Narrative perceptions of disability and giftedness research project that looked at the in-school and out-of-school experiences of eight twice exceptional children; uncovering narratives of stigma, bullying and coping and resilience. 2012-2016
  • Book Chapter: Insights into Disability and Giftedness: Narrative methodologies in interviewing young people identified as twice exceptional.                                                                                                                             Year: 2017                                                Book: Narrative Research in Practice (Springer)


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