Dr Christine Grima-Farrell

Lecturer in Special Education
PhD, Masters In Inclusive Education, Bachelor of Education (inclusive Ed), Diploma of Teaching
School of Education


Room 133, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus


Wed 12-3 Thursday 10-12

Dr Christine Grima-Farrell was an experienced school teacher and special education coordinator prior to her academic career as a teacher educator. She is the President of the NSW Institute of Educational Research and is the Convenor of the Australian Association of Research in Education Teachers’ Work and Lives special interest group.  Chris was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teaching award for Excellence in her work in the area of Inclusive Education and Research to Practice initiatives. Her Phd titled Identifying factors that bridge the research to practice gap in inclusive education was awarded the 2013 Beth Southwell Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and the Charles Sturt University Most Outstanding Thesis award. Chris has most recently been honoured with an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and holds University Excellence in Teaching Awards. Chris lives her scholarly work as she strives to raise awareness of ways to merge research and practice initiatives to support the diverse needs of students and enhance their wellbeing and resilience through promoting collaborative partnerships.



    Book Chapters

    • Datta P;Grima-Farrell C;Coates MG, 2017, 'Inclusive Practices in Mainstream Schools: An Australian Perspective', in Halder S; Assaf LC (ed.), INCLUSION, DISABILITY AND CULTURE: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE TRAVERSING ABILITIES AND CHALLENGES, edn. Inclusive Learning and Educational Equity, SPRINGER, pp. 211 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55224-8_14

    Journal articles

    • Bentley-Williams R;Grima-Farrell C;Long J;Laws C, 2017, 'Collaborative Partnership: Developing Pre-service Teachers as Inclusive Practitioners to Support Students with Disabilities', International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, vol. 64, pp. 270 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2016.1199851
    • Grima-Farrell C;Coleman J, 2015, 'Evolving intercultural partnership models: A collaborative Australian and Vanuatu case study.', Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement, vol. 10, pp. 41 - 64
    • Grima-Farrell C, 2015, 'Mentoring pathways to enhancing the personal and professional development of pre-service teachers', International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, vol. 4, pp. 255 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-07-2015-0020
    • Grima-Farrell CR;Long J;Bentley-Williams R;Laws C, 2014, 'A school system and university approach to reducing the research to practice gap in teacher education: A collaborative special education immersion project', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2014v39n5.2
    • Long J;Grima-Farrell C;Bentley-Williams R;Laws C, 2014, 'Responding to educational needs: A School System and University partnership.', The Diversity Collection, vol. 13, pp. 31 - 43
    • Grima-Farrell C, 2014, 'Curriculum-based measurement of oral reading fluency (CBM-R): An objective orientated evaluation study', Support for Learning, vol. 29, pp. 370 - 393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9604.12067
    • Grima-Farrell CR;Bain A;McDonagh SH, 2011, 'Bridging the research-to-practice gap: A review of the literature focusing on inclusive education', Australasian Journal of Special Education, vol. 35, pp. 117 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/ajse.35.2.117

    Conference Presentations

    • Grima-Farrell C, 2015, 'Enhancing student wellbeing and resilience for learning', presented at Association of Counsellors of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland Annual Conference, Brisbane, QLD., 10 June - 10 July 2015

Affiliations and membership

NSW Institue of Educational Research (NSWIeR)

Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)

Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)

Australian Association of Research in Educational (AARE)

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