Dr Tracy Durksen

Postdoctoral Fellow

BA (Hons) (University of Victoria), BEd (Vancouver Island University), MA (University of Victoria), PhD (University of Alberta)

School of Education


+61 2 9385 1914
131 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Specialist Studies in Education, Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, Educational Psychology

Tracy joined the School of Education in 2016 as a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Educational Psychology Research Group. Her research focuses on professional learning and teachers’ interpersonal skills, motivation, and engagement. Her program of research includes studying the use of situational judgement tests as a method that can help assess and promote the development of non-academic attributes (such as empathy and adaptability) of prospective and novice teachers. In 2015, she completed her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta (Canada) with a three-study dissertation on teacher motivation and professional learning. Leading up to her PhD program, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology, a post-degree Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. Prior to her Master of Arts program, Tracy worked as a primary school teacher.


Teaching and Supervision


  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program)Deputy Director
  • EDST 5151 Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)


  • EDST5457 Literature Review (Academic Course Supervisor)
  • EDST5320 Individual Differences and Education (Course Convenor)

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