Dr Tracy Durksen

Lecturer, Educational Psychology

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

School of Education


+61 2 9385 8507
Level 1 - Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Specialist Studies in Education, Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, Educational Psychology

Tracy Durksen, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Educational Psychology in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Tracy’s research focuses on the psychological (non-academic) characteristics of effective teachers. She conducts research in areas of teacher education, professional learning, recruitment and selection. She is specifically interested in how non-academic characteristics can be measured and developed across career phases and teaching contexts. Tracy completed her doctoral studies at the University of Alberta in Canada before joining the School of Education for 3 years as a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Educational Psychology Research Group. She currently has a lecturer position in the School of Education while continuing her program of research. Tracy’s research partnerships include a locally funded project with the NSW Department of Education on teacher success and an international collaboration with the Teacher Selection Project (York, UK). She is also interested in community-based research and evaluation, which currently includes a faculty-funded project on museum-based professional development programs for STEM teachers. She previously worked as a primary school teacher in Canada and is currently a program director of the School of Education’s new primary Master of Teaching program.


    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Martin AJ;Collie RJ;Durksen TL;Burns EC;Bostwick KC P;Tarbetsky AL, 2019, 'Growth goals and growth mindset from a methodological-synergistic perspective: lessons learned from a quantitative correlational research program', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, vol. 42, pp. 204 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2018.1481938
    • Durksen T, 2018, '-', Teaching and Teacher Education
    • Yerdelen S;Durksen T;Rimfeld K;Plomin R;Asbury K, 2018, 'Developing SENSES: Student experience of non-shared environment scales.', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202543
    • Ginns P;Martin AJ;Durksen TL;Burns EC;Pope A, 2018, 'Personal Best (PB) goal-setting enhances arithmetical problem-solving', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 45, pp. 533 - 551, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-018-0268-9
    • Yerdelen S;Durksen T;Klassen RM, 2018, 'An international validation of the engaged teacher scale', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, vol. 24, pp. 673 - 689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2018.1457024
    • Durksen TL;Klassen RM, 2018, 'The development of a situational judgement test of personal attributes for quality teaching in rural and remote Australia', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 45, pp. 255 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-017-0248-5
    • Klassen RM;Durksen TL;Al Hashmi W;Kim LE;Longden K;Metsäpelto RL;Poikkeus AM;Györi JG, 2018, 'National context and teacher characteristics: Exploring the critical non-cognitive attributes of novice teachers in four countries', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 72, pp. 64 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.03.001
    • Klassen RM;Durksen TL;Kim LE;Patterson F;Rowett E;Warwick J;Warwick P;Wolpert M-A, 2017, 'Developing a Proof-of-Concept Selection Test for Entry into Primary Teacher Education Programs', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ASSESSMENT TOOLS IN EDUCATION, vol. 4, pp. 96 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.21449/ijate.275772
    • Bostwick KC P;Collie RJ;Martin AJ;Durksen TL, 2017, 'Students' growth mindsets, goals, and academic outcomes in mathematics', Zeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology, vol. 225, pp. 107 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000287
    • Durksen TL;Martin AJ;Burns EC;Ginns P;Williamson D;Kiss J, 2017, 'Conducting Research in a Medical Science Museum: Lessons Learned from Collaboration Between Researchers and Museum Educators', Journal of Museum Education, vol. 42, pp. 273 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10598650.2017.1339171
    • Lee J;Durksen TL, 2017, 'Dimensions of academic interest among undergraduate students: passion, confidence, aspiration and self-expression', Educational Psychology, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2017.1342770
    • Durksen TL;Way J;Bobis J;Anderson J;Skilling K;Martin AJ, 2017, 'Motivation and engagement in mathematics: a qualitative framework for teacher-student interactions', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol. 29, pp. 163 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13394-017-0199-1
    • Durksen TL;Klassen RM;Daniels LM, 2017, 'Motivation and collaboration: The keys to a developmental framework for teachers’ professional learning', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol. 67, pp. 53 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.05.011
    • Frenzel AC;Pekrun R;Goetz T;Daniels LM;Durksen TL;Becker-Kurz B;Klassen RM, 2016, 'Measuring Teachers’ enjoyment, anger, and anxiety: The Teacher Emotions Scales (TES)', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 46, pp. 148 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.05.003
    • Martin AJ;Durksen TL;Williamson D;Kiss J;Ginns P, 2016, 'The role of a museum-based science education program in promoting content knowledge and science motivation', Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vol. 53, pp. 1364 - 1384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tea.21332
    • Andre L;Durksen T;Volman ML, 2016, 'Museums as avenues of learning for children: a decade of research', Learning Environments Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-016-9222-9
    • Durksen TL;Chu M-W;Ahmad ZF;Radil AI;Daniels LM, 2016, 'Motivation in a MOOC: a probabilistic analysis of online learners’ basic psychological needs', Social Psychology of Education, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11218-015-9331-9
    • Klassen RM;Durksen TL;Rowett E;Patterson F, 2014, 'Applicant Reactions to a Situational Judgment Test used for Selection into Initial Teacher Training', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 3, pp. 104 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.4471/ijep.2014.07
    • Klassen RM;Durksen TL, 2014, 'Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the teaching practicum: A mixed methods study', LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION, vol. 33, pp. 158 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.leaminstruc.2014.05.003
    • Klassen RM;Durksen TL, 2014, 'Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the teaching practicum: A mixed methods study', Learning and Instruction, vol. 33, pp. 158 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.05.003
    • Martin AJ;Durksen TL;Williamson D;Kiss J;Ginns P, 2014, 'Personal Best (PB) goal setting and students' motivation in science: A study of science valuing and aspirations', Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, vol. 31, pp. 85 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/edp.2014.19
    • Durksen TL;Klassen RM, 2012, 'Pre-service teachers' weekly commitment and engagement during a final training placement: A longitudinal mixed methods study', Educational and Child Psychology, vol. 29, pp. 32 - 46


    • Durksen TL;Klassen RM, 2016, The development of a context-specific scenario-based measure of teachers’ non-academic attributes [Final Research Report for the NSW Department of Education].


Teaching and Supervision


  • Master of Teaching (Primary Program) Director
  • EDST 5151Child Development: Psychological and Social Perspectives (Course Convenor)
  • EDST 2044 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Course Convenor)


  • 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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