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Dr Kieran Balloo

Dr Kieran Balloo
Name Kieran Balloo
Position Senior Lecturer (Pathways)
Section USQ College (Pathways)
Office A225
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4172
Extension 4172
Email
Qualifications BSc Surrey , MSc OpenUni UK , PhD Roehampton

Kieran is a Senior Lecturer and Team Leader (Academic) in the USQ College. His disciplinary background is in psychology and his research broadly explores the impact of psychosocial factors on students' transitions into and through higher education. He is Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded (£271,976) ‘Student Wellbeing & Life Outcomes Project’ (StudentWellLives.com; Twitter: @uniwelllives). Prior to working at USQ, he held Research Fellow and Lecturer positions in Higher Education and Psychology at the University of Surrey and the University of Roehampton. Kieran is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and he holds a Visiting Lectureship in the Surrey Institute of Education at the University of Surrey. Kieran invites expressions of interest from potential higher degree (Master of Research and PhD) applicants (see 'Supervision' section below for Kieran's research areas and example topics).


Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Higher Education ( 390303 )
  • Other Education not elsewhere classified ( 399999 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )
  • Inclusive Education ( 390407 )
  • Other Education ( 399900 )
  • Education Assessment And Evaluation ( 390402 )
  • Specialist Studies In Education ( 390400 )
  • Sociology Of Education ( 390203 )
  • Education Policy ( 390200 )
  • Educational Psychology ( 520102 )
  • Applied And Developmental Psychology ( 520100 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development ( 390102 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390100 )

Research interests
Academic Literacies
Assessment and Feedback
Higher Education
Student Equity
Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
Student Transitions
Teaching and Learning
Widening Participation
Mixed Methods
Q Methodology
Secondary Data Analysis

Professional memberships
Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Currently teaching courses/programs
TPP7175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling
TPP7122 Study Management

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
11 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Team Leader (Academic)
Program Coordinator, Diploma of University Studies
Program Coordinator, Bachelor of General Studies

Research most recent
Derham, C., Balloo, K., & Winstone, N. E. (2021). The focus, function and framing of feedback information: Linguistic and content analysis of in-text feedback comments. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2021.1969335

Balloo, K., Gravett, K., & Erskine, G. (2021). ‘I’m not sure where home is’: narratives of student mobilities into and through higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42(7), 1022–1036. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2021.1959298

Heron, M., Barnett, L., & Balloo, K. (Eds.). (2021). Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: Student-staff partnerships for research. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69158-5


Research most notable
Winstone, N. E., Balloo, K., & Carless, D. (2022). Discipline-specific feedback literacies: A framework for curriculum design. Higher Education, 83(1), 57–77. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00632-0

Balloo, K., Pauli, R., & Worrell, M. (2018). Conceptions of research methods learning among psychology undergraduates: A Q methodology study. Cognition and Instruction, 36(4), 279–296. https://doi.org/10.1080/07370008.2018.1494180

Balloo, K. (2018). In-depth profiles of the expectations of undergraduate students commencing university: A Q methodological analysis. Studies in Higher Education, 43(12), 2251–2262. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1320373

Balloo, K., Pauli, R., & Worrell, M. (2017). Undergraduates’ personal circumstances, expectations and reasons for attending university. Studies in Higher Education, 42(8), 1373–1384. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1099623


Publications in ePrints

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 and Winstone, Naomi E. (2021) A primer on gathering and analysing multi-level quantitative evidence for differential student outcomes in higher education. Frontline Learning Research, 9 (2). pp. 121-144.

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 and Hosein, Anesa and Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A. (2021) Academic pressures and mental distress during adolescence: associations with participation in higher education. In: Symposium Conducted at the International Conference on Research into Higher Education 2021: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times, 6 Dec - 10 Dec 2021, United Kingdom.

Barnett, Laura and Heron, Marion and Balloo, KieranORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 (2021) Creating ‘excellent’ partnerships: reflections on practice. In: Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: student-staff partnerships for research. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 199-208. ISBN 978-3-030-69157-8

Ramdhonee-Dowlot, Karishma and Balloo, KieranORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 and Essau, Cecilia A. (2021) Effectiveness of the Super Skills for Life programme in enhancing the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents in residential care institutions in a low- and middle-income country: A randomised waitlist-controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 278. pp. 327-338. ISSN 0165-0327

Heron, Marion and Barnett, Laura and Balloo, KieranORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 (2021) Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: student-staff partnerships for research. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-030-69157-8

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Higher Education ( 390303 )
  • Other Education not elsewhere classified ( 399999 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )
  • Inclusive Education ( 390407 )
  • Other Education ( 399900 )
  • Education Assessment And Evaluation ( 390402 )
  • Specialist Studies In Education ( 390400 )
  • Sociology Of Education ( 390203 )
  • Education Policy ( 390200 )
  • Educational Psychology ( 520102 )
  • Applied And Developmental Psychology ( 520100 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development ( 390102 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390100 )


Research topics