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Dr Kristina Turner

Senior Lecturer, Primary Education


Dr Kristina Turner is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Swinburne University. 

Kristina's research incorporates:

  • Teachers’ and school leaders' wellbeing and application of positive psychology strategies, including the effects on their teaching practice and students’ learning
  • Pre-service teacher emotional intelligence and wellbeing
  • Teacher educator wellbeing
  • Emotional intelligence and wellbeing in higher education teachers and students
  • Primary education, pedagogy, curriculum, science of learning
  • Servant leadership in higher education
  • Wisdom in education
  • Application of digital technologies to support student learning outcomes in higher education

Recent Awards
SoSSMFE Teaching Excellence Award: ‘The innovative application of servant leadership and positive psychology principles in Initial Teacher Education course and unit leadership to enhance pre-service teachers’ experience.’
2022 Adobe Innovation Grant: ‘The importance of Arts education in primary schools: An audio-visual essay assessment’


Doctor of Philosophy, Research Major in Education, Latrobe University
Bachelor of Teaching, Latrobe University. (Generalist Teacher Primary/Middle Years)
Bachelor of Education with Honours, Latrobe University. (Generalist Teacher Primary/Middle Years)
Post Graduate Studies in Secondary Mathematics Teaching, Murdoch University (Years 7 -12 Mathematics).

Other Relevant Qualifications:
Mental Health First Aid (Certified workplace practitioner)       
Emotional Intelligence (Yale University RULER program)
Positive Psychology (Psychology of Happiness)       

Professional Memberships
Victorian Institute of Teachers
Australian Association for Research in Education
Australian Teacher Education Association
Positive Schools Australia
Positive Education Schools Association
Mathematics Association Victoria

Kristina is happy to work with students who hope to pursue post-graduate studies in teacher or pre-service teacher wellbeing, positive psychology in education, emotional intelligence in education, student engagement in learning, science of learning, primary education, mathematics and numeracy. She is also open to discuss other areas of interest.

Research interests

Teacher Wellbeing; Teacher Emotional Intelligence; Consciousness in Education; Positive Psychology in Education; Initial Teacher Education; Student Engagement; Primary Education; Wisdom in Education; Science of Learning; Mathematics and Numeracy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Teaching areas

Social and Emotional Learning;Teacher Wellbeing;Emotional Intelligence;Arts Education;Primary Education;Mathematics Education;Inquiry Learning;Numeracy Education


Also published as: Turner, Kristina; Turner, K.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Galen College Full-Service School Research and Development Project: Co-Designing a School Community Wellbeing Model *; Catholic Education Office of Sandhurst
  • 2023: Student Wellbeing Project: Strengthening Teachers' Capacity to Support At Risk Students through the Application of Positive Psychology Strategies *; Catholic Education Office of Sandhurst
  • 2021: Access Quality Teaching initiative *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2019: How to raise the status of teachers using digitally mediated social innovation *; ACDE_PT

* Chief Investigator