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Dr Kristina Turner

Lecturer, Primary Education


Dr Kristina Turner is a Lecturer in Primary Education at Swinburne University. Kristina is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Primary) courses. Kristina has worked in a variety of school and university settings.

Kristina's research focuses on teacher wellbeing and incorporates five key areas:

  • Teachers’ wellbeing and use of positive psychology strategies including the effects on their teaching practice and students’ learning
  • Why people choose teaching as a career
  • Pre service teacher emotional intelligence
  • Teacher targeted bullying and harassment
  • Teacher wellbeing, stress and self-efficacy during the COVID pandemic

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
American Educational Research Association

Kristina is happy to work with students who hope to pursue post-graduate studies in teacher wellbeing, positive psychology in education, emotional intelligence in education, student engagement in learning and primary education. 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

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators - 130313
  • Higher Education - 130103
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development - 130202

Teaching areas

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


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

  • 2019: How to raise the status of teachers using digitally mediated social innovation *; ACDE_PT

* Chief Investigator