Professor Trevor Cairney OAM

Honorary Professor


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2 9351 5027

Building.Room: A35.

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Learning, cognition and motivation

Research on teaching and learning

  • Early childhood education
  • English and literacy

Selected publications


Book chapters

  • Cairney, T. H. (2016). Building Effective Relationships Between Home, School and Communities. In J. Scull & B. Raban (Ed.), Growing Up Literate (pp. 219–255), Melbourne: Eleanor Curtain.
  • Cairney, T. H. . (2016). Community Literacy Practices and Education: Australia. In B. Street & S. May (Ed.), Literacies and Language Education (Encyclopedia of Language and Education series) (3rd ed.,), London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Cairney, T. H. (2014). Family literacy research: Key trends and policy implications. In B. Raban & J. Scull (Ed.), Literacy Research for Practice: Building an Australian evidence-base for teaching in the early years Melbourne: Eleanor Curtain.

Journal articles

  • Trevor H. Cairney. (2020). Seeking unity of faith, pedagogy and transformation. International Journal of Christianity and Education, 24(3), 247–250.
  • Cairney, T. H. (2018). Editorial: Is anything beyond the human imagination?. International Journal of Christianity & Education, 22(2), 95–98. DOI:10.1177/2056997118768212
  • Cairney, T. H. (2017). Coping with complexity, change and challenge in ‘the middle’. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 25(3), 7–10.
  • Cairney, T. H. (2016). Editorial: Applying the ‘why’ question to Christian involvement in Education. International Journal of Christianity in Education, 20(1), 2–6. DOI:10.1177/2056997115622206