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Dr. Robert Vanderburg

Phd, Educational Psychology at the University of California; Masters of Education, Education Psychology at the University of California
Lecturer - Education
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
School of Education and Arts - Building 5
About Me


Dr. Robert Vanderburg has a background is in methodological design, statistical analyses, psychological measurement development, and literacy. He has published research using cognitive and writing measures to run a structural equation modeling analysis which demonstrated a significant link between working memory and writing factors. One of his grants was a literacy program entitled The Claflin Saturday Academy. He developed all the measures used in the Saturday Academy Grant. While in the United States, he has received over 3 million dollars in research grants.


Dr. Vanderburg started his career teaching in New York.  From there, he taught English on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.  He taught English full time while getting his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of California at Riverside.  Before working at CQU, he was an Associate Professor at a Historically Black University in South Carolina, Calflin University. 

Universities Studied At

2005 PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of California at Riverside. Dissertation: Working Memory Contributions to Analytical and Creative Writing Samples in High School Students.

2000 Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology with a focus on writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Thesis: High School Student’s Working Memory and Its Relationship to Writing.

1995 Bachelor of Science in English Education, cum laude at the

State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Minor in Creative Leadership and Problem Solving. G.P.A. for minor was 4.0.

Credentials held: Single Subject English and Multiple Subject

Universities Worked At

Associate Professor

Claflin University

Helped students conduct research that was accepted at the APERA and AERA conferences

Responsible for advising students in the School of Education

Courses taught:

Elementary English Methods, Middle Level Teaching Methods, High School English methods, Reading and Writing across the Curriculum, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Classroom Management, and Philosophy of Education

Instructor & Teacher’s Assistant

University of California, Riverside

Instructor for Educational Psychology

T.A. for an undergraduate Teaching and Learning course at UCR—I was responsible for teaching the lab component of the course.

T.A. for an undergraduate Curriculum and Instruction course at UCR—I was responsible for teaching the lab component of the course.

T.A. for the graduate research and designed course at UCR—I was responsible for teaching the lab component of the course.



UNCF Mellon FellowshipOptimizing Talent - Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Higher Education and     Lifelong Learning

Wilson Teaching Excellence Award—for the state of South Carolina

James E. Hunter Award—Internal Award for excellence in teaching at Claflin University

Recent Research Projects
Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2021
From: 31/03/2022 to 31/03/2025
Grant: Scholarly activity (Ineligible)
Funding Scheme: Learning and Teaching Awards 2022
Total Funding: $0.00
Exploring the use of Virtual Reality to Impart Entrepreneurship and Management Knowledge through a Virtual Incubator Tour
From: 01/09/2021 to 31/08/2023
Grant: Contract Research (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Rockhampton Regional Council
Total Funding: $5,000.00
Evaluation of a creative learning experience in Transformative Learning for clinical teachers
From: 04/01/2021 to 31/07/2022
Grant: Scholarly project (Internal L&T Grant)
Funding Scheme: CQU Learning and Teaching Research and Development Grants 2020
Total Funding: $0.00
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Exemplary Practice in Learning and Teaching 2020
From: 20/08/2020 to 31/08/2022
Grant: Award - Internal (Ineligible)
Funding Scheme: CQU Internal Learning and Teaching Awards 2020
Total Funding: $0.00
Girls, self-concept and social identity in STEM: The Role of makerspace pedagogy
From: 31/07/2017 to 30/09/2018
Grant: Competitive Grant (Public)
Funding Scheme: DET - 2017 Education Horizon Research Grants
Total Funding: $46,998.99
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3903 Education Systems
  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Education
The Effecftiveness of a Social Constructivist Conception of Personalised Learning that Utilises the Affordances of Technology on the Teaching and Learning of Lower Secondary Mathematics (This is a development of the original question that is usual as the research/learning process progresses).
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development


Curriculum and Pedagogy - Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy


Curriculum and Pedagogy - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy

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