CDU PhD candidate wins top thesis award 


A man who undertook his PhD through Charles Darwin University has won an award for best thesis during the annual Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) awards.

Dr Steve Etherington took out the award late last month for his thesis on growing up Kunwinjku, titled 'Learning to be Kunwinjku: Kunwinjku people discuss their pedagogy'. He was a co-winner, appropriately, with an Indigenous woman.

It is the first time the AARE has presented a joint award.

Doctor of Teaching Coordinator, Dr Mike Grenfell said the honour spoke volumes about the quality of Charles Darwin University’s PhD students.

“The award clearly reflects the stature of CDU doctoral awards and the important work of the Research Office in developing new researchers at the University.”

AARE is an association of people interested in fostering educational research in Australia. AARE facilitates contact between educational researchers and encourages and actively lobbies for development of all aspects of educational research.