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Ms Lorraine Overton 

Position: Project Officer: Orientation and Transition
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: Education Arts and Social Sciences Divisional Office
Campus: Magill Campus
Office: B1-58
Telephone: +61 8 830 24209
Email: Lorraine_dot_Overton_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Lorraine.Overton

I currently work in the Division Office of EASS. My work involves improving student orientation experiences as they make the transition into and through their tertiary education, increasing student retention at university and ensuring student satisfaction with their tertiary education journey.

Additonally, I am a PhD candidate in the School of Education based at Magill campus. My research involves the investigation of the socio-emotional wellbeing of students during the transition from primary to secondary school. I am particularly interested in the student perspectives on their social and emotional wellbeing during transition periods.

Links to other sites

Mind Matters: Leading Mental Health and Wellbeing

Kids Matter: Australian Primary Schools' Mental Health Initiative

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

DECS publications: Towards a Learner Wellbeing Framework for birth to year 12

Learner Wellbeing in DECS

Centre for Health Promotion: Celebrating whole school approaches to wellbeing

I teach the following courses

EDUC 4186Community Service Learning Project 1
EDUC 2007Society and Environment Education
(This course is not currently being taught)
EDUC 5137Society and Environment Curriculum M
(This course is not currently being taught)

Professional associations

Member, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Member, Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies


PhD Candidate, University of South Australia

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of South Australia

Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) with First Class Honours, University of South Australia

Research interests

  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Primary to Secondary School Transitions
  • Student Perspectives / Student Voice
  • Using Online Blogs for Data Collection
  • Classroom Management

Research publications

Refereed Journal Articles and Conference Papers

Overton, L., Sullivan, A. M., & Oswald, M. (2009). The prevalence of non-compliance in a democratic classroom. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Overton, L. & Sullivan, A.M. (2008). Non-Compliance in a Democratic Classroom: Is it Prevalent?, AARE Conference Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane


Overton, L. Y. (2007). The Nature of Non-Compliance in a Democratic Primary Classroom: Student Perspectives. Unpublished Honours thesis. University of South Australia.

Unpublished Conference Presentations

Overton, L.Y. (2009). Students’ Coping Strategies During the Transition from Primary to Secondary School. Paper presented at the AARE Conference - Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, Canberra.

Overton, L.Y. & Papatraianou, L.H. (2009). Web 2.0: Innovative Internet-based data collection methods for educational research. Paper presented at the AARE Conference - Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, Canberra.

Community Service

Organisation Name:   EDS Research Education Committee
Section:   University of South Australia, Division of EASS - Education
Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
Level of involvement:    Committee member
Year from:   2009
Year to:   2010

Organisation Name:   Pembroke Friends of Music
Section:   Pembroke School
Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
Level of involvement:    Committee member
Year from:   2007
Year to:   2008

Organisation Name:   East Adelaide School
Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
Level of involvement:   Coach of school netball team
Year from:   2003
Year to:   2006

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