Dr Aruna Devi - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Aruna Devi

EdD (Special Education) USQ, MEdSt (Inclusive Education) Qld, GDipEd (Secondary) Adelaide, BEd (Secondary) South Pacific

  • Lecturer, Tertiary Access Studies
+61 7 5456 3149
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Dr Aruna Devi

Dr Aruna Devi is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Education and Tertiary Access. Her teaching is centred on tertiary preparation pathways providing the necessary skills and knowledge for students to succeed at the university. She teaches Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology with dedicated research interests in learning difficulties and special education.

Dr Devi received her doctorate from University of Southern Queensland awarded with an Excellence in Doctoral Research for highest possible examination results. Her research has focussed on “Preparing Teachers to Instruct Students with Autism in Inclusive Settings: Australian Pre-Service Teachers’ and Recent Graduates’ Perspectives - An Exploratory Case Study”. With the best thesis among education graduate’s, Dr Devi’s thesis was nominated for Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education.

She received her Master of Educational Studies degree (inclusive education) from The University of Queensland, awarded with Faculty Dean’s Honours for academic merit. Dr Devi attained her Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) from The University of Adelaide and Bachelor of Secondary Education from University of the South Pacific Fiji.

Dr Devi’s current research interests are in learning difficulties, student learning and development, autism, special and inclusive education, mathematics and teacher education. She is interested in socio-cognitive theories for self-efficacy belief, including qualitative and quantitative educational research topics. Expressions of interest from higher degree research (HDR) students to pursue postgraduate research in these, or related education areas, are particularly welcome.

Professional Memberships 

Queensland College of Teachers – Registered Teacher (Full) 

Golden Key International Honour Society (excellence in postgraduate studies through USQ)

The Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)

The Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

Mathematics Education Group of Australasia

Adult Learning Mathematics


Excellence in Doctoral Research (Best Thesis Award): University of Southern Queensland, Australia, 2020

Nominated for: Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education by USQ, Australia, 2020

Golden Key International Honour Society: University of Southern Queensland, Australia, 2018

Dean’s Honours for High Achievement, Faculty of Social & Behavioural Science: The University of Queensland, 2008

Commonwealth Government Scholarship, The University of Queensland, 2007

Research areas

  • Exploring self-efficacy of students in higher education sector (any field)
  • Maths anxiety and self-efficacy
  • ExplExploring teachers’ self-efficacy and preparedness in teaching students with learning difficulties (e.g. Autism) in inclusive settings
  • Assessing and evaluation of teachers’ knowledge of inclusive education of students with special needs
  • The role of parental engagement in inclusive practices of students with learning difficulties or special needs
  • Other qualitative, quantitative or case study-based inquiry-driven research in education

Teaching areas

Research Publications

Devi, Aruna (2019) Preparing teachers to instruct students with autism in inclusive settings: Australian pre-service teachers’ and recent graduates’ perspectives - an exploratory case study. [Thesis (Research)]. Doctor of Education (EdD). Published in University of Southern Queensland (Australia) Library.

Bartlett C, Cawthray T, Clark L, Derrington K, Devi, Aruna, Frederiks A, Hargreaves W, Howarth D, Irvine S, Lovric K, McGregor R, Pickstone L, Retallick B, Sahay A, Thangavelu A, Tweedale R (Eds) (2021). Academic Success. 340pp. Published by University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba). Available Online.

Devi, Aruna (2021). Combatting Procrastination. In Book Chapter (Part III: Successful Study Skills). Academic Success (Open Access). pp 121–131. Published at University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba, Australia). Available Online.

McCarthy E, Frederiks A, Kek M, Kimmins L, Devi A, Dickson B, Eacersall D, Emmerson M, Thangavelu E (2016). Smarthinking: Supporting Students Academically, All the Time. Poster presented at University of Southern Queensland (Student Learning & Development).