Susen Smith

Senior Lecturer in Gifted and Special Education, GERRIC Senior Research Fellow, MEdGifted Ed Advisor
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Susen Smith has three decades of leadership, teaching and research experience from Pre-K to Tertiary. She has a diverse teaching background having worked across Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, Gifted and Special Education, Education for Sustainability, TESOL and Aboriginal Studies. Her research interests include: Differentiating pedagogy for students with gifts, including underachievers, using dynamic cognitive and affective taxonomies. She has been invited as a visiting scholar to Columbia University, CUNY, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, is published internationally, has presented at national and international conferences, and most recently was an invited keynote speaker at the Sino-Australian Gifted Education Forum, China.

Susen has acquired several competitive research grants and her most recent award was the ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Interdisciplinary Research Innovation’. Her previous roles were as a Sessional Lecturer in Special Education at the University of Newcastle, where she completed her PhD, Lecturer in Learning, Teaching & Gifted Education at the University of New England (UNE) and Associate Professor for a project at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her UNSW, School of Education role is as a Senior Lecturer in Gifted & Special Education and GERRIC Senior Research Fellow, MEdGifted Ed Advisor, 4th Year BA BEd, BA(Dance)BEd, BEcBEd & BComBEd Convenor, and School of Education Indigenous Winter School Convenor.

Dr Smith has successfully supervised several postgraduate research projects to timely completion. She currently supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students’ research that focuses on Differentiation, Effective Pedegogy in Inclusive education, Acceleration & Grouping, Metacognition & Critical Literacy, Underachievement, Bibliotherapy, Creativity for at-risk gifted children, Visual-spatial learners, Twice-Exceptionality, Giftedness & English Language learners, Identification and Dabrowski. Please contact her if you are interested in postgraduate studies in gifted education or special education.

Subject areas

Publications

Book Chapters
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Blackburn A; Smith SR, 2019, 'Capacities, challenges, and curriculum for Australian learners with exceptional potential for English-language learning', in Wallace B; Sisk D; Senior J (ed.), , SAGE, London USA, pp. 357 - 372
2019
Smith S, 2017, 'The Model of Dynamic Differentiation (MoDD): Innovation Education for Talent Development', in Yamin T; McClusky KW; Lubart T; Ambrose D; McClusky KC; Linke S (ed.), Innovation Education, edn. 1, The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE)., Ulm, Germany, pp. 41 - 66
2017
Smith SR, 2017, 'Responding to the unique social and emotional learning needs of gifted Australian students', in Frydenberg E; Martin A; Collie R (ed.), Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives, programmes, and approaches, edn. 1, In E. Frydenberg, A. Martin, & R. Collie (Eds),, Springer Singapore, pp. 147 - 166,
2017
Smith SR, 2015, 'Differentiating teaching for sustainability for diverse student learning', in Taylor N; Quinn C; Eames C (ed.), Educating for sustainability in primary schools: Teaching for the future, edn. 1st, Sense Publishers., Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 65 - 87,
2015
Smith S, 2015, 'Differentiating teaching for sustainability for diverse student learning', in , pp. 65 - 85,
2015
Conference Abstracts
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Cao TH; Jung JY; Smith S, 2017, 'Familial influences on the career decision-making processes of gifted EFL high school students in Vietnam', in Familial influences on the career decision-making processes of gifted EFL high school students in Vietnam, World Gifted Conference, Sydney, Australia, presented at World Gifted Conference, Sydney, Australia, 20 July 2017 - 23 July 2017
2017
Cao TH; Jung JY; Smith S, 2016, 'Career choice intentions of gifted high school EFL students: A grounded theory analysis', in Career choice intentions of gifted high school EFL students: A grounded theory analysis, Australian National Gifted Conference, Sydney, Australia, presented at Australian National Gifted Conference, Sydney, Australia, 29 September 2016 - 01 October 2016
2016
Conference Papers
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Blackburn A; Cornish L; Smith SR, 2016, 'Meeting the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools', in Meeting the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools, Talents in Motion, 15th International ECHA Conference, Vienna, Austria, presented at Talents in Motion, 15th International ECHA Conference, Vienna, Austria, 02 March 2016 - 05 March 2016
2016
Blackburn A; Cornish L; Smith SR, 2016, 'Meeting the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools', in Csermely P (ed.), Meeting the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools, 15th International ECHA Conference, Vienna, Austria, presented at 15th International ECHA Conference, Vienna, Austria, 02 March 2016 - 05 March 2016,
2016
Hardy, J ; Quinn, F ; Smith S, 2013, 'A case study of staff perceptions of sustainability in an Australian regional university', in A case study of staff perceptions of sustainability in an Australian regional university, The 1st PSU Phuket International Conference Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development, Phuket, presented at The 1st PSU Phuket International Conference Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development, Phuket, 10 January 2013 - 12 January 2013
2013
Smith S, 2013, 'The missing link: Seeking support for gifted underachievers through innovative teaching practices within creative learning environments', in The missing link: Seeking support for gifted underachievers through innovative teaching practices within creative learning environments, 20th Biennial World Conference, Celebrating Giftedness and Creativity Louisville Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky, presented at 20th Biennial World Conference, Celebrating Giftedness and Creativity Louisville Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky, 10 August 2013 - 14 August 2013
2013
Blackburn, A ; Cornish, L ; Smith S; Merrotsy, P , 2013, 'Meeting the educational needs of gifted English language learners in Australian schools', in Meeting the educational needs of gifted English language learners in Australian schools, Gifted and Talented Education Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney, presented at Gifted and Talented Education Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 21 July 2013 - 23 July 2013
2013
Smith S, 2013, 'Teachers’ voices on best practice in differentiating literacy teaching and learning for talented primary school students', in Teachers’ voices on best practice in differentiating literacy teaching and learning for talented primary school students, 20th Biennial World Conference, Celebrating Giftedness and Creativity Louisville Kentucky, presented at 20th Biennial World Conference, Celebrating Giftedness and Creativity Louisville Kentucky, 10 August 2013 - 14 August 2013
2013
Smith S, 2013, 'Unhiding gifts to nurture talent: Dynamic differentiation to support achievement!', in Unhiding gifts to nurture talent: Dynamic differentiation to support achievement!, G.A.T.E Conference: Unleash the Gifted Potential, Sydney, presented at G.A.T.E Conference: Unleash the Gifted Potential, Sydney, 21 July 2013 - 23 July 2013
2013
Blackburn A; Smith S; Merrotsy P, 2012, 'Giving a voice to the voiceless: Ascertaining the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools', in Giving a voice to the voiceless: Ascertaining the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools, Excellence & Equity for All, GTCASA 13th National Gifted and Talented Children's Association Conference, Adelaide, presented at Excellence & Equity for All, GTCASA 13th National Gifted and Talented Children's Association Conference, Adelaide, 11 July 2012 - 14 July 2012
2012
Conference Presentations
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Blackburn A; Cornish L; Smith SR, 2016, 'Meeting the educational needs of gifted and talented English language learners in Australian secondary schools', presented at Talents in Motion, 15th International ECHA Conference, Vienna, Austria, 02 March 2016 - 05 March 2016
2016
Smith S, 2015, 'Ignite the teaching spark: A differentiated framework to fuel the fire for student diversity. Keynote.', presented at Ignite the Spark, Fuel the Fire: Differentiation for Diversity Conference, UNSW, 13 February 2015 - 14 February 2015,
2015
Plume S; Oeltjen J; Smith SR, 2015, 'Illuminating the Poetry of the Brain: Giftedness, Fluid Analogising and the Search for Creativity', presented at Illuminating the Spectrum of Giftedness and Talent Development, hosted by the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC), Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) and the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 19 March 2015 - 21 March 2015,
2015
Alsamiri Y; Smith SR; Strnadová I, 2015, 'Teachers’ perspectives of the identification and support of students with giftedness and learning disabilities.', presented at The International Special Education Conference, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates., 12 January 2015 - 14 January 2015,
2015
Smith S, 2015, 'Dynamic differentiation for talent development of underachievers: Illuminating teachers’ perspectives of best practice & support for gifted students', presented at International conference, Illuminating the Spectrum of Giftedness and Talent Development, hosted by the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC), Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) and the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)., Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 19 March 2015 - 21 March 2015,
2015
North B; Smith SR; Gross MUM, 2015, 'Under Pressure: The Effects of Academic Pressure on Gifted Students in High-Stakes Assessment Contexts', presented at 21st World Conference, Educating Gifted & Talented Children: Turning Research into Practice, The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), Odense, Denmark, 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015,
2015
North B; Smith SR; Gross MUM, 2015, 'Supportive School Practices for Gifted Learners with High-Stakes Assessment: An Analysis of Student Voices', presented at 21st World Conference, Educating Gifted & Talented Children: Turning Research into Practice, The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), Odense, Denmark, 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015,
2015
Smith SR; Lu CH, 2015, 'Dynamic Processes for the Identification of Giftedness: Teachers’ Perspectives', presented at GERRIC Gifted Futures Forum for Talent Enhancement, School of Education, UNSW, 23 October 2015 - 24 October 2015
2015
Smith S, 2014, 'The dynamicity of a differentiation framework for talent enhancement: Elaborating teachers’ views.', presented at Inaugural GERRIC Gifted Futures Forum for Talent Enhancement, UNSW, 30 November 2014 - 01 December 2014,
2014
Hardy J; Quinn F; Susen SR, 2014, 'Representing education for sustainability in pre-service teacher education courses: A case study of an Australian regional university', presented at 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, The University of Split, Split, Croatia, 22 January 2014 - 24 January 2014,
2014
Journal articles
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Dare L; Nowecki E; Smith SR, 2019, 'On Deciding to Accelerate: High-Ability Students Identify Key Considerations', Gifted Child Quarterly,
2019
Harper A; Cornish L; Smith SR; Merrotsy P, 2017, 'Through the Dąbrowski lens: A fresh examination of the Theory of Positive Disintegration', Roeper Review, vol. 39, pp. 37 - 43,
2017
Dare L; Smith S; Nowecki E, 2016, 'Parents' Experiences of Grade-based Acceleration: Successes, Struggles, and Subsequent Needs', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 25, pp. 6 - 21,
2016
Smith S; Arthur-Kelly M, 2016, 'Perceptions of differentiating pedagogy for gifted readers, typically developing readers, and students with reading difficulties in multi-grade primary classrooms', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 25, pp. 52 - 69,
2016
Blackburn A; Cornish L; Smith SR, 2016, 'Gifted English Language Learners: Global Understandings and Australian Perspectives', Journal for the Education of the Gifted, vol. 39, pp. 338 - 360,
2016
Smith S, 2015, 'A dynamic differentiation framework for talent enhancement: Findings from syntheses and teacher perceptions.', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 24, pp. 59 - 72,
2015
Hardy J; Quinn F; Smith S, 2015, 'Education for sustainability in pre-service teacher education: An opportunity for change', International Journal of Sustainability Education, vol. 9, pp. 38 - 48
2015
Hardy, J ; Quinn, F ; Smith S, 2015, 'Education for sustainability in pre-service teacher education: An opportunity for change.', The Sustainability Collection, The International Journal of Sustainability Education, vol. 9, pp. 31 - 47,
2015
Smith SR; Lu CH, 2015, 'Nurturing Interdisciplinary Interconnections to Enhance Theoretical Talent Development: Using Metaphor to Reflect on Ambrose’s Insights for Gifted Education', International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity, vol. 3, pp. 77 - 92,
2015
Bannister-Tyrrell M; Smith S; Merrotsy P; Cornish L, 2014, 'Taming a 'many-headed monster': Tarricone's taxonomy of metacognition', TalentEd, vol. 28, pp. 1 - 12,
2014
Gallagher, S ; Smith S, 2013, 'Acceleration for talent development: Parents’ and teachers’ attitudes towards supporting the social and emotional needs of gifted children.', The International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity (IJTDC), vol. 1, pp. 97 - 112,
2013
Gallagher S; Smith S; Merrotsy P, 2013, 'You turn up the first day and they expect you to come back! Gifted students’ perspectives on school and being smart', Gifted and Talented International, vol. 27, pp. 11 - 24,
2013
Gallagher S; Smith S; Merrotsy P, 2012, 'In the dark: Perspectives of parents of gifted students in Queensland primary schools', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 21, pp. 42 - 51,
2012
Gallagher S; Smith S; Merrotsy P, 2012, 'Teachers' perceptions of the socioemotional development of intellectually gifted primary aged students and their attitudes towards ability grouping acceleration', Gifted and Talented International, vol. 26, pp. 11 - 24,
2012
Hardy J; Quinn F; Smith S, 2012, 'An appraisal-based analysis of staff perceptions of recycling in an Australian regional university', GSTF journal of Law and Social Sciences, vol. 2, pp. 139 - 147,
2012
Other
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Leabeater E (ed.), 2015, Study confirms HSC exams source of major stress to adolescents, The Conversation,
2015
Smith SR, 2015, Editorial for the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, AAEGT, Australia,
2015