Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Janet Helmer

Profile

Janet Helmer
Position:
Associate Professor
Office Phone:
+7 (7172) 704970
Specializations:
Higher education
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Education:

EdD:  Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration (School Education)

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

 

CAGS: Curriculum and Assessment

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, USA

 

MEd: Curriculum Development

Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, USA

 

Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDIE 624 Psychology of Learning
  • EDSE 620 Perspectives on Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 600 Research Methods II (Quantitative)
  • EDUC 670/671 Work-based/Internship-based  Project

Thematic areas of research specialization:

Pre-school Education

School education

Inclusive education

Other cross-sectional issues in education

Research subthemes:

Pre-school education: early literacy, technology

School education: curriculum,, teaching and learning, assessment, leadership, teacher identity, well-being

Inclusive education: inclusion and instruction, marginalized populations

Cross-sectional:  wellbeing, educational reform and policy, technology

Geographic areas of research specialization

Kazakhstan, Australia, Cambodia

 

Funded Projects

  • Four Reviews of Evidence, 2014, NT Children’s Commission & NT Child Deaths and Prevention Committee
  • Tanah Papua: Building capacity for rural/remote Indonesia (R14-0314)  (Co-PI), 2014  Australia Leadership Awards  Fellowships
  • Technology Integration Practice as a Principle of Pedagogical Expertise in Territory Primary Schools (PI), 2011. Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board Grant
  • ABRACADABRA technology: A case study design: How can foundational literacy in regional and remote schools best be improved with technology, (Co- PI), 2009 Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation grant
  • ABRACADABRA:  Improving foundational literacy through technology in regional and remote schools (Co-PI), 2009, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 26,000 AUD

Publications

  • Senior, K., Helmer, J., & Chenhall, R. (2016). “As long as he’s coming home to me”: Vulnerability, jealousy and violence in young people’s relationships in remote, rural and regional Australia. Health Sociology Review, 25(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1157697
  • Senior, K., Helmer, J., & Vodic, A. (2015). Gangster style, foreigner style: Young people, consumerism, and intergenerational tension in a Cambodian province. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5(2). http://www.ijhssnet.com/journal/index/2951
  • Helmer, J. & Senior, K., Davison, B. & Vodic, A. (2015) Improving youth sexual health: Making sexuality education a priority.  Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 15(2), pp.158-171. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2014.989201
  • Helmer, J., Cunningham, T., & Senior, K., (2014). The need for a comprehensive survey of young people in the Northern Territory. Applied Research In Quality of Life.
  • Senior, K., Helmer, J., Chenhall, R., and Burbank, V. (2014). ‘Young, clean and safe?’ young people’s perceptions of risk from sexually transmitted infections in remote and regional Australia. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, published online: 28 Feb 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002206
  •  Wolgemuth, J.R., Abrami, P., Helmer, J., Savage, R., Harper, H., and Lea, T. (2014). Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on early literacy in North Australia: Animplementation fidelity study. The Journal of Educational Research, 299-311. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220671.2013.823369
  • Wolgemuth, J.R., Harper, H., Hernandez, P.R. and Helmer, J. (2013) ‘Cultural validity of the group reading assessment and diagnostic evaluation level K phonological awareness scale for indigenous Australians’, Int. J. Quantitative Research in Education, 1 (3), pp.229–250
  • Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Wolgemuth, JR, Chalkiti, K. (2013). Challenges of conducting systematic research in remote settings. Asia Pacific Journal of Education.  http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cape20#.UfoGO9IyaKI
  • Aquino, D., Marley, J.V., Senior, K., Leonard, D., Joshua, A., Huddleston, A., Ferguson, H., Helmer, J., Hadgraft, N., & Hobson, V. (2013). Early Childhood Nutrition and Anemia Prevention Project. Darwin: The Fred Hollows Foundation, Indigenous Australia Program, 2013.
  • Wolgemuth, J.R., Savage, R., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Abrami, P.C., Kirby, A., Chalkiti, K., Morris, P., Carapetis, J., and Louden, W.J. (2013). ABRACADABRA aids Indigenous and non-Indigenous early literacy in Australia: Evidence from amultisite randomized controlled trial. Computers in Education, 67, 250-267.
  • Helmer, J. (2013). Contact Children’s Mobile Service: Evaluation Report. Darwin, NT:  Menzies School of Health Research, Centre for Child Development and Education.
  • Harper, H., Helmer, J., Lea, T., Chalkiti, K., Emmett, S., Wolgemuth, J. (2012). ABRACADABRA: Magic under which conditions? Case studies of a web-based literacy intervention in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 35(1), 33-51.
  • Harper, H. & Helmer, J. (2011). ABRACADABRA! Early Childhood Literacy Project. Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT.
  • Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Chalkiti, K., Lea, T., Kirby, A., Abrami, P., & Savage, R. (2011). ABRACADABRA (ABRA) Early Childhood Literacy Project, Annual Report No. 3:  A Multi-site Randomised Controlled Trial and Case Study of the ABRA Literacy Software in NT Schools. Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT.
  • Wolgemuth, J., Savage, R., Helmer, J., Bottrell, C., Lea, T., Harper, H., Chalkiti, K., Abrami, P. (2011) Using Computer-based Instruction to Improve Indigenous Early Literacy in Northern Australia:  A Quasi-Experimental Study. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(4) 727-750.
  • Helmer, J., Bartlett, C., Wolgemuth, J., Lea, T. (2011). Coaching and Commitment: Linking professional development, quality teaching and student outcomes. Professional Development in Education, 37(2), 197-211.
  • Ehrich, J., Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Oteng, G., Lea, T., Bartlett, C., Smith, H., & Emmett, S. (2010). Attendance, performance, and the acquisition of early literacy skills: A comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 15(2), 131-149 
  • Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., Bottrell, C., Lea, T., Bartlett, C., Harper, H., Abrami, P., & Savage, R. (2009). ABRACADABRA! (ABRA) Early Childhood Literacy Project Annual Report No. 2: A Quasi-Experimental Study of the ABRA Literacy Software in Northern Territory Indigenous Classrooms. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.
  • Wolgemuth, J., Ehrich, J., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., Bartlett, C., Smith, H., Lea, T., Abrami, P., Savage, R., & Deleveaux, G. (2009). ABRACADABRA! (ABRA) Early Childhood Literacy Project Annual Report No.1: A Pilot Study of the Feasibility of the ABRA Literacy Software in the Northern Territory Indigenous Classrooms. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.
  • Helmer, J. & Hood, A. (2001).  Structuring a Framework for Inclusive Practices: Ensuring Success for Every Student and Teacher. The New Hampshire Journal of Education, vol. 3, Summer.

Conference Presentations

  • Helmer, J.  (2018) Teachers’ values and expectations of technology in Northern Territory primary schools. Paper presented at the ICRES 2018 conference: The 5th International Conference on Research in Education and Science. Marmaris, Turkey
  • Helmer, J. (2013) Relationships, trust and contraceptive use among adolescents in regional and remote Australia: Implications for sexuality education. Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • Harper, H., & Helmer, J. (2012). Teachers’ ‘handing over’ to technologies: the     impact of  technological affordances on pedagogical goals in highly diverse classrooms. Paper to be presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 2 December 2012, Sydney.
  • Wolgemuth, J.R., Abrami, P.C., Helmer, J., Savage, R.S., Harper, H., Lea, T. (2012).
  • A Multisite Randomized Control Trial to Examine the Impact of ABRACADABRA on Early Literacy in Northern Australia: An Analysis of Implementation Fidelity. Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Helmer J. & Harper, H.  (2011). ABRACADABRA in Northern Australia: A three year study. Invited speakers at the Centre for Student and Learning Performance, Concordia University, Montreal, April 14th.
  • Helmer, J. & Harper H. (2011). Not much point if it doesn’t work: A study of primary teachers’ use and perceptions of ICTs. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 27 November 2010, Hobart.
  • Helmer, J.  (2011).Determining the Intercultural Sensitivity of Elementary School Teachers in an International School. Paper presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Chalkiti, K., Bottrell, C., Savage, R., Kirby, A., Abrami, P, (2011). A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial to Examine the Impact of ABRACADABRA on Indigenous Early Literacy in Australia. Paper presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Wolgemuth, J., Bottrell, C., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., & Harper, H. (2010). At first glance:  Results of study using web-based technologies to improve student literacy in the NT. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 30 November 2010, Melbourne.
  • Helmer, J., Harper, H., Wolgemuth, J., & Bottrell, C. (2010). A second look: Challenges of conducting systematic research in remote settings. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 30 November 2010 Melbourne.
  • Harper, H., Helmer, J., Lea, T. & Wolgemuth, J. (2010). Whose view? Transforming research evidence into policy. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 30 November 2010, Melbourne.
  • Helmer, J., Bartlett, C., Wolgemuth, J., Lea, T., & Emmett, S. (2010, April). Coaching and Commitment: linking professional development, quality teaching and student outcomes. Paper presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American   Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado (peer reviewed).
  • Wolgemuth, J.R., Helmer, J., Bottrell, C., Emmett, S., Harper, H., Lea, T., Savage, R., & Abrami, P. (2010). Using computer-based instruction to improve Indigenous early literacy in northern Australia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 2010, Denver, Colorado.
  • Helmer, J., Wolgemuth, J., Ehrich, J., Bartlett, C., & Smith, H. (2009, December). The trials and tribulations of conducting early childhood literacy research in remote Australia. Paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra, ACT.