Dr Marjorie Seaton - Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

Marjorie Seaton is a Research Lecturer in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. She is a trained teacher, who has had commercial experience both in Australia and overseas. Her work has attracted awards for academic excellence, including the prestigious Australian Association for Research in Education PhD award for the best Australian PhD thesis in 2009. Her work has been published in highly ranked refereed journals and influential monographs. Her research interests include gifted and talented education, social comparison, self-concept, anti-bullying interventions, and teacher feedback.


Phone :4665 (Strathfield)
Email :Marjorie.Seaton@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Self-concept and the big-fish-little-pond effect ; anti-bullying interventions ; teacher feedback ; gifted and talented education ; social comparison ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative Analysis ; Structural equation Modelling ; multilevel reasearch designs; ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


The Reciprocal Relations between Self-Concept, Motivation, and Achievement: Juxtaposing Academic Self-Concept and Achievement Goal Orientations for Mathematics Success, in Educational Psychology


Methodological innovation in big-fish-little-pond effect research: Methodological-substantive synergy at work, in International Advances in Self Research. Volume 4.


Universality of the big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE) across 41 culturally and economically diverse countries, in Journal of Educational Psychology

Clarifying the role of social comparison in the big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE): An integrative study, in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology


In search of the big fish: Investigating the coexistence of the big-fish-little-pond effect with the positive effects of upward comparisons., in British Journal of Social Psychology