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Perlman, Dana J. Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Head of Postgraduate Studies - School of Education
  • Director - Recovery Camp
  • Director - Pedagogical Laboratory for Education

Overview


Dr Dana Perlman is a Senior Lecturer and education researcher, with expertise in physical education spanning over 15 years. Dana has taught and conducted research in the United States, before joining the School of Education at the University of Wollongong in 2010.

Dana has co-authored more than 70 research articles, and is an active member of The Pedagogical Laboratory for Education. Dana’s contribution to practice includes designing the psychosocial and educational program, Recovery Camp. Recovery Camp has received national recognition for its two-fold approach to educating future health professionals and providing a recovery-oriented experience for people with lived experience of mental illness.

Whilst Dana studies across a range of teaching and learning settings, his work is primarily grounded in the Self-Determination Theory of motivation and human behaviour.

Dana’s present research is focused on:

  • Clinical placements for healthcare professionals.
  • School-based physical education settings.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Mental illness is a significant burden, impacting individuals (1:4), communities and the health system at large. This project began in 2013 to provide an intervention which seeks to support people with lived experiences of mental illness, while simultaneously educating future health professionals about mental illness. Taking place in a ‘non-traditional’ recovery setting, Recovery Camp brings together people with lived experiences of mental illness (AKA: experts by experience), health students and health professionals to spend 5 days and 4 nights participating in recovery-oriented activities, which are based upon the principles of therapeutic recreation (TR). TR is a process of immersing an individual or group using unique settings and challenging activities to enhance student learning, health and wellness and quality of life <a href="https://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4159/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">(Moxham et al., 2016)</a>. The activities embedded within the Recovery Camp program are challenge by choice and become a catalyst for people to connect with and support others and enhance their strengths<a href="https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5445&context=smhpapers" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> (Moxham et al., 2017)</a>.  The Recovery Camp program is experiential and immersive. People have described it as "life changing". <br /><br />Recovery Camp's approach represents one of equality, respect and connectedness; all camp attendees are contributing in equal measure to the experience, ensuring it is positive for all.  Students learn things they can't learn from books, people with mental illness demonstrate increases in confidence, autonomy and locus of control and carers get a weeks respite. Even clinical facilitators who are responsible for student clinical portfolios whilst at camp, have identified Recovery Camp as a positive means of engaging with students whilst simultaneously being supportive to people with mental illness. All participants are treated with unconditional positive regard with significant impact on all who attend. </p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Self-Determination Theory
    Motivation
    Pedagogy (Physical Education and Professional Practice)

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A model of effective professional development
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Recovery Camp, Recreation and Recovery an Essential Pairing Alford, Stewart
    Doctor of Philosophy Examination of Clinical Placement Quality using Self-Determination Theory Cregan, Anita
    Doctor of Philosophy Gumnuts and Seashells: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURE KINDERGARTENS AND CHILDREN’S SOCIALEMOTIONAL WELLBEING Zaracostas, Krista
    Doctor of Philosophy Effects of Plyometrix activities on motor performance skills in Primary School children aged 7-8 Sortwell, Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy Supporting Teachers to implement Game Centered Approaches (GCAs): Towards a Teacher-Led model of Professional Learning Parry, Kelly

Keywords


  • Pedagogy, Physical Education, Teacher Education, Self-Determination Theory

Full Name


  • Dana Perlman

Mailing Address


  • Building 23- School of Education, UOW

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Mental illness is a significant burden, impacting individuals (1:4), communities and the health system at large. This project began in 2013 to provide an intervention which seeks to support people with lived experiences of mental illness, while simultaneously educating future health professionals about mental illness. Taking place in a ‘non-traditional’ recovery setting, Recovery Camp brings together people with lived experiences of mental illness (AKA: experts by experience), health students and health professionals to spend 5 days and 4 nights participating in recovery-oriented activities, which are based upon the principles of therapeutic recreation (TR). TR is a process of immersing an individual or group using unique settings and challenging activities to enhance student learning, health and wellness and quality of life <a href="https://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4159/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">(Moxham et al., 2016)</a>. The activities embedded within the Recovery Camp program are challenge by choice and become a catalyst for people to connect with and support others and enhance their strengths<a href="https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5445&context=smhpapers" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> (Moxham et al., 2017)</a>.  The Recovery Camp program is experiential and immersive. People have described it as "life changing". <br /><br />Recovery Camp's approach represents one of equality, respect and connectedness; all camp attendees are contributing in equal measure to the experience, ensuring it is positive for all.  Students learn things they can't learn from books, people with mental illness demonstrate increases in confidence, autonomy and locus of control and carers get a weeks respite. Even clinical facilitators who are responsible for student clinical portfolios whilst at camp, have identified Recovery Camp as a positive means of engaging with students whilst simultaneously being supportive to people with mental illness. All participants are treated with unconditional positive regard with significant impact on all who attend. </p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Self-Determination Theory
    Motivation
    Pedagogy (Physical Education and Professional Practice)

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A model of effective professional development
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Recovery Camp, Recreation and Recovery an Essential Pairing Alford, Stewart
    Doctor of Philosophy Examination of Clinical Placement Quality using Self-Determination Theory Cregan, Anita
    Doctor of Philosophy Gumnuts and Seashells: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURE KINDERGARTENS AND CHILDREN’S SOCIALEMOTIONAL WELLBEING Zaracostas, Krista
    Doctor of Philosophy Effects of Plyometrix activities on motor performance skills in Primary School children aged 7-8 Sortwell, Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy Supporting Teachers to implement Game Centered Approaches (GCAs): Towards a Teacher-Led model of Professional Learning Parry, Kelly

Keywords


  • Pedagogy, Physical Education, Teacher Education, Self-Determination Theory

Full Name


  • Dana Perlman

Mailing Address


  • Building 23- School of Education, UOW

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Geographic Focus