At the nexus of learning and innovation

Dr. Minkang Kim’s main teaching and research focus is the application of Dynamic Systems Theory (DST) and neurobiology to the study of human development and learning. She has a particular interest in the non-linearity of human development and how, in an increasingly global world, social, emotional and moral development are occurring in inter-cultural contexts. Within the Faculty, she is coordinator of the Human Development units for undergraduate and post-graduate courses, which introduce students to DST as a powerful meta-theory for understanding the complexities of human development, from early childhood to adulthood. She views human development as a life science and integrates neurobiological, psychological and educational sciences in her teaching and research.

Recent publications


Book Chapters

Stevenson, M., James, B., Harvey, A., Kim, M., Szenes, E. (2018). Reflective Writing: A Transitional Space between Theory and Practice. In K. Spelman-Miller & M. Stevenson (Eds.), Transitions in Writing, Studies in Writing, (pp. 264-300). Amsterdam: Brill.

Kim, M. (2018). The dynamics of moral development: Rethinking what develops and how. In K. J. Kennedy & J. Chi-Kin Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia, (pp. 591-599). Oxon: Routledge.

Sankey, D., Kim, M. (2016). Cultivating moral values in an age of neuroscience. In C. W. Joldersma (Eds.), Neuroscience and education: A philosophical appraisal, (pp. 111-127). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

Kim, M. (2015). Cultural Difference and Shared Values: A Critical Perspective on Being a Good Citizen, East and West. In Murray Print, Chuanbao Tan (Eds.), Educating "Good" Citizens in a Globalising World for the Twenty-First Century, (pp. 65-79). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [More Information]

Kim, M. (2014). Cultivating empathy for our neighbours beyond national and parochial borders. In Xiao-lei Wang, Ronan Bernas (Eds.), People without Borders: Becoming Members of Global Communities, (pp. 259-276). New York: Untested Ideas Research Centre.

Sankey, D., Kim, M. (2013). A dynamic systems approach to moral and spiritual development. In James Arthur, Terence Lovat (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values, (pp. 182-193). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]


Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2018). Philosophy, neuroscience and pre-service teachers' beliefs in neuromyths: A call for remedial action. Educational Philosophy and Theory, Online first. [More Information]

Kim, M., Taylor, M. (2017). Cultivating morality in the Asia-Pacific: Influences, issues, challenges and change. Journal of Moral Education, 46(1), 1-11. [More Information]

Kim, M., Chang, H. (2014). An investigation of Korean children's prejudicial attitudes toward a national tragedy in Japan. Journal of Moral Education, 43(3), 282-301. [More Information]

Kim, M. (2013). Book review: Handbook of Moral Motivation: Theories, Models, Applications. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(1). [More Information]

Kim, M. (2013). Cultivating Teachers' Morality and the Pedagogy of Emotional Rationality. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(1), 12-26. [More Information]

Townsend, G., Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2012). Dynamic Systems (Complexity) theory as a new conceptual model for researching PBL in dental education. European Journal of Dental Education, 16(1), 43-51. [More Information]

Ji, Y., Kim, M., Lee, J. (2010). Impacts of Problem-Based Professionalism Course in Dental Education. Korean Journal of Medical Education, 22(4), 275-281. [More Information]

Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2010). The Dynamics of Emergent Self-Organisation: Reconceptualising Child Development in Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 35(4), 79-98. [More Information]

Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2009). Towards a dynamic systems approach to moral development and moral education: a response to the JME Special Issue, September 2008. Journal of Moral Education, 38(3), 283-298. [More Information]

Kim, M. (2008). Development of Moral Reasoning in Korea: A Thirteen-Year Comparison. Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 22(1), 281-299.

Moon, Y., Kim, M., Lee, J. (2008). Justifications and patterns of everyday lies by Korean people. The Korean Journal of the Human Development, 15(3), 191-205.

Kim, M. (2008). The Relationship between Moral Judgment and Teacher Role Concept for Preservice Teachers. Journal of Yeolin Education, 16(1), 57-75.

Kim, M. (2008). Validity of Alternative Moral Reasoning Indexes in Korean Defining Issue Test (DIT). Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 22(4), 783-800.

Kim, M. (2007). A Study on the Development of Professionalism of Dental Students based on Moral Psychology. Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 21, 69-88.

Kim, M., Kang, J. (2007). Comparison of Career Choice Motivation and Moral Reasoning Ability between Students in Baccalaureate and Graduate-entry Programs. Korean Journal of Medical Education, 19(2), 91-99.

Kim, M., Lee, J. (2007). Variables Predicting Students' First Semester Achievement in a Graduate-Entry Dental School in Korea. Journal of Dental Education, 71(4), 550-556.

Kim, M., Han, S. (2005). Perceived Stressors among Dental Students: a Scale Development. Korean Journal of Medical Education.

Edited Journals

Kim, M., Taylor, M. (2017). Cultivating morality: The Asia-Pacific experience. Journal of Moral Education, 46(1).


Kim, M., Wu, L., Lee, W., Decety, J. (2018). Young children's responses to harm and injustice - an EEG Study (poster presentation). EARLI (SIG22) Neuroscience and Education Conference, London.

Wu, L., Kim, M. (2015). Enhancing young children's empathy: Could digital games help? The 10th Anniversary Conference of the Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education (APNME), Sydney, Australia: Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education (APNME).

Kim, M. (2015). Neuromyths and pre-service teachers in Australia: Prevalence and origins (poster). International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Harvey, A., James, B., Szenes, E., Kim, M., Stevenson, M. (2015). The theoretical shaping of embedded writing instruction. Academic Writing in Multiple Scholarly , Socio-Cultural, Instructional and Disciplinary Contexts: Challenges and Perspectives: 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Teaching and Academic Writing (AETAW). European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW).

Kim, M., Stevenson, M., Harvey, A., James, B., Szenes, E. (2014). Assessment rubrics and assignment models - student interpretations: curriculum implications. Sydney Teaching Colloquium: Is Our Assessment Up to Standard?.

Kim, M., Stevenson, M., Simpson, A., Chan, A., Johnson, R., Pollard, N., Raymond, J., Shirley, D., Harvey, A., James, B., Szenes, E. (2014). Assessment: Engaging with communication standards. Sydney Teaching Colloquium: Is Our Assessment Up to Standard?.

Harvey, A., James, B., Szenes, E., Kim, M., Stevenson, M. (2014). Embedding at the pointy end of faculty concerns: Curriculum renewal. AALL Symposium, TBA: Queensland University of Technology.

Stevenson, M., James, B., Kim, M., Szenes, E., Harvey, A. (2014). Moving between practice, theory and reflection: First year education students becoming reflective practitioners. SIG Conference on Writing Research, TBA: SIG.

Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2012). Rethinking moral development: Dynamic Systems Theory and the soft-assembly of moral behaviour. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society (JPS) 2012 - Rethinking Cognitive Development.

Kim, M. (2012). Universality and Cultural Diversity in Professional Ethical Development: From Kohlberg to Dynamic Systems Theory. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

Kim, M. (2011). Reframing the Pedagogy of Moral Education: A Dynamic Systems Approach. Cultivating Morality: International Conference on Moral Education. International Conference on Moral Education: Cultivating Morality: Human Beings, Nature and the World, Nanjing, China.

Kim, M. (2010). Teaching moral philosophy in schools: Dynamic systems theory, teacher education & the issue of universality versus cultural diversity. 40th Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc /PESA 2010 : Philosophy and Schools, Western Australia: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc.

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Contact information

Senior Lecturer in Human Development

Director, Bachelor of Education Honours Program

Convenor of Neuroscience and Education SIG

T: +61 2 9351 6627

F: +61 2 9351 6627