Dean's Lecture Series

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean’s Lecture Series provides a platform for discussion and debate in the education community.

Dean’s Lectures take place throughout the year and feature internationally renowned experts from Australia and overseas.

All Dean’s Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Dean’s Lecture Series, please email education-events@unimelb.edu.au

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Previous Lectures - video included

Thursday 6 - 7pm

Learning about human learning: How to know more and why we will never know enough

Professor Anna Sfard

Professor Anna Sfard

Professor of Mathematics Education University of Haifa, Israel 2017 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow The University of Melbourne Professor Anna Sfard is a distinguished scholar of international acclaim in the area of learning sciences, with a focus on the relationship between thinking and communication, which can be seen while studying mathematical thinking and its growth. She served as the first Lappan-Phillips-Fitzgerald Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan and as Professor of Mathematics Education at the Institute of Education in London. Most recently she has been Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, at the University of California, Berkeley, and at University College of London. Professor Sfard is a 2017 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Professor Sfard now holds the position of Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Haifa, Israel. She is frequently sought after as a keynote speaker at major international conferences in mathematics education and the learning sciences, and has spent extended periods of time in various universities as a visiting scholar in countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. Professor Sfard has received numerous awards for her research excellence. In 2007, she received the prestigious Hans Freudenthal Medal, the highest award made by the international mathematics education community. Her intellectual leadership in mathematics education theory and her substantial accomplishments in educational research were recently recognised with a Fellowship of the American Educational Research Association in 2015 and she was elected as an international member of the National Academy of Education in the United States in 2016. Professor Sfard has published many influential papers, books, and chapters across a broad range of topics. Her contributions to educational theory go well beyond mathematics education and her work is extensively cited by learning theorists in the broader scholarly community.

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Wednesday 6 - 7pm

Thinking about the future: Whether, when, why, how, who, what… and so what?

Professor Roy Baumeister

Professor of Psychology The University of Queensland Professor Roy Baumeister is among the most prolific and most frequently cited psychologists in the world, with over 600 publications. A Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, his 32 books include the New York Times bestseller Willpower. His research covers self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, consciousness, free will, and self-presentation. In 2013 he received the William James Fellow Award for lifetime achievement in psychological science - the Association for Psychological Science’s highest honour.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Breaking bad: Regulating the responses of teachers to students' "behaviours of concern"

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Professor Bernadette McSherry

Foundation Director Melbourne Social Equity Institute The University of Melbourne Professor Bernadette McSherry is the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law, the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and a legal member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal. Professor McSherry has authored numerous books and articles on criminal law and mental health law, and is currently conducting research on an Australian Research Council Discovery project entitled Regulating the Use of Restraint on Persons with Disabilities: Model Laws and Guidelines.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

There is no one way for Indigenous education: Reflections on the Māori experience

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZOM

Pro Vice Chancellor Māori Professor of Education and Māori Development University of Waikato Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Pro Vice Chancellor Māori and Professor of Education and Māori Development, as well as the former Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. The Foundational Co-Director of the Māori Centre of Research Excellence NgāPae o Te Māramatanga, Professor Smith has won a number of awards including a New Zealand Honour as the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZOM). She is a Fellow of the American Association for Educational Research, and author of the book Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples , published in 1999 .

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Rejecting normal: Reversing the relationship between large-scale and classroom assessments

Professor Mark Wilson

Professor Mark Wilson

Professor of Assessment Mark's interests focus on measurement and applied statistics. His work spans a range of issues in measurement and assessment from the development of new statistical models for analysing measurement data, to the development of new assessments in subject matter areas such as science education, patient-reported outcomes and child development, to policy issues in the use of assessment data in accountability systems.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Shifting away from distractions to improve Australia's schools

John Hattie

Laureate Professor John Hattie

Director Melbourne Education Research Institute Melbourne Graduate School of Education The University of Melbourne Laureate Professor John Hattie's work is internationally acclaimed. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors that improve student learning. Hailed by the Times Education Supplement as “teaching’s Holy Grail”, this ground-breaking study involved more than 80 million students from around the world and brought together 50,000 smaller studies. Visible Learning found that positive teacher-student interaction is the most important factor in effective teaching. Since 2011, Professor Hattie has been Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), through which he provides national leadership in promoting excellence so that teachers and school leaders have maximum impact on learning. He is also past-president of the International Test Commission and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and American Educational Research Journal. Professor Hattie was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the American Psychological Association, and has published and presented over 500 papers, and supervised 190 thesis students .

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Workforce literacy and factories of the future

Lesley Farrell

Professor Lesley Farrell

Professor of Education Melbourne Graduate School of Education Professor Lesley Farrell is Associate Dean Research at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the Graduate School, she held the position of Professor of Education and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, and has held appointments at Monash and Deakin universities. Her research focuses on language and social change, especially relating to the education of globally distributed workforces. Recent publications include Knowledge mobilization and educational research: Politics, languages and responsibilities and Educating the global workforce: Knowledge, knowledge work and knowledge workers.

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Monday 6 - 7pm

Maximising the impact of teaching assistants: Lessons from the UK

Peter Blatchford

Professor Peter Blatchford

UCL Institute of Education Honorary Professor Hong Kong Institute of Education A Professor in Psychology and Education at University College London, Peter Blatchford directed the large scale five year Deployment and Impact of Support Staff research project, which was funded by the English and Welsh governments. He has also directed a number of large-scale publicly funded projects, most notably on the educational effects of class size differences and pupil adult ratios, and collaborative group work. Professor Blatchford’s research has led to a number of publications including The Child at School: Interactions with Teachers and Pupils and Reassessing the Impact of Teaching Assistants books.

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Wednesday 6 - 7pm

A crisis of confidence and leadership: Key challenges for Physical Education Teacher Education

Mary O'Sullivan

Professor Mary O'Sullivan

Mary O'Sullivan holds the Professorship of Physical Education and Youth Sport in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  She established the PE PAYS Research Centre there in 2005 and led the development of the centre for ten years. She has recently completed two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Limerick and is now focussed on researching teacher education, physical education teacher education and teacher professional development from both a policy and curriculum perspective.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Improving teaching: Professional development with impact on quality

Professor Jenny Gore

Professor Jennifer Gore

Jennifer Gore is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she recently completed a six year term as Dean of Education and Head of School. Professor Gore is Director of the Teachers and Teaching Research Program and Co-Editor of Teaching and Teacher Education. Professor Gore has won more than $4.1 million in external research funding, and is widely published and cited. Her current major research projects focus on teacher development through quality teaching rounds and understanding the complex factors that shape students' educational and career aspirations.

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Monday 6 - 7pm

Learning to improve

Professor Tony Bryk

Professor Anthony Bryk

Professor Bryk was a leading figure in the Consortium on Chicago School Research. Over twenty years the consortium developed a research based framework for dealing with the complexity of school improvement. Central to this was understanding how to make improvement sustainable and scalable. The work involved identifying essential school supports characteristic of improving schools, as measured by student engagement in learning and achievement. Each of these supports, stimulated by leadership, focus on processes of learning at all levels of the system.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Transforming transparency: Clarifying higher education for all

Professor Hamish Coates

Professor Hamish Coates

Hamish Coates is a Professor of Higher Education at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne. He was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013, and between 2010 and 2013 was also the LH Martin Institute Program Director for Tertiary Leadership and Management. Hamish completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Melbourne, and subsequent executive training at INSEAD and the Melbourne Business School.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Positive education: Trends, evidence and advancement

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Professor Lea Waters

Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. An internationally recognised expert in positive psychology and organisational change, Professor Waters holds affiliate positions with Cambridge University's Wellbeing Institute and the Centre for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. She is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the College of Organisational Psychologists and received an Australian University Individual Teaching Excellence Award from the Prime Minister in 2007. Professor Waters is also an advisory board member for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Teacher evaluation and standardised tests: A policy fiasco

Professor Emeritus David C. Berliner

Professor David C. Berliner

David C. Berliner is Regents' Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University. He has also taught at the Universities of Arizona and Massachusetts, at Teachers College and Stanford University, and at universities overseas. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, the International Academy of Education, and a past president of both the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). Professor Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, chapters and books. Among his best known works is the book co-authored with B. J. Biddle, The manufactured crisis , and the book co-authored with Sharon Nichols, Collateral damage: How high-stakes testing corrupts American education . He co-edited the first Handbook of educational psychology and the books Talks to teachers , and Perspectives on instructional time . His most recent co-authored book is: 50 myths and lies that threaten America's public schools.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Following footprints: Analysing students' digital interactions

Professor Gregor Kennedy

Professor Gregor Kennedy

Gregor Kennedy is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Gregor leads the University's strategy in curriculum innovation, technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment, MOOCs, learning analytics, and the use of physical and virtual teaching and learning space. Professor Kennedy has spent over 15 years conducting and overseeing research and development in educational technology in higher education. His research interests include students' motivation and self-regulation; interaction and engagement in digital learning environments and the use of 3D immersive simulation for learning.  He is published widely in these areas, is the past editor the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology and serves on a number of editorial boards.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

On the Shoulders of Giants: Shifting sands in the field of assessment

Professor Patrick Griffin

Professor Patrick Griffin

Professor Patrick Griffin is the Director of the Assessment Research Centre, the Chair of Education (Assessment) and the Associate Dean (Strategic Projects) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Professor Griffin is widely published on assessment and evaluation topics, with his research focusing on links between assessment and teaching in the fields of problem solving and higher order competency assessment and performance. He has led national and international studies of problem solving, literacy and numeracy and was Executive Director of the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills Project with an impact on national and international assessments including the 2015 PISA study. His work has also had an important impact on developmental frameworks for teachers and school leaders in Australia.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Progressive education in Australia and why the history of education still matters

Professor Julie McLeod

Professor Julie McLeod

Julie McLeod is Professor in Curriculum, Equity and Social Change at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012-2016), is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and a Co-Editor of the international journal Gender and Education . Professor McLeod began her career as a secondary school teacher and previously worked at Deakin University in women's studies and education. Her research in the history and sociology of education focuses on curriculum, youth, gender, inequality and social change. Current projects include: a history of progressive education in Australia; internationalism, educability and citizenship in the interwar period; and a longitudinal and cross-generational study of young people, schooling and everyday ethics.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Improving the Impact of Evidence-based Practices: Tiered systems of support

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Dr George Sugai

University of Connecticut. Dr. Sugai is currently co-director (with Rob Horner at the University of Oregon and Tim Lewis at the University of Missouri) of the national Centre on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports. The Centre has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. Centre on Positive Behavioural Interventions has two foci: (a) broad dissemination to schools, families, and communities about a technology of school-wide positive behavioural support exists, and (b) demonstrations at the level of individual students, schools, districts, and states that school-wide positive behavioural support is feasible and effective. He also co-directs (with Mary Beth Bruder) the OSEP Early Childhood Personnel Center ( www.ecpcta.org ). This center facilitates the implementation of integrated and comprehensive early childhood systems of personnel development (CSPD) for all disciplines serving infants and young children with disabilities.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

E4Kids findings about the usage and quality of Early Childhood programs

Professor Colletter Tayler

Professor Collette Tayler

Professor Collette Tayler holds the Chair in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. She researches child learning and development, program effectiveness, policy and strategy and is the academic leader of the Master of Teaching Early Childhood (0-8 years) course. Collette is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, and a Board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.  Other projects include the development and conduct of lead assessor training to support the implementation of the National Quality Standards Assessment Rating process across Australia.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Why we should be worried about current educational reforms

Professor Michael Apple

Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and World Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Educational Policy Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past president of a teachers’ union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratise educational research, policy and practice. Professor Apple has written extensively on the politics of educational reform and on the relationship between culture and power. Among his recent books are Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education; Knowledge, Power, and Education: The Selected works of Michael W. Apple; and Can Education Change Society? His books and articles have won numerous awards and have been translated into many languages. Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars of the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century. He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association, the UCLA Medal for "Outstanding Academic Achievement," and a number of honorary doctorates by universities throughout the world.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

How Finland Remains Immune to the Global Educational Reform Movement

Pasi Sahlberg

Dr Pasi Sahlberg

Director General, CIMO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation), Ministry of Education, Finland. Dr Pasi Sahlberg is Director General of CIMO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in the Ministry of Education, Helsinki, Finland. He received a Master of Science (Mathematics) from University of Turku and PhD from the University of Jyvaskylä. He also has Teacher’s Diploma from the University of Helsinki. He has global expertise in educational reforms, training teachers, coaching schools and advising policy-makers. He has worked as teacher, teacher-educator, policy advisor and director in Finland and served the World Bank (Washington, DC) and the European Commission (Torino, Italy) as an education expert. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Oulu, and sits in the Board of Directors of the ASCD, International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE) and Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Helsinki. His fields of interest include educational change, school improvement, cooperative learning and international education policy. He has published several books and more than one hundred articles in journals, research periodicals and magazines around the world. His forthcoming book, titled "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn about educational change in Finland" will be published in December and will be available in Australia. More at www.pasisahlberg.com .

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

The new Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum: A case of/for gradualism in curriculum reform?

Doune Macdonald

Professor Doune Macdonald

Doune Macdonald is Head of School and Professor of Health and Physical Education in the School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland. Professor Macdonald completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland before teaching Health and Physical Education in primary and secondary schools. Professor Macdonald obtained her PhD through Deakin University and rejoined the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland in 1990. In 1998 she won an Australian Award for University Teaching. Professor Macdonald is currently Lead Writer for the Australian Curriculum - Health and Physical Education. Her research interests focus on understanding curriculum shifts in the field of Health and Physical Education at the primary, secondary and tertiary level and their impact upon teachers, teaching and student engagement. She serves on the editorial boards of Sport, Education and Society and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and is a Fellow of two international organisations, AIESEP and the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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Monday 6 - 7pm

Positive Leadership and Extraordinary Organisational Performance

Kim Cameron

Professor Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organisation in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Professor Cameron was Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Associate Dean in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and department chair at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cameron’s past research has been published in more than 120 academic articles and 14 scholarly books. He is one of the co-founders of the Centre for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cameron received BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University and MA and PhD degrees from Yale University. He served as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and was a recipient of the Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society’s Outstanding Educator Award and the Academy of Management OMT Division’s Trailblazer Award.

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Thursday 6 - 7pm

Improving our Schools: What we know and what we need to do

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Dr. Ben Levin

Dr Ben Levin holds a Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has been a senior manager in government on several occasions, including serving as deputy minister (director general) for education in two Canadian provinces – Manitoba from 1999 to 2002 and Ontario from 2004 to 2007. As an academic, Ben Levin has directed numerous research projects and has published more than 150 articles in a wide range of publications around the world. He has also published five books, the most recent being How To Change 5000 Schools (2008) and currently has three more in preparation. Ben does extensive international work and his writing has been translated into Russian, Chinese and Turkish. His current research interests concern research-policy practice linkages, large-scale change, and equity and poverty issues.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Learning the Unlearnable: Teaching the Unteachable

Richard Noss

Professor Richard Noss

Richard Noss is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, and co-director of the London Knowledge Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the learning and computing sciences. He was co-founder and deputy scientific manager of Kaleidoscope, the European network of excellence for technology enhanced learning, and is currently the director of the UK’s Technology Enhanced Learning Research Program. Richard has edited and authored six books and directed some 20 research projects. He is a past editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning and co-editor of the Technology Enhanced Learning book series. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences and in 2011, was elected a Foreign Fellow of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians.

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