Research Students

Research with us

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is widely recognised as a leader in Australian education research.

Our Arts Education experts have a wealth of experience in supervising research students for a diverse range of arts, education and cross –disciplinary projects.

For more information about how to research with us: Research Degrees

Current and Past Research Students

Reem Al-Mahmood

Thesis topic: Performing identities online: a choreography of learning and spatiality; The cyber experience of online tertiary learning
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Celia Anderson

Supervisors: Dr Neryl Jeanneret, Dr Julianne Moss

Li Li Ang

Thesis topic: State of school discipline: teachers', students' and parents' perception of effective school discipline and school climate for studies
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss
Thesis topic: The effects of You Can Do It! Early Childhood Program on the Social Emotional Development, Well-Being and Achievement on Young Children in Singapore
Supervisor: A/Professor Christine Ure

Suzanne Barr

Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Charmaine Basel

Thesis topic: Raised Voices: Drama as a means of self-expresion and performance in socialist Vietnam - Vietnamese students' experience of studying and creating drama in an international school
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Bronwyn Bedford

Thesis topic: A model for effective group instrumental teaching in primary school
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Marcia Behrenbruch

Thesis topic: Student directed inquired based in learning in middle schooling
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Jane Bird

Thesis topic: Investigating the process of creating an ethnographic performance
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Demissie Bitew

Thesis topic: An investigaton of Ethiopian and Ethio-Australian secondary school students' school experiences in Melbourne
Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Rosemary Blight

Thesis topic: Let's act now - identifying strategies for helping indigenous students engage and succeed in further education and training
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Gisela Boetker-Smith

Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Julianne Brandon

Supervisor: A/Professor Christine Ure

Sarah Brooke

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Kylie Budge

Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Jemimah Bunn

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Margaret Burnell

Thesis topic: Listening to the voice of the child in silence: ethnographic study of children in a culturally diverse setting
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Michelle Camp

Thesis topic: Issues, structures and motivational stimuli of primary school students and teachers in an Australian classroom instrumental music program
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Carol Carter

Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Justin Cash

Thesis topic: The impact of new and emerging technologies (particularly web-based) on teaching and learning in the Drama classroom
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Niranjan Casinader

Thesis topic: Implications of cross cultural perspectives on creative thinking programs: The conflict between globalisation and internationalisation in the Future Program Solving Program
Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Nadine Crane

Thesis topic: Integrating, inquiring and negotiating the curriculum; a middle years proposal put to practice
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

John Davidson

Thesis topic: Arts in education
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Susan Davies-Splitter

Thesis topic: Can musical freedom or confidence be heightened or developed through an Orff based improvisation course?
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Sally-Jane Denning

Thesis topic: I just went to buy a felafel sandwich.. The Middle Eastern dance experience of six Australians
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

John Dryden

Thesis topic: Internationalising our Learning Communities
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Charles Eller

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Su Ching Eunice

Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Deborah Field Farago

Thesis topic: Arts Education Policy, Priorities and Practice: policy formation for the arts in education
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Robert Ford

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Kelly Freebody

Thesis topic: Social justice in the drama classroom: Socioeconomic status as interactional topic and resource
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Gina Grant

Supervisor: Dr Wes Imms

Loretta Greco

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Eva Gyenes

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Joanne Heaton

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Brenda Holt

Thesis topic: Exploring the lived experience of rural young women making the transition to city-based higher education
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Rida Hourani

Thesis topic: What Palestine do we teach? The history curriculum for Palestinian Arabs, 1861-1999
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Gillian Howell

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Stephen Jones

Thesis topic: Multicultural Education: Medical Practitioners' experimental perspectives
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

David Kelman

Thesis topic: Significant stories: An investigation into the making of social meaning in young people's enacted stories
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Bronwyn Kirkby

Thesis topic: How marketing framework can be used to assess and inform current practice within an independent school
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Bronwyn Knox

Thesis topic: The role of school leaders in promoting a school culture of deep learning
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Anne Marie Lancaster

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Linus Lane

Thesis topic: The efficacy of environmental programs in primary and secondary schools
Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms

Narelle Lemon

Thesis topic: Coping with music performance: A program for upper secondary school music students
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Yolette Levy

Thesis topic: Meeting the creative needs of learning difficulties students in arts education
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Gary Lit

Thesis topic: Problemastising Singapore's education in the 21st century: Implementation of the "teach less, learn more" policy
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Brenda Lovell

Nigel Lutersz

Thesis topic: The construction and negotiation of identity at the intersections of student teacher, ethnicity and globalisation
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Seema Maharaj

Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Megan McMaster

Thesis topic: How does the world of the student impact on the development process of an ensemble performance in drama?
Supervisor: Dr Christine Sinclair

Enayetullah Mohammed

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Tiina Moore

Thesis topic: Drama education and self directed learning
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Brian Mundy

Thesis topic: The millenial school: A theoretical basis for curriculum design in a process of educational 'transgression'
Supervisor: Dr Julie White

Jill Parris

Thesis topic: Evaluating outcomes for three CCD projects that use various art forms to deal with trauma
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Jennifer Peters

Thesis topic: Constructing young Australia - a critique of the life and work of R Hawke
Supervisor: Dr Pamela Macintyre

Dean Pierides

Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Shane Reid

Thesis topic: It isnt always about playing the right notes: Meeting the needs of gifted secondary school students with jazz improvisation
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret
Thesis topic: What can children learn about the environment through visual arts?
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Rita Rigo-Toth

Thesis topic: A study of the influences of home and preschool factors on young children's literacy achievement 
Supervisor: A/Professor Christine Ure

Phillipa Robinson

Thesis topic: Devising a broad working curriculum for the IB diploma program music course
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Jonathan Rogers

Thesis topic: Exploring possible links between collaborative work practices and social and academic development
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Rebecca Russell

Thesis topic: Visual Theatre: The artists's process and its impact on the creative thinking and visual communication skills of children
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Richard Sallis

Thesis topic: An ethnography incorporating performance of boys and drama education in a coeducational government school
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole
Thesis topic: Masculinities and Drama
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Kim Senior

Thesis topic: 'Letters' from those who dare teach: Epistolary accounts and qualitative educational research
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss
Thesis topic: Teachers as cultural workers in TAFE."It just says to me that we are all different"
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Andrew Swainston

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Peter Tarrant

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Matthew Thomas

Thesis topic: Subversive pedagogical practices: In what ways do values of social change impact pedagogical decisions?
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Joseph Tirabassi

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Beverley Tongue

Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Elvira Vacirca

Thesis topic: The principles of learning and teaching (POLT) initiative - teacher perceptions and practice. Case studies in pedagogy and learning
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Fatemeh Vafaeinejad

Thesis topic: The blank canvas: Creative arts as pedagogy in a culturally diverse society
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Yong Yang Wang

Thesis topic: Wenhua Da Gang: The Chinese 'culture curriculum' and contemporary research on the methodology of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in China
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Michael Ward

Thesis topic: Understanding the views of boys
Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms

Marnee Watkins

Thesis topic: An investigation of the synergy between 'art rich' picturebooks, curiosity, inquiry and higher order thinking in the primary classroom
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Monique Werda

Thesis topic: Using new media in the drama classroom
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Martine White

Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Meg Wielgosz

Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms

Cameron Woolcock

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Hong Ye

Thesis topic: Making links between writing and ESL comprehension
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Suzana Zaper

Thesis topic: Children's attunement with nature explored through their art and narrative: Where does the alchemy occur?
Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms