The Research Hub is led by Professor Janet Clinton and staffed by a team of researchers. It also calls on specialist experience from across the Graduate School, as well as from our national and international partners, so that we have a shared impact.
This establishment of an international, central and cohesive hub is critical as the pressure mounts to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of teacher education programs.
Research lead: Professor Janet Clinton
Professor Janet Clinton
Professor Janet Clinton is Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation (‘CPE’) and Director of the International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub, at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (‘MGSE’). She has wide national and international experience as an evaluator, psychologist, and educator, and has an extensive publication record. She teaches a number of post-graduate subjects in the discipline of Evaluation - in the areas of quantitative and mixed methodologies. She supervises a number of PhD students in the area of evaluation. Janet has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and has been a principal investigator on many large complex evaluations and research projects.
Recently she was the principal evaluator for the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching, and the Real-time captioning pilot in Victorian Schools. She currently leads the Visible Classroom initiative as well as directs the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool project. Overall, she has led over 85 national and international evaluation projects. Her major interest in program evaluation is the development of evaluation theory and methodologies. However, her evaluation work also focuses on development of teacher evaluation protocols, as well as using evaluation as a vehicle for change management and building capacity through extensive engagement with key stakeholders.
Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies
Larissa McLean Davies is the Chief Investigator (CI) of the project. Larissa has a PhD in Literary Studies and is an Associate Professor in Language and Literacy, and Deputy Director - Learning and Teaching in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
As Deputy Director – Learning and Teaching, she has oversight over the Master of Teaching Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Secondary Internship, and is currently leading the re-development of the Master of Teaching for re-accreditation in 2016.
Larissa is a Senior Researcher in the International Teacher Education Effectiveness Hub, where she leads research at the interface of pre-service curriculum development and teacher education effectiveness research.
In addition to frequent conference presentations, Larissa is regularly asked to talk about teacher education and a clinical approach to learning and teaching, and has given invited presentations at the House of Lords as part of the UNESCO Educational Futures Forum, at Oxford and Plymouth Universities, and for the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
Larissa is co-editor, with Brenton Doecke and Philip Mead, of the first book to bring together secondary and tertiary teachers of literature in Australia: Teaching Australian Literature: from classroom conversations to national imaginings (Wakefield/AATE). Larissa’s current research in this area is on the role of ‘literary sociability’ in English teachers’ professional learning.
Georgia has extensive skills in quantitative data analysis including item response theory, structural equation modelling and path analysis.
Her research interests include, prediction of performance through cognitive and non-cognitive variables, strategies that improve the classroom functioning of students, the influence of social/emotional factors on learning and the cognitive correlates of reading and reading development. She is currently completing her PhD in Educational Psychology, investigating the utility of mindfulness in improving learning outcomes.
Dr Gerard Calnin
Dr Gerard Calnin is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation at The University of Melbourne. Gerard has been involved in education for 30 years, having held senior leadership roles in the P-12 school sector, the tertiary sector and at the system level.
His leadership roles in schools include head of school and head of curriculum; while at the tertiary level he worked in teacher education, and was a senior fellow and researcher at the University of Melbourne and Dean of Studies at Newman College. Gerard was an International Research Associate with the National College of School Leadership in the United Kingdom and as a member of the International Baccalaureate's global Professional Development Committee.
Projects and tools within the Hub
- Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT), formerly TeacherSelector
- Visible Classroom Education Endowment Foundation (contract currently in review phase)
- Teaching Academies of Professional Practice (TAPP)
- LTI Grant - Improving Pre-Service Teachers’ Instructional Practice Through the Use of Authentic, Real-Time Teaching Feedback
- The Making of English Teachers
- The Development of Clinical Judgement in Pre-Service Teachers