Diary dates

Public Lecture
Citizenship and Nation: Language Policy Today

Date: Thursday 30 May
Time: 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Venue: University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Theatre B, Old Arts

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco will deliver the Walter Mangold Lecture for 2019. In his lecture he will explore participatory citizenship as a new form of citizenship, and language policy as a tool for national renovation.

National Education Summit

Date: Friday 31 May - 1 June
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Join principals, school leaders and educators from K-12 at the National Education Summit

Over 2 days in Brisbane enjoy concurrent Conferences and Interactive Seminars alongside an education focused Free Trade Expo. Earn professional development hours on all events you attend.

Doctoral Completion Seminar

Investigating the impact of a flipped classroom approach on student attitudes, understanding and teacher perspectives in a topic of linear equations.

Presented by: Andrew McAlindon
Date:  Monday 3 June
Time: 2pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry St, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room Q372

This study set out to compare the impact of two teaching approaches (flipped vs non-flipped) within a linear equations topic in two Year 9 mathematics classes. A quasi-experimental design with a control (non-flipped) and experimental (flipped) group was utilised. Student understanding of concepts and skills associated with solving linear equations was determined through pre and post-testing. Student attitudes were gathered through surveys, and teacher perspectives were explored through semi-structured interviews. The results of this mixed-method research affords insights into the efficacy of a flipped approach in reference to an experienced teacher's regular practice and the learning outcomes and attitudes of students.

MGSE Awards Evening

Date: Tuesday 4 June
Time: 6pm
Venue: Copland Theatre, The Spot, 198 Berkeley Street

The Awards Evening annual event is a highlight of the Graduate School’s calendar and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students, graduates, and staff. This year the event will take place on Tuesday 4 June in the Copland Theatre, The Spot, and all staff are encouraged to attend.

If you haven't had the chance to register and would like to attend, please send an email to education-events@unimelb.edu.au.

Please contact Liz Carter if you have any questions regarding the event.

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference

Date:  Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 June
Venue: Glyn Davis Building
Registration closes on Monday 20 May

The Melbourne Centre for Study in Higher Education is hosting the 2019 Teaching & Learning Co nference. This conference seeks to bring together academic and professional staff involved in teaching and learning from across the University to share scholarly approaches that contribute to a unique Melbourne experience.

The conference committee is pleased to announce the second keynote speaker, Professor Philippa Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), The University of Sydney. The topic of her presentation will be 'Shaping the Student Experience.'
Registration for the conference is now open. It is free for UoM staff and there are one- and two-day registration options.

Download the Program.

PhD Confirmation Seminar

Sustaining the pedagogical practice of negotiating curriculum by ‘curriculuming’ with students in Victorian primary schools

Presented by: Nadine Crane

Date:  Tuesday 4 June
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, room Q372

Supervisor: Associate Professor John Quay and Dr Marnee Watkins
Chair: Dr Jeana Kriewaldt

This proposed study aims to investigate how a sample of three Victorian primary schools, selected because they have an ongoing commitment to negotiating curriculum as ‘curriculuming’ (Boomer, 1982, 1992) with students, have developed and sustained these practices. The conditions that support this endeavour will be explored using a case study approach, including an historical investigation in each setting. This study will contribute to knowledge about how primary schools negotiate curriculum by ‘curriculuming’ with students and how they have sustained this approach over time. Such knowledge relates to current curriculum and educational priorities which advocate for student voice.

The purpose of higher education and how its funding can be sustainable

Date: Tuesday 11 June
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Ground Floor Elisabeth Murdoch Building

The aim is to generate new ideas drawing on the latest evidence, challenge conventional thinking and offer practical steps that ministers can take in the next few years towards a longer term, comprehensive vision for post-secondary education.

AARE Education Theory and Philosophy SIG Symposium
The Body, Embodiment, and Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Date: Wednesday 12 June
Time: 8.45am - 5pm
Venue: 360 Collins Street, La Trobe University, City Campus, Level 20

Cost: $71.50-$77 (to cover catering)

Keynote: Prof Lawrence Shapiro (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Notions of the body and embodiment have become prominent across a number of established discipline areas, like philosophy, sociology and psychology. Likewise, emerging areas in related fields, such as embodied cognition, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and bio-politics, approach the body and embodiment in novel ways and offer the possibility for innovative contributions to education and educational research. The aim of this symposium is to explore conceptualisations of the body and embodiment in related fields with respect to contemporary approaches and insights. The symposium aims to address questions pertinent to the body and embodiment in education/research from a theoretical and philosophical perspective and to intersect with the diverse interests of education researchers and practitioners.


Dr Maurizio Toscano, MGSE, University of Melbourne,
Dr Steven Stolz, La Trobe University

Youth Research Seminar Series

Dank distinction and reflexive reproduction: Towards the theory of the Affective Practice

Date: Wednesday 12 June
Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 5, University of Melbourne

Register via email, phone (03) 8344 9633 or Eventbrite

This seminar paper contributes to thinking about affective aspects of class. By drawing on empirical work to theorise the immanence of class relations in everyday moments, it brings together three ongoing projects, one theoretical and two empirical. The theoretical project is developing a Bourdieusian perspective to considerations of affect, and vice versa, to establish affective practice as a concept for thinking about how we make our way through the social world. The two qualitative empirical projects are based on ethnographic and interview work. The first is on forms of immaterial labour in bar work where the very presence of the ‘right’ kind of young people is key to value creation in night-time economies and reproduces class relations. The second is on how the formation of niche online cultural taste communities are key to value extraction in platform capitalism, where distinction is maintained through tastes and aesthetics and performed through forms of denigration, irony, nostalgia and melancholy. The paper proposes some concepts to think through these phenomena such as ‘reflexive reproduction’, ‘homologies of snark’ and ‘dank distinction’.

Biography of presenter:Steven Threadgold is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Newcastle. His research focusses on youth and class, with particular interests in unequal and alternate career trajectories; underground and independent creative scenes; and cultural formations of taste. Steve is convenor of the Newcastle Youth Studies Group and an Associate Editor of Journal of Youth Studies. His latest book is Youth, Class and Everyday Struggles (Routledge) and he is currently working on a book called Bourdieu and Affect (Policy Press/University of Bristol Press).

Public Lecture
The Politics of Knowledge: Rethinking Education and Reform in the Modern British Empire

Date: Thursday 13 June
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Location: Linkway, 4th Floor, John Medley, University of Melbourne

Education was a crucial transfer point within modern imperial projects; it was a crucial domain through which
relationships between the state, religious institutions, various agents of reform, and Indigenous, colonised and enslaved
peoples were negotiated. Exploring a range of case studies, I highlight the multiple trajectories of colonial education in the modern British empire, charting both continuities and moments of change, commonalities and divergences.

Professor Tony Ballantyne is recognised as a world-leading historian of the modern British empire. He has worked extensively on the development of colonial knowledge, changing understandings of language, religion and race, and the uneven ‘webs’ of exchange and connection that gave the empire shape. He has developed many of these approaches and arguments through his work on the history of the colonial Punjab and the Punjabi diaspora.

This public lecture is sponsored by the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration in the Faculty of Arts, the Social Transformations and Education Research Hub in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University.

Professional Learning Conferences

As part of the new Partner Benefits package for schools and settings that accept teacher candidate placements, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education will be hosting two free professional learning conferences where MGSE staff are welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to see our academic colleagues in action. Many of you may also have children in an early childhood setting or school, and may be interested to learn what best practice in a wide range of areas looks like.

Please take the time to review the topics and facilitators. You are welcome to attend the whole day or for particular sessions, including the plenary and keynote address. Please indicate in your registration if you would like to join us for lunch.

Workshop spaces are limited, so please register early to avoid missing out. Please contact the Events Team at truongj@unimelb.edu.au for any queries.

Leading Learning in Early Childhood Education

Date: Tuesday 25 June
Time: 9am - 3.00pm
Location: Forum Theatre, Level 1 Arts West Building, University of Melbourne

9am - 10.15am Keynote Address (Professor Nicola Yelland)  
10.15am - 11am Morning Tea  
11am - 12pm

Workshop 1

  1. Numeracy and technology in Early Childhood settings  
    Facilitated by Ms Lucy Stewart
  2. Indigenous perspectives on Early Childhood settings  
    Facilitated by Dr Sue Mentha
  3. Mindfulness for Early Years Education & the Minds&Play study
    Facilitated by Dr Ben Deery
12pm - 1pm Lunch  
1pm - 2pm Workshop 2
  1. Science and technology in Early Childhood settings
    Facilitated by Ms Lucy Stewart
  2. Adult-child interactions and language development
    Facilitated by Dr Penny Levickis
  3. How Museum programs support teaching and learning in preschool settings
    Facilitated by Associate Professor Tricia Eadie and Ms Sarah Young
2pm - 3pm Workshop 3
  1. Leadership and coaching in Early Childhood
    Facilitated by Ms Catriona Elek
  2. Artful play
    Facilitated by Dr Robert Brown
  3. Second language acquisition in Early Childhood education and care: strategies for teachers
    Facilitated by Dr Edith Nicolas

End of Semester Celebration

Date: Friday 14 June
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: Level 3 Staff Room

Catch up with colleagues over nibbles and drinks. Door prizes to be won! Be sure to register online for attendance.

Maths and Science Education Research Seminar
Trends, implications, issues and possibilities for an interdisciplinary school STEM curriculum

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q227

In education, STEM has come to represent more than just a means for talking about the disparate STEM disciplines and instead is seen by many stakeholders as providing a solution to a range of issues and as requiring a particular kind of curriculum structure or pedagogical approach. While the possibilities and potential of STEM have driven much investment there are also many tensions inherent in the broad umbrella of STEM education and associated implications that have either not been explored or are yet to be fully understood. This presentation will investigate the influences that have led to the current interpretation of school STEM curriculum, its multiple purposes and structural requirements. It will then explore some of the tensions and possibilities that arise from implementing such a curriculum.

2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 9am - 5pm

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education.

International Positive Psychology Association
6th World Congress on Positive Psychology

Date: 18-21 July 2019
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The International Positive Psychology Association and event partner, the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, warmly welcome you join the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology. The theme of our Congress is “Nexus”- meaning connection. The congress will build connections, collaborations and pathways that can help us work together to enhance human flourishing.

You will experience an exciting scientific meeting with innovative touches and a distinct ‘Aussie’ social program.

Our Invited Speakers, the top names in the field, come from 30+ countries allowing you to learn the latest in the field from across the globe.

Call for abstracts
Transition 19 - one journey, many pathways

Date: 2-4 October, 2019
Time: 9-5pm each day
Venue: Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne.

The call for abstracts for presentations is now open for this international symposium on learning environments. Transitions 19 begins with a proposition - research is showing innovative learning environments are not a magic cure, but evidence is mounting that they constitute a powerful tool that - if used well - improves student educational experiences. We invite academics, professionals, Masters and PhD students undertaking research to submit abstracts for 15-minute presentations.

Visit the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change website for more information.

Education Beyond Borders

  • EBBS Agents Workshop, Muscat, Oman, October 21 - 23, 2019

Information about past EBBS workshops: You can see pictures from our last workshop in October 2018 and comments from agents and educators.

The EBBS workshop in Sofia will be held in parallel with the International fair EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS - SOFIA (EBBS) which will be held in the National palace of culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 15 – 16, 2019.

You can see pictures from the educational fair in Sofia or read more about the event on our website.

Enjoy our discounts:
Book the EBBS workshop in 2019 (Sofia or Muscat) and take 50% off for all EBBS events in 2019.

The workshop Includes the following services:

  • 1-day Seminar with included presentation
  • 2 days One-to-one meetings (Full table)
  • Info package + a full profile page in the event catalogue
  • Accommodation and full board during the workshop for one representative

Call for papers
7th IOE-BNU International Conference
Innovation in Education and Pedagogy

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Beijing Normal University

IOE and BNU are excited to announce that the 7th IOE-BNU International Conference will be held in Beijing on November 22-23, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is "Innovation in Education and Pedagogy". IOE and BNU welcome submissions from all over the globe, and certainly is pleased to welcome works from INEI member institutions.

Visit the conference page for details about the conference theme and submission requirements.

Save the date - Narrm Oration 2019

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm
Venue: TBC

In this United Nations declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the University is delighted to announce that the 2019 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Larry Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian studies at Ka Haka Ula O Ke'elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai'i. Internationally renowned and often described as the 'grandfather' of Hawaiian language revitalisation in modern Hawaii, his work can be traced back to the conception of core foundational educational programs in the 1980s that launched the rebirth of the Hawaiian language. Associate Professor Kimura will speak of the significance of a people's own language and the importance of Indigenous language revitalisation globally, incorporating his own experience in reclaiming and renewing the life of the Hawaiian language.