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

Upcoming Lectures

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Previous Lectures - video included

Tuesday 5.30 - 7pm

Growth Goals and Growth Mindset in Today's Classroom: Why and How Do They Matter?

Professor Andrew J. Martin

Andrew J. Martin, PhD, is Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He specialises in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Fellow of the (Australian) College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

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Monday 5.30 - 7pm

The case for a Charter of Rights in Australia

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and the new Chair of Justice Connect, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people locked out of the justice system with free legal help. She is also Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal. Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-07. She is a former barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. Gillian has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. After her tenure with the Australian Human Rights Commission ended, Gillian joined Justice Connect as Chair to pursue her commitment to ensuring that all people have a fair chance to access justice, including people experiencing homelessness, elder abuse, family violence and financial exploitation. Post-HRC, Gillian is focused on helping lawyers ‘get out of the office’ and meet people who need legal help where they live. She is also the author of many books and papers on international law, the most recent Speaking Up will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in October 2018.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

How do teachers resist policy they disagree with? An English research project examines troubling compliance: discomforts, oppositions, refusals and resistance in schools

Prof Meg Maguire

Professor Meg Maguire

Professor of Sociology of Education King's College London, UK Professor Maguire's research is in the sociology of education, urban education and policy. Meg has a long-standing interest in the lives of teachers and has explored issues of class, race, gender and age in teachers' social and professional worlds. Meg has conducted ESRC-funded research into the experiences of minority ethnic trainee teachers, post-compulsory transitions and multi-agency policy in challenging school exclusion in urban primary schools.

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Wednesday 6 - 7pm

Creating an emotion revolution: From schools to workplaces to society

Prof Marc A. Brackett

Professor Marc A. Brackett

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on: the role of EI in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, and health, and the impact of EI training on student and educator effectiveness and school climate. He has published 125 scholarly articles and is lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 schools across the United States and in other countries. Marc also consults with Facebook and Google on integrating EI into product design.

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Wednesday 6 - 7pm

The Fritz Duras Lecture 2017

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Professor Anne Flintoff

Anne Flintoff is Professor of Physical Education and Sport in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, UK. Her teaching, research and consultancy centres on issues of equity and social inclusion, particularly gender and race. Her current research is a British Academy funded study exploring white teachers’ perspectives on race and antiracism. This builds on and extends an earlier, national study of black and minority ethnic students’ experiences of physical education teacher education. Anne is a member of the editorial board of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (PESP) journal, and an active member of the British Educational Research Association Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy group.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Creating effective innovation ecosystems

Professor Leo Goedegebuure

Leo Goedegebuure is professor and director of the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management at the University of Melbourne. Leo’s research interests are in the areas of governance and management, system dynamics including large scale restructuring policies, innovation, and institutional mergers. He has been with the LH Martin Institute since its inception in 2008, and has been active in the field of tertiary education policy and research for some 30 years.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

The October Lecture by Her Excellency, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

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Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC became the 29th Governor of Victoria on 1 July 2015, the first female in the role. The Governor had a distinguished career in the law as a solicitor, a barrister at the Victorian Bar, Senior Crown Counsel in Hong Kong, a magistrate in the Children’s Court, the Coroner’s Court and the Magistrates’ Court. Her final 18 years on the bench was as a judge in the Family Court of Australia. Throughout her career, the Governor was involved in a wide range of community organisations, including as a Commissioner of the AFL, President of the Melbourne Festival and a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2010 the Governor became a member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to family law, and to the community. In 2017 the Governor was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the people of Victoria through leadership roles in the judiciary, to the advancement of economic ties and business relationships, and as a supporter of charitable, sporting and arts organisations.

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Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Opportunities and obstacles for STEM education

Professor Jan van Driel

Professor Jan van Driel

A former chemistry teacher, Professor van Driel has a PhD in chemical education from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He was a teacher trainer and educational consultant at Delft University of Technology, before joining Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching in 1995. He went on to become the Professor of Science Education in 2006 and Director of ICLON, Leiden University, before moving to Australia in 2016 to become the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s inaugural Professor of Science Education. A world leading scholar, Professor van Driel’s work is influential in informing the professional development of science teachers and he has done extensive research in the domains of teaching, teaching education and higher education. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Science Education and was Vice-President of the Netherlands Educational Research Association from 2001-2009. Until recently Professor van Driel was chair of the Interuniversity Centre for Teacher Education and secretary of the board of the Technasium Foundation (Netherlands).

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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

Professorial Fellow 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

Professor 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

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

Separating the Sheep and the Goats – Vocational Programs in Victoria Schools

John Polesel

Professor John Polesel

John Polesel manages a range of research projects focussing on upper secondary education and transitions from school. His research interests include issues of inequality, the relationship between schools and vocational training, models of education and training and youth transitions systems in Australia and internationally. He has played a leading role in winning and conducting over fifty major educational research grants and consultancies. He has written or co-written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports, mostly as first author, including in some of the most prestigious international journals including: Oxford Review of Education, Comparative Education; Journal of Education Policy; Australian Journal of Education; and European Journal of Vocational Training, and chapters in major Springer books.

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