The Youth Research Centre takes a holistic approach to children’s and young peoples’ lives, seeking to understand and improve their learning, participation and wellbeing.
The Centre’s research and development programs use a strength-based style and emphasise mixed-method approaches where appropriate, in international and local settings.The Centre conducts projects in partnership with a range of stakeholders, and engages in teaching and postgraduate research supervision, drawing on interdisciplinary methods that include the arts, health sciences, education and history.
Projects focus on the early years through to young adulthood and on the institutions and organisations that serve their needs.
Statement of capabilities
The Youth Research Centre (YRC) has expertise in longitudinal, qualitative and mixed-method research techniques. As well as research, the Centre has expertise in professional development and program development for professionals in the education, youth and health sectors both nationally and internationally. The YRC has the capacity to supervise postgraduate students.
- Research & Consultancies
- Postgraduate Student Supervision
- Publications & Resources
The Youth Research Centre is involved with a number of Research Projects both present and past. View current and past project.View
Read the array of publications the YRC has produced, including a series of research reports.View
Research Higher Degree Students
View a list of recent graduates as well as students currently studying a higher degree with the Youth Research Centre.View
The Youth Research Centre contributes to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's world-renowned Master of Teaching program and the new Master of Education, which includes nine specialisation options.
Master of Teaching
Discover the unique and innovative Master of Teaching curriculum, which combines theory and practice to offer powerful insights into children and young people, and how they learn.
Master of Education
Delve into contemporary education issues, connect with the latest developments in the field, and garner the expertise to move beyond the classroom with a Master of Education.
The Centre contributes to a range of undergraduate studies, including a suite of breadth subjects on youth, citizenship & identity. Available breadth subjects include:
Concepts of Childhood
This subject examines the questions raised by this continuing body of research and relates them to current understandings of childhood and to recent changes in policies regarding children in diverse local and international contexts.
Youth Leading Change
This subject explores young people as change-makers and problem-solvers against a backdrop of social transformation in Australia and globally. It provides students with thinking tools for addressing local and global problems in everyday life and skills for leadership.
Ethics, Gender and the Family
The family continues to be regarded as a private institution that should be immune to public scrutiny, despite the increasing intervention in the family by public institutions - notably, the law, education, medicine and social services.
Learning and the Digital Generations
Students are introduced to the complex and emerging relationships between learning and digital communications. Drawing on the idea of digital generations, it enables students to gain an understanding of the ways in which digital communication is integrated into the lives of new generations.
Youth and Popular Culture
Explore how children and young people construct and reconstruct their sense of selves against the backdrop of pervasive contemporary popular cultures.
Please find the latest Annual Reports available for download in PDF format
View a full list of Research Publications that the Youth Research Centre has been involved in.
Connect is a newsletter that has appeared six times a year since late 1979. It documents, resources and supports student participation approaches in primary and secondary schools
Learning to see and work with young children’s prejudices and biases is critical in working for equity in the 21st century. Here you can explore how Diversity Dolls can be used as a starting point for equity education with young children
International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood
The IJEIEC aimed to explore and advance early childhood education and thinking about childhood by publishing work that illustrated, extended, inspired and provoked innovative approaches to early childhood education.
Listen to some podcasts that the Youth Research Centre has been involved in.
Youth Participation Model
The Youth Participation Model framework is designed to assist those planning for child and youth participation
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Youth Research Centre
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
University of Melbourne
Level 5, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton