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Dr Matthew Thomas



Lecturer in Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2017
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2015
Master of Social Research Methods, University of Melbourne, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), La Trobe University, 2004
Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), La Trobe University, 2002


Biography summary

Matthew Krehl Edward Thomas PhD is an academic at Deakin University Australia. He is the Course Director of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program and lectures in pedagogy, curriculum and research methodology. He is a former secondary school teacher with a background in strategy, negotiation and organisational development. Matthew’s research is focused on the relationship between people and things in particular the ways in which human behaviour and surveillance cultures establish power differentials. He often draws from across multiple theoretical domains to create bespoke research designs with a specific focus on exploring notions of time, privacy and risk.

Research interests

  • Time
  • Surveillance
  • Organisational Culture
  • Privacy
  • Commodification
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Risk
  • Inclusion

Teaching interests

  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Research Methodology

Units taught

Research Units

  • EDX701 - Research Design Development and Method
  • EDX703 - Research Paper A
  • EDX704 - Research Paper B
  • EDX705 - Minor Thesis A
  • EDX706 - Minor Thesis B

Pedagogy Units

  • EPR7X3 - Reflecting On Professional Experience
  • EPR7X1 - Planning For Learning In Professional Experience
  • EEE751 - Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning
  • EEE752 - Planning and assessment with diverse learners

Knowledge areas

  • Organizational development
  • Pedagogy
  • Risk
  • Surveillance
  • Time
  • Privacy
  • Visual culture
  • Inclusion


Current Projects:

  • Koorie Inclusive School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support Program Evaluation
  • Surveillance in Australian Schools
  • Inclusive education is a Human Right, right? (Editor)
  • The Future of Qualitative Research: Innovative Methodologies. (Editor)
  • Global Experience for Pre-Service Teachers: Challenging settings, temporality and the AITSL standards


Past Projects:

  • The Inclusive Education Summit Conference Committee
  • Graduate Teacher Conferences (GTC)
  • Higher Education Partnership and Participation Program (HEPPP)
  • Twilight Seminar Series: Diversity and Inclusion 
  • National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
  • Routines, Rituals & Realities: What does learning look like (VIC)
  • Melton & Wyndham: Strengthening Connections between School, Young People, Parents and Community.
  • Educational Consciousness: Pop Up School: Footscray Community
  • Educational Consciousness: Pop Up School: Werribee Community


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Time for inclusion?

M Thomas, Ben Whitburn

(2018), British journal of sociology of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Critical Videographic Research Methods: Researching Teacher's Lives and Work Post '9/11'

M Thomas, Julianne Moss

(2018), pp. 83-102, Video-Based Research in Education, B1


The empty child: the reproduction of culture through schooling

M Thomas

(2011), pp. 1-19, AARE 2011: Researching Across Boundaries. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Hobart, Tas., E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, A/Prof Rola Ajjawi, Dr Emma Rowe, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Sarah O'Shea, Prof Sue Bennett

  • 2018: $23,281
  • 2017: $7,906

Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) Evaluation

Dr Tim Corcoran, Dr Matthew Thomas

  • 2019: $75,042
  • 2018: $18,073

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Prof Christine Ure, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Emma Rowe, Mr Ray Messer, Dr Sarah Ohi, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Gaelene Hope-Rowe, Dr Peter O'Keefe, Mrs Kate Harvie, Mrs Jacqui Peters, Mrs Katrina Broadhead, Mrs Karen Chaur, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Kellie Sanders

  • 2018: $182,564

Industry and Other Funding

Wyndham & Melton: Strengthening Connections between School, Young People, Parents and Community

Dr Piper Rodd, Dr Robin Bellingham, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis

  • 2016: $100,000


No completed student supervisions to report