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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 a Lecturer who specializes in pedagogy, curriculum and organizational culture. He is a former secondary school teacher with a background in strategy, negotiation and leadership 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 particular focus on exploring time and risk within educational contexts.

Research interests

  • Time
  • Surveillance
  • Organisational Culture
  • Commodification
  • Popular Culture
  • Risk

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

  • EPR703 - Reflecting On Practice In Professional Experience
  • EPR731 - Planning For Learning In Professional Experience
  • EEE751 - Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning
  • EEE752 - Planning and assessment with diverse learners

Knowledge areas

  • Organizational culture
  • Pedagogy
  • Risk
  • Surveillance
  • Time
  • Visual culture


Current Projects:

  • Equity: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
  • Educational Consciousness: Pop Up School: Point Cook Community
  • Higher Education Partnership and Participation Program (HEPPP)
  • Twilight Seminar Series 2017/2018: Diversity and Inclusion (Warrnambool, Geelong, Melbourne)
  • 2018 TIES Conference Committee

Past Projects:

  • Melton & Wyndham: Strengthening Connections between School, Young People, Parents and Community.Routines, Rituals & Realities (VIC Regional)
  • Educational Consciousness: Pop Up School: Footscray Community
  • Educational Consciousness: Pop Up School: Werribee Community


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

  • 2018: $13,281
  • 2017: $7,906

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, Dr 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: $116,821

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


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