Dr Tracey Ollis [PhD Victoria] research focusses on Adult Education in workplaces and lifelong learning, in Adult & Community Education (ACE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and community settings. Her research is involved with epistemological, ontological and ethical understandings of practice.
Vice Chancellor’s Award, Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships 2015 Kellie Tobin, Anna Darcy, Tracey Ollis and DEAPP for the ASPIRE program.
Outstanding PhD research student, Faculty Award 2011
Faculty of Arts, Education and Human development, Victoria University
Vice Chancellor’s Award 2008
Outstanding Student Leaderership, Victoria University
Award Excellence in Teaching 2006
School of Health and Community Services, Kangan Institute
Nominated for the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll
For teaching work in migrant and refugee communities in
the northern region of Melbourne, 2006
My research interests are concerned with adult education and adult learning, in workplaces, Adult and Community Education (ACE), VET and social movements. I am particularly interested in epistemological, ontological and ethical aproaches to issues of practice.
Adult learning, professional learning, adult community education, critical pedagogy, lifelong learning, work integrated learning, vocational education and training, social movement learning, democracy and education and informal learning.
The key theorists I work with are:
Paulo Freire; Pierre Bourdieu,
Vice President Adult Learning Australia
Co-founder of the Popular Education Network of Australia (PENA), a network of academics,teachers and community development workers with an interest in the intersection of social justice and education.
Tracey's teaching interests are focused on critical pedagogy and teaching and learning for social justice, in particular understanding inequality in education and promoting access and equity for all students. She is particularly concerned with the ways in which culture and intercultural understandings in pre-service teachers and teacher-educators are developed and nurtured. Her teaching is focussed on extending students to achieve ‘deep’ rather than ‘surface’ level learning. She uses ‘problem posing’ discussion in both intensive face-to-face classes and in the online learning environment to challenge and extend students’ learning through learning circles. She encourages students to think critically and reflexively about education and the world around them, and their own developing practices as future teacher/educators.
Dr Tracey Ollis [PhD Victoria] research focusses on Adult Education in workplaces and lifelong learning, in Adult & Community Education (ACE) and community settings. Her research is involved with epistemological, ontological and ethical understandings of practice. She has deployed case study and multiple case study methodology in a range of adult and vocational learning research projects, including recently in a book on adult learning in the human rights industry, A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education: Learning to Become an Activist (Palgrave, 2012.) She is currently chief investigator on two Victorian research studies with Prof Karen Starr, Dr Jennifer Angwin and Cheryl Ryan, funded by Deakin University and the Commonwealth Government (Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFFI) and the Research Grant and Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme [HEPPP]). This research focusses on lifelong learning in Neighbourhood Houses and transition pathways to higher education.
Vice President: Adult Learning Australia
NTEU, Deakin Branch Executive
- 2016 - $29,800 HEPPP GRANT, Lifelong learning in Neighbourhood Houses and transition pathways to higher education, Professor Karen Starr, Dr Trace Ollis, Dr Cheryl Ryan, Dr Jennifer Angwin & Ursula Harrison.
- • 2015 - $25,000 HEPPP GRANT for research into adult learning in Neighbourhood Houses and transition pathways to higher education. Professor Karen Starr, Dr Trace Ollis, Dr Cheryl Ryan, Dr Jennifer Angwin & Ursula Harrison.
- 2013 - $54,420 CAT 2 grant from the Department of Employment Education & Training, Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review, A/Prof Colleen Vale, A/Prof Damian Blake, Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Leicha Bragg, Dr Louise Paatsch, Dr Tracey Ollis, A/Prof Jo O’Mara, Dr Gayle Williams, Dr Sarah Ohi.
Second chance learning in neighbourhood houses in Victoria
T Ollis, K starr, C Ryan, J Angwin, U Harrison
(2017), Vol. 57, pp. 1-28, Australian journal of adult learning, Melbourne, Vic., C1
T Ollis, M Hamel-Green
(2015), Vol. 55, pp. 202-219, Australian journal of adult learning, Melbourne, Vic., C1
T Ollis, J Williams, Townsend, Rob, Harris, Anne, Jorquera, Jorge
(2014), pp. 175-186, Paulo Freire : the global legacy, New York, N.Y., B1-1
(2012), pp. 245-254, Reflections on learning, life and work : completing doctoral studies in mid and later life and career, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1
(2012), New York, NY, A1-1
(2011), Vol. 51, pp. 248-268, Australian journal of adult learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1
(2011), Vol. 19, pp. 219-232, Illness, crisis, & loss, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1-1
(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 239-249, International journal of learning, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1
(2008), Vol. 48, pp. 316-335, Australian journal of adult learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1
(2006), Vol. 4, pp. 23-27, New community quarterly, Auburn, Vic., C1-1
(2001), Vol. 9, pp. 2-7, Ethos P-6, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1
Other Public Sector Funding
Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review
A/Prof Colleen Vale, A/Prof Damian Blake, Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Trace Ollis, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Sarah Ohi, Dr Gaye Williams
- 2013: $54,420
Learning for life program: Neighbourhood houses, adult learning and transition to higher education
Prof Karen Starr, Dr Trace Ollis, Dr Jennifer Angwin, Dr Cheryl Ryan
- 2016: $29,800
Cheryl Maree Ryan
Thesis entitled: Deconstructing pedagogies of professional practice and learning for police officers
Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education