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Dr Debra Bateman

Position: Associate Professor
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Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446220 +61 3 92446220



Associate Professor Deb Bateman is a creative, critical and competent contributor to her workplace, family life and the world in which she lives. She is enthusiastic, passionate and committed to ensuring high quality outcomes in everything she sets out to achieve.

Associate Professor Deb Bateman has a rich and varied background. After the compulsory years of schooling, with little aspiration or thought, she became a hairdresser. This has contributed to her outstanding communications skills, and her appreciation for technical knowledge and education. After an accident and vocational counselling, Deb became a Primary School teacher. It is in this transition that she developed her love and appreciation of learning, and her commitment to diversity within learning.

Through an initiation in the Futures Studies field, Deb embarked on her PhD studies which looked at the interconnections between futures thinking, the rhetoric of curriculum documents and the importance of temporal mobility and balance as an essential human capacity. Her transition from the Primary School to Teacher Education seemed like an effective way of contributing more broadly to the practice/field/discipline of education.

Associate Professor Debra Bateman has a number of key roles in the strategic leadership of Teaching and Learning. After successfully leading the Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF with ALTC, ACDE, ESA) initiative at Deakin University, Debra has led a broader initiative to capacity build Higher Educators to work in online environments. She is currently leading initiatives to implement the University's Strategic Plan in creative and useful ways which evidence the 'buy in' of staff on the ground. As part of her strategic leadership, Debra is currently developing a curriculum mapping tool, based on an innovative use of a research methodology. She successfully works within and across the many resources and divisions of the University. Debra works collaboratively with colleagues across the sector and has been nominated as a TEQSA expert.

Associate Professor Bateman's research is nested in three main areas, connected to quality teaching in learning across schooling and higher education. The first of these is her passion for futures thinking, and its application to curriculum, as well as capacity building of future generations through education. This research has resulted in a number of policy consultations to international governments, and rich partnerships with schools across the world. Her second research area is in curriculum policy and disruptive pedagogies through contextual innovations. An example of this work can be seen in the OECD Learning Spaces Portal. She is frequently sought for comment in media and invited to offer keynote addresses, as a result of this research. The third area is connected to an interest in the use of technologies. Many of her publications and presentations have focussed on the increased use of, and policy implications for social media and web 2.0/3.0 environments.

Deb has also become interested in Higher Education. She is interested in doing things differently, playful pedagogies and rich curriculum. Deb enjoyed a secondment to the DVC (Academic) Office and in her current role, she traverses leadership of the Humanities, Societies and Environments Discipline Group, strategic implementation of the Deakin University "LIVE the Future" and ongoing partnerships throughout a range of educational contexts, including local and international governments who are transforming curriculum policies.

Associate Professor Bateman's service both within and external to the University and community of stakeholders is exemplary. Debra has a love of community. She is an Australia Day Ambassador for the State of Victoria, and an Ambassador for the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Deb offered the State of Victoria Blue Ribbon address in 2012.


  • Diploma of Teaching, 1994
  • Bachelor of Education, 1997
  • Master of Education, 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2010
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, 2008

Career highlights

  • 2 National awards for Teaching and Learning [ALTC Award &  Australian Teacher Educator of the Year]
  • 1 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • $58,000 in Prizes for Teaching and Learning
  • Invited Public Address, Keynote addresses and Media commentary across Educational Sectors, Nationally and internationally
  • Secondment to Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Office (Academic) to participate in Strategic University activities.
  • International partnerships: Taiwan Govt, UNESCO!(WFSF)
  • TEQSA Register of Experts


World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF)
World Futures Society (WFS)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Social Educators Association of Australia Inc (SEAA)
Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA)
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA)

Professional activities

Deakin University Planning and Resources Committee - Capital Expenditure Subcommittee (CES): Teaching Spaces Working Party (Deputy Vice-Chancellors Representative)

Academic Member of the Deakin University Capital Bids Working Party (CBWP)[Capital Expenditure Subcommittee (CES)]


Teaching Interests

Associate Professor Debra Bateman is a passionate educator. She is interested in the provision of quality teaching and learning agendas, which represent disciplinary integrity and purposeful engagement. Debra is an experienced educator in the use of cloud and located strategies. She enjoys projects of strategic alignment and innovative creation and enactment of rigorous curriculum. Currently, Debra is exploring issues of access and equity in the mass migration within Higher Education to digital envronments, as well as issues of compliance.

Debra is a Deakin University Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She has also retained her full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Subjects and units currently teaching

2013: EPO701 - Primary Humanitites, Societies & Environments (MTeach)

2009 - 2013: EEO210 Primary Humanities, Societies and Environments (BEd)

2009 - 2013: EEO310 - Primary Humanities Societies, Environments 2 (BEd)

2007 - 2013: EXR796 Research Paper (Part A) (MEd)

2007- 2013: EXR797 Research Paper (Part B) (MEd)

2007 - 2013: ESE499 Independent Study Project (BA/BT)

2010 - 2011: ECE405 Inquiry into Social and Cultural Development (BECE)

2005 - 2009: ECJ411/ECJ711: Language, Dance, Drama and SOSE Education (BTeach)

2005 - 2009: ECJ412/712 SOSE, Language and Music Education (BTeach)

2005 - 2009: ECJ413/ECJ713 Visual Arts, Language and SOSE (BTeach)

2009 - 2010: EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts (MEdLeadership)

2005 - 2010: ECS310 Primary Social Education (BEd)

2009 - 2010: EEC312/EEC712 Educating for multiple futures (BEd/MEd)

2009 - 2010: EET331 Intel: Teach to the future (BEd)

Expertise categories

Knowledge areas

  • Futures Studies, Futures Education
  • Curriculum Policy and Practice
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Teaching and Learning

Conferences and seminars

Invited keynote presentations:
“Untangling the futures of the future of higher education” – Holmesglen Education Conference (2013)

“Teachers, Web 2.0 and learning in LOTE settings” - JLTAV Conference (2013)

“Futures Education and policy in Australian Classrooms” - National Futures Imagination Conference, Taiwan (2012)

“Course Development and Pedagogy in Futures Education” -  National Futures Imagination Conference, Taiwan (2012)

“Shaping futures through innovative curriculum policy in education” – International Conference on Innovation Studies, Taiwan (2012)

“Challenge, creativity, complexity and critical thinking about futures in education” –  International Conference on Innovation Studies, Taiwan (2012)

“Education, policing and health partnerships as Emergency Services” -  State address – Police Memorial, Melbourne (2012)

“Off my face: Reflecting on social networking and education” – Learning and Teaching with technologies: Gender Matters Conference (2012)

“Passionate enthusiasm in teaching and learning: Shaking it up in Higher Education”  – Holmesglen Institute Education Conference (2012)

“Leading, creating and engaging for multiple futures”  – Dept of Education and Communities (NSW), Principals Conference (2012)

Invited Presentations –

“Quality teaching and learning encounters of the Deb Bateman kind”.  RMIT University (2013) 

“Modes of showcase: Describing excellence in practice”. Higher Education Consortium Presentation (2013)

“Building a track record". AARE pre-conference workshops (2012) Panel

“Playing with futures in education” - workshop. Dept of Education and Communities (NSW) (2012)

“Teachers, curriculum and futures: The complexities of teaching futures in an Australian classroom”. WFSF Forum, Malaysia. (2011)

“Deakin University- flexibility in spaces”. 2nd Annual Learning Spaces Summit. (2011)

“Learning Space Redesign and pedagogy". With Blackmore and Loughlin. AARE. (2011)

“May the face be with you: The dark side of facebook in higher education”. Innovative Strategies for Engaging and Supporting NetGeneration Students (2011)

Other presentations


with Willems, J. The potentials and pitfalls of social networking sites in higher education contexts, ascilite

Futures perspectives: Complexities in developing teachers for multiple futures, ATEA

Teachers, futures and curriculum- a theoretical paradigm, ACSA

Conceptualising challenges for teachers and learning futures, ACSA

with Sidek, S. The manifestation of varieties of blended learning pedagogy (BLP), Global Higher Education Forum


The good, the bad and the ugly : Facebook and higher education, HERDSA


The classmate PC 1:1 eLearning project in Australia, ACSA  

Playing with reggio spaces in higher education for teacher education, AARE


with Harris, C. (2007) Time shifts: teaching with temporally inclusive pedagogies, ACSA

with Harris, C. (2007) Playing with time: history and the extended present, ATEA


Futures now - teaching futures education, ATEA

Doing futures: futures education and enactivism, ATEA 

What about foresight literacy? Equipping students to engage in unknown futures, AATE/ALEA 


Futures now : teaching futures education, ATEA 

Media appearances

"Class credit for making sense of dollars”. Sydney Morning Herald/The Age (Australia) – 05/09/2013. Author: Chris Tolhurst

“Reports revamped - Parents face national curriculum shake-up”. Sunday Herald Sun (Australia) - 09/06/2013. Author: Wes Hosking

“States, teachers lock horns over curriculum”. The Age (Australia),  25/03/2013. Author: Chris Tolhurst

“Kids need to get real - Life balance needed”. Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 02/06/2013.  Author: Mandy Squires

“Project was real murder”. Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 03/12/2012. Author: Mandy Squires

“KILLER CLASS - Students asked to design serial murderers lair”. Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 24/11/2012. Author: Mandy Squires

“Police Wife’s Remembrance Address”. Journal of the Police Association of Victoria. 78(1). November, 2012. p.10-14

“To a degree, it's flash dancing”. Leader - Whitehorse Gazette (Australia) - 29/02/2012.

“Safe sext push”. Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 23/11/2011. Author: Elizabeth Lord.

 “Life after Loss”. Police Life: The Victoria Police Magazine (Australia) – October, 2011. Author: Janae Houghton

“Social network blocked on students' laptops ... even at home - School bars Facebook”. Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 30/09/2011. Author: Mandy Squires

“Kids suffering injuries from backpacks and computers - Heavy price of learning”. Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 14/09/2011. Author: Mandy Squires

“Facebook and the use of social media in education”. The Pulse (94.7 FM) (Geelong, Australia) – 14/09/2011. 

"Our children are the future!". Deakin Research Showcase – 06/09/2011.

“Standing up for widows”. Sunday Herald Sun (Australia) -  28/08/2011.  Author: Robyn Riley

“The National Curriculum. For whose future?  For what future?”. The Pulse (94.7 FM) (Australia) – 02/08/2011.

“Proud mum and educator takes out dual national teaching honours”. Get Networking (Website) -  27/07/2011

“Kid cyber sites a threat”. Geelong News (Australia) - 27/07/2011. Author: Andrea Hamblin

“Popular kids website attracts sex predators - Cyber monsters”.  Geelong News (Australia) - 27/07/2011.  Author: Andrea Hamblin

“Mobile technologies in the classroom” SYN FM (Australia) – 06/06/2011.

“Be friends with your kids online” Geelong Advertiser (Australia) - 04/06/2011. Author: Mandy Squires

“Understanding the MySchool website” Your kids your life – 09/03/2011. Author: Fiona Barker 

“Understanding NAPLAN” Your kids your life – 12/03/2011 Author: Fiona Barker

“Oils in education - from countdown to the ministry”. Deakin Speaking:  DebraBateman on 27/10/2010 - 11:16am.

“Edu-politics, incredibility and the current political edu-scape”. Deakin Speaking: DebraBateman on 11/08/2010 - 11:47pm.

“To go or not to go - Is education valued in today's society?”. Deakin Speaking: DebraBateman on 25/06/2010 - 7:27pm.

“The national curriculum. For whose future? For what future?”. Deakin Speaking: debrabateman on 07/05/2010 - 10:58am.

“Where is the futures in National Curriculum? Public Policy Forum Drupal”. Creator – Margaret Ryan – 05/05/2012.

“Leaders Talk Laptops”. New South Wales Department of Education and Training – Digital Education Revolution, Commonwealth of Australia, 2009.

Related Links

Dr Debra Bateman talks about 1:1 Computing
Dr Debra Bateman wins ALTC Citation for Outstanding contribution to student learning.
Dr Debra Bateman's Deakin Speaking blog


Awards and prizes

2011 Award for Teaching Excellence - Australian Awards for University Teaching —  Australian Learning & Teaching Council

2011 - Pearson Australia ATEA Teacher Educator of the Year (ATEA - Australian Teacher Education Association)

2010 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning For the sustained use of highly innovative and imaginative pedagogies and curriculum, and leading-edge design of learning spaces, that significantly enhance student learning. Australian Awards for University Teaching. Australian Learning & Teaching Council.

2009 - Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence

2009 Vice Chancellors Award for Distinguished Teaching, Deakin University

2009 Deans Award For Excellence in Team Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

2004 - Curriculum Innovations Award. Victorian College of the Arts The Music Room. For innovative ways of developing curriculum to incorporate The Arts skills, knowledge and processes @ Sacred Heart Primary School, Preston.


Research projects

Harris, C., & Bateman, D (2013) iLearn:weLearn – Developing mobile technologies for special needs students in school settings [Telematics Trust Grant]

Debra is the Project Coordinator at Deakin University for the Teaching Teachers for the Future: Building the ICTE capacity of Pre-Service Teachers in Australian Universities Project. This study is a collaboration between Australian Universities, Australian Council of Deans of Education, Australian Learning & Teaching Council, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, Education Services Australia and Australian Council of Computers in Education. It is a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the ICT Innovation Fund (2011 2012).

Macken, C., Bateman, D., Lim, K., Sutherland-Smith, W. (2011) Innovation in Learning and Teaching: Discourses and Practices at Deakin University. [STALGS Grant]

Blackmore, J., Bateman, D., OMara, J. & Loughlin, J. (2010) Review of the literature on the connections between physical learning spaces and student learning outcomes (DEECD, Victoria)

Blackmore, J., Bateman, D., Loughlin, J., OMara, J., Dixon, M., Senior, K., Cloonan, A. (2010-11) OECD/CERI Innovative Learning Environments Research Study (DEECD Victoria)

Bateman, D. (2008) The Classmate PC 1:1 eLearning Project in Australia (Intel Australia Pty Ltd; DEECD Victoria; DEET NSW; Education Queensland)

Research interests

Associate Professor Bateman's research is nested in three main areas, connected to quality teaching in learning across schooling and higher education. The first of these is her passion for futures thinking, and its application to curriculum, as well as capacity building of future generations through education. This research has resulted in a number of policy consultations to international governments, and rich partnerships with schools across the world. Her second research area is in curriculum policy and disruptive pedagogies through contextual innovations. An example of this work can be seen in the OECD Learning Spaces Portal. She is frequently sought for comment in media and invited to offer keynote addresses, as a result of this research. The third area is connected to an interest in the use of technologies. Many of her publications and presentations have focussed on the increased use of, and policy implications for social media and web 2.0/3.0 environments.

Debra's PhD studies and subsequent publications consider the ways in which education explicitly addresses notions of a student's future through curriculum, or rather the multiplicity of futures with which they will engage. The title of Debra's thesis was "Transforming teachers' temporality: Futures in Curriculum Practices". Debras thesis was nominated by the Australian Catholic University for consideration in the Australian Association for Research in Educations annual thesis award.

Debra has ongoing research partnerships with schools, and is interested in scholarship activitites within Higher Education. She is currently working with schools to explore accessibility issues of mobile applications for students within a special educational setting. Debra has participated within collaborative research projects with the DEECD Victoria, alongside colleagues to explore the connections between place, people, teaching and learning in light of increasing innovations in learning environments. 

Debra has supervised a number of research theses to completion, including

  • Blended Learning Pedagogies across global contexts - Dr Safiah Binti Sidek
  • Humanities practices within a Victorian Primary School - Mrs Kate Harvie
  • Cultural immersion and the intrapersonal experience: Reconstructing 'reality' as the road to peace - Belinda Acott
  • Technologies in and Early Childhood Setting - Sarah Palfriman

Debra is currently supervising candidates who are focussed on:

  • Evaluating models of 1:1 implementations within a P-12 School - Jodi Gordon-Moulds
  • A Comparison of the Strategic Discourses of the “Digitised” University and the Everyday Practices of Higher Education Practitioners - Carol Cooper-Taylor
  • Affordances and Liabilities of Flexible Learning Spaces - Kate Chamberlain
  • Fun and games in Designing motion capture curriculum - Adrian Bruch
  • History, Drama, Pedagogy: Creating theatre for the secondary history curriculum - David Tredinnick



Bateman, D. (in press, 2014) Ethical dilemmas: teaching futures in schools. Futures

Bateman, D. (in press, 2014) Untangling teachers’ images of the future through their responses to the futures narratives of children. Journal of Futures Studies

Willems, J. and Bateman, D. (2013) Facing up to it: blending formal and informal learning opportunities in higher education contexts, in Trentin, Guglielmo and Repetto, Manuela (eds.) Using Network and Mobile Technology to Bridge Formal and Informal Learning, pp. 93-114, Chandos Publishing, London, UK.

Bateman, D. and Willems, J. (2012) Facing off: facebook and higher education, in Wankel, Laura A. and Wankel, Charles (eds), Misbehavior online in higher education, pp. 53-79, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, England.

Bateman, D. (2012) Who’s thinking about the futures? Challenging the ways we think about curriculum, Social educator, 29 (3), pp. 11-17.

Bateman, D. (2012) Transforming teachers’ temporalities : futures in an Australian classroom, Futures, 44 (1) pp. 14-23.

Blackmore, J.,  Bateman, D., Loughlin, J., O'Mara, J.  and Aranda, G. (2011) Research into the connection between built learning spaces and student outcomes, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, East Melbourne, Vic.

Bateman, D. and Sutherland-Smith, W. (2011) Neoliberalising learning : generating alternate futures consciousness, Social alternatives, 30 (4), pp. 32-37, Social Alternatives.

Bateman, D.  (2010) Looking ahead : futures education within Australian curriculum, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Koln, Germany.

Bateman, D. (2010) Teachers and time : histories and futures in education, Ethos (Carlton) : ideas for the classroom discussions & reviews, 18 (4), pp. 6-9.

Bateman, D. (2010) The Australian curriculum : silos on the horizon?, Leadership in focus : the journal for Australasian school leaders, 20, pp. 10-11.

Bateman, D. (2010) Feeling the curriculum squeeze, Directions in education, 19 (12), pp. 3-4, Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Winmalee, N.S.W.

Harris, C. and Bateman, D. (2008) Teaching Australian history : a temporally inclusive approach, The social educator, 26 (1), pp. 25-32.

Hurley, K., Masini, E., Boulding, E., Eisler, R., Premchander, S., McCorduck, P., Kelly, P., Bateman, D., Sahtouris, E., Smith, C., Patinol, J., Jarva, V., Milojevic, I. and Groff, L. (2007) Futures studies and feminism, Futures, 40 (4), pp. 388-407.

Bateman, D., Gidley, J. and Smith, C. (2006) Futures in education, Professional educator, 5 (1), pp. 14-20.

Bateman, D. and Smith, C. (2006) Snapshots of futures education from Australian schools: Part I, Futures bulletin, 32, pp. 9-12, World Futures Studies Federation.

Bateman, Debra (2005) What is the 'futures' they mention in VELS? Futures education at a glance, Ethos, 13 (2), pp. 8-11.

Bateman, Debra (2005) Futures education and the promises of VELS, Eingana: a journal of environmental education. pp. 15-18.

Gidley, J., Bateman, D. and Smith, C. (2004) Futures in education : principles, practice and potential, Australian Foresight Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Vic.

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