Research

Educational research is essential to the ongoing success and growth of the education program at Deakin. 

The School of Education is an active contributor to global education research and theory. 

Its respected academics are considered thought leaders in their fields of specialisation.


Choose Deakin for your higher degree in education

The School of Education at Deakin offers higher degree by research (HDR) students a supportive research community and a strong culture of collaboration and inclusiveness.

We have a large and diverse cohort of doctoral candidates studying both on and off campus.

Our team of expert supervisors and academics ensure ongoing support and guidance at all stages of your research career.

Informative research seminars are also held throughout the year across all campuses.

We're lauded as above world standard

Excellence Research in Australia (ERA) identifies research excellence within Australia’s higher education institutions based on national and international benchmarks.

ERA ranked Deakin's specialist studies in education at '4' – above world standard in 2015.

Our HDR disciplines

We currently have postgraduate research supervisors available in these following disciplines.

  • Applied learning and professional education and training
  • Arts education
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and professional learning
  • Early childhood education
  • Education policy, professionalism, leadership and internationalisation
  • Health and physical education
  • Humanities, societies and environments education
  • Language, literacies and learning
  • Mathematics education
  • Science, technology and environmental education
  • TESOL, EAL/D and languages

Learn more about about our higher degree by research interest areas

If you’d like to study a master's or PhD at the School of Education, find out how to become a research degree student

Contact our HDR Coordinators

Our HDR coordinators will be happy to help you with any enquiries you might have regarding studying at the School of Education, choosing a discipline or finding a supervisor.

Melbourne Burwood Campus HDR Coordinator
Dr Glenn Auld
+61 3 9251 7098
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Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus HDR Coordinator
Dr Amanda Mooney
+61 3 5227 3285
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Breaking new ground in educational research

Deakin researchers are involved in a number of innovative education research projects. 

  • Deakin’s Chair of Education Professor Christine Halse edited a landmark book. Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century explores Asian literacy education and building intercultural relations 
  • A team led by Professor Russell Tytler is working as part of a major national program to increase the study of science and technology in secondary education. They've developed a trailblazing 'representation construction'-guided inquiry pedagogy. It's achieving dramatic improvements in student performance and influencing science educators around the world. 
  • Deakin researchers are focusing on equipping young people and adults to live in a globalised, digital world. They're informing policy across all educational sectors through developing partnerships, transforming pedagogies and working toward achieving equity and social justice.

Our research centres and groups

Research for Educational Impact (REDI)

In 2016, the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovations (CREFI) was renamed Research for Educational Impact (REDI). 

REDI seeks to be a leading national and international centre in educational research. Underpinned by strong equity principles, REDI has been formed around four distinctive programs that will address the key contemporary education issues.

Its research crosses all sectors: kindergartens, schools, universities, vocational education and training and community education.

Research programs include: 

  • environmental and health education for sustainable communities
  • governance, policy and educational leadership in local and global contexts 
  • mathematics
  • pedagogy, cultures and professional engagement
  • science.

Interdisciplinary themes include:

  • rural and regional education and communities
  • internationalisation, inclusivity and knowledge work
  • professional learning, practice and ethics.

Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)

CRADLE focuses on investigating quality assessment in higher education and practices that can be enhanced through emerging digital environments. 

The centre is led by Foundation Director Professor David Boud. It collaborates on research in significant areas of assessment innovation, credentialing and the use of evidence of learning.

Find out more about CRADLE

Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTALL)

The Commonwealth-funded Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTALL) works across the School of Education and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to coordinate the delivery of teaching Languages Other Than English (LOTE) programs and language programs.

Contact us
Co-Director Dr Ruth Arber
+61 3 9244 3933
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Co-Director Dr Michiko Weinmann
+61 3 9244 6979

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General enquiries
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Senior HDR Advisor
Robyn Ficnerski
+61 3 5227 2226
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