Applied Learning Professional Education and Training Teaching and Research Group

The Applied Learning Professional Education and Training (ALPET) Teaching and Research Group explores research and teaching in the areas of applied learning.

Our focus

ALPET engages in a wide range of research about applied learning and the various avenues it can take. This includes adult education, lifelong learning and professional learning in workplaces, VET, adult and community education and community settings.


Study opportunities

Courses associated with ALPET include:

Group members

Our group members have expertise in a variety of research areas.

Please see their individual profiles for research interests and supervision experience.

Staff

Name
Chair of Education Leadership
Professor Karen Starr 
Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor Damian Blake 
Associate Professor, Digital Learning
Associate Professor Thomas Apperley
Senior Lecturer, Adult Vocational and Applied Learning
Dr Trace Ollis 
Lecturer, Applied Learning
Dr Cheryl Ryan 
Lecturer in Education, Applied Learning
Kellie Tobin 
Lecturer, Applied Learning
Dr Gayle Jenkins 
Lecturer, Applied Learning
Rebecca Cairns 
Lecturer in Education
Dr Emma Charlton 
Lecturer, Associate Degree
Dr Piper Rodd 
Lecturer, Associate Degree
Juliet Austin

Research projects

Innovative partnerships for youth engagement in education and work

Research team: Professor John Polesel, Professor Jack P Keating, Professor Karen Starr, Associate Professor Damian Blake, David James Gallagher, David Solomon Michaels

Funding: Australian Research Council Linkage Projects grant, 2015: $44,000, 2014: $48,000, 2013: $44,000

Innovative partnerships for youth engagement in education and work

Research team: Klatt, M., Professor John Polesel, Professor Karen Starr, Professor Damian Blake, and Dulfer, N. (2012–2016)

Funding: Australian Research Council Linkage Projects grant with partner organisations:

  • Association of Independent Schools NSW
  • Catholic Education Commission of South Australia
  • NSW Education and Communities State Training Services
  • Department of Education and Children’s Services South Australia
  • Catholic Education Commission of NSW
  • Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, $529,000.

Education Business Leadership program for the Department of Education, Western Australia

Research team: Professor Karen Starr (with the educational business leadership team) (2015–2018)

Funding: Income based on enrolments of managers of corporate services in WA schools into the GCEBL. Estimated income of more than $900,00 over three years.

Adult Learning in Neighborhood Houses and Transition Pathways to Higher Education statewide study

Research team: Dr Trace Ollis, Professor Karen Starr, Cheryl Ryan, Dr Jennifer Angwin and Ursula Harrison. In partnership with Christine Brooks from the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres.

Funding:

  • 2015: $25,000 Phase 1, Geelong region
  • 2016: $29,800 Phase 2, statewide research

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Research team: Professor Vaughan Prain, Associate Professor Bruce Waldrip, Professor Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Professor Noel Meyers, Associate Professor Damian Blake, Dr Tracey Muir, Cathleen Farrelly, Dr Amanda Mooney, Damon Thomas

Funding: Australian Research Council Linkage Projects grant, 2016: $39,408

Investigating the impact for disadvantaged learners of TAFE institutions and other VET providers delivering bachelor and associate degree qualifications

Research team: Professor Trevor Gale, Emma Charlton, Dr Stephen Parker, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis and Dr Shaun Rawolle

Funding: 2014: $558, 2013: $72,687

Contact us

For more information about ALPET research, please contact Trace Ollis.

Dr Trace Ollis
Senior Lecturer in Education (Applied Learning)
Email Trace Ollis
+61 3 5227 1489