Staff profile - Bernadette Walker-Gibbs

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AsPr Bernadette Walker-Gibbs

Position: Associate Professor In Education
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: Warrnambool Campus
Phone: +61 3 556 33240 +61 3 556 33240


Biography summary

Associate Professor Bernadette Walker-Gibbs is recognized as an outstanding educator with an international reputation in research for her leadership of large scale, longitudinal studies in teacher education and for international comparative studies in rural education. Her research focuses on place-based pedagogy specifically alongside teacher identity and Initial Teacher Education more broadly. Bernadette draws on post-structural and qualitative methods to enhance the capacity of graduate teachers for the diverse contexts in which they will teach. In her role at Deakin University, she is the Academic Course Director for the Teacher for Australia initiative (2014-2017). Bernadette has been a chief investigator on research projects totaling $11.5 million in competitive grants and other tenders, including an ARC linkage.  Bernadette recently published a co-edited book on Self Studies in Rural Teacher Education with Springer and draws upon an extensive research background from across rural Australia.  Bernadette is an Executive member of the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), the International Editorial Consultancy Board of the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education (AIJRE) and the Deakin Strategic Research Centre for Research for Educational Impact (REDI). Associate Professor Walker-Gibbs is an established leader in the field of rural education and pedagogy


  • Bachelor of Teaching, Central Queensland University, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Central Queensland University, 2003


  • AERA - American Educational Research Association
  • BERA - British Educational Research Association
  • ECER- European Educational Research Association
  • SPERA - Society for Provision of Education in Rural Australia

Professional activities

School of Education Research and Research Training Committee
School representative -APDC Warrnambool Campus
Faculty of Arts and Education Research and Research Training Committee
Faculty of Arts and Education Access and Equity Reference Group


Teaching Interests

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher/Learner Identity

Knowledge areas

  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Rural Education
  • Narrative
  • Pedagogy


Awards and prizes

2007 University Excellence in Supervision Award (Postgraduate)(CQU)
2005 Receipient Dean's Award for Emerging Researcher (CQU)
2003 Receipient Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (CQU)
2003 Nominee for Australian Universities Teaching Award and Nominee University Teaching Award (CQU)


Research projects

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant LP110100003 "Investigating the effectiveness of teacher education for early career teachers in diverse settings: a longitudinal study" D.Mayer, B.Doecke, M.Dixon, A.Kostogriz, A.Allard, S.White, B.Walker-Gibbs, L.Rowan, C.Wyatt-Smith, R.Bates.
Deakin University Participation and Partnerships Program Grant. Widening Horizons Project $75000 and $40 000 respectively

Longitudinal Teacher Workforce Main Study (LTWMS)
DEEWR.with Diane Mayer, Brenton Doeke, Richard Bates, Alex Kostigriz, Julianne Moss, Jodie Kline, Suzanne North $775 998

2011: Deakin University Participation & Partnerships Program Grant (With Julianne Lynch): Academic Skills and Mentoring Program: U.Life in partnership with Warrnambool College. $14,784.

2010/2011: Strengthening work integrated learning (WIL) experiences for rural teacher education students: exploring community based partnerships: (With Assoc Prof Simone White, Assoc Prof Maxine Cooper, Dr Michelle Ortlip) - Deakin University/Ballarat University Collaboration Fund. $20 000; DEECD: $27 000;

2009 A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Simone White & Dr Joanne OMara (Mentor: Professor Diane Mayer) The professional practice of beginning teachers: What counts as effective teaching in disadvantaged schools $6,617.45
Creating communities of practice: Experiencing university teaching and learning in virtual immersive social environments. (including Janette Grenfell, Ian Warren, Fiona Phillips, Tanya king, Bronwyn Kirby, Deirdre Quinn Allan, Bernadette Walker Gibbs, Chad Whelan)

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