A/Prof. Andrea Gallant



Associate Professor of Education


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2007


Research interests

educational reform, emotional work of teachers, teacher attrition- coaching pre-service teachers & mentoring beginning teachers, women aspiring to leadership and cultural consciousness
Methodology/methods/analysis: Narrative inquiry, self study, grounded theory, standpoints and symbolic interactions, soft sytems


(ISATT)International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching
(ATEA)Australian Teacher Educators Association
(AARE)Australian Association Research Education
(AERA) American Education Research Association
International Gebser Society
(IRNIE)International Research Network into Imaginative Education (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver).

Teaching interests

Master of Education
Leading and Managing in Learning Organisations
Research Design and Development, reserach paper or minor thesis (Part A and B)
Master of Teaching
Ethnographies of Leadership

PhD Supervision


Gallant, A. & Riley, P. (2012). Professional development: Developing self for the profession. AARE/APERA, Sydney December. Gallant, A. (2012). Symbolic interactions and the development of women leaders in higher education. Oxford Round Table, Oxford July. Gallant, A. (2012). Failure to Thrive: Mid-Career Women in Higher Education. AERA Vancouver April. Gallant, A., & Riley, P. (2011) The reunion: Teachers leaving narratives. Invisible College New Orleans, April. Riley, P., Gallant, A., & Lewis, R. (2011). Doing Good Work and Doing Good with the Work: Improved Student Outcomes through Positive Classroom Management. AERA New Orleans 2010 April. Riley, P. & Gallant, A. (2011). Eight early career teachers tell us why they left teaching while wanting to stay. ISATT Portugal,July. Allard,A. & Gallant, A. (2011). Collaborative reflections: using video stimulated methodology as a means to develop and enhance self-study of teacher educators. AARE Hobart, November. Mayer, D., Allard, A., & Gallant, A. (2010). Authentic Teacher Assessment. ATEA Townsville. Riley, P., & Gallant, A. (2010). Leaving Narratives: Teachers tell us why they leave the profession early. AARE, Melbourne, November. Schaefer, L., Downey, A., Clandinin, J., Riley, P., Huber, J., & Gallant, A. (2010). Once Upon a Time: Teachers, Stories, Identities and Exits. Invisible college, Denver April 29, 2010. Gallant, A. (2009). Colonisation: an examination of the entanglement of globalisation and education. 14th Biennial Conference of ISATT, Lapland, June. Gallant. (A). (2009). Identities: Situated knowledge and self Intercultural Collaboration. XXXVIII Annual International Jean Gebser Conference, Hofstra University. October 15-17th 2009. Gallant, A., Riley, P., Barnes, J., & Scofham, S. (2008). Education for Ecological Sustainability: Positive Pedagogy through Attachment and Cultural Consciousness. British Education Research Association (Symposium) Edinburgh, 3-6 September 2008. Gallant, A. (2008). Educational Management versus Leadership: Where have all the flowers gone, when will we ever learn? Colloquium presentation. Holistic Education Research Group Inaugural International Colloquium. Melbourne, 24-25 Jan, 2008. Gallant, A. (2008). The MR Game: The Deal or No Deal Reality in Higher Education. Engendering Leadership Conference. Consortium for Diversity at Work Business School. University of Western Australia, July 2008. Gallant, A. (2008). Ambiguity of Globalisation: A-waring the subtle power of the butterfly affect., XXXVII Annual International Jean Gebser Conference, (Melbourne. Australia) June 2008. Gallant, A. (2007). Tnnies, Ong, McLuhan and Gebser: Multicultural classrooms. Jean Gebser International Conference: Community, (Wisconsin, Eau Claire, USA). XXXVI Annual International Jean Gebser Conference 18th - 21st of October 2007. Gallant A. (2006). Have You Heard of Jean Gebser: Transparency of Consciousness for Teachers. Jean Gebser International Conference: Exploring Transitions of Knowledge (Sacramento, USA), XXXV Annual International Jean Gebser Conference , October 2007. Gallant, A. (2005). An a-methodology approach to research. 1st Research Symposium on Imagination in Education, 1, (170-179) Gallant, A. (2003). The Living Dead: Secondary School Children. Third International Soul in Education Conference. Byron Bay, 27 Sept - 2 Oct. 2003. Gallant, A. (2003). Resuscitating the living dead Re Enchanting Education (National conference - La Trobe University)

Professional activities

HDR coordinator
Research Training Sub Commitee
School Executive
HDR Summer and winter school
Community- Women in Supply Chain and Tansport Women Australia LTD.


Sustaining Professional Development Through Ongoing Learning: Doing Good Work and Good With the Work, was nominated for the Carol Weinstein Best Paper Award for the Classroom Management SIG of AERA (American Education Research Association)
Faculty of Education: Stewart Fraser Award for Exemplary Thesis Writing (La Trobe)
La Trobe University Research Thesis Merit Citation University Certificate


2010 ARC Linkage Project research grant (CIs Lewis, Riley, Gallant). The project involves working with teachers in the Northern Metropolitan Region of DEECD who have attended professional development programme on classroom management. The research focus is on ways to make professional development (PD) sustainable. The research is centred around working as critical mentor with practitioners to further develop capability as part of teachers self study.

Self study - the tensions that present in peer mentoring

Early career teacher attrition

Mid career women and the failure to thrive in higher education

Emotion in School: Understanding how the Hidden Curriculum Influences Relationships, Leadership, Teaching, and Learning


Filter by


Enacting leadership professional development and the impediments to organizational and industry change in rural and regional Australia

J Rowlands, J Blackmore, A Gallant

(2020), pp. 1-16, Gender, work and organization, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Mentoring the problematic: context matters

A Gallant, P Riley

(2018), pp. 304-317, International handbook of teacher quality and policy, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Human elements and the pragmatic approach in the Australian, Scottish and Swedish standards for newly qualified teachers

G Fransson, A Gallant, R Shanks

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 243-267, Journal of educational change, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Early career teacher attrition in Australia: inconvenient truths about new public management

A Gallant, P Riley

(2017), pp. 1-18, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation: a leadership impact study and evaluation framework

J Blackmore, A Gallant, J Rowlands, M Rahimi, S Spiteri, K Senior

(2017), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Symbolic Interactions and the Development of Women Leaders in Higher Education

A Gallant

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 203-216, Gender, Work and Organization, C1

journal article

Differentiated coaching: developmental needs of coachees

A Gallant, V Gilham

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 237-254, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, C1

journal article

Organisational (in) justice in academic leadership

Andrea Gallant

(2014), Vol. 29, pp. 96-107, Journal of educational leadership, policy and practice, Wellington , NZ, C1

journal article

Early career teacher attrition: new thoughts on an intractable problem

A Gallant, P Riley

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 562-580, Teacher development, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The emotional labour of the aspirant leader: traversing school politics

A Gallant, P Riley

(2013), pp. 81-97, Emotion and school: understanding how the hidden curriculum influences relationships, leadership, teaching and learning, Bingley, England, B1

book chapter

Self-conscious emotion: how two teachers explore the emotional work of teaching

A Gallant

(2013), pp. 163-181, Emotion and school: understanding how the hidden curriculum influences relationships, leadership, teaching and learning, Bingley, England, B1

book chapter

Afterword: the teaching fantasia

M Newberry, A Gallant, P Riley

(2013), pp. 271-277, Emotion and school: understanding how the hidden curriculum influences relationships, leadership, teaching and learning, Bingley, England, B1

book chapter

Witnessing the re-formation of Gemeinschaft/Gesellscahft : how does an integral perception of reality shape our experience and sense of community/society in the 21st century?

A Gallant

(2012), pp. 1-17, Communication, comparative cultures, and civilization : a collection on culture and consciousness, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Teacher performance assessment in teacher education : an example in Malaysia

A Gallant, D Mayer

(2012), Vol. 38, pp. 295-307, Journal of education for teaching, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Is this a meaningful learning experience? Interactive critical self-inquiry as investigation

A Allard, A Gallant

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 261-273, Studying teacher education : a journal of self-study of teacher education practices, London, England, C1

journal article

Failure to thrive: mid-career women in higher education

A Gallant

(2012), pp. 1-1, AERA 2012 : Non satis scire : to know is not enough : Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association 2012 annual meeting, Vancouver, Canada, E1-1


Are we there yet? Blockages to mid-career women in higher education

A Gallant

(2012), pp. 1-1, Oxford Round Table 2012 : Higher Education: An interdisciplinary perspective : Proceedings of Oxford Round Table 2012, Oxford, England, E1-1


Resuscitating students' learning : exploring the "Living Dead" phenomenon

A Gallant

(2011), Vol. 75, pp. 343-356, Educational forum, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Deakin authentic teacher assessment : "authentically assessing beginning teaching : professional standards and teacher performance assessment"

M Dixon, D Mayer, A Gallant, A Allard

(2011), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Leaving narratives: teachers tell us why they leave the profession early

P Riley, A Gallant

(2010), AARE 2010 : Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1


Consciousness structures and attachment responses to strange situations

A Gallant, P Riley

(2008), Vol. 2, pp. 16-25, Asia journal of global studies, Osaka, Japan, C1-1

journal article

Education for ecological sustainability: Positive pedagogy through attachment and cultural consciousness

A Gallant, P Riley, J Barnes, S Scofham

(2008), BERA 2008 : Proceedings of the British Education Research Association Annual Conference 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland, E1-1


A conversation 'and so say all of us'

A Gallant

(2007), Communication, comparative cultures and civilizations, Cresskill, N.J., C1-1

journal article

Money, Distance, Time And Support: Virtual Mentoring Of Pre-Service Teachers During School Placements

Andrea Gallant, Pam Wright

(2007), Vol. 4, pp. 10-18, i-manager's Journal of Educational Technology, C1-1

journal article

Resuscitating the living dead

A Gallant

(2005), pp. 9-21, Towards re-enchantment : education, imagination and the search for meaning, Flaxton, Qld., B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improved student outcomes through positive classroom management

Prof Ramon Lewis, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Philip Riley

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2013: $16,133

Other Public Sector Funding

Authentically Assessing Beginning Teaching: Professional Standards and Teacher Performance Assessment.

Prof Diane Mayer, A/Prof Mary Dixon, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, A/Prof Andrea Allard

  • 2013: $10,512
  • 2010: $21,028

Improved student outcomes through positive classroom management

Prof Ramon Lewis, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Philip Riley

  • 2012: $32,266

Collaborative Teacher Practice ¿ Action Research Project

A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Lihua Xu, Dr Jill Loughlin, Dr Muriel Wells

  • 2017: $40,804
  • 2016: $89,316
  • 2015: $13,601

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Prof Julianne Moss, A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Prof Christine Ure, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Emma Rowe, Mr Ray Messer, Dr Sarah Ohi, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Gaelene Hope-Rowe, Dr Peter O'Keefe, Mrs Kate Harvie, Mrs Jacqui Peters, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Brandi Fox, Dr Kerri Garrard

  • 2020: $80,792
  • 2019: $244,037
  • 2018: $182,564

Industry and Other Funding

Differentiated mentoring: Whole school improvement

A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Philip Riley, Prof Geert Keltchermans

  • 2015: $30,420
  • 2013: $80,157

Evaluation of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation's education programs.

Prof Jillian Blackmore, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, A/Prof Julie Rowlands, Dr Mark Rahimi

  • 2017: $91,991
  • 2016: $22,997


Principal Supervisor

Claire Barnaby Phipps

Thesis entitled: The lived experiences of university tutors in an age of massification

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Lisa Ruth Vinnicombe

Thesis entitled: How do teachers perceive mandated pedagogical change and its enactment?

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Executive Supervisor

Deborah Kathleen Humphreys

Thesis entitled: Bushfire Safety: Examining The Space Between Theory and Practice

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Sudeep Khanal

Thesis entitled: Education, Power, and Reflexivity: An Analysis of Dalits Capability Development Opportunities

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor

Rukhsana Ahmadi

Thesis entitled: Skilled Migrant Women in Regional Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Noella Kershaw

Thesis entitled: Leadership Narratives: Women Leaders in Independent Schools, Victoria 2004-2008

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education