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Dr Kerri Garrard



Lecturer in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2019
Master of Arts (Writing & Literature), Deakin University, 2006

+61 3 924 68331


My career spans twenty-five years teaching in Australian schools. Since completing my PhD in 2019, I have taught across the MTeach (Secondary) Humanities course, Research Pathways and Bachelor of Education Primary units. My research interests have included History and Humanities curriculum, exploring interculturality in relation to history teaching and learning, the shifting nature of teacher identity and racial discrimination in schools. My involvement in collegial research projects, both in Australia and overseas, draws on my experience and knowledge in curriculum and pedagogy and directly informs my work with pre-service teachers and higher degree research students.  

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Career highlights

Shorlist for Best Paper Award and Commended Papers EERA 2018

Toward intercultural history as pedagogy: a new theoretical approach

Research interests

My work as an academic and educator is shaped by curriculum and pedagogy that intersects with the discipline of History and Interculturality. Working in these fields means my research and approach to teaching and learning of pre-service teachers, takes an interdisciplinary approach. I engage in research and scholarship that relates to: how students and educators value the discipline of History and Humanities in schools and what this reveals about the changing landscape of Australian society; informing History curriculum policy through evidence based research and interculturality; exploring the relevance and multiperspecitivty of teaching and assessment practices in history education; and examining the facilitatioin of interculturality in schools across the Humanities. More broadly, these core interests, and more than twenty years teaching in Australian secondary schools, shape my diverse engagement with the complexities of curriculum making and curriculum reform - including decolonising History curriculum.

Methods and methodologies integral to my work include a particular focus on discourse analysis, thematic analysis, theoretical framing and conceptualisations of historical thinking, history culture, historical consciousness; curriculum inquiry, curriculum making - including student centred data collection through social media - and metaphor for educational research.

In addition, I take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the development of high quality online professional learning for educators informed by evidenced based research projects which I have conducted with a team of colleagues from the fields of inclusive, cultural and trauma education, research and scholarship. This aspect of my research makes a contribution to preparing teachers for 'relational' and 'pedagogical' uncertainty in schools experienced by teachers and students and is directly related to racism in schools. Secondly, it engages with scholarly debates around the purposeful development of digital resources for schools, and what high quality online professional learning for educators looks like within neoliberal constructs of the teaching profession. 

The relationship between my research interests and supervision of students within the Research Pathways Units offered @ Deakin and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, is as aspect of my work that I value highly and see exciting prospects for making an impact upon education practices and policy. I take an active and engaging approach to the learning and progression of my research students, offering guidance and respecting their independence and critical thinking.  


History Council of Victoria 

Australian Writers Centre

Victorian Writers Centre

Australian Book Review 

History Teacher Association of Victoria (HTAV)

Teaching interests

History and Humanities education, Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Humanities,  Intercultural Education, 

Units taught

I am Unit Chair for and teach in the following Units: 

EHU703 - Humanities Research Inquiry 7-10

EHU704 - Senior Humanities Research Inquiry 

EHI701 - History and Humanities Curriculum Inquiry 7-10

EDX703 - Research Paper A

EDX705 - Minor Thesis A 

I also supervise students in the following Units Units: 

EDX707 - Independent Research Project for Professional Practice

EDX 703/704/705/706 - Research Pathways 

Knowledge areas

History education in primary and secondary schools, History/Humanities curriculum, intercultural education, curriculum and pedagogy. 


Garrard, K.A. & Cairns, R. Presenters. European Conference on Educational Research, 'Social media as a tool for recruiting and empowering a diverse mix of student participants in curriculum research'. Glasgow. August, 2023.

A., Mekonnen, T., Corcoran, T. Guest Speakers. Suite of Culturally Safe Resources 'Department of Education's African Australian Roundtable June 2023

Garrard, K.A. & Black, R. Invited Speakers  Education for global citizenship: metaphors of academic identity  'Youth and Global Citizenship Workshop' Melbourne Graduate School of Education on July 17-20, 2023. 

Garrard, K.A. (2022) Presenter European Conference on Educational Research, Critical Times: Ambiguities and Tensions in Producing the Global Graduate. Online. 

Garrard, K.A. & Cairns, R., (2021) Teaching the Vietnam War: Firsthand. HTAV Annual Conference, July 2021 (online)

Garrard, K.A., Cairns, R., Weinmann, M. (2019) Intercultural Competencies, Global Cities Education Network Symposium, Melbourne, 12-14 March 2019. 

Garrard, K.A. (2018) Contemporary relationship between history education and interculturality. EERA International education conference, Bolzano, Italy. (September). 

Research groups

Centre for Contemporary Histories Research Group (CHRG) School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University. 

Transforming Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Group - Deakin University Research Ecology 

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation


  • Racial Diversity and Teacher Relational Uncertainties: A Pilot Study (2023-2024)
  • African Heritage Students: Suite of Culturally Safe Resources with Tim Corcoran & Tebeje Molla (DET) (2022-2023)
  • National History Check: What is the status of History education in Australia? Kerri Garrard & Rebecca Cairns (2021-2023)
  • Critical Times: Producing the Global Graduate in a Pandemic. Australia-New Zealand research project with Rosalyn Black, Matthew Krehl Edward Thomas, Bronwyn E. Wood, Lucas Walsh and Margaret Bearman (2023)
  • Learning Firsthand: Teaching the Vietnam War Digital Resource with Julianne Moss, Rebecca Cairns, Bart Ziino, Peter Edwards and Trevor McCandless (2020) (DPC)


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Resisting neoliberalism: teacher education academics navigating precarious times

Bronwyn Wood, Bronwyn Wood, Ros Black, Ros Black, Lucas Walsh, Lucas Walsh, Kerri Garrard, Kerri Garrard, Margaret Bearman, Margaret Bearman, Matthew Thomas, Matthew Thomas, Juliana Ryan, Juliana Ryan, Nadia Infantes, Nadia Infantes

(2024), pp. 1-16, Teaching in Higher Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Linear transmission of "whiteness": A textual analysis of a year 9 "timeline"

Kerri Garrard

(2023), Vol. 10, pp. 14-29, Historical Encounters: A Journal of Historical Consciousness, Historical Cultures, and History Education, Newcastle, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Ambiguities and tensions in the construction of 'global' graduates

Kerri Garrard, Juliana Ryan

(2023), pp. 1-13, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'Learning from history is something that is important for the future': Why Australian students think history matters

Rebecca Cairns, Kerri Garrard

(2023), pp. 1-14, Policy Futures in Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'We don't value teaching as much as we should': tracing 'teacher' professional identity in critical times

Juliana Ryan, Kerri Garrard, Ros Black

(2023), pp. 1-13, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Finding a way in for interculturality: Analysing History teachers' conceptualisations at the secondary school level

K Garrard

(2022), Vol. 43, pp. 282-294, Discourse, C1

journal article

Learning Firsthand: Vietnam War Digital Teaching Resource

Kerri Garrard, Rebecca Cairns, Julianne Moss

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Flatlining? National Enrolment trends in senior secondary History

Rebecca Cairns, Kerri Garrard

(2020), Vol. 50, pp. 1-9, Agora, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Learning first Hand: Vietnam War teaching and learning resources.

Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Kerri Garrard, Dr Rebecca Cairns

DPCGV Grant - Research - Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Victoria

  • 2020: $68,181

Development of a Suite of African Heritage Culturally Safe Resources to Support Victorian School Leaders Develop More Inclusive Schooling Environments.

A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen, Dr Kerri Garrard, Dr Martin Potter, Mr Simeon Taylor, Mrs Maria Bates

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $173,641


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