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Dr Matthew Thomas

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Pedagogy and Curriculum

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Artificial Intelligence for Business, Deakin University, 2021
Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2017
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2015
Master of Social Research Methods, University of Melbourne, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), La Trobe University, 2004
Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), La Trobe University, 2002

Contact

Biography summary

Matthew Krehl Edward Thomas (BA [Hons] La Trobe, GCertHELT, GCertAIB Deakin, GDipEd, PhD UniMelb) SFHEA is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum) at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the Academic Director of Professional Practice. Matthew lectures in teaching (pedagogy) and curriculum (design) and trains postgraduate researchers. In addition, he works internationally leading humanitarian projects through global immersion programs. He is a former schoolteacher with a background in leadership, strategy, and negotiation. Matthew’s research explores the sociology of education, in particular: time and temporality, initial teacher education, surveillance capitalism and human rights. Matthew’s most recent publications explore the implications of time as a structuring force in learning, human rights in schooling and relationality in initial teacher education. Recently he co-edited Post-Qualitative Research and Innovative Methodologies (2020; Bloomsbury Academic) and Inclusive Education is a Right, right? (2021; Brill). He tweets @whoseprivacy.

Research interests

  • Time & Temporality
  • Human Rights
  • Surveillance Capitalism
  • Initial Teacher Education

Teaching interests

  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Research Methodology & Methods
  • Global Experience & Intercultural Understanding

Units taught

Currently Teaching

  • EDX707 - Research Project
  • EDX703/4 - Research Paper
  • EDX705/6 - Minor Thesis

Previously Taught

  • EDX701 - Research Design Development and Method
  • EPR7X3 - Reflecting On Professional Experience
  • EPR7X1 - Planning For Learning In Professional Experience
  • EEE751 - Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning
  • EEE752 - Planning and assessment with diverse learners

Knowledge areas

Ask me about?

  • Temporality
  • Surveillance Capitalism
  • Human Rights
  • Initial Teacher Education

Conferences

  • Thomas, M. K. E., & Whitburn, B. (2021). Assessment for Inclusion: Off the clock and just in time What is assessment for inclusion?, Deakin University, Melbourne Campus.
  • Thomas, M. K. E., & Whitburn, B. (2019). Risks in TIme to Inclusive Educational Rights Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Skourdoumbis, A., Rowolle, S., & Thomas, M. K. E. (2019). Using the Bourdieuian notion of ‘Economism’ to theorize education policy representations of innovation and creativity Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making, Manchester, United Kingdom.
     
  • Skourdoumbis, A., & Thomas, M. K. E. (2019). Teaching As Improvisation: New Education Policy Directions Of Pedagogy. Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future, Hamburg, Germany.
     
  • Thomas, M. K. E., & Whitburn, B. (2018). TIES: The Inclusive Education Summit, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus.
  • Thomas, M. K. E. (2017). The Erosion of the Public: From Romper Stomper to Woof-Woof Summer Institute in Qualitative Research:Putting Theory to Work.
     
  • Thomas, M. K. E. (2017). Temporality and Diffraction: Visual Possibilities. Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.
     
  • Thomas, M. K. E., McKnight, L., & Bellingham, R. (2016). Symposium: In defence of the dark arts: merging theory and method to transfigure education research Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Thomas, M. K. E. (2016) Left behind: What possibility remains for a pedagogy of insurrection in the current Australian context Australian Association for Research in Education Annual International Conference, AARE, Melbourne, Australia MCG, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
     
  • Thomas, M. K. E. (2013). Manufacturing consensus: does pedagogy shape what is common sense? AARE 2013: Shaping Australian Educational Research. Australian Association for Research in Education Annual International Conference, Adelaide.
     
  • Thomas, M. K. E. (2011). The Empty Child: The Reproduction Of Culture Through Schooling. AARE Conference 2011, Hobart, Tasmania. 

Professional activities

Websites

LinkedIn

ORCid Profile

Twitter @whoseprivacy

Research groups

  • Research Pathways
     
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Professional Learning
     
  • Inclusive Education

Awards

  • 2019 SFHEA Senior Fellow: Global Recognition HEA Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education.
     
  • 2017 ESRI REDI inaugural Travelling Fellow: Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) & Research for Educational Impact (REDI)
     
  • 2016 RCA Award: Research Coaching Australia Faculty Award

Projects

Current Projects:

  • Critical Times: Producing the global graduate in a pandemic
  • Access Quality Teaching
  • Multi-Provider Teaching Academy: A Professional Practice Model for workforce creation in Rural and Regional Victoria
  • What a difference a school makes: Effective schools serving vulnerable communities
  • Global Immersion Experience's for Pre-Service Teachers
  • National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools
     

Past Projects:

  • Inclusive education is a Right, right? (Brill)
  • Post-Qualitative Research and Innovative Methodologies (Bloomsbury)
  • Koorie Inclusive School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support Program Evaluation (KISWPBS)
  • The Inclusive Education Summit Conference Committee
  • Graduate Teacher Conferences (GTC)
  • Higher Education Partnership and Participation Program (HEPPP)
  • Twilight Seminar Series: Diversity and Inclusion 
  • National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
  • Melton & Wyndham: Strengthening Connections between School, Young People, Parents and Community.
  • Educational Consciousness: Pop Up Schools

Publications

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2021

Risks in time: to inclusive educational rights

Ben Whitburn, Matthew Thomas

(2021), Vol. 47, pp. 37-50, Inclusive education is a right, right?, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Artificial Intelligence, Neoliberalism and Human Rights

Matthew Thomas, Leechin Heng, Peter Walker

(2021), Vol. 47, pp. 186-199, Inclusive education is a right, right?, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

More than human rights

Matthew Thomas, Leechin Heng, Peter Walker

(2021), Vol. 47, pp. 1-8, Inclusive education is a right, right?, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Westworld and Marxism: When Violent Delights Meet Revolutionary Ends

Matthew Thomas, Trevor McCandless

(2021), Vol. 15, pp. 9-20, Unlocking Social Theory with Popular Culture : Remixing Theoretical Influencers, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

A Right to be Included: The Best and Worst of Times for Learners with Disabilities

Ben Whitburn, Matthew Thomas

(2021), Vol. 23, pp. 104-113, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Stockholm, Sweden, C1

journal article

Longing for connection: University educators creating meaning through sharing experiences of teaching online

B Fox, M Bearman, R Bellingham, A North-Samardzic, S Scarparo, D Taylor, M Thomas, M Volkov

(2021), Vol. 52, pp. 2077-2092, British Journal of Educational Technology, C1

journal article

School-wide positive behaviour support as evidence-making interventions

T Corcoran, M Edward Thomas

(2021), Vol. 111, pp. 108-125, Research in Education, C1

journal article

Equity through exceptional teaching: National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS)

Lynette Longaretti, Matthew Thomas

(2021), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Inclusive Education Is a Right, Right?

Matthew Krehl Edward Thomas, Leechin Heng, Peter Walker

(2021), A7

edited book
2020

Swarms and murmurations

Matthew Thomas

(2020), pp. 134-149, Post-qualitative research and innovative methodologies, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The vitality of theory in research innovation

Matthew Thomas, Robin Bellingham

(2020), pp. 16-27, Post-qualitative research and innovative methodologies, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Time, power and education. Zeit, macht und bildung

Matthew Thomas, Ben Whitburn

(2020), pp. 187-210, Frontiers in time research – Einführung in die interdisziplinäre Zeitforschung, Wiesbaden, Germany, B1

book chapter

Post-Qualitative Research and Innovative Methodologies

Matthew Thomas, Robin Bellingham

(2020), London, UK, A7

edited book
2019

Critical videographic research methods: researching teacher's lives and work post '9/11'

M Thomas, Julianne Moss

(2019), pp. 83-102, Video-based research in education : cross disciplinary perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the pedagogy of misdirection

Matthew Thomas, Bernadette Walker-Gibbs

(2019), pp. 130-137, Teachers and teaching on stage and on screen : dramatic depictions, Bristol, Eng., B1

book chapter

What is valued knowledge and where does it live? Educational consciousness and the democratisation of education

Robin Bellingham, Matthew Thomas, Karen Charman, Mary Dixon, Jayson Cooper

(2019), pp. 77-91, Re-imagining education for democracy, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Time for inclusion?

M Thomas, Ben Whitburn

(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 159-173, British journal of sociology of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Evaluation of the Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behavioural Support (KISWPBS) Pilot.

Tim Corcoran, Matthew Thomas

(2019), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Success and failure in higher education on uneven playing fields

Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Rola Ajjawi, Emma Rowe, Andrew Skourdoumbis, Matthew Thomas, Sarah O'Shea, Sue Bennett, Brandi Fox, Peter Alsen

(2019), [Bentley, W.A.], A6

research report/technical paper
2017

Melton and Wyndham: Strengthening Connections between School, Young People, Parents and Community: How do we build capacity for 6-12-year-olds & their families to enhance opportunity & increase life choices in the communities of Melton & Wyndham?

P Rodd, K Sanders, R Bellingham, M Thomas, A Skourdoumbis, M Rahimi

(2017), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Towards a Footscray Curriculum

K Charman, M Dixon, R Bellingham, M Thomas, J Cooper

(2017), Footscray, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

Draft report of the Productivity Commission on the National Education Evidence Base: response from Deakin University School of Education

S Rawolle, C Ure, J Blackmore, A Gallant, R Gorur, A Keddie, J Moss, A Nolan, J Rowlands, A Skourdoumbis, M Thomas, R Tytler, R Webster

(2016), A6

research report/technical paper
2011

The empty child: the reproduction of culture through schooling

M Thomas

(2011), pp. 1-19, AARE 2011: Researching Across Boundaries. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, A/Prof Rola Ajjawi, Dr Emma Rowe, A/Prof Andrew Skourdoumbis, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Sarah O'Shea, Prof Sue Bennett

NCSEHE National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Research

  • 2018: $23,281
  • 2017: $7,906

Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) Evaluation

A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Dr Matthew Thomas

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2019: $94,178
  • 2018: $18,073

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Prof Julianne Moss, Mrs Kate Harvie, Dr Jacqui Peters, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Cassandra Iannucci, Ms Claire Stonehouse, A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Emma Rowe, Dr Brandi Fox

Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $238,011
  • 2021: $582,596
  • 2020: $344,395
  • 2019: $244,037
  • 2018: $182,564

Developing the National Exceptional teaching for Disadvantaged Schools Program.

Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Lynette Longaretti, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Matthew Thomas

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2020: $106,250

National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools 2021.

Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Lynette Longaretti, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Matthew Thomas

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2021: $83,430

Study and Pilot testing of a Multi-Provider Teaching Academy of Professional Practice Model for workforce creating in Victorian Rural and Regional.

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Matthew Thomas, Mrs Edwina El Hachem

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2021: $150,000

Access Quality Teaching

Dr Lynette Longaretti, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Claire Charles, Dr Julie Arnold, Prof Dianne Toe

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $2,285
  • 2021: $90,000

Improving Mentoring in Teacher Education.

Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Kate Johnstone, Prof Damian Blake, Dr Trent Brown, Ms Kellie Tobin

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $75,000

Industry and Other Funding

Wyndham & Melton: Strengthening Connections between School, Young People, Parents and Community

Dr Piper Rodd, Dr Robin Bellingham, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Andrew Skourdoumbis

The Salvation Army

  • 2016: $100,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report