Research that breaks down educational barriers

Learning occurs everywhere, not just in school. The Being and Becoming Learners group collaborates with diverse learners to create progressive, democratic and responsive solutions that overcome barriers to learning. Our work enables us to see, report on and improve learning, cultural safety, and health and wellbeing in Australia.

Our research areas

Deakin is an active contributor to global education research and theory. We're among the top 1% for arts and humanities research globally as well as #1 in Australia for education and education research.* Led by our group convenors, the Being and Becoming Learners group explores ideas under one central research theme – empowering lifelong learning.

Empowering lifelong learning

We explore how students and teachers are involved in a continuous process of being and becoming learners.

Our research is guided by two central questions:

  • Who are diverse learners?
  • How do they learn?

Understand and engage diverse learners

When you study a PhD or postdoctoral research with the Being and Becoming Learners group, you'll be supported by renowned researchers.

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Featured projects

Our partnerships with government, community and industry allow us to deliver research with impact. We lead bold initiatives that seek solutions beyond traditional research and organisational boundaries.

Supporting African heritage students

Supporting African heritage students

Our research, developed in partnership with Department of Education and Training, resulted in the development and creation of digital resources for school leaders and teachers to support the schooling experience of African-heritage students in Victorian state government schools. The project was led by group members Dr Tebeje Molla, Associate Professor Tim Corcoran and Dr Kerri Garrard.

Inherent requirements in higher education

Inherent requirements in higher education

Progressing work by Associate Professor Tim Corcoran, Dr Trevor McCandless and Associate Professor Ben Whitburn (University of Southampton), this project enables the development and application of inherent requirements used in higher education. Through a purpose-built survey of School of Education staff and students, the research examines how respondents understand and use inherent requirements.

Our researchers

Steered by our group convenors, our members span from early to mid and senior career researchers. They bring a range of disciplinary expertise based on decades of combined experience.

Associate Professor Tim Corcoran’s research is dedicated to creating sensible theory practice options, supporting psychosocial ways of knowing/being. His areas of interest include educational psychology and inclusive education.

Dr Marcus Horwood’s research focuses on education policy and how it may best be used to maintain and promote wellbeing and educational outcomes for students, teachers and school leaders.

Research team

Ondine Bradbury, Teaching Scholar, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Professional Learning Teaching

Associate Professor Tim Corcoran, Associate Professor, Education (Inclusive Education)

Dr Kim Davies, Lecturer of Education (Inclusive Eduation)

Associate Professor Linda Hobbs, Associate Head of School, Research

Dr Marcus Horwood, Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Brendan Hyde, Senior Lecturer, Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Dr Cassandra Iannucci, Lecturer In Health and Physical Education

Dr Eve Mayes, ARC DECRA Fellow

Dr Trevor Mccandless, Research Fellow

Dr Genee Marks, Lecturer, Education (Inclusive Education)

Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Luci Pangrazio, ARC DECRA Research Fellow

Dr Dylan Scanlon, Lecturer, Education, Health and Physical Education

Associate Professor Andrew Skourdoumbris, Associate Professor, Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Dr Matthew Thomas, Director, Professional Practice

Dr Cameron Van der Smee, Lecturer In Health and Physical Education

Dr Roz Ward, Associate Lecturer in Education, Health and Physical Education

Our partners

Our strong and active ties to external partners ensure our research has real-world impact. We partner with local and international governments, schools, not-for-profit and philanthropic organisations and community groups. Some of our partners include:

  • Department of Education Victoria
  • Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Institute for Economics and Peace
  • The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Our publications

Take an in-depth look at our latest research, available in a variety of formats and publications. For a full list of publications visit the profile pages of our researchers.

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

*U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023