Educational research is essential to the ongoing success and growth of the education program at Deakin. The School of Education is an active contributor to global education research and theory. Its respected academics are considered thought leaders in their fields of specialisation.

Choose Deakin for your higher degree in education

The School of Education at Deakin offers higher degree by research (HDR) students a supportive research community and a strong culture of collaboration and inclusiveness.

We have a large and diverse cohort of doctoral candidates studying both on and off campus.

Our team of expert supervisors and academics ensure ongoing support and guidance at all stages of your research career.

Informative research seminars are also held throughout the year across all campuses.

We're lauded as above world standard

Excellence Research in Australia (ERA) identifies research excellence within Australia’s higher education institutions based on national and international benchmarks.

In the Australian Research Council (ARC)’s 2018 national ERA assessment, Deakin University gained a score of 4 out of 5 (‘above world standard’) for education, illustrating the capacity, reputation and impact of Deakin's educational researchers.

In its inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment, which presents the outcomes of its nationwide assessment of university research engagement and impact, the ARC also gave Deakin University the highest possible rating ('high') for research impact in the discipline of education.

Contact our HDR Coordinators

Our HDR coordinators will be happy to help you with any enquiries you might have regarding studying at the School of Education, choosing a discipline or finding a supervisor.

HDR Coordinator
Dr Andrew Skourdoumis
+61 3 9244 6673
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HDR Coordinator
Dr Trace Ollis
+61 3 5227 1489
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My supervisors are first class and the opportunities for networking and collaboration make being a distance student both positive and rewarding.

Adrian Farnham

HDR student

Breaking new ground in educational research

Deakin researchers are involved in a number of innovative education research projects.

  • Deakin’s Chair in Education Professor Amanda Keddie received a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship to work with world-renowned gender, relationships and equity experts in the United States to conduct research into how schools can help change the story on gendered violence.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow Associate Professor Ly Tran led a team that conducted research on reciprocal intercultural supervision, resulting in the publication of a series of guides that support three key stakeholders in higher degree research: international candidates, supervisors and research training managers.
  • Professor of New Media Education Julian Sefton-Green brought teachers together to develop strategies to research what the children at their schools did with digital media at home and with friends. This culminated in the development of the Researching the Everyday Digital website – a useful resource for all Australian teachers.
  • A team led by Chair in Science Education and Alfred Deakin Professor Russell Tytler is working as part of a major national program to increase the study of science and technology in secondary education. They've developed a trailblazing 'representation construction'-guided inquiry pedagogy. It's achieving dramatic improvements in student performance and influencing science educators around the world.

Representations in STEM education

Developing diagrams and visual representations can lead to huge improvements in student performance and engagement in STEM subjects. Deakin researchers are taking their findings to schools across the country.

Our research centres and groups

Research for Educational Impact

Research for Educational Impact (REDI) aspires to be a leading national and international centre in education research. Underpinned by strong equity principles, REDI is formed around four distinctive programs that address key contemporary education issues:

  • children, young people and their communities
  • curriculum, assessment and digital learning
  • education, governance and policy
  • science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

REDI collaborates in interdisciplinary research that crosses all sectors: kindergartens, schools, universities, vocational education and training and community education.

Learn more about REDI

Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)

CRADLE focuses on investigating quality assessment in higher education and practices that can be enhanced through emerging digital environments. 

The centre is led by Foundation Director Professor David Boud. It collaborates on research in significant areas of assessment innovation, credentialing and the use of evidence of learning.

Find out more about CRADLE

Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTaLL)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTaLL) research program focuses on the development of innovative teaching and learning across the TESOL, EAL/D and languages teaching education sectors in Australia and internationally.

Their research is framed by socio-cultural perspectives on languages, culture and identity in education, and the nexus between communication, language awareness and languages curriculum, pedagogy and practice.

Building on the extensive expertise of the languages, EAL/D and TESOL discipline team, CTaLL  provides specialist units of contemporary theory, pedagogy and practice cross undergraduate and postgraduate teaching courses.

Learn more about CTaLL

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