Inclusive Education Teaching and Research Group

The Inclusive Education Teaching and Research Group emphasises the provision of educational accessibility and equitable learning for all students, regardless of background and abilities.

The group sees the primary role of educators as supporting students and facilitating their schooling, broader educational and lifelong success.

Our focus

Deakin University’s inclusive education programs prepare graduates to become critically reflective, research-oriented practitioners. Our academic staff are active researchers committed to changing an Australian educational context characterised by the traditional ‘special education/inclusive education’ division.

We work across inclusive education international mandates, their take-up in Australian legislation, state-based policy directives and community expectations, providing teaching and research programs responsive to pedagogy and educational practices that promote learning success for all students.

Study opportunities

Courses specifically associated with inclusive education include:

Group members

The following is a list of inclusive education group members who have expertise and experience in a variety of contexts.

Please see their individual profiles for research interests and supervision experience.


Senior Lecturer, Course Director Master Specialist Inclusive Education
Dr Tim Corcoran
Lecturer, Special Education
Dr Kim Davies
Lecturer, Coordinator MTeach Inclusive Education Pathway
Dr Ben Whitburn
Lecturer, Inclusive Education
Dr Wendy Kortman
Lecturer, Educational Psychology
Dr Claire Spicer
Lecturer, Inclusive Education

Dr Genee Marks


HDR students work on a range of research projects across inclusive education research areas.

With expert multidisciplinary supervision across areas in inclusive education and strong connections nationally and internationally, there are a wide range of opportunities for further research.

Student projects

Project titleStudent
How Indonesian teaching policy is enacted in teachers’ practice Elijah Bajao
How young people understand and enact resilience in Victorian regional communities Andrew Monk
How arts-based strategies present in Individual Education Plans are utilised by teacher aides in Victorian primary school classrooms Jo-Anne Britt
How universities respond to to the needs of students with dyslexia Janet Larkman
The impact of professional development on differentiating instructions to enact inclusive pedagogy in Thailand Peng-Sim Eng
Female migrant teacher experience in Australia Reshmi Roy
inclusive education policy enactment in the Maldives Amathullah Shakeeb

Research projects

Improving Education for Young People in Remand


This project examines educational access for young people on remand at the Parkville Youth Detention Centre, Melbourne.

Research team: Tim Corcoran and Australian-based research colleagues

Funding: $250,000

Professional Learning in Inclusive Education


This project explores inclusive education professional learning for secondary school teachers from Hong Kong.

Research team: Tim Corcoran and academic staff from Deakin University’s School of Education including Kim Davies, Claire Spicer and Ben Whitburn

Funding: $155,000

Diverse Impacts and Alliances


This project identifies local issues pertaining to educational marginalisation.

Research team: Ben Whitburn, involving School of Education academics, Deakin Alliance schools, community members and support organisations

Funding: Faculty of Arts and Education, $12,000

Encountering Diversity


This project involves developing resources about inclusive pedagogies through drama.

Research team: School of Education academics including Ben Whitburn, disabled theatre companies and pre-service teachers

Funding: $20,000

Schooling Transitions for Young People with Down syndrome


This project involves undertaking a quantitative and qualitative study on the experiences of families whose children with Down syndrome encounter difficulties transitioning from primary to secondary education and beyond.

Research team: Ben Whitburn and School of Education academic staff


We collaborate with research centres and universities across Australia.

Research collaboration with industry includes the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) and various community service providers and agencies.

Internationally, we actively collaborate with the University of Sheffield (UK), Aarhus University (Denmark) and the University of Waikato (NZ).

Funding and awards

Musica Viva Evaluation: School-based music programs for students with disabilities


Tim Corcoran was commissioned by Musica Viva, a Melbourne-based community arts association, to evaluate their school music programs for students with disabilities.

Funding: $8000

Department of Education and Training (Victoria) Koori Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Pilot Evaluation


Tim Corcoran lead a research team from The Victoria Institute to design a three-year evaluation of the Koori Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Pilot Programme.

Funding: $150,000

A Pilot Study on the National Disabitity Insurance Scheme in Geelong


Ben Whitburn and School of Education academics undertook a pilot study to learn how families with children participating in the recently reformed disability support scheme experienced its impact on their education.

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Strategic Initiatives grant, National Seminar Series


Tim Corcoran, along with Professor Tom Billington (University of Sheffield, UK) and Associate Professor Lise Claibourne (University of Waikato, NZ), conducted the first national seminar series on critical educational psychology.

Funding: $7600

The Whitten Youth Leadership Project: Evaluation produced for the Western Bulldogs Australian Rules Football Club


Tim Corcoran lead a research team from The Victoria Institute to evaluate The Whitten Youth Leadership Project, a program designed to promote leadership with youth from diverse communities.

Funding: $7500

Contact us

For more information about inclusive education research, please contact Tim Corcoran.

Dr Tim Corcoran
Senior Lecturer in Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)
Email Tim Corcoran
+61 3 9246 8417