Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Monica Green

Program Leader, Master of Education Studies
Senior Lecturer
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 2S 213
Phone: 5122 6364
Email: monica.green@federation.edu.au


Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University - 2011

Master of Applied Science (Social Ecology) - University of Western Sydney - 1998

Master of Education Deakin University - 1994

Bachelor of Education Deakin University - 1992

Diploma of Adventure Leadership - La Trobe University - 1987

Diploma of Teaching (Primary) - Chisholm College - 1981



  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Education Studies


  • Learning, Thinking and Creativity (EDBED1008)
  • Young People and Learning Environments (EDDDE1002)
  • Science Education (EDFGC2009)
  • Teacher as Researcher (EDFGC5811)
  • Teacher as Researcher: Research Matters (EDMAS6004)


Monica is a teacher educator in the School of Education. Monica joined Federation University Australia in 2014 as part of its merger with Monash University (Gippsland). Monica's research interests lie in pedagogies and curriculum associated with place and community based education for sustainability and local food systems. Her research focus includes the pedagogical potential of everyday places such as school grounds, gardens and wetland sites that support and enable curriculum frameworks for teaching and learning sustainability. Monica is an active committee member and leader of the Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Gippsland) who mobilise ESD across the Gippsland region.

Areas of expertise

Teacher education

Monica has worked in teacher education for almost a decade and is committed to producing graduating teachers who are prepared to work in collaboration with others, including the wider school community. She has undertaken a number of research projects that examine pre-service teacher mentoring by in-service teachers.

Place- and community-based education for sustainability in primary education

Monica has conducted several studies that examine the significance and impact of place- and community based frameworks for education for sustainability (EfS). Much of her research has been conducted with teachers and children who use local sites such as school grounds, gardens and wetlands as part of sustainability teaching and learning.

University-school partnerships

Monica has a strong commitment to working with regional communities across Gippsland. Within the School of Education, she has initiated several university-school partnerships that have successfully supported pre-service teachers in their development of sustainability, science and other cross-curriculum disciplines.

Research interests

  • Sustainability community development
  • Sustainable/Environmental education
  • Place/Community-based education
  • Alternative Food Systems
  • Creative pedagogies and research methodologies


PhD: The transfer of environmental learning between field experiences and school (Mr. John Caldow)

Completed Masters thesis

King, T (2016) The use of Indigenous Flora in Participatory Place-making, Embodied Learning, Place-based Education and Community Development at Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens

Magree, P. (2014) Sustainability and place in early years learning

De Campo, H. (2013) Eat your words: an investigation into food literacy as a means of participation



Somerville, M., & Green, M. (2015). Children, Place and Sustainability Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave-MacMillan.

Book chapters

Dyment, J., Green, M. & Bell, A. (Accepted). Green outdoor environments: Settings for promoting children’s health and wellbeing. In Little, H. (Ed.) Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for Exploration, Discovery and Risk-taking in the Early Years

Dyment, J., & Green, M. (Under review). Digging deep: Uncovering the pedagogical potential of green school grounds. In C. L. Russell, J. Dillon & M. Breunig (Eds.), Environmental Education Reader. New York: Peter Lang

Green, M. & Rayner, M. (Accepted). Interdisciplinary approaches to garden learning: an Australian perspective. In M. Barnett (Ed.) STEM learning through Urban Agriculture & Gardens

Refereed journal articles

Green, M. (2016). Preparing Pre-service Teachers for Professional Engagement Through Place/Community Pedagogies and Partnerships. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(11). http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol41/iss11/4/

Green, M. (2016). ‘If there’s no sustainability our future will get wrecked’: exploring children’s perspectives of sustainability Childhood, Online, 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0907568216649672

Green, M. and Duhn, I. (2015). The force of gardening: investigating children's learning in a food garden (Special Edition: Bringing Food to the Table). Australian Journal of Environmental Education, FirstView Article, 1-14

Green, M. & Somerville, M. (2014). Sustainability education in practice: teacher perspectives on sustainability in primary schools, Environmental Education Research (under review).

Power, K., & Green, M. (2014). Re-framing primary curriculum through concepts of place. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 42(2), 105-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2014.896869

Green, M. (2013). Transformational design literacies: children as active place-makers, Children's Geographies, 11(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2013.812305

Somerville, M. & Green, M. (2013). Mapping sustainability initiatives across a region: an innovative survey approach. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 28(2), 65-77

Green, M. (2012). Place, sustainability and literacy: frameworks for teaching and learning, Review of International Geographical Education Online (RIGEO)(2)3

Collins, S., Whyte, S., Green, M., Vella, K., Crinall, S., Dent, Howard, M. (2012). The person in the tree: shared writings from space, place, body. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, 3(2), 56-70.

Somerville, M. & Green, M. (2011). A pedagogy of 'organised chaos': ecological learning in primary schools, Children, Youth and Environments 20 (1), 14-34

Green, M. (2008) From wilderness to the educational heart: A Tasmanian story of place. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 24, 35-43

Refereed conference proceedings

Green, M. (2016). Examining children’s sustainability knowledge and perspectives: An Australian case study. Paper presented at the Activate Agitate Advocate, Auckland, New Zealand, (February 9-12).

Plowright, S., Glowrey, C., Green, M., Fletcher, A., Harrison, D., Plunkett, M., Emmett, S. & Johnson, N. (2016) Reimagining and Transforming Identity as Rural Researchers and Educators: A (con)textual Fugue, Paper presented at the Association for Research in Education (AARE) Melbourne

Somerville, M. & Green, M. (2013). Teacher education for sustainability: a participatory action research study. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Regional and Global Cooperation in Educational Research. Sydney, NSW.

Green, M. (2010) Locating myself in the research. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Innovative Research in Education. Canberra

Green, M. (2009) Learning in place: Pedagogical pathways for place making. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Changing Climates: Education for a sustainable future. Brisbane, QLD.

Green, M. (2008) Food gardens: Cultivating a Pedagogy of Place. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Impacts: Proving or improving? Fremantle, WA.

Seminar presentations

Green, M. (2015) Project Wild Thing (Place & Education), Invited speaker, Latrobe City, Traralgon

Green, M. & Sargent, M. (2014) Wetlands for sustainability, Keynote speaker, Love Your Lagoon Conference, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown

Green, M. (2013) Place pedagogies in teacher education, Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Hobart

Green, M. (2012) Place-based education for sustainability, Keynote speaker, Environmental Education Toolbox Conference, Sale

Green, M. (2012) Wetlands for teaching and learning, Invited speaker, Heart Morass Proposed Education Precinct workshop, Sale

Green, M. (2012/2011/2010/2009) Place based sustainability: gardens, food and children, Guest Lecturer, Melbourne University (Master of Urban Horticulture), Burnley

Green, M. (2013) Teaching and Learning with place in mind, Guest Lecture, University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Green, M. (2012) Place-based education for sustainability,Keynote speaker, Environmental Education Toolbox Conference, Sale, VIC

Professional awards

2016   OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: For outstanding innovation and leadership that promotes place-based community pedagogies and partnerships as part of high quality teaching and learning for pre-service teachers

2016   EJ Barker Award (Sustainability in Scandinavia Study Tour)

2015   Dean’s Award (Faculty of Education and Arts)

2015   Vice Chancellor Teaching Citation Award: For outstanding and sustained leadership that promotes teaching and learning for pre-service teachers through place-based community pedagogies and partnerships.

2012-10 Recipient Monash University Graduate Research Scholarship

2010   Best Research Poster, Faculty of Education, Monash University HDR Award

2009   Best Research Poster, Faculty of Education, Monash University HDR Award

2008 Winner Outstanding Contribution, Student Poster Award, Gippsland Assoc. for Postgraduate Students


  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Environmental Education Victoria (EEV Formerly Victorian Environmental Edn Association)
  • Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE)
  • United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Development (RCE Gippsland)