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Professor Jenene Burke

Executive Dean, IEAC (Acting)

Institute of Education, Arts and Community



Mt Helen Campus, Online


Professor Jenene Burke’s expertise lies in her world-class research into playspaces as inclusive environments for children, their families and communities from a social and cultural perspective. Her expertise in this field was recognised in an invitation to join the National Inclusive Playground Advisory Group.

Professor Burke has extensive experience conducting research in learning environments with children as participants, including children with disabilities. Her preferred theoretical approaches are the sociology of childhood and disability studies in education. As a teacher educator, Professor Burke’s interests are centred on educational responses to student diversity, particularly in regard to inclusive education, social justice and equity. She also has broad knowledge in curriculum and pedagogy in compulsory and higher education.

Jenene is the President of the World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE) and Chair of the WFATE Research Development Group Disability Studies, Inclusion and Social Justice in Teacher Education.

Implementing Inclusive Pedagogies: What Regular Primary Classroom Teachers Know and Do

Inclusion, equity, diversity, and social justice in education : a critical exploration of the sustainable development goals

Inclusion, equity, diversity, and social justice in education in the twenty-first century

Perceptions of Chinese international students’ learning approaches in Australian universities: a co-constructed model

Policy, discourse and epistemology in inclusive education

THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES: Recognising Children’s Agency in their Play in Inclusive Playspaces

Working towards a sustainable, responsive, inclusive, and diverse global education future

Deep or surface learning? Perceptions of Chinese international and local students in Australian universities

  • Journals

Equity and inclusive education in Australia: a work in progress

  • Book Chapters

“We’re in It for the Long Haul”: Connection, Generation and Transformation Through a School-University Partnership

Connecting Teacher Educators across the world in the wake of a pandemic

  • Journals

Learning, Teaching and Teacher Education in a pandemic

  • Journals

Pre-service Teacher Perceptions of LANTITE: Complexity Theory in Action?

The chapter reports on a study where the perceptions of a group of pre-service teachers (PSTs) in...

Playing with or next to? The nuanced and complex play of children with impairments

This paper examines play as a fundamental children’s activity, giving particular attention to...

Developing international partnerships for teacher education through digital platforms: possibilities for transformational partnership

As a vital element of continuing teacher professional learning, the development of international...

  • Journals

Dyslexia and learning: An Insider Account of Negotiating Barriers and Aids in Secondary Education

Personal narratives derived from insider accounts of schooling can illuminate our understanding...

Peer enhancement of learning and teaching for teacher educators

Providing formal opportunities for colleagues to learn from and with each other through a...

  • Book Chapters

Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact

Teacher education research and the policy reform agenda

Research into teacher education is an Australian government high priority and teacher educators...

First in the family: Girls like us in the third space of regional universities

Introduction: Disability studies in education as an applied project

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  • Book Chapters

Not just for the fun of it: Children's constructions of disability and inclusive play through spatiality in a playspace

In Australia, the notion of providing opportunities for children with impairments to access play...

  • Book Chapters

It's a Science Party! School and community learning partnerships promoting learning through science

  • Conference Proceedings

Forging a School-University Learning Partnership from a Teacher Education Perspective

  • Conference Proceedings

Just for the fun of it: making playgrounds accessible to all children

There seems to be growing interest worldwide in the concept of purpose-built public playground...

Puberty, health and sexual education in Australian regional primary schools: Year 5 and 6 teacher perceptions

The research reported in this paper investigates why teachers in regional primary schools in the...

The provision of sexual health education in Australia: primary school teachers' perspectives in rural Victoria

In Australian schools, one significant component of whole-school learning in sexuality education...

Re-Imaging and Re-Working School - University Links Through Inclusive Community Building

  • Conference Proceedings

'Some kids climb up; some kids climb down': culturally constructed play-worlds of children with impairments

In this paper, the author explores how children with impairments can act as self-monitoring,...

The Children's Playground as a Microcosm of Society

  • Conference Proceedings

'Stepping Back' to understand learning: Pre-Service teachers' prespectives on their learning through authentic experiences in professional settings

  • Conference Proceedings

Children's perceptions of accessible playgrounds

  • Conference Proceedings