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School of Education

Quality and Impact in Teacher Education (QUITE)

Welcome to the landing page of the Quality and Impact in Teacher Education (QUITE) research focus area (RFA). On our website you will find tabs to enable you to look at current research projects; researchers working within the focus area; grants and awards obtained by our researchers; publications associated with focus area; and news and events.

Contact us

The convenor of the RFA is Dr Sharon McDonough.

What we do

The Quality and Impact in Teacher Education Research Focus Area examines teacher education and professional development of teachers in all sectors of education, with an aim of exploring innovation and improvement in educational practice. It looks at how innovative and high quality teacher education and professional development can transform and empower teachers and their organisations, and lead to system improvement. It examines the role of partnerships in developing and maintaining high quality teacher education, including placements and other work-integrated learning in teacher education programs.

Who we are: Researchers in the RFA

Access detailed information and contact details for the researchers below:

Academic staff
Associate Professor Robyn Brandenburg
Associate Professor Jenene Burke
Associate Professor Dean Cooley
Dr. Robert Davis
Karen Felstead
Dr. Anna Fletcher
Dr. Anitra Gorris-Hunter
Di Harrison
David Macdonald
Dr. Sharon McDonough
Dr. Amanda McGraw
Dr. Peter Sellings
Chris Wines
Adjunct researchers
Associate Professor Maxine Cooper
Research students

Sara Warren (Master of Education Studies – Research pathway)

Project Title: The experience of being an online, generalist primary pre-service teacher

Description: Pre-service teachers shared their lived experience of learning to teach music within an online course. Analysing the data through a modified framework revealed themes of self-efficacy, preparedness for professional practice and challenging pre-conceived ideas, amongst others. This research impacts online learning design for future initial teacher education and higher education.

Amy Darby Walker

Project Title: A Case Study of Student Aspirations in Melbourne’s Peri-Urban Fringe

Description: This project investigates teacher understandings of their roles in relation to students’ aspirations. Using a qualitative case study approach, this research triangulates survey, interview and document analysis data from a P-12 school. It considers teacher understandings of students’ aspirations, teachers’ formal and informal roles, including barriers to these roles.

Linda MacGregor

Project Title: Service-Learning to Enhance Academic Learning for Preservice Teachers

Description: This study explores the academic learning outcomes for preservice teachers (PSTs) involved in a service-learning experience at local primary schools.  PSTs volunteer within a tutoring program as a hands-on learning experience to complement course content, assessments, and provide real-life opportunities to apply theoretical perspectives of child development and student characteristics. This study examines how the service-learning experience shapes these understandings, with an emphasis on the nexus between theory-practical applications. Data gathered from a range of PSTs and lecturers in the course through will be thematically analysed to explore and obtain an in-depth understanding of the service-learning phenomenon for PSTs.