School of Education

Dr Maryann Brown

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Location: Mt Helen Campus, T Building, Room T204A
Phone: 5327 9985


  • Ed D (University of Ballarat)
  • M Ed (University of Ballarat)
  • Grad Dip Special Education (University of Melbourne)


  • EDPE3011 and EDBPE3012 - The Adolescent in the School (A & B)
  • EDGDP6005 - SOSE Curriculum


A lifelong learner, I am fascinated by teaching and learning and I have always been keen to research my own practice. I am particularly interested in how learning from one sector can be shared with another. To that end I have moved between secondary school and university and into the philanthropic sector. I have wanted to ‘live my research’ and it has been a fascinating journey.

Positions in secondary schools have included English and Special Education teacher; Special Needs Coordinator; Professional Learning Leader and Curriculum Coordinator. Work at university has included lecturing in a number of courses in pre-service secondary and primary courses; Course Coordination of the Grad Dip Ed (Secondary); liaison between HMSS and School of Education; Level C Lecturer and teaching and supervision in the Master of Education program.

I am currently combining university teaching and research with the position of Senior Education Advisor with the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation. The MSRF supports rural Victorian students in their desire to attend university through the provision of scholarships, mentoring and leadership opportunities.

My research interests have always been connected to professional learning and examining my own practice. Current research interests are in the areas of professional learning and development, educational change and narrative inquiry. I am interested in exploring the connections between university based learning and research and school based learning and practice. I am also interested in how the education sector connects with the philanthropic world and how more effective connections can be made.

Areas of expertise

  • Pedagogy and curriculum development
  • Professional learning for teachers and teacher educators

Research interests

New ways of learning in teacher education


Registered supervisor - recent Masters supervision

Laptop use by teachers in a secondary school


Book chapters

Brown, M. & Nicholas, M. (2010). ‘Fishbones, forests and learning: Our story of teaching using a graphic organiser in Cambodia’. In H. Roupp. Ed. Teaching world history: A resource book. Armonk, NY: M.E Sharpe Publishers

Refereed journal articles

Brown, M. (2009). ‘Listening to teachers, learning about teaching’. Review Essay. Journal of Curriculum Studies February

Brown, M. (2008). ‘Mentoring in education: An international perspective. Book Reviews. Studies in Continuing Education, 30 (2), 173-175.

Ryan, J. & Brown, M. (2005). Just for them to understand better: The impact of learning difficulties at university. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 10 (1), 19-24.

Refereed conference proceedings

Brown, M. (2008). ‘Welcome to the real world…I haven’t reached those dizzy heights yet: Reflections on transition from university teaching to school teaching’. In J.A. Kentel & A.Short (eds). Totems and taboos: Risk and relevance in research on teachers and teaching. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Brown, M., & McGraw, A. (2002). Becoming inquirers into professional practice. In M. Anifos & A. Mander (Ed.), Proceedings of the 30th Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Brisbane, July 2002. Toowoomba: Toowoomba Education Centre.

Conference presentations

July, 2012: If you can teach, teach teachers: Reshaping the puzzle pieces of teacher education. Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Adelaide. (Co-presenter: Dr Sharon McDonough)

July, 2011: A message from both sides: sharing learning across school and university. Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Melbourne


  • Australian Teacher Educators Association
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association