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DR Daniela Acquaro




  • Dr Daniela Acquaro is the Program Coordinator of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Dr Acquaro is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education and her research focusses on initial teacher education, teacher effectiveness and teachers’ lives. Dr Acquaro is interested in how initial teacher education can prepare teachers for alternative and global educational settings and is currently working on various research projects focussing on initial teacher education effectiveness funded by the University of Melbourne.



Member of

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA). Member 2014 -
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). Member 2014 -
  • Australian College of Educators (ACE). Member 2014 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2016 Principal Investigator: Enhancing desirability: supporting teacher candidates in their placements to succeed in rural schools. SEED Grant: University of Melbourne, $6,000 

    2015-2016 Lead Investigator: Assessing Teacher Candidate Performance Teaching Academies for Professional Practice: DEECD, $280,000

    2015 Chief Investigator: The Clinical Teaching Inquiry: A summative assessment of clinical teaching performance. UoM Learning & Teaching Initiatives: Round1Application, $35,000

    2013-2014 Principal Investigator: IB Learner Profile: A Comparative Study of Implementation, Adaption and Outcomes in Three Countries.
    Commissioned Research- International Baccalaureate Organization, $80,000

    2013 Principal Investigator: Identifying evidence of clinical judgment in pre-service teacher education. SEED Grant: University of Melbourne, $6,000

    2013 Researcher: TeacherSelector: Teacher selection and existing teacher competencies. SEED Grant: University of Melbourne, $6,000

    2013 Internal Working Group Member: Reconceptualising mathematics and science teacher education programs through collaborative partnerships between scientists and educators. Office of Learning and Teaching: Australian Government - $3.2 M

    2011 Researcher: An investigation into how Interventionist Practice is defined and enacted in the Master of Teaching Learning Areas. Faculty Grant, $9,333



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • PhD, 2012
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 2006
  • GradDipEd, Australian Catholic University 1994
  • BA, La Trobe University 1993

Awards and honors

  • Research Excellence Mentor Award (Early Career Academic Committee), Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 2015
  • Research Master Award for Excellence in Research Management (Early Career Academic Committee), Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM), 2013


Available for supervision

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