PROF Richard Teese

PROF Richard Teese


  • Education policy, administration and management; Sociology of education; Comparative education; curriculum.
  • History of public schooling
  • Student outcomes - gender, socio-economic, regional and cultural differences
  • VET in Schools
  • Vocational education and training



  • Richard Teese is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education and Training in the University of Melbourne. He is a specialist in school systems—how well these work, for whom, and how they might be improved. These questions frame his research into inequalities in educational achievement and provision, and into policy and practice to raise achievement and create better opportunities for learning.

    Over the last two decades, his contributions to research and theory have included Equity Outcomes (1993), Who Wins at School? Girls and Boys in Australian Secondary Education (1995), Academic Success and Social Power: Examinations and Inequality (2000)—for which he was awarded the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Science publishing—and Undemocratic Schooling: Equity and Quality in Mass Secondary Education in Australia (2003). He led the preparation of the three-volume Education and Equity: International Perspectives on Theory and Policy (Springer 2007), and was contributing editor and author for School Dropout and Completion: International Comparative Studies (Lamb et al., 2011).

    A comparativist, Richard Teese has been visiting scholar at the Centre de Sociologie Européenne, and in 1994 his translation of Academic Discourse by Bourdieu, Passeron and de Saint Martin was published by Polity Press and Stanford University Press. He has published widely on Catholic education in France, and prepared monographs on the French and Belgian education systems for Australian government authorities. In 2005, he was rapporteur for the OECD review of equity in Spain and in July 2005 submitted a major report on policy and performance in that country. In March 2007, he led the OECD review of school education in Scotland and was principal author of the report, Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland (OECD 2007). In 2010, he led the OECD team investigating equit   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 1978
  • BA, Monash University 1972

Awards and honors

  • Award for Excellence in research, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Education, 2004
  • Centenary Medal for research services to government, State Government of Victoria, 2003
  • Edward Woodward Medal - award for humanities publishing, University of Melbourne, 2002
  • Australian Association for Research in Education, 1998



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