PROF David Beckett

PROF David Beckett


  • Adult and community education
  • Education policy
  • History and Philosophy of Education



  • Teaching
    Due to my leadership and management work over the past decade, especially the five years between January 2012 - March 2017 as Deputy Dean, I now rarely teach.

    Last century, I came to academia from a decade of primary and secondary school teaching, then became a teacher educator in what was the Faculty of Education. However, by 2000, I was teaching and researching exclusively in adult and vocational education.

    I have taught off-shore: in 2001, in Bangkok in our DEd program for the Rajabhat Institutes; in 2004, in our MEd Management program at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, in 2004 in our MTraining&Development at Singapore Institute of Management, and in 2006, in our MEd Management at the Academy of Principals, Singapore.

    About 300 publications, with the main 100 centred upon adult education, as it is apparent in workplace and lifelong learning, and upon epistemological, ontological and ethical perspectives on practice. On Dec 1 2017, my Google Scholar h-index was 21 (from about 2300 citations).

    Between 2000 - 2017, I have given about 50 conference papers as follows: in Melbourne city (variously), Oxford (New College, three times; Dept of Education, once), Johannesburg (UWitwatersrand, South Africa), Leeds (Trinity and All Souls College, UK), Southampton (USouthampton, UK), Abu Dhabi (Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE), Geneva (the International Labour Organisation, Switzerland), Vancouver (UBritish Columbia, Canada), Calgary (UCalgary, Canada), Madison (UWisconsin-Madison, USA), Honolulu (UHawaii, USA), Sydney (twice at USydney, and twice at UTechnology Sydney), Wollongong and Newcastle (UWollongong,UNewcastle), Singapore (NUS, and Raffles Institution), Bangkok (UChulalongkorn, Thailand), Hong Kong (HK Inst of Education), Tampere (twice at UTampere, Finland), Malta (UMalta), Stirling (UStirling, Scotland), Beijing (Beijing Normal U, Chin   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • Cert IV WTraining&Asst, University of Melbourne 2005
  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney 1996
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 1991
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1982
  • BA, Monash University 1974
  • TPTC, Toorak Teachers College 1969

Awards and honors

  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning -Aust Govt, 2012
  • Outstanding Supervisor of Research Students - Uni of Melb, 2012
  • Distinction Medal awarded at ACEL 2011 National Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Australian Council for Educational Leaders, 2011
  • Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, 2007
  • Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, 2004



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • Between 2014-2017 I have supervised or co-supervised about 14 theses mainly doctoral (PhD; DEd), having successfully supervised almost 60 theses since 1992, in the areas of human resource development, workplace learning, professional development and in education philosophy and policy.( * = graduated)

    My recent and current supervision/co-supervision topics are:

    Expanding Their Horizons: Hermeneutic Practices and Philosophising with Children (PhD: Jason Pietzner)*
    The Development of Professionalism in Surgeons (DEd: David Hillis)*
    Sorrow and Loss: How nursing undergraduates can be better prepared (PhD: Stephanie Lockhart)*
    Unintended Consequences in Program Evaluation: A Pakistani Case Study (PhD: Sumera Jabeen) *
    Indigenous Experiences of Boarding School (PhD: Marnie O'Bryan)*
    Complexity and Harmony in Chinese-Western Business Communication (PhD; Rebecca Xiaoran Song)*
    Vietnamese Doctoral Experiences in Australia (PhD: LiLy Nguyen)
    E-learning, Inclusion and Lifelong Learning in Vietnam (PhD: Hanh Tran)
    Iranian Diasporic Writings and Public Pedagogy (PhD: Nasim Janfada)
    The Diaspora and Reimagining Women's Leadership in Iran (PhD in the Arts Faculty: Sanaz Nasirpour)
    Intercultural Communicative Abilities of Chinese Language Learners in Australia (PhD: Lingfen Zhang)
    Teaching Visual Communication Design in Teacher Education (MEd: Emmaline Rickards)
    Improving Advanced Paediatric Life Support Training (MEd: Jane Stanford)
    Medical Education and the Humanities (PhD: Neville Chiavaroli)