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DR Dianne Mulcahy


  • Education policy (Policy sociology, policy objects eg. teaching standards, learning spaces, and how they play out in practice)
  • Education research methodology (Qualitative inquiry, case-studies, new materialist approaches to educational research)
  • Pedagogy theory and development (Pedagogic practice and teacher professional learning, teacher professional identity and subjectivity, the materiality of learning)



  • Originally an English and History teacher, Dianne's research interests lie in theoretical and empirical work on knowledge, identities and professional practice in the context of secondary and tertiary sectors of education. Presently, she is researching aspects of the materiality of learning, and their implications for pedagogy and professional practice. She has a particular interest in poststructural theory, especially as this has been developed in the work of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Bruno Latour. These interests are pursued empirically using qualitative and semiotic methods, along with discourse analysis.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1997
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1994
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 1982
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1971

Awards and honors

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (1994-1997), Commonwealth of Australia, 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Representative Projects:
    • Tablet devices and the daily learning lives of university students. Matthew Riddle (~2014), PhD
    • Sustaining pedagogic innovation in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Melinda Waters (~2014), D.Ed.
    • Preparing to teach in TAFE: A curriculum inquiry into initial teacher education in the Victorian Technical and Further education system. Sandra Walls (~2014), D.Ed.
    • Student Interaction in a Blended Learning Environment: The online discussion board as a case in point. Tony Stevens (~2014), D.Ed.
    • The Promise of Policy: New generation learning environments and pedagogic practices in Victorian Catholic schools. Carol Morrison (~2014), M.Phil
    • Re-shaping Design Education: Teaching Graphic Design online and onsite. Anitra Nottingham (~2014), M.Ed.
    • The good teacher in contemporary times: A discourse analytic approach. Jeanne Shaw (2013), PhD
    • Composing casual teaching: Thinking with Tarde in TAFE. Ian Gribble (2012), PhD
    • Policy assemblage in Education. Radhika Gorur (2011), PhD
    • Learner assemblage: Women’s informal learning in voluntary community organisations. Helen Aberton (2011), PhD