Dean’s Lecture Series
The Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean’s Lecture Series provides a platform for discussion and debate in the education community.
The Dean’s Lectures take place throughout the year and feature internationally renowned experts from Australia and overseas.
All the Dean’s Lectures can be viewed on our YouTube channel
Dean’s Lecture highlights
Creating an Emotion Revolution: From Schools to Workplaces to Society
In this presentation, Professor Brackett discussed the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence's studies on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in key personal and organisational outcomes. He also looked at the Center’s evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning, which has been adopted by over 2000 schools across the US and around the world, including Australia.
How Do Teachers Resist Policy They Disagree With?
Professor Maguire’s lecture drew from one English research project, ‘Policy enactments in the secondary school: theory and practice’. This project focused on the ‘diverse and complex ways in which sets of education policies were being ’made sense of’, mediated and struggled over and sometimes ignored’ in schools and to look at the ways in which teachers refused some aspects of policy.
The case for a Charter of Rights in Australia
Unlike every other democracy and common law country in the world, Australia has no Bill or Charter of Rights. Professor Gillian Triggs argues that Australia now needs a federally legislated Charter of Rights, at a minimum, the so-called dialogue model, to provide a benchmark against which laws passed by Parliament and at a government discretion’s can be tested for compliance with the common law and our human rights treaties.
Enabling Just and Equal Societies for all Children
Professor Fiona Stanley AC gave a summary of how her career has been influenced by the societal environments which influence the problems in our young people. Her journey began as a young medical doctor treating Aboriginal children with severe preventable diseases to a career in public health and a focus on a national agenda for children. The realisation that societal factors in early life are the most important for the healthy development of children has led to her participation in the Australian National Development Index project.
How do we learn to thrive?
Professor Lindsay Oades invited the audience to consider the building of a new comprehensive mid-level theory of wellbeing –a 'Thriveability Theory' – so desperately needed to fill the barren space between the high-level theory of philosophers and the sometimes non-reflective measurement by some empirical scientists. His challenge to the audience was to come prepared to actively wrestle with and discuss difficult questions and to leave with a better understanding of the current and local endeavours of wellbeing science, including its applications in positive education.