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Lorraine White-Hancock Lecturer, Education

Lorraine White-Hancock currently works full-time as a lecturer in STEAM Education and Applied Learning at La Trobe University (LTU) within the School of Education. She has written curriculum for a new subject called Integrated Curriculum – STEAM which she teaches and Coordinates within the B.Ed. – Primary. Lorraine's research focus is on innovation and cross-disciplinary work and learning, design thinking and innovation in organisations and STEAM education. She completed her PhD in 2017 with the Faculty of Education at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). Her PhD study titled 'Innovation and Arts Practice: Work, Learning and Transgression' was ranked in the top 5% of theses internationally. Lorraine’s background is as a practicing artist and object designer. After initially studying art and design (specialising in gold & silversmithing) at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), she completed a BA (Fine Art/Film) at The University of Melbourne (Australia) and a Master of Education at Monash University. Lorraine was granted an Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Government), and the Centre for Work and Learning Studies Award (Faculty of Education, Monash University) to support her PhD studies. For many years, Lorraine worked in the Centre for Creative Industries at Box Hill Institute of Technical and Further Education (BHI, Melbourne, Australia). She was the Course Co-ordinator of the Adv. Dip. Engineering Technology (Jewellery Design & Metalsmithing) and developed the curriculum for this and other courses of study. Teaching at BHI included design, design history, practical and industry-based units.

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