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Dr Michael Brown SENIOR LECTURER, Education Melb

Mike is the Convenor of Adult, Vocational and Technology Education programs within the School of Education (Bundoora). His educational goal is to support and encourage 'worker bees to become architects'. Mike began his teaching career as a Technology teacher in a secondary school before moving into the TAFE sector as a trade teacher. He worked on a number of statewide and national TAFE curriculum projects. For the past twenty years, Mike has built expertise in designing, developing and teaching in many teacher/trainer undergraduate and postgraduate programs developing professionals for Adult, Professional and Vocational Education. In terms of his most recent teaching and research within the schools sector, he has concentrated on the areas of Design and Technologies, STEM and STEAM, VET and VCAL within secondary schools. In the VET sector he has continued to research and develop pedagogies for work-related learning and in particular 'trade pedagogies', green skills, VET in Schools and STEAM. In 2013, Mike joined the Board of the VET Development Centre. Mike continues to supervise a range of Higher degree by research students and has examined around twenty-five doctorates and numerous Research Masters studies. In 2018 he received the AVETRA Journal article of the year award for is article on 'The Tradies entrance into teaching'.
Additional Grants
2018 A brief review of STEM education in China $10k China Studies Seed funding Research Grant Scheme (Internal University grant)
2018 IRGS Developing epistemic fluency amongst pre-service teachers $10k (Internal University grant)
2017 EIG Introducing pre-service teachers to STEM in Industry $10k (Internal University grant)
2017 IRGS Advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 what skills and knowledge are needed? $8k (Internal University grant)
2017 IRGS Attitudes and beliefs of preservice teachers to the teaching of STEM $10k (Internal University grant)
2014 Inclusive quality learning for the future: improving aged care practice, DRP funded study with Professor Yvonne Wells, Dr Julie Ellis & Karen Tschuva (Faculty of Health Sciences)
2014 Young people, well-being, schooling and social enterprise, DRP funded study with Professor Margaret Robertson, Dr Mary Burston, Dr Eva Dakich, Dr Liam Lenten, Dr Andrew Skabar
2014 A collaborative e-research project for a proof of concept on 'Creating digital commons: how young people build and traverse their community', $15k (Research team led by Professor Margaret Robertson in partnership with Whittlesea local council funded by LaTrobe University e-Research Grants).
2013 Gen Green 4 Australia: A national study of the demand for and supply of skills for sustainability, $80K (Funded by the Skills for Carbon Challenge Initiative, Dept IICCSRTE)
2012 Gen Green 3 Survey: Australian apprentices and trainees' experience of skills for sustainability in 2012, Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability (Internal University grant)
2012 Looking for the learning dimension within Bushfire recovery, Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability, (Internal University grant)
2011 Sustainability, VET and the transition to a low carbon economy, Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability, (Internal University grant)
2011 Faculty of Education: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research
2015 Inaugural Latrobe University Student Union: Research Supervisor award
2016 La Trobe University Teaching award for Highest student satisfaction
2016 School of Education: Research Supervision award
2017 AVETRA Journal Article of the Year award


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