Department of Education

Diane Mayer

Professor of Education (Teacher Education)

College Affiliation: Harris Manchester College

Diane Mayer’s research and scholarship focuses on teacher education and early career teaching, examining issues associated with the policy and practice of teachers’ work and teacher education. She is convenor of the department’s Pedagogy, Learning and Knowledge research theme.

Prior to joining the department in 2018, Diane was Professor of Education and Dean of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney in Australia. She has previously held positions at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States and at Victoria University, Deakin University and The University of Queensland in Australia. She is currently Honorary Professor at The University of Sydney and also at The University of Queensland.

Diane was PI on the Australian Research Council funded project Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education (2011-2015) and the related Australian Government funded project Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study. These were large-scale, mixed-methods, longitudinal studies designed to investigate the effectiveness of teacher education in preparing teachers for the variety of school settings in which they begin their teaching careers.

Diane is senior editor of the Routledge journal, Teaching Education, and executive editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. She is on the Editorial Boards of Curriculum Perspectives and also Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy.

Funded Research Projects:

  • Education partnerships for development: Sustaining teacher quality in context

  • 01/09/19 to 28/02/21

    John Fell Fund

  • Global Teacher Education Summit

  • September 2019

    John Fell Fund

  • Reconceptualising Teacher Education

  • February 2019 to February 2020

    Funder: Teaching Development and Enhancement Project, Oxford Social Sciences Division

Doctoral Applications

Diane welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas:

  • • Teacher education policy
    • Teacher education and professional learning
    • Teachers’ work
    • Teacher evaluation

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • Mayer, D, Dixon, M, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Moss, J, Rowan, L, Walker-Gibbs, B, White, S (2017) Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education: Early Career Teachers in Diverse Settings.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-3929-4

    • MAYER, DE, Reid, J (2016) “Professionalising teacher education: Evolution of a changing knowledge and policy landscape”, In: ML Hamilton, J Loughran (eds.) International Handbook of Teacher Education. Springer.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0366-0

    • Rowan, L, Mayer, D, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Walker-Gibbs, B (2015) “Investigating the effectiveness of teacher education for early career teachers in diverse settings: the longitudinal research we have to have”, AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-014-0163-y

    • Mayer, D (2014) “Forty years of teacher education in Australia: 1974-2014”, JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2014.956536

  • Books

    • Mayer, D, Dixon, M, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Moss, J, Rowan, L, Walker-Gibbs, B, White, S (2017) Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education: Early Career Teachers in Diverse Settings.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-3929-4

    • Kennedy, KJ, Jimenez, S, MAYER, D, Mellor, S, Smith, J (2003) Teachers Talking Civics: Current Constructions of Civics and Citizenship Education in Australian Schools.

  • Book chapters

    • MAYER, DE (2019) “Knowledge, policy and practice in learning teaching in Australia.”, In: MT Tatto, I Menter (eds.) Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Teacher Education: A Cross-National Study. Bloomsbury Academic.

    • MAYER, DE, Cotton, W, Simpson, A (2017) “Teacher Education in Australia: Evidence of effectiveness”, In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.305

    • MAYER, DE, Reid, J (2016) “Professionalising teacher education: Evolution of a changing knowledge and policy landscape”, In: ML Hamilton, J Loughran (eds.) International Handbook of Teacher Education. Springer.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0366-0

    • MAYER, DE (2016) “Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in professionalising teacher education”, In: R De Wever, R Vanderlinde, M Tuytens, A Aelterma (eds.) Professional Learning in Education Challenges for Teacher Educators, Teachers and Student Teachers. Academia.

    • MAYER, DE, Allard, A, Moss, J, Dixon, M (2016) “Initial teacher education and assessment of graduates in Australia.”, In: J Lee, C Day (eds.) Quality and Change in Teacher Education: Western and Chinese Perspectives. Springer.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24139-5_9

    • Mayer, D, Reid, JA (2016) “Professionalising teacher education: Evolution of a changing knowledge and policy landscape”, In: International Handbook of Teacher Education: Volume 1. 453-486
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0366-0_12

    • MAYER, DE (2013) “The Continuing “Problem” of Teacher Education: Policy Driven Reforms and the Role of Teacher Education.”, In: X Zhu, K Zeichner (eds.) Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century. New Frontiers of Educational Research.. Springer Science & Business Media.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36970-4

    • Mayer, D, Pecheone, R, Merino, N (2013) “Rethinking teacher education in Australia: The teacher quality reforms”, In: Teacher Education around the World: Changing Policies and Practices. 110-129
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203817551

    • MAYER, DE (2011) “Learning to teach in emotional contexts”, In: C Day, J Lee (eds.) New Understandings of Teacher's Work: Emotions and Educational Change. Springer Science & Business Media.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0545-6

    • MAYER, DE, Luke, C, Luke, A (2008) “Teachers, national regulation and cosmopolitanism”, In: A Phelan, J Sumsion (eds.) Critical Readings in Teacher Education: Provoking absences. Sense Pub.

    • Mitchell, J, Hunter, J, Stevens, L, MAYER, DE (2007) “Teacher education for the middle years of schooling: Making connections between fields of knowledge, educational policy reforms and pedagogical practice”, In: The Missing Links in Teacher Education Design: Developing a Multi-linked Conceptual Framework. Springer Science & Business Media.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3346-X

    • MAYER, DE, Mills, M, Roulston, K (2001) “Kicking and screaming into the 21st Century: A collaborative attempt to develop beginning teacher competencies through E-communication”, In: C Velde (ed.) International Perspectives on Competence in the Workplace: Research, Policy and Practice. Springer Science & Business Media. 99-114

  • Journal articles

    • Stacey, M, Talbot, D, Buchanan, J, Mayer, D (2019) “The development of an Australian teacher performance assessment: lessons from the international literature”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2019.1669137

    • Ell, F, Simpson, A, Mayer, D, Davies, LM, Clinton, J, Dawson, G (2019) “Conceptualising the impact of initial teacher education”, AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER. 46(1) 177-200.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-018-0294-7

    • Rowan, L, Kline, J, Mayer, D (2017) “Early career teachers' perceptions of their preparedness to teach "diverse learners": Insights from an Australian research project”, Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 42(10) 71-92.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2017v42n10.5

    • MAYER, DE (2017) “Professionalizing Teacher Education Accountability”, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.96

    • Rowan, L, Mayer, D, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Walker-Gibbs, B (2015) “Investigating the effectiveness of teacher education for early career teachers in diverse settings: the longitudinal research we have to have”, AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER. 42(3) 273-298.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-014-0163-y

    • Allard, AC, Mayer, D, Moss, J (2014) “Authentically assessing graduate teaching: outside and beyond neo-liberal constructs”, AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER. 41(4) 425-443.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0140-x

    • MAYER, DE (2014) “The appropriation of the professionalization agenda in teacher education.”, Research in Teacher Education.

    • Mayer, D (2014) “Forty years of teacher education in Australia: 1974-2014”, JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING. 40(5) 461-473.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2014.956536

    • Singh, M, Reid, J-A, Bown, K, Mayer, D, Santoro, N (2013) “Teacher education, research and the renewal of critique”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 41(1) 1-6.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2012.753670

    • Santoro, N, Reid, J-A, Mayer, D, Singh, M (2013) “Teacher knowledge: continuing professional learning”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 41(2) 123-125.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2013.777326

    • Reid, J-A, McDonough, S, Bown, K, Santoro, N, Mayer, D, Singh, M (2013) “Learning the business of teacher education research: Editorial work as capacity building”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 41(4) 345-349.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2013.840945

    • Mayer, D, Singh, M, Santoro, N, Reid, J-A (2012) “Untitled”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 40(2) 79-81.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2012.672152

    • Gallant, A, Mayer, D (2012) “Teacher performance assessment in teacher education: an example in Malaysia”, JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING. 38(3) 295-307.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2012.668330

    • Reid, J-A, Mayer, D, Santoro, N, Singh, M (2012) “Learning and teaching: issues for teacher education”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 40(4) 343-345.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2012.724764

    • Santoro, N, Reid, J-A, Mayer, D, Singh, M (2012) “Producing 'quality' teachers: the role of teacher professional standards”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 40(1) 1-3.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2012.644508

    • Santoro, N, Mayer, D, Reid, J-A, Singh, M (2011) “Untitled”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 39(1) 1-2.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2011.542606

    • Reid, J-A, Singh, M, Santoro, N, Mayer, D (2011) “What does good teacher education research look like?”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 39(3) 177-182.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2011.588592

    • Singh, M, Reid, JA, Mayer, D, Santoro, N (2011) “Editorial”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 39(4) 277-279.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2011.615114

    • Mayer, D, Reid, JA, Santoro, N, Singh, M (2011) “Quality teacher education: the challenges of developing professional knowledge, honing professional practice and managing teacher identities”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 39(2) 79-82.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2011.562863

    • Singh, M, Reid, J-A, Mayer, D, Santoro, N (2011) “Forming, informing and transforming teacher education researchers as ethical subjects”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 39(4) 281-291.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2011.615115

    • Mayer, D, Mitchell, J, Santoro, N, White, S (2011) “Teacher educators and 'accidental' careers in academe: an Australian perspective”, JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING. 37(3) 247-260.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2011.588011

    • Singh, M, Reid, J-A, Santoro, N, Mayer, D (2010) “Internationalising the work of teacher education researchers”, ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION. 38(4) 249-253.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2010.516423

    • Mayer, D (2006) “The changing face of the Australian teaching profession: New generations and new ways of working and learning”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 34(1) 57-71.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13598660500480142

    • MAYER, DE (2006) “Research funding in the U.S.: Implications for teacher education research”, Teacher Education Quarterly.

    • Macdonald, D, Mitchell, J, Mayer, D (2006) “Professional standards for physical education teachers' professional development: technologies for performance?”, Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy. 11(3) 231-246.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17408980600986298

    • Mayer, D, Mitchell, J, Macdonald, D, Bell, R (2005) “Professional standards for teachers: a case study of professional learning”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 33(2) 159-179.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13598660500121977

    • MAYER, DE (2005) “Reviving the ‘Policy Bargain’ discussion: The status of professional accountability and the contribution of teacher performance assessment”, The Clearing House.

    • Shaw, P, Sharp, C, McDonald, S, Mitchell, J, Mayer, D, Darling, LF (2003) “Broadening Conceptions of Curriculum for Young People: Reports from three student-teachers on exchange”, Teaching Education. 14(1) 83-104.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/10476210309386

    • Mitchell, J, Kapitzke, C, Mayer, D, Carrington, V, Stevens, L, Bahr, N, Pendergast, D, Hunter, L (2003) “Aligning school reform and teacher education reform in the middle years: An australian case study”, International Journal of Phytoremediation. 21(1) 69-82.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/10476210309389

    • Doherty, C, Mayer, D (2003) “E-mail as a "contact zone" for teacher-student relationships”, JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT & ADULT LITERACY. 46(7) 592-600.

    • Mayer, D (2002) “An Electronic Lifeline: Information and communication technologies in a teacher education internship”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 30(2) 181-195.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13598660220135685

    • Kennedy, KJ, Jimenez, S, Mayer, D, Mellor, S, Smith, J (2002) “Teachers ’ conversations about civic education: Policy and practice in Australian schools”, Asia Pacific Education Review. 3(1) 69-82.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/bf03024922

    • Kapitzke, C, Bogitini, S, Chen, M, MacNeill, G, Mayer, D, Muirhead, B, Renshaw, P (2000) “Weaving words with the Dreamweaver: Literacy, indigeneity, and technology”, JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT & ADULT LITERACY. 44(4) 336-345.

    • Luke, A, Luke, C, Mayer, D (2000) “Redesigning Teacher Education”, International Journal of Phytoremediation. 21(1) 5-11.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/10476210050020318

    • Mayer, D “Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in reframing teacher education in the 21st century”, Waikato Journal of Education. 18(1)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.15663/wje.v18i1.133

    • Mayer, D, Cotton, W, Simpson, A Teacher Education in Australia.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.305

  • Reports

    • MAYER, DE, Allard, A, Bates, R, Dixon, M, Doecke, B, Hodder, P, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Rowan, L, Walker-Gibbs, B, White, S (2015) Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education (SETE) Technical Report.

    • MAYER, DE, Allard, A, Bates, R, Dixon, M, Doecke, B, Hodder, P, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Rowan, L, Walker-Gibbs, B, White, S (2015) Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education (SETE) Final Report.

    • MAYER, DE, Doecke, B, Ho, P, Kline, J, Moss, J, Kostogriz, A, North, S, Walker-Gibbs, B (2013) Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study (LTEWS) Final Report.

    • Allard, A, White, S, Dixon, M, Galitis, I, Hutchinson, K, Kline, J, Loughlin, J, MAYER, DE (2011) Building effective school-university partnerships for a quality teacher workforce: A Victorian led initiative..

    • Dixon, M, MAYER, DE, Gallant, A, Allard, A (2011) Authentically Assessing Beginning Teaching: Professional Standards and Teacher Performance Assessment. The Deakin Authentic Teacher Assessment (ATA).

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