Department of Education

Diane Mayer

Professor of Education (Teacher Education)

College Affiliation: Harris Manchester College

Prior to joining the department, 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.

Diane’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.

Diane was lead CI 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. It tracked around 5,000 graduate teachers and 1,000 school principals over four years and closely followed 197 graduate teachers and 52 school leaders in 29 case study schools.

At UC Berkeley, Diane was involved in a consortium of Californian universities that developed, implemented and researched the Performance Assessment for California Teachers and then led the development, implementation and evaluation of the Deakin Authentic Teacher Assessment in Australia. More recently, she was involved in the design work for the nationally funded Australian Assessment for Graduate Teaching.

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.

Diane is currently Honorary Professor at The University of Sydney and also at The University of Queensland.

Research gate profile: www.researchgate.net/profile/Diane_Mayer

Doctoral Applications

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

  • Teacher education policy
  • Professional education of teachers
  • Teacher evaluation

  • Subjects Taught

    Doctor of Philosophy

    MSc Learning and Teaching

    PGCE

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. Springer.
      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. Springer.
      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, 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, 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, DE, Pecheone, R, Merino, N (2013) “Rethinking teacher education in Australia: The teacher quality initiative.”, In: L Darling-Hammond, A Lieberman (eds.) Teacher Education Around the World: Changing Policies and Practices. Routledge.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

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

    • 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

    • 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

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

    • 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”, Teaching Education. 14(1) 69-82.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/10476210309389

    • 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.

    • 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

    • Rowan, L, Kline, J, Mayer, D “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, 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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