Professor Diane Mayer

DipEd(Primary); BEd; MEd; PhD
Dean

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2422 - EA
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Biographical details

Diane Mayer is Head of School & Dean of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She has previously held leadership positions at Victoria University, Deakin University, the University of California at Berkeley and The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on teacher education and beginning teaching, examining issues associated with the policy and practice of teacher education and induction into the profession.

Current projects

Associations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Australia College of Educators (MACE) – President-Elect

Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

European Educational Research Association (EERA)

International Study Association on Teacher Thinking (ISATT)

Senior Editor, Teaching Education

Executive Editor,Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice

Editorial Board member, Curriculum Perspectives

Editorial Board member, Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy

Invited keynote speaker

Mayer, D. (2016). Politics, policy and research: Unlocking the ‘black box’ of teacher education and early career teaching. Public Lecture at Flinders University, Adelaide, December.
Mayer, D. (2016). ‘Evidence of impact’, ‘Classroom ready’: What do they mean? How do teachers and teacher educators work together to determine it? Workshop at Flinders University, Adelaide, December
Mayer, D. (2016). SETE: Studying the effectiveness of teacher education. Improving Initial Teacher Education conference. Sydney, November
Mayer, D. (2016). The power of teachers in building the world to which we aspire: Breaking open the ‘black box’ of teacher education. Australian College of Educators National Conference (Changes and Challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire). Sydney, September.
Mayer, D. (2016) Evidence of the effectiveness of teacher education. Teachers Registration Board of South Australia Annual Conference. Adelaide, June.
Mayer, D. (2016). The preparedness and effectiveness of new teachers: Implications for school learning communities. NSW Secondary Principals Conference. June
Mayer, D. (2016). The effectiveness of teacher education: What really is the problem? Central Queensland University. Brisbane, June
Mayer, D. (2016). Politics, policy and research: Unlocking the ‘black box’ of teacher education and early career teaching. Public Lecture at Flinders University, Adelaide, December.
Mayer, D. (2016). ‘Evidence of impact’, ‘Classroom ready’: What do they mean? How do teachers and teacher educators work together to determine it? Workshop at Flinders University, Adelaide, December
Mayer, D. (2016). SETE: Studying the effectiveness of teacher education. Improving Initial Teacher Education conference. Sydney, November
Mayer, D. (2016). The power of teachers in building the world to which we aspire: Breaking open the ‘black box’ of teacher education. Australian College of Educators National Conference (Changes and Challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire). Sydney, September.
Mayer, D. (2016) Evidence of the effectiveness of teacher education. Teachers Registration Board of South Australia Annual Conference. Adelaide, June.
Mayer, D. (2016). The preparedness and effectiveness of new teachers: Implications for school learning communities. NSW Secondary Principals Conference. June
Mayer, D. (2016). The effectiveness of teacher education: What really is the problem? Central Queensland University. Brisbane, JuneMayer, D. (2016).Evidence of the effectiveness of teacher education. Improving Initial Teacher Education: Developing better prepared classroom ready teachers. Melbourne

Mayer, D. (2016). Politics, policy and research: Unlocking the ‘black box’ of teacher education and early career teaching. Flinders University.

Mayer, D. (2016). ‘Evidence of impact’, ‘Classroom ready’: What do they mean? How do teachers and teacher educators work together to determine it?Flinders University.

Mayer, D. (2016). SETE: Studying the effectiveness of teacher education. Improving Initial Teacher Education conference. Sydney.

Mayer, D. (2016). The power of teachers in building the world to which we aspire: Breaking open the ‘black box’ of teacher education. Australian College of Educators National Conference. Sydney.

Mayer, D. (2016) Evidence of the effectiveness of teacher education. Teachers Registration Board of South Australia Annual Conference. Adelaide.

Mayer, D. (2016). The preparedness and effectiveness of new teachers: Implications for school learning communities.NSW Secondary Principals Conference.

Mayer, D. (2016). Transitional teacher education in globalised and neoliberal contexts. Inaugural annual David Stow Lecture, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Mayer, D. (2015). Reshaping Teacher Education: A global agenda? Tri-Nations Education Conference, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China.

Mayer, D. (2015) Debunking the myths: Professional accountability through a research informed approach to teacher education. NSW Council of Deans of Education Conference. Sydney.

Mayer, D., (2013). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in professionalising teacher education. The International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISATT) 2013 conference. Ghent University, Belgium. July 1-5.

9.7. Invited keynote speaker/ presenter
Mayer, D., (2013). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in professionalising teacher education. (Invited keynote speaker). The International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISATT) 2013 conference. Ghent University, Belgium. July 1-5.
Mayer, D. (2012). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in reframing teacher education in the 21st century. (Invited keynote speaker). Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) conference. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ. October 24-26.
Mayer, D. (2012). Teacher Education – Where research could head. (Invited speaker). NSW Council of Deans of Education Conference, University of New England, NSW. June 18-20.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Mayer, D., Allard, A., Moss, J., Dixon, M. (2016). Initial Teacher Education and Assessment of Graduates in Australia. In John Chi-Kin Lee, Christopher Day (Eds.), Quality and Change in Teacher Education: Western and Chinese Perspectives, (pp. 149-162). Cham: Springer.
  • Mayer, D. (2016). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in professionalising teacher education. In B. De Wever, R. Vanderlinde, M. Tuytens and A. Aelterman (Eds.), Professional Learning in Education - Challenges for Teacher Educators, Teachers and Student Teachers, (pp. 23-37). Gent: Academia Press.
  • Mayer, D., Reid, J. (2016). Professionalising Teacher Education: Evolution of a Changing Knowledge and Policy Landscape. In John Loughran, Mary Lynn Hamilton (Eds.), International Handbook of Teacher Education (Vol. 1), (pp. 453-486). Singapore: Springer.
  • Mayer, D. (2013). The continuing 'problem' of teacher education: Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators. In X. Zhu & K. Zeichner (Eds.), Preparing teachers for the 21st century, (pp. 39-52). New York: Springer.
  • Mayer, D., Pecheone, R., Merino, N. (2012). Rethinking teacher education in Australia: The teacher quality reforms. In L. Darling-Hammond & A. Lieberman (Eds.), Teacher education around the world: Changing policies and practices, (pp. 110-129). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Mayer, D. (2011). "But that's the thing; who else is going to teach besides the idealist?" Learning to teach in emotional contexts. In C. Day & J. Chi-Kin Lee (Eds.), New understandings of teachers work: Emotions and educational change, (pp. 137-150). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Mayer, D., Luke, C., Luke, A. (2008). Teachers, national regulation and cosmopolitanism. In A. M. Phelan & J. Sumsion (Eds.), Critical readings in teacher education: Provoking absences, (pp. 79-98). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Mitchell, J., Hunter, L., Stevens, L., Mayer, D. (2005). Teacher education for the middle years of schooling: Making connections between fields of knowledge, educational policy reforms and pedagogical practice. In G. Hoban (Eds.), The missing links in teacher education design, (pp. 95-112). Amsterdam: Springer.
  • Mayer, D., 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 (Eds.), International perspectives on competence in the workplace: Research, policy and practice, (pp. 99-114). Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Journals

  • 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. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), 42(3), 273-298. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2015). What is classroom ready? How do we determine it? Professional Educator.
  • Allard, A., Mayer, D., Moss, J. (2014). Authentically assessing graduate teaching: Outside and beyond neo-liberal constructs. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), 41(4), 425-443. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2014). Forty years of teacher education in Australia: 1974-2014. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 40(5), 461-473. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2014). The appropriation of the professionalization agenda in teacher education. Research in Teacher Education, 4(2), 39-44. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2013). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in reframing teacher education in the 21st century. Waikato Journal of Education, 18(1), 7-20.
  • Gallant, A., Mayer, D. (2012). Teacher performance assessment in teacher education: an example in Malaysia. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 38(3), 295-307. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D., Mitchell, J., Santoro, N., White, S. (2011). Teacher educators and 'accidental' careers in academe: An Australian perspective. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 37(3), 247-260. [More Information]
  • Macdonald, D., Mitchell, J., Mayer, D. (2006). Professional standards for physical education teachers' professional development: Technologies for performance? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 11(3), 231-246. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2006). Research funding in the U.S.: Implications for teacher education research. Teacher Education Quarterly, 33(1), 5-18.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2005). Reviving the "Policy Bargain" discussion: Professional accountability and the contribution of teacher-performance assessment. The Clearing House, 78(4), 177-181. [More Information]
  • Shaw, P., Sharp, C., McDonald, S., Mitchell, J., Mayer, D., Darling, L. (2003). Broadening conceptions of curriculum for young people: Reports from three student-teachers on exchange. Teaching Education, 14(1), 83-104. [More Information]
  • Doherty, C., Mayer, D. (2003). E-mail as a "contact zone" for teacher-student relationships. Journal of Adolescent and 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. [More Information]
  • Kennedy, K., 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. [More Information]
  • 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 and Adult Literacy, 44(4), 336-345.

Research Reports

  • Mayer, D. (2015). InSights: An approach to the accreditation of initial teacher education programs based on evidence of the impact of learning teaching, May 2015, (pp. 1 - 87). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). [More Information]
  • Mayer, D., Allard, A., Bates, R., Dixon, M., Doecke, B., Kline, J., Kostogriz, A., Moss, J., Rowan, L., Walker-Gibbs, B., et al (2015). Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education - Final Report, November 2015, (pp. 15 - 212). Geelong, Australia: Deakin University. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D., Doecke, B., Ho, P., Kline, J., Kostogriz, A., Moss, J., North, S., Walker-Gibbs, B. (2013). Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study (LTEWS): Final report, November 2013, (pp. 11 - 234). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2004). Evaluation report: The re-conceptualised Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Double Degrees) as implemented in 2003, Australia: .
  • Mayer, D., et al (2004). The multiple faces of internships: A report of the working party on internships in teacher education, Australia: Queensland Board of Teacher Registration. [More Information]
  • Luke, A., Elkins, J., Weir, K., Land, R., Carrington, V., Dole, S., Pendergast, D., Kapitzke, C., van Kraayenoord, C., Moni, K., Mayer, D., et al (2003). Beyond the middle: A report about literacy and numeracy development in target group students in the middle years of schooling, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D., Mitchell, J., Macdonald, D., Land, R., Luke, A. (2003). From personal reflection to professional community: Education Queensland Professional Standards for Teachers, Evaluation of the 2002 pilot, Australia: . [More Information]

2016

  • Mayer, D., Allard, A., Moss, J., Dixon, M. (2016). Initial Teacher Education and Assessment of Graduates in Australia. In John Chi-Kin Lee, Christopher Day (Eds.), Quality and Change in Teacher Education: Western and Chinese Perspectives, (pp. 149-162). Cham: Springer.
  • Mayer, D. (2016). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in professionalising teacher education. In B. De Wever, R. Vanderlinde, M. Tuytens and A. Aelterman (Eds.), Professional Learning in Education - Challenges for Teacher Educators, Teachers and Student Teachers, (pp. 23-37). Gent: Academia Press.
  • Mayer, D., Reid, J. (2016). Professionalising Teacher Education: Evolution of a Changing Knowledge and Policy Landscape. In John Loughran, Mary Lynn Hamilton (Eds.), International Handbook of Teacher Education (Vol. 1), (pp. 453-486). Singapore: Springer.

2015

  • Mayer, D. (2015). InSights: An approach to the accreditation of initial teacher education programs based on evidence of the impact of learning teaching, May 2015, (pp. 1 - 87). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). [More Information]
  • 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. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), 42(3), 273-298. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D., Allard, A., Bates, R., Dixon, M., Doecke, B., Kline, J., Kostogriz, A., Moss, J., Rowan, L., Walker-Gibbs, B., et al (2015). Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education - Final Report, November 2015, (pp. 15 - 212). Geelong, Australia: Deakin University. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2015). What is classroom ready? How do we determine it? Professional Educator.

2014

  • Allard, A., Mayer, D., Moss, J. (2014). Authentically assessing graduate teaching: Outside and beyond neo-liberal constructs. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), 41(4), 425-443. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2014). Forty years of teacher education in Australia: 1974-2014. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 40(5), 461-473. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2014). The appropriation of the professionalization agenda in teacher education. Research in Teacher Education, 4(2), 39-44. [More Information]

2013

  • Mayer, D., Doecke, B., Ho, P., Kline, J., Kostogriz, A., Moss, J., North, S., Walker-Gibbs, B. (2013). Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study (LTEWS): Final report, November 2013, (pp. 11 - 234). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2013). Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators in reframing teacher education in the 21st century. Waikato Journal of Education, 18(1), 7-20.
  • Mayer, D. (2013). The continuing 'problem' of teacher education: Policy driven reforms and the role of teacher educators. In X. Zhu & K. Zeichner (Eds.), Preparing teachers for the 21st century, (pp. 39-52). New York: Springer.

2012

  • Mayer, D., Pecheone, R., Merino, N. (2012). Rethinking teacher education in Australia: The teacher quality reforms. In L. Darling-Hammond & A. Lieberman (Eds.), Teacher education around the world: Changing policies and practices, (pp. 110-129). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Gallant, A., Mayer, D. (2012). Teacher performance assessment in teacher education: an example in Malaysia. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 38(3), 295-307. [More Information]

2011

  • Mayer, D. (2011). "But that's the thing; who else is going to teach besides the idealist?" Learning to teach in emotional contexts. In C. Day & J. Chi-Kin Lee (Eds.), New understandings of teachers work: Emotions and educational change, (pp. 137-150). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Mayer, D., Mitchell, J., Santoro, N., White, S. (2011). Teacher educators and 'accidental' careers in academe: An Australian perspective. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 37(3), 247-260. [More Information]

2008

  • Mayer, D., Luke, C., Luke, A. (2008). Teachers, national regulation and cosmopolitanism. In A. M. Phelan & J. Sumsion (Eds.), Critical readings in teacher education: Provoking absences, (pp. 79-98). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2006

  • Macdonald, D., Mitchell, J., Mayer, D. (2006). Professional standards for physical education teachers' professional development: Technologies for performance? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 11(3), 231-246. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2006). Research funding in the U.S.: Implications for teacher education research. Teacher Education Quarterly, 33(1), 5-18.
  • 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. [More Information]

2005

  • 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. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D. (2005). Reviving the "Policy Bargain" discussion: Professional accountability and the contribution of teacher-performance assessment. The Clearing House, 78(4), 177-181. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, J., Hunter, L., Stevens, L., Mayer, D. (2005). Teacher education for the middle years of schooling: Making connections between fields of knowledge, educational policy reforms and pedagogical practice. In G. Hoban (Eds.), The missing links in teacher education design, (pp. 95-112). Amsterdam: Springer.

2004

  • Mayer, D. (2004). Evaluation report: The re-conceptualised Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Double Degrees) as implemented in 2003, Australia: .
  • Mayer, D., et al (2004). The multiple faces of internships: A report of the working party on internships in teacher education, Australia: Queensland Board of Teacher Registration. [More Information]

2003

  • Luke, A., Elkins, J., Weir, K., Land, R., Carrington, V., Dole, S., Pendergast, D., Kapitzke, C., van Kraayenoord, C., Moni, K., Mayer, D., et al (2003). Beyond the middle: A report about literacy and numeracy development in target group students in the middle years of schooling, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. [More Information]
  • Shaw, P., Sharp, C., McDonald, S., Mitchell, J., Mayer, D., Darling, L. (2003). Broadening conceptions of curriculum for young people: Reports from three student-teachers on exchange. Teaching Education, 14(1), 83-104. [More Information]
  • Doherty, C., Mayer, D. (2003). E-mail as a "contact zone" for teacher-student relationships. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 46(7), 592-600.
  • Mayer, D., Mitchell, J., Macdonald, D., Land, R., Luke, A. (2003). From personal reflection to professional community: Education Queensland Professional Standards for Teachers, Evaluation of the 2002 pilot, Australia: . [More Information]

2002

  • 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. [More Information]
  • Kennedy, K., 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. [More Information]

2001

  • Mayer, D., 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 (Eds.), International perspectives on competence in the workplace: Research, policy and practice, (pp. 99-114). Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

2000

  • 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 and Adult Literacy, 44(4), 336-345.

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