Dr Mike

Dr Mike Brown

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Education

Department of Education

Education 1, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

Dip Tech Teach (Hawthorn), BEd (Hawthorn), Grad Dip Ed Admin (Hawthorn), MEd (Deakin), PhD (Monash)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

AVETRA; Adult Learning Australia; AARE; Aust Curriculum Studies Assoc ACSA.

Area of study

Adult education

Brief profile

Mike is the Convenor of Adult, Vocational and Technology Education programs within the Faculty 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, 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 STEM.  In 2011, Mike was awarded The Dean's Award for the Faculty of Education as part of the Latrobe University Excellence in Research Awards, and in 2013, he 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 2015 Mike received the Inaugural LaTrobe Uni Student Union Research Supervisor award. In 2016 Mike received a university teaching award when he obtained a student satisfaction rating of 4.8/5 from the students in his fourth year undergraduate class. He also received the School of Education Research Excellence Award for Supervision of Higher Degree Research (HDR) students.

Current and recent research projects include: ·

Teacher education for VET in Schools, ACDE VE Group, 2016

TAFE across Australia

Imagineering and STEM in schools

Preservice teachers and STEM

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'. (Research team led by Professor Margaret Robertson in partnership with Whittlesea local council funded by LaTrobe University e-Research Grants).  

Gen Green 4 Australia: A national study of the demand for and supply of skills for sustainability, (Funded by the Skills for Carbon Challenge Initiative, Dept IICCSRTE - 2013)

Gen Green 3 Survey: Australian apprentices and trainees' experience of skills for sustainability in 2012 (Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability - 2012)   

Looking for the learning dimension within Bushfire recovery (Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability - 2012)

Sustainability, VET and the transition to a low carbon economy (Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability - 2011) 

Innovation and excellence in design pedagogies within Victorian senior secondary schools          

Teaching over the other side of the school . . . .

Teaching in VET in schools programs ·       

Teaching in VCAL programs ·       

Teaching in Technology studies programs ·       

History of ‘hands on’ learning

Trade pedagogy       

Multi-modal literacies, pedagogy and learning

Teaching units

EDU4VTM - VET Teaching Methods

EDU4TC2 Technology Secondary Curriculum 2

EDU4CDI - Curriculum Design and Implementation

Consulting

The professional development and learning of teachers and trainers

Recent publications

Kurup P, Brown M, Powell G, & Li X (2017) Future primary teachers beliefs, understandings and intentions to teach STEM, IAFOR Journal of Education,Volume 5, Special Issue, Summer, ISSN 2187-0594, pp.161-178. https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.5.si.07

Brown M (in press) TAFE in Australia, in Rosalind L. Raby and Edward J. Valeau. (eds) (in press) Springer International Handbooks of Education. Handbook of Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global Counterparts, Springer:Dordrecht

Brown M (2017) The tradies entrance into teaching: the challenges in designing teacher education for VET in schools, in the International Journal of Training Research, v15, (1). DOI 10.1080/14480220.2017.1350199

Guest W & Brown M (2017) Pastoral care and apprenticeships: retention through mentoring and social support arrangements, paper presented to NCVER No frills Conference, Hobart.

Guest W & Brown M (2017) Providing pastoral care in apprenticeships: increasing retention rates through the provision of mentoring and social support arrangements, paper presented to AVETRA Conference, Melbourne.

Brown M, Dakich E, & O'Reilly-Briggs K (2016) Stem orientated 'imagineering' designing irresistible learning in Victorian secondary schools, Paper presented at AARE Conference Melbourne.

Brown M, Dakich E, & Darcy B (2016) Developing STEM and imagineering in Victorian secondary schools, Paper presented to the STEM Conference Deakin University Geelong. 

Brown M (2015) A history of Apprenticeship and trade training in Victoria, Australia, in Smith E, Gonon P. & Foley A (eds) Architectures for apprenticeships: achieving economic and social goals, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 33-38. ISBN 978-1-925333-09-1.

Brown M & Sack F (2015) The development of skills for sustainability for Australian apprentices and trainnes during the UN Decade of Sustainable Development 2005 – 2014, in Smith E, Gonon P. & Foley A (eds) Architectures for apprenticeships: achieving economic and social goals, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 189-193. ISBN 978-1-925333-09-1

Brown M (2015) The development and use of green skills in the transition to a low carbon economy, in Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 55 (2), pp 180-201.

Delly P, Brunken A, & Brown M (2015) VET credit transferees enrolling directly into the second year of university, in O'Connor L, & Ackehurst M (eds) 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No frills': refereed papers, NCVER, Adelaide pp. 52-59, http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2787.html; ISBN 978-1-925173-17-8

Guest W & Brown M (2015) A 'roadmap' to completion: the architecture, design and commitments towards the responsibilities of apprenticeship completion, in O'Connor L, & Ackehurst M (eds) 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No frills': refereed papers, NCVER, Adelaide pp.60-66, http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2787.html  ISBN 978-1-925173-17-8

Brown M (2014) A fourth wave of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in higher education, in Fitzgerald T (Ed) Advancing knowledge in higher education: universities in turbulent times, Hershey PA: IGI Publishing

Brown M (2014) Inclusive growth in higher education: developing pathways from vocational education and training in Fitzgerald T (Ed) Advancing knowledge in higher education: universities in turbulent times, Hershey PA: IGI Publishing

Sack F, Brown M, Rahimi M & Turnbull J. (2014) Gen Green 4 Australia: a national study of demand for and supply of skills for sustainability, study and report funded by Skills for Carbon Challenge, (DIICCSRTE) Canberra. ISBN

Brown M, Sack F & Rodd C (2013) Student voice in skills for sustainability: a missing component from the demand side of Australian Vocational education and training, in The International Journal of Training Research, Vol 11 No 3.

Sack F & Brown M (2013) The 2012 Gen Green 3 Survey: the experience of skills and sustainability by competitors in the WorldSkills Australia Nationals 2010 & 2012, access available at http://www.gengreen.org.au/previous-surveys/gen-green-3-2013/

Brown M (2013) The development of green skills through the local TAFE Institute as a potential pathway to regional development, in The International Journal of Training Research, Vol 11  No1.

Brown M & Sack F (2013) What do VET students and graduates think about ‘skills for sustainability’?, in Griffin T (ed) 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference: refereed papers, NCVER: Adelaide, ISBN 978 1 922056 45 0

Brown M (2013) Initial findings from the 2012 – 2013 GenGreen 3 Research Project: where are we up to with ‘skills for sustainability’ in Australia? Paper presented at Journal of VET Conference, Oxford, England, July.

Brown M (2013) Transitioning to a low carbon economy: stakeholder perspectives on the supply and demand for ‘green skills’, paper presented at the CRLL & SCUTREA Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, June.

Brown M (2013) Moving beyond a potted history of apprenticeship trade training in Victoria, Australia, paper presented at the 8th International Researching Work and Learning Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland, June

Brown, M (2012) Developing green skills through a regional TAFE Institute, paper presented at the 15th AVETRA Conference, Canberra, April 13th & 14th; access through http://avetra.org.au/annual-conference/conference-2012-papers

Brown M (2011) Teaching VET in Victorian secondary schools, AVETRA Conference, Melbourne. http://avetra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/49.00.pdf

Brown M & Cartledge D (2011) Tracking the key policies on sustainability, VET and the transition to a low carbon economy, AVETRA Conference, Melbourne. http://avetra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/48.00.pdf

Brown M, Withers E, Down C, Figgis J & McManus J., (2011), Pedagogical practices across the Tertiary sector: summarising the literature on the pedagogical support for students moving from VET into Universities, AVETRA Conference, Melbourne.  http://avetra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/88.00.pdf

Brown M (2010) Developing Literate practices in Design and Technology Education, in Pullen D l, Baguley M, & Gitsaki C (Ed) Technoliteracy, Discourse and Social Practice: Frameworks and Applications in the Digital Age, Brooklyn: IG Publishing. (ISBN 978-1-60566-842-0)

Brown M (2010) Examining Historical Narratives Around ‘Hands On’ Learning and Industrial Education, AVETRA Conference Proceedings, Gold Coast, April 7th – 9th. http://avetra.org.au/publications/conference-archives/conference-archives-2010/2010-papers (ISBN: 978-0-9805275-2-0).

Smyth J & Brown M (2010) The profound effect and reach of Joe Kincheloe to the Antipodes: his work, his ideas and his influence as a person, in Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies 10 (5) pp 404 – 405.

Brown M (2010) Teaching teachers about VET in schools (VETiS) programs, in VOCAL: the Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools, Vol 8 pp 52-58. 

Brown M (2010) Being STEM-like: analysing some 'STEM-Like' programs in secondary schools across Victoria. Conference Proceedings of the International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Research Conference, Brisbane QUT November 27 – 28.  http://stem.ed.qut.edu.au/index.php/conference-proceedings.html

Brown M (2010) Pedagogical content knowledge for teaching Systems Engineering in Victorian secondary schools, Conference Proceedings of the International Technology Education Research Conference (TERC) Conference, Gold Coast December 8 – 11.

Brown M & Schulz C (2009) Learning to be drier: a case study of adult and community learning, in the Australian Riverland in Australian Journal of Adult Learning Vol 49 (3) pp.497–519.

Golding B, Brown M Foley A, Smith E, Campbell C Schulz C, Angwin J & Grace L (2009) Wicked Learning: reflections on Learning to be drier, in Australian Journal of Adult Learning Vol 49 (3) pp.544-566.

Golding B, Brown M, & Foley A (2009) Informal learning: a discussion around defining and researching its breadth and importance, in the Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Vol 49 (1) pp.34-56.

Brown M (2008) VETiS: how it works in Victoria, in VOCAL: The Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools, Vol 7, 2008-2009. pp.19-31.

Clayton B., Fisher T., Harris R., Bateman A. & Brown M. (2008) A study in difference: Structures and cultures in Australian Registered Training Organisations. Adelaide: NCVER

Golding B, Kimberley H, Foley A, & Brown M (2008) Houses and sheds: an exploration of the genesis and growth of neighbourhood houses and men’s sheds in community settings in Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Vol 48 (2) pp. 237–262.

Brown M & Sutton D (2008) Serving multiple masters: reviewing the role and recognition of VET within Victorian senior secondary school certificates. AVETRA Conference Adelaide 3-4 April 2008.

Foley A, Golding B & Brown M (2008) Let the men speak, AVETRA Conference, Adelaide, April 3-4

Golding B, Foley A & Brown M (2008), Shedding School Early: Insights from School & Community Shed Collaboration in Australia, AVETRA Conference, Adelaide, April 3-4

Brown M, Golding B & Foley A (2008), A long and winding road: Autonomous men’s learning through participation in community sheds across Australia, 38th SCUTREA International Conference July 3– 5, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Brown M (2008) Two Narratives Within Design And Technology Education In Secondary Schools Across Victoria, published in Middleton H & Pavlova M (ed) Exploring technology education : solutions to issues in a globalised world,     Proceedings of the 5th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research, Surfers Paradise, 27-29 November.

Golding B, Brown M, & Foley A (2008) Informal learning: A discussion around defining and researching its breadth and importance, Adult Learning Australia Conference Perth October-November.

Golding B, Brown M, Foley A, Harvey J & Gleeson L. (2007). Men’s sheds in community contexts: older men’s learning spaces and programs in Australia. Adelaide: NCVER

Golding B., Foley A., & Brown M. (2007) The international potential for men's shed-based learning in Journal of Continuing Liberal Adult Education (34) pp 9- 13

Anderson D. Brown M. & Rushbrook P. (2004) VET: a critical overview and introduction in Foley G. The Learning Dimension: understanding adult education and learning. Allen & Unwin: Sydney.

Brown M., (2004). Peoples’ power against the empire: a curriculum framework for work-related learning. In Kell P, Shore S, & Singh M. Adult education in the 21st century. Peter Lang.

Research projects

Teacher education for VET in Schools, ACDE VE Group, 2016

TAFE across Australia

Imagineering and STEM in schools

Preservice teachers and STEM

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'. (Research team led by Professor Margaret Robertson in partnersjhip with Whittlesea Local Council funded by LaTrobe University e-Research Grants).

Gen Green 4 Australia: A national study of the demand for and supply of skills for sustainability, (Funded by the Skills for Carbon Challenge Initiative, Dept IICCSRTE - 2013-2014)

Gen Green 3 Survey: Australian apprentices and trainees' experience of skills for sustainability in 2012-2013 (Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability - 2012)

Looking for the learning dimension within Bushfire recovery (Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability - 2012)

Sustainability, VET and the transition to a low carbon economy (Funded by the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability - 2011)

Innovation and excellence in design pedagogies within Victorian senior secondary schools

VET in Victorian schools

Applied Learning in Victorian secondary schools