Dr Catherine

Dr Catherine Lang


Associate Professor, Director, Intitial Teacher Education Programs

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

HU3 319, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BEd (Secondary), GDipEd(Computers in Ed), MEd (Research), PhD



Membership of professional associations


Brief profile

Associate Professor Catherine Lang's qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Geography/History), a Graduate Diploma in Education (Computers in Education) a Master of Education (Research) and a PhD from the Centre for the Studies of Higher Education, University of Melbourne. Her research initially focused on the under-representation of women in ICT, an area which was also the focus of her PhD. She was a Chief investigator in the ARC Funded research project “Digital Divas: developing and implementing a curriculum initiative for secondary school girls" (see: www.digitaldivasclub.org).  This research has led her to focus on teacher and pre-service teacher technical self-efficacy, pre service teacher professional experience models as well as the development of intercultural competencies through international professional placements.

Research interests

Teaching and learning

- STEM education and pedagogy; Gender and computing

Teaching units

PhD supervision; Education Doctorate supervision; Master of Education supervision



Gender and computing; STEM education and STEM pedagogies

Recent publications

Recent Books and Book Chapters:

Fisher, J., Lang, C, Craig, A., Forgasz, H. (2016) Creating Digital Divas, Monash University Press, Victoria, Australia (WInner of the 2016 Leonie Warne Prize)

Lang, C. (2016). ‘Paradigm surfing: Cross-disciplinary education focused research’. In L. Ling and P.Ling (Eds), Methods and Paradigms in Education Research. IGI Global – in press.

Lang, C., & Lemon, N. (2014). Embracing Social Media to Advance Knowledge Creation and Transfer in the Modernized University. In T. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Advancing Knowledge in Higher Education (pp. 112-131). Hershey, PA, USA: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global).

Craig, A.,Coldwell, J., Fisher, J.& Lang, C. (2013) ‘The silicon ceiling: women managers and leaders in ICT in Australia’. In M.A.Paludi (Ed.), Women and Management: Global Issues and Promising Solutions. Vol.2. (pp.177-200)  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Recent Refereed Journal Articles

Lang, C. A. Craig, G. Casey (2016)  A pedagogy for outreach activities in ICT: promoting peer to peer learning, creativity and experimentation .British Journal of Educational Technology. Version of Record online : 25 AUG 2016, DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12501

Lang, C. M. Cacciattolo & G.Kidman (2016) The Global Education Practicum: perspectives from accompanying academics. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2016.1204425

Lang, C., A. Craig & MA. Egan (2016) The Importance of Outreach Programs to Unblock the Pipeline and Broaden Diversity in ICT Education. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education Volume 12  Issue 1 January-March 2016 doi: 10.4018/IJICTE.2016010104

Lang, C., Neal, D., Karvouni, M., & Chandler, D. (2015). An embedded professional paired placement model: “I know I am not an expert, but I am at a point now where I could step into the classroom and be responsible for the learning”. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. doi: 10.1080/1359866X.2015.1060296

Research projects

Connecting teachers, pre-service teachers and STEM professionals to improve STEM pathways in schools

The role of international professional placements to develop culturally responsive teachers and teacher educators

Professional practice and paired placements: Developing evidence-based frameworks in teacher education