Dr. Suzanne Rice
Suzanne Rice is a researcher, lecturer and program coordinatorin the Melbourne Graduate School o Education at the Universityo Melbourne. She has conducted research in the areas o student engagement and retention, teacher eectiveness, schoolstang, and compulsory exit standards or secondary students.Suzanne spent nine years teaching in government and non-government schools, working as a primary generalist, a LOTE, TESOL and music specialist, and as a Leading Teacher andICT coordinator. She also spent several years as a LOTEproject coordinator with the Department o Education and EarlyChildhood Development, and two years as a Senior EducationOcer with the Open Training and Education Network in Sydney,producing proessional development television programs orteachers in NSW and Victoria. She has authored articles in anumber o national and international reereed and proessional journals, and co-authored eighteen research reports, includingthe
Eective Strategies to Increase School Completion report and the Guide to Help Schools Increase School Completion.
Ms Nicky Dulfer
Nicky Duler, a Lecturer within the Education Policy andLeadership Unit (EPL) at the University o Melbourne, has sixyears experience undertaking a range o research ocussed oneducation policy. Her Masters thesis ocussed on the Equityunding model in Victoria, and the ways in which schools usethis unding. Since taking on a position at the University shehas contributed to a range o projects including a review o thestate unding model in Tasmania (2009) and a review o equitypractices in Catholic schools in Victoria (2009). In 2008 Nickywas a lead contributor to a series o commissioned literaturereviews investigating issues involved with early school leavingdropout, and a commissioned report outlining post-compulsoryprovision in the Western Metropolitan region o Melbourne.Last year Nicky co-authored a literature review ocusing on theimpacts o high stakes testing on school students and theiramilies. This report is a continuation o that research.
Professor John Polesel
John Polesel is a Proessor o Education in the MelbourneGraduate School o Education at the University o Melbourne. Hehas detailed knowledge o education systems across Australiaand has undertaken a range o international and comparativestudies. He has played a leading role in winning and conductingover orty major educational research grants and consultanciesocussing on the transitions o young people rom school tourther education, training and the workplace.He has written or co-written over ninety journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports, mostly as rst author. Hehas published reereed articles in some o the most prestigiousinternational education journals including:
Oxord Review o Education, Comparative Education; Journal o Education Policy; Australian Journal o Education; Journal o Vocational Education& Training; and European Journal o Vocational Training,
andchapters in major Springer compilations. He recently co-edited abook in the infuential Springer series. He has presented researchpapers to the JVET Conerence at Oxord University in 2007,2009 and 2011 and to the Faculty o Education at CambridgeUniversity in 2009.