Inclusive education

Education is critical to people’s life chances, yet many disadvantaged people in our community continue to miss out on quality education, training and access to lifelong learning.

Inclusive Education

Australia has well-established education and training infrastructure but not all children and young people can access high quality early childhood, primary and secondary education. Many who face structural or family barriers struggle to successfully engage in education and, as a result, leave school early with no clear pathway to employment.

The vocational education and training system is a pathway of choice for many disadvantaged learners. However course completion rates for these students can be low and many struggle to find work.

Our research on inclusive education examines the theories, policies and programs that enable children, young people, adults and older people to access education and training that develops their skills and capabilities. We examine the causal links between disadvantage and educational outcomes, and the structural and individual factors that promote equitable and successful engagement in education. We also identify and develop innovative, flexible policy and program solutions that enable lifelong learning and social and economic participation.

Our research program is structured around the stages of schooling: the early years, primary and secondary schooling, vocational and training.


Supporting transitions for young jobseekers: a resource for program development in south-east Melbourne by Chisholm and Holmesglen TAFEs

'Educational re-engagement as social inclusion: the role of flexible learning options in alternative provision in Australia', article by George Myconos, Joseph Thomas, Kimberley Wilson, Kitty te Riele and Luke Swain 

Recruiting and retaining families in HIPPY

A study of factors that affect the recruitment of families in an early childhood learning and parenting program.

Developing Independence: evaluating an educational initiative for young people facing homelessness.
A study of two pilots of the Developing Independence certificate 1 course.

Contact Eric Dommers (03) 9483 1370 or edommers(at) to find out more about this work.

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