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Personal profile


David works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in the areas of Curriculum and Pedagogy. I was previously a teacher and school principal. My research focuses on teacher pedagogies that engage all students but in particular how can these improve outcomes for students from communities of disadvantage focusing on issues of social justice and social inclusion. I work within a critical and post-structural orientation to pedagogy that is distinguishable by its commitment to social justice (with interests in who benefits and who does not by particular social arrangements) and its dialectic critical method investigating how school education can improve student outcomes for all but in particular for at risk students.


Current Research Projects

  1. Global Doing Democracy Research Project: I am Co-director (with Paul Carr) of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project http://doingdemocracy.ning.com an international project examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy in education to develop a robust and critical democratic education with over 50 researchers in 20 countries.This project has received ARC and Canadian SSHRC funding of over $500000.
  2. University students' and lecturers' perceptions of attendance: This project aims to gather quantitative and qualitative data into university students' and lecturers' perceptions of the purposes and value of attending classes in order to make recommendations for improving academic pedagogy to enhance student attendance and participation.
  3. On-Line Mentoring of Graduate Teachers. This innovative project uses an on-line web-based mentoring and support system to peer mentor new teacher graduates with trusted and experienced teachers and academics.
  4. Enhanced Learning through Networked Communities: This research in two state primary schools in the Southern Metropolitan Region links student teachers with with students from Cultural Linguistic and Economically Disenfranchised (CLED) communities where many students are experiencing learning difficulties and school engagement problems as a result of their socio-economic and cultural diversity. This project has received $75000 funding from the Schools First program.
  5. Class size and academic results: Research commissioned by Australia and New Zealand School of Government's peer-reviewed journal - Evidence Base. The journal publishes reviews of the evidence informing decision-making in specific policy areas.
  6. The contribution that alternate, pullout and externally provided programs within schools make towards student learning, well being and their pathways: This meta-analysis for the DEECD will focus on English speaking countries with similar cultures and issues as Australia - USA, England, Canada and New Zealand.
  7. Kids on Track Evaluation: A pilot primary prevention project of Windermere Child and Family Services to assist young people to avoid criminal behaviour, reduce recidivism and enhance their connection to community.


Editorial Boards:

Teaching and Teacher Education 
Creative Education
International Journal on School Disaffection
Journal of International Students
Erasmus Mundus Exchange Fellow
Commentator for The Conversation


Windermere Child and Family Services Kids on Track Project 2011-2012 ($30, 000)

National Partnerships Extended School Hub Field Trials Frankston North 'My Learning Place' 2010-2011 ($15,000)

Letters to My Teacher Research Branch Department of Education and Early Childhood Development 2010-2011 ($25, 000)

Western Port Training Enterprise Salvation Army 2007 ($40, 000)


  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Social Justice
  • Inclusion
  • Multi-Cultural Education
  • Democratic Education
  • Diversity

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Projects 2005 2018

Research Output 2003 2018

Engaged but ambivalent: A study of young Indigenous Australians and democratic citizenship

Walsh, L., Zyngier, D., Fernandes, V. & Zhang, H. 14 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Harnessing student voice and leadership: a study of one Australian Indigenous leadership program

Walsh, L., Black, R., Zyngier, D. & Fernandes, V. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Pedagogy, Culture and Society. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Culture and Pedagogy(ies): (What) Have We Learned From And Since Alexander 2001

Zyngier, D. 2016 The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. Wyse, D., Hayward, L. & Pandya, J. (eds.). London UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 171 - 186 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Evaluation of the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership (REAL) Program

Walsh, L., Anderson, P., Zyngier, D., Fernandes, V. & Zhang, H. 2016 Melbourne: Monash University. 106 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch


National Impact Award - Schools First Foundation For Young Australia

David Zyngier (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

State Seed Fund Award - Schools First Foundation For Young Australia

David Zyngier (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Grant review responsibilities