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Helen Grimmett is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Before commencing her academic career, Helen taught as both a generalist primary teacher and music specialist in a variety of suburban, rural, government and independent primary schools. She has also worked in the educational publishing industry, including writing, editing and consulting on a number of teacher resource books. Helen completed her PhD in 2012 and published "The Practice of Teachers' Professional Development: A cultural-historical approach" in 2014. Her recent research has been in creating innovative approaches to professional experience for preservice teachers through building partnerships with schools, and working with pre-service primary education and music students to understand their development of music PCK.

Monash teaching commitment

EDF 1031 Creative learning in childhood through music and the arts

EDF 2032 Learning through play pedagogies

EDF 3213 Creative Arts education

EDF 4006 Professional engagement and leadership

EDF 4033 Innovations in curriculum and pedagogy in schools


  • Cultural-historical theory
  • Professional Experience in Teacher Education
  • Interventionist methodologies
  • Teachers' professional development/learning
  • Creative pedagogies
  • Primary education
  • Arts education

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Projects 2015 2018

Research Output 2005 2018

Exploring cogenerativity in initial teacher education school-university partnerships using the methodology of metalogue

Willis, L-D., Grimmett, H. L. & Heck, D., 2018, Educating Future Teachers: Innovative Perspectives in Professional Experience. Kriewaldt, J., Ambrosetti, A., Rorrison, D. & Capeness, R. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 49-69 12 p.

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

Reimagining the role of mentor teachers in professional experience: moving to I as fellow teacher educator

Grimmett, H., Forgasz, R., Williams, J. & White, S., 12 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Stories from the third space: teacher educators' professional learning in a school/university partnership

Williams, J., White, S., Forgasz, R. & Grimmett, H., 2018, Re-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education: Narratives of Learning. Fitzgerald, A., Parr, G. & Williams, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 19-36 18 p.

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

The Problem of “Just Tell Us”: Insights from Playing with Poetic Inquiry and Dialogical Self Theory

Grimmett, H. L., 2016, In : Studying Teacher Education. 12, 1, p. 37 - 54 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The practice of teachers' professional development: A cultural-historical approach

Grimmett, H., 2014, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review