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Personal profile


Dr Kate de Bruin is a senior lecturer in inclusion and disability in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She has taught in secondary school and higher education for two decades. In her academic work she has played a central role in developing the Inclusive Education courses in both the Masters of Teaching as well as the Masters of Education programmes at Monash University.


Kate’s research focuses on inclusive education in policy and practice, examining system, school and classroom practices that are supported by evidence, and that promote quality and equity for all students, with specific attention to students with a disability. She has worked with Commonwealth, State, and Catholic Education Departments on projects such as:

  • the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for Students with Disabilities Moderation Resource,
  • the Victorian Inclusion Support Programme,
  • Models of School Support, and
  • Tier Two Literacy Interventions in Australian Schools.

Kate regularly provides professional learning to school teachers, and she writes for both academics as well as readers from the general public. She is a co-convenor for the Inclusive Education Special Interest Group in the Australian Association of Research in Education

Research interests

Kate's research focuses on schoolwide and classroom practices that support all students to participate, engage and make progress in learning. Her current projects explore differentiated teaching and learning interventions that fit within Tiers 1 and 2 of multi-tiered systems of support. 

Monash teaching commitment

Teaching Commitment


EDF5656 - Practising Inclusion

EDF5693 - Professional Practice in Special and Inclusive Education

EDF5699 - Extended Teaching Practice

EDF5667 - Positive Behaviour Support

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Co-Convenor Inclusive Education Special Interest Group, Australian Association of Educational Research (AARE)

2019 → …

Academic Board Member, All Means All


Research area keywords

  • Disability
  • Inclusive Education
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Educational Policy
  • Inclusion
  • Differentiation
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Co-Teaching
  • Systematic Review
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Learning Interventions
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Response to Intervention


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