Personal profile


Kate works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University where she researches and lectures in both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the areas of inclusive education as well as research use and evaluation. Her current research investigates evidence-informed practice in inclusive education, as well as policy development. Her real interests lie in social justice, and understanding how research can strengthen professional practice in ways that improve equity and quality schooling for all students.

Kate originally worked as a high school teacher where she taught English as well as supporting the education and school participation of learners with diverse abilities and needs, before moving into tertiary education and research. She has worked with government departments on projects such as theInclusion Support Programme and The Use of Evidence in Educational Policy: A Pilot Study in Victoria.

Current Research Projects:

1. Differentiation in the Classroom: Engaging Diverse Learners through Universal Design for Learning

2. Student and Teacher Perspectives on Inclusion

3. Co-teaching in Inclusive Classrooms

4. Pre-service teacher education and Inclusive Pedagogy

Research interests

Monash teaching commitment

Teaching Commitment


EDF5016 - Inclusive Teaching

EDF2552 - Learning and teaching for Students with Diverse Needs in Various Education Settings

EDF5632 - Understanding Inclusion in Learning Communities

EDF5693 - Using and Evaluating Research Evidence


  • autism spectrum disorder
  • inclusive education
  • evidence-based practice
  • evidence-based policy
  • participatory inquiry
  • student voice
  • mixed-method research
  • research use
  • single-subject research
  • meta-analysis

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Output 2012 2017

Conceptualizing effectiveness in disability research

de Bruin, C. L. 2017 In : International Journal of Research and Method in Education. 40, 2, p. 113-136 24 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

What can evidence-use in practice learn from evidence-use in policy?

Rickinson, M., De Bruin, K., Walsh, L. & Hall, M. 3 Apr 2017 In : Educational Research. 59, 2, p. 173-189 17 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Educational Environments of Students with Disabilities: The Disproportional Impacts of National Policies on the School Placements of Students Diagnosed with an ASD in Australia and the United States

De Bruin, C. L. 2015 Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. Baguley, M. (ed.). Deakin West ACT Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education, p. 1 - 30 30 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference Paper

Tablets, tweets and talking text: the role of technology in inclusive pedagogy

McGhie-Richmond, D. R. & De Bruin, C. L. 2015 Inclusive Pedagogy Across the Curriculum. Deppeler, J. M., Loreman, T., Smith, R. & Florian, L. (eds.). Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 211 - 234 24 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)


Graduate Scholar Award

Catriona Louise De Bruin (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Mollie Holman Award

Catriona Louise De Bruin (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)