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Research interests

School Leadership, Teacher Education and Bilingual Education
New area of reserach: Neuroscience and Learning - The Bilingual Brain
Community Languages and Teacher Training for sustaining and maintaining diverse languages in these contexts.

Maria's research interests are extensive yet synergised under Teacher education in diverse contexts and often marginalised contexts. She has extensive experience in learning second, community and foreign languages.
Her PhD involved researching the lived experience of marginalised teachers in community schools struggling to teach community or heritage language programs. She used phenomenology as a research methodology.
A further recent research area involved a large grant in 2019 surveying the perceptions and needs of parents nationally in Australia with regards to sustaining and maintaining their immigrant languages.


Dr. Maria Gindidis was a School Reviewer for Monash University and is currently Chief examiner and Coordinator of first and fourth year core units in the Bachelor of Education with Honours Teacher Education degree. She has held positions of State Coordinator of the Bilingual Schools Project, Innovations and Excellence Educator for a Cluster of five Schools, Curriculum Director of a 3 campus school, Futures and Innovations Leader and Acting Assistant Principal of an eastern region large secondary school. She has also held the Middle Schools Portfiolio for the rural Gippsland region. Maria has taught in a number of secondary schools and coordinated bilingual programs in 15 schools across Victoria. At Monash she also offers and delivers workshops in Brain-based learning, Understanding Learning and Teaching, Second Languages Teaching(Primary and Secondary), School Leadership and Bilingual Education. 

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • School Leadership
  • Education and Neuroscience
  • Pre-service Teacher Education
  • Australian Community Schools
  • Community - Heritage Languages
  • Second Languages Education
  • School Reviewer
  • Bilingual Education & Translanguaging

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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