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Michelle Ludecke is a lecturer in Teacher Education and The Arts. Her research, teaching and engagement are grounded in her 20 years’ experience as a school leader and secondary teacher of dance and drama in government, Catholic and distance schools.

Michelle is a creative and caring educator who aspires to understand and enhance teachers’ professional work and lives. Her teaching repertoire is diverse. She is as comfortable preparing primary and secondary teachers in curriculum and pedagogy for The Arts as she is in shaping critical conversations about teacher professional identity and practice within complex policy and accountability frameworks.

Michelle’s research explores pre-service teachers’ tacit knowledge and how this knowledge is used to build an understanding of one’s identity and pedagogy. She employs arts-based methods to explore key issues concerning the transition to beginning teaching. These issues include the impact of increasing casualisation of the teaching profession, retention of beginning teachers upon entering the profession, mentoring and induction in the teaching profession, the formation and transformation of teachers’ professional identity, and the embodiment of teaching practices.

Michelle is experienced in interacting with academic, government, teacher, and preservice teacher audiences. Her work is gaining recognition with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, Australian and Independent Education Unions, Principals’ Associations, and leading educational researchers from Australia and overseas. Examples of her work can be accessed at the following sites:

The First Time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB1ED0FDEF2AA8836

Dancing the Data: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2kA2Pcntb0

Research interests

Arts-based (Dance & Drama) Research; Transition to Teaching; Teacher Education; Teachers' Work and Lives

Monash teaching commitment

EDF5019 Teacher as professional leader

EDF5099 Education Research Project

EDF4121 Teaching: the power to change

EDF5130 Drama education in the secondary years

EDF5040 Lifelong and workplace learning

EDF5023 Creative Development for children


Research area keywords

  • arts-based research
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Teacher Identity

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Research Output 2014 2020

Practice what you preach: research-based theatre as a method to investigate drama teacher professional identity

McConville, K. & Ludecke, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : N J Drama Australia Journal. 17 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Pedagogy of the Rural as a lens for understanding beginning teachers’ identity and positionings in rural schools

Walker-Gibbs, B., Ludecke, M. A. & Kline, J., 3 Apr 2018, In : Pedagogy Culture and Society. 26, 2, p. 301-314 14 p.

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