Personal profile



Michelle Ludecke has a reputation for bringing people together to create transformative experiences for researchers, teacher educators, pre-service teachers, professional staff and educational stakeholders through her role as lecturer in Teacher Education and The Arts. Her goal is to enhance teachers’ and teacher educators’ understanding of the power of their collegiate practices in shaping not only their own identity and therefore agency, but also the impact they have on learners, colleagues and the teaching profession.

Michelle employs arts-based methods to explore key issues concerning transitions in teaching, such as the impact of employment conditions on the teaching profession, retention of beginning teachers upon entering the profession, mentoring in the teaching profession, the formation and transformation of teachers’ professional identity, and the embodiment of teaching practices. Her work is recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching, Australian Education Unions, Principals’ Associations, and leading educational researchers from Australia and overseas.

Michelle is available for comment on teacher transitions and "classroom ready" graduate teachers.

Examples of her work can be accessed at the following sites:

12 Beginning Teachers 12 Years Later: A Docudrama

The First Time:

Dancing the Data:


Research interests

Arts-based (Dance & Drama) Educational Research; Transition to Teaching; Teacher readiness

Monash teaching commitment

Transition to the Teaching Profession

Teacher Performance Assessment

Performing Arts Education


Research interests

Arts-based research into issues in education
Teachers' work and lives
Teacher readiness
Teacher professional learning
Transitions to and in teaching

Michelle is currently not able to accept new PhD candidates at this time.

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

Research area keywords

  • arts-based research
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Teacher Identity
  • Transition to practice
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher readiness

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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