Personal profile


I started my academic career as a university lecturer in the field of cultural and language studies. I worked in schools in Australia while doing my MA and PhD degrees in educational studies at the University of Queensland (UQ). I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at UQ before becoming a lecturer at Monash University. Having acknowledged that the world is becoming a 'global village', so it is important for peoples with different social and cultural backgrounds to understand and learn from each other, I am interested in doing research on intercultural education, especially on investigating how pedagogies work in different socio-cultural contexts. I have done research on how to bring western pedagogies into non-western classrooms and how to embed non-western cultural and intellectual resources into western curricula. 

My book 'Implementing cross-culture pedagogies - cooperative learning at Confucian heritage cultures' published by Springer in 2014 is a summary of main issues that I did for my postgraduate degrees. I used Activity Theory as a theoretical framework to investigate how educators could make use of strong aspects of various pedagogical perspectives to develop a so-called 'global effective pedagogy' which could work with students with various socio-cultural backgrounds the best. I am also researching international students' employability and how international students use their agency in enhancing their employability.

My main teaching areas are intercultural education, pedagogical practices, globalisation, school-family partnership and research methodology.

Research interests


International students 


Cooperative learning

Cross-culture education

Asian education

Educational change

Activity Theory



Monash teaching commitment


  • Adult education
  • Asia
  • classroom practices
  • pedagogy
  • learning
  • teaching practices
  • Design-based research
  • Educational reform
  • Higher education
  • Hybrid educational practices
  • Socio-cultural theory
  • employability
  • graduate attributes
  • employment

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Research Output 2008 2018

Understanding learning and learners

Gindidis, M., Phillipson, S., Pruyn, M. & Thanh, P. 2017 2nd, Custom ed. Melbourne, Victoria: Pearson Australia Group. 344 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewTextbook

Understanding teaching for learning

Gindidis, M., Phillipson, S., Pham, T. & Pruyn, M. 2016 2nd, Custom ed. Melbourne, Victoria: Pearson Australia Group. 475 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewTextbook


ATEA Research Recognition Awards for Early Career Researchers

Thanh Hong Thi Pham (Recipient), 2014

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Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Scholarship

Thanh Hong Thi Pham (Recipient), 2012

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Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships

Thanh Hong Thi Pham (Recipient), 2012

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Monash Small Grant

Thanh Hong Thi Pham (Recipient), 2015

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N V Varghese Prize for Comparative Education

Thanh Hong Thi Pham (Recipient), 2011

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