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Professor Joce Nuttall Name: Professor Joce Nuttall
+613 9953 3532
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
Institute for Learning Sciences &Teacher Education
Building 461 - 232 Victoria Parade(232 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 1-Room1.16
Biographical Information

Professor Joce Nuttall is Director of the Teacher Education research concentration in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, at ACU. Joce's research describes, implements and theorises effective interventions in professional learning in schools and early childhood settings, particularly in childcare. Most recently this work has focused on capacity building among educational leaders in early childhood and junior school settings, using system-wide analyses and actions. Joce has published over seventy books, book chapters and scholarly articles and is a regular presenter of keynote addresses at international conferences in the areas of teacher development, and early childhood curriculum and policy. Joce commenced at ACU in 2011 as a Principal Research Fellow.


Professor Nuttall's publications are listed on ORCID.


Joce's recent projects include:

  • development of educational practices informed by theology of childhood (funded by Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc)
  • establishment of Australia's first evidence base to inform quality improvement in early childhood education services through the development of Educational Leaders (ARC-funded)
  • development of the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) - a research-informed teaching performance assessment designed to lift the status of the teaching profession
  • developing new pedagogies for teaching and learning in the early years that integrate children&rsquos interests in digital media and technologies with traditional forms of play such as construction, pretend play, gross motor play, and fine motor activities
  • an evaluation of the New Zealand Teachers Council's Guidelines to Support Induction and Mentoring (with NZCER and Deakin University)
  • a study of the contribution of hospital play therapists to inter-professional work in children's hospital settings (with University College London Hospital)
  • analysis of teacher educators' work in higher education (with Victoria University, Brunel University, University of Auckland, University of Otago, and University of British Columbia)
  • the development of educational leadership in early childhood settings (with Gowrie Queensland and Independent Schools Victoria)
  • implementation and evaluation of a leadership development program in early years settings (for City of Knox)
  • review of the literature on academic and wellbeing outcomes of single-sex versus co-educational schooling (for Brisbane Grammar School)
  • a political position paper to inform pre-election policy (for Gowrie Australia)

In addition to her research and teaching experience, Joce has a long-standing interest in professional capacity building in early childhood education and early childhood teacher education. Joce is a member of the Board of the Australian Children&rsquos Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and a former Governor General&rsquos appointee to the Board of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Joce is a Series Editor for Bloomsbury&rsquos Re-inventing Teacher Education series, has previously edited Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, and is a regular reviewer for several respected education research journals.

Professional Memberships
  • President, Australian Teacher Education Association (2016&ndash2018)
  • Co-convenor, AARE Early Childhood Education Special Interest Group (2012&ndash2015) 
  • Member, Australian Association for Research in Education (current)
  • Member, American Educational Research Association (current)
  • Member, Australian Teacher Education Association (current)
  • Member, National Tertiary Education Union (current)



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