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Adjunct associate professor, Southern Cross University

David Zyngier is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) in the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University retiring from Monash University after 16 years in the education faculty. He is a former school principal and state school teacher. His research focuses on Culturally, Linguistically and Economically Diverse (CLED) learning communities; social justice; democratic education; teacher knowledge and beliefs.

David is the founder of the Public Education Network

He has published widely on teacher pedagogies that improve outcomes for students from communities of promise. He is a co-founder of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project, an international project examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy.

In 2013 David was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship ($365000) to further research teachers' perceptions of democracy. In 2014 he contributed to a submission for the Constitution Education Fund of Australia (CEFA) that was presented to the Attorney General Senator George Brandis on the issue of education for democracy.

In 2010, the ruMAD program that he wrote received the prestigious Garth Boomer Award for its contribution to education in Australia. He developed the Enhanced Learning Improvement in Networked Communities program which gained a Schools First Award of $75,000 in 2010 and 2011 for its contribution to students experiencing learning difficulties and school engagement problems.

He is also a member of a 7 highly esteemed peer reviewed Editorial Boards. In 2011, he was appointed Expert Commentator for the Australian Council of Education Leaders (ACEL).

David provides pro-bono education advice and support to a number of community organisations including Fairness in Religion in Schools (FIRIS), The Ardoch Foundation, State Schools Relief (SSR) and Our Children Our Schools (OCOS).


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor (Adj), Southern Cross University
  • 2003–2019
    Senior lecturer, Monash University
  • 1997–2002
    Education Consultant, Education Foundation
  • 1994–1996
    Principal, The King David School
  • 1981–1994
    School teacher, DEECD


  • 2007 
    Monash University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Can Educators Make a Difference: Experiencing Democracy in Education
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Democracy, political literacy and the quest for transformative education
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Social Sciences Research Council

Research Areas

  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development (130202)
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators (130313)
  • Comparative And Cross Cultural Education (130302)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)