Prior to his present part-time position, Dr Ingvarson was Research Director of the Teaching and Learning Program at ACER. He began his career as a science and mathematics teacher, teaching in WA, Scotland and England before undertaking further studies in psychology at the University of London. He has held academic positions at the University of Stirling in Scotland and Monash University in Melbourne where he was an Associate
Dr Ingvarson is internationally recognised for his research on teacher professional development, teacher quality, teaching and leadership standards, assessment of teacher performance, performance pay, school improvement and the evaluation of educational programs and has published widely in these areas. He has played a major role in the
development of teaching standards in Australia, working in collaboration, for example, with the Australian Science Teachers Association, the Victorian Institute of Teaching, the NSW Institute of Teachers and Teaching Australia. He was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committees for the Victorian Institute of Teaching (2000-2001) and for the TAFE Development Centre (2002-2003), and a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership.
Dr Ingvarson has worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA on reforms related to teacher education, professional development, the quality of teaching and teacher career structures. He has been a consultant to the OECD on several projects, and to Ministries of Education in Chile, China, Jordan, New Zealand and Scotland. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia (1978), Stanford University (1988) and Michigan State University (1998).
With Steve Dinham and Elizabeth Kleinhenz, he recently developed a National Standards Framework for the Teaching Profession for the Ministerial Council for Employment, Education, Early Childhood Devellopment and Youth Affairs. The same team also produced a report on teacher quality for the Business Council of Australia titled Teaching Talent: The Best Teachers for Australian Schools.
He is currently co-director of an international study of teacher education being conducted, in collaboration with a team from Michigan State University, for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The study focuses on the preparation of mathematics teachers. He is also director of a project to develop a national teaching standards framework for the National Centre for Assessment in Higher Education in Saudi Arabia