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Associate professor, Monash University

Associate Professor Melissa Barnes works within the School of Education at La Trobe University. Her teaching focus and research interests are situated within the fields of teacher education, pedagogy, assessment, policy and TESOL. She has recently led research initiatives which focus on policy construction, interpretation, and enactment, with a focus on how policies impact and shape teaching and learning. Melissa is trained as both a primary school and an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher and has taught in schools in the US, Germany, Vietnam, Brunei and Australia. Recent research projects include an examination of teacher education policy reforms and school, family and community partnerships supporting families from refugee backgrounds. Melissa has published in journals such as Teaching and Teacher Education, Critical Studies in Education, Higher Education, Educational Review and Teachers and Teaching.


  • –present
    Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University


  • 2010 
    University of Melbourne, Doctorate of Education