Academic, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Nicky Dulfer is a lecturer within the Education Policy and Leadership Unit (EPL) at the University of Melbourne. She has seven years’ experience undertaking a range of research focused on education policy.

Her research interests include issues of inequality and pedagogy within Secondary education.

In the past Nicky has completed research projects investigating equity funding models, state funding models and equity practices within Catholic schools in Victoria. She was a lead contributor to a series of commissioned literature reviews investigating issues involved with early school leaving dropout, and a commissioned report outlining post-compulsory provision in the Western Metropolitan region of Melbourne.

In 2011 Nicky co-authored a literature review focusing on the impacts of high stakes testing on school students and their families. This led to further research on the impacts of high-stakes testing from an educator’s perspective. This was the first national research within the Australian context focused on the educator’s perspectives of NAPLAN.Nicky is in the process of completing her PhD which investigates the pedagogies teachers use with different groups of students.


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    Academic, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University