Professor Simone White
Role and Profile
Professor Simone White is Chair of Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor White’s publications, research and teaching are focused on the key question of how to best prepare teachers for diverse communities.
Professor White’s current research focus includes; teacher education curriculum; early career teacher identity; professional experience; teacher professional learning; teacher educator career pathways and university-school-community partnerships. She has a strong national competitive research grant record with several current grants from the ARC and ALTC, in addition to state government research contracts.
Over the past five years she has have been heavily involved in developing a suite of research projects focused on examining the new professional teacher graduate standards and on teacher educator professional learning. She recently launched the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) extended funded project known as RRRTEC – Renewing Rural and Regional Teacher Education Curriculum (www.rrrtec.net.au). This project has created particular resources, curriculum guidelines and strategies that have been developed for teacher educators to make more ‘visible’ the ways in which preparation for rural and regional communities staffing needs can be addressed. She has led a State funded initiative School Centre for Teaching Excellence aimed at better linking teacher education curriculum and the place of professional experience.
Professor White is currently President for the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). She also currently convenes the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Rural Education Special Interest Group and is Secretary/Treasurer for the Rural Education Special Interest Group in the American Education Research Association (AERA).