Dr. Elizabeth Kleinhenz, an ACER Senior Research Fellow, has directed and worked on
many educational research projects of national and international significance. With Dr
Lawrence Ingvarson she has provided reports and advice to state government education
agencies across Australia and in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh in areas of
teacher education, teaching standards, teacher evaluation, performance pay and teacher

Dr Kleinhenz was a lead researcher in ACER’s evaluations of the teacher education
projects School Centres for Teaching Excellence, the Melbourne Graduate School of
Education’s Master of Teaching program and the Teach for Australia initiative. In 2009,
she was a joint author, with Dr Lawrence Ingvarson and Professor Stephen Dinham, of the
Business Council of Australia’s influential publication How Can We Raise the Quality of
School Education so that Every Student Benefits? With these two colleagues, she conducted
extensive research for ATRA and MCEEDYA, on national and international professional
teaching standards. This work informed the development of the Australian National
Professional Standards for Teachers. 

In recent years, Dr Kleinhenz has regularly presented papers at national and
international conferences. In 2013 she presented a paper on site based teacher education
at the European Conference of Educational Research Conference in Istanbul. In September
2014 she will present a paper on recent Australian initiatives in teacher education at
the British Educational Research Association's annual conference in London. 

Before joining ACER in 2001,Dr Kleinhenz had a full career as a secondary school teacher
and administrator in the Victorian Education Department. 

Dr Kleinhenz's Ph.D. thesis, a biography of the distinguished University of
Melbourne Associate Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick was published by MUP in 2013. She is
currently undertaking preliminary research for a major project on the history of teacher
education in Victoria from the mid 19th century to the present time. 

Articles (Refereed)


Factors affecting the impact of teacher education programmes on teacher preparedness : implications for accreditation policy (with Lawrence Ingvarson and Adrian Beavis), European Journal of Teacher Education (2007)
Estandares profesionales de practica y su importancia para la ensenaza (with Lawrence C. Ingvarson), Revista de Educación (2006)
A standards-guided professional learning system (with Lawrence Ingvarson), Centre for Strategic Education (CSE). Seminar Series (2006)



Literacy and Numeracy Learning : lessons from the Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study for Indigenous Students (with Nola Purdie, Kate Reid, Tracey Frigo, and Alison Stone), ACER Research Monographs (2011)
Research on Performance Pay for Teachers (with Lawrence C. Ingvarson and Jenny Wilkinson), Dr. Lawrence Ingvarson (2008)
Towards a moving school (with John Fleming) (2007)

Contributions to Books

Professional learning of school leaders in Australia (with Michelle Anderson, Bill Mulford, and D Gurr), The international handbook on the preparation and development of school leaders (2008)


From the ground up, Teacher (2010)
The real thing, Teacher (2009)


Over the rainbow : a rewarding career structure (with Lawrence Ingvarson), Teacher (2008)
Time for a National Approach to Teacher Quality (with Stephen Dinham and Lawrence Ingvarson), ACER eNews (2008)
Investing in Teacher Quality (with Stephen Dinham and Lawrence Ingvarson), EQ Australia (2008)

Misc. Documents

Conference Papers & Presentations

Learning on the spot: site based teacher education in Australia, European Conference on Educational Research (2013)
Exploring partnership models of teacher education, Southern Cross University Conference (2012)
Observing interactive teaching, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (2012)
Professional teaching ttandards, recipe for success, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (2010)
Investing in Teacher Quality: A Model for Strengthening the Teaching Profession in Australia (with Stephen Dinham and Lawrence Ingvarson), European Conference on Educational Research (2009)



Supporting teacher development : Literature review (with Kate Reid), Teacher Education (2015)


Best Practice Teacher Education Programs and Australia’s Own Programs (with Lawrence Ingvarson, Kate Reid, Sarah Buckley, Geoff N. Masters, and Glenn Rowley), Teacher Education (2014)
Evaluation of data literacy and usage to improve outcomes (with Martina Bovell, D D'Aloia, Elizabeth O'Grady, Petra Lietz, Mollie Tobin, and Gerald White), Mollie Tobin (2013)
Evaluation of the School Centres for Teaching Excellence (SCTEs) Initiatives : final report (with Glenn Rowley, Paul Weldon, and Lawrence Ingvarson) (2013)


Teach for Australia Pathway: Evaluation Report Phase 3 of 3 (with Paul R. Weldon, Phil McKenzie, and Kate Reid), Teacher Education (2013)