Dr Elizabeth Kleinhenz is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council for
Educational Research in the Teaching Learning and Leadership research program. 

Dr Kleinhenz, with Dr Lawrence Ingvarson, provided reports, papers and consultancy to
various education stakeholders– including Teaching Australia, the Victorian Institute of
Teaching, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, and the New South Wales
Institute of Teachers– in the areas of teaching standards, pre-service teacher education,
teacher professional development and teacher evaluation. 

Dr Kleinhenz has also managed a number of evaluation projects, including two major
reports on teacher workload for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, an evaluation of
the Getting it Right literacy and numeracy initiative in Western Australia, and of the
Victorian Middle Years Reform and Access to Excellence programs. 

Prior to joining ACER in 2001, Dr Kleinhenz worked for many years as a teacher,
administrator, and regional curriculum consultant in the Victorian state education

From 1992 to 1996 Dr Kleinhenz worked as assistant principal in charge of curriculum and
teacher professional development at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL), a statewide
institution that provides out of school hours languages instruction to more than 10,000
students in over 40 languages from Year 1 to VCE. In this position Dr Kleinhenz developed
comprehensive programs and processes for the professional development and performance of
over 600 casual and 40 permanent languages teaching staff, including teachers involved in
delivering languages in the Distance Education mode. 

She also initiated and led several projects to develop LOTE curriculum and
language-specific courses for the many languages taught at the school. These included
major projects to develop new languages distance education courses that are still in use
today. These courses broke new ground in the use of electronic and Computer Assisted
Learning for languages. 

As a regional curriculum consultant from 1996-1999, Dr Kleinhenz managed the Southern
Regional Information Network for LOTE, a network that brought together teachers,
administrators, policy makers and LOTE educators from many settings. In this capacity she
represented the Southern Region of the Department of Education on the Statewide LOTE
policy committee, the major policy decision making body for LOTE education in Victoria.

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)

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

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)
Teacher Quality: If it’s so important, what should be done? (with Stephen Dinham and Lawrence Ingvarson), ACER Forum (2008)
Teacher workload and effective teaching : what do teachers think? (with Jenny Wilkinson), AERA Annual Meeting (2007)


Developing standards of practice for leaders in Victorian Catholic schools (with Lawrence Ingvarson and Anna McDonald), Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) (2004)


Evaluating the work of teachers in Australian schools : vision and reality (with Lawrence Ingvarson and Rod Chadbourne), Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) (2002)



Teach for Australia Pathway : evaluation report phase 2 of 3 (with Paul R. Weldon, Philip McKenzie, and Kate Reid), Teacher Education (2012)


An Evaluation of the Getting it Right: Literacy and Numeracy Strategy in Western Australian Schools (with Marion Meiers, Lawrence Ingvarson, Adrian Beavis, and John Hogan), Evaluation of Educational Policy and Reform Programs (2008)


Teaching talent : the best teachers for Australia's classrooms (with Stephen Dinham, Lawrence Ingvarson, and Business Council of Australia), Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation (2008)