Ms Suzanne Mellor joined ACER in 1990 and has worked on many policy, survey and
case-study research projects. The substantive elements of this work have encompassed
literacy, competencies, thinking and Philosophy for Children, health policy provision,
pedagogy, social education, Indigenous learning, ICT and civics and citizenship education
and curricula across many of these areas. Some of this research work was evaluative of
education policy and program implementation in nature and it also included survey and
assessment in several of these fields.
The second decade of her work at ACER focussed on the management of a range of contracted
national and international research projects, in the field of civics and citizenship,
which resulted in published reports. In 1996 she developed Review Papers for the
Curriculum Corporation. In 1998 ACER published her research findings from post-graduate
work in ‘What’s the Point? Political Attitudes of Victorian Year 11 students’. From
1995-2002 she project managed the national Australian component of the IEA Civics
Education Study, and prepared the national report (2001).
In 2001 she was joint-researcher for the World Bank project Promoting Social Tolerance
and Cohesion Through Education, in the South Pacific, which reported direct to national
In 2000-3 she conducted the evaluation of the Victorian Discovering Democracy
Professional Development Program.
From 2003-9 she was ACER’s Project Director of the National Assessment Program: Civics
and Citizenship of Year 6 and 10 students in 2004 and 2007in Australia, and she prepared
the reports for the two cycles, for MCEETYA .
She is currently Series Editor of ACER’s major research journal: Australian Education
Review. She joint authored the initial publication in the re-vamped series: The Case for
Change (See Books section, below).
Ms Mellor has a practitioner background, having taught in secondary and tertiary
institutions for over twenty years, coordinated curriculum writing for accrediting
bodies, devising and providing a wide range of professional development activities for
teachers, and writing text books for many levels and in a range of methodologies.
Contributions to Books
Case study methodology (with Tracy Frigo), Describing learning: implementation of curriculum profiles in Australian schools 1986-1996 (1997)
Conference Papers & Presentations