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About Dianne Chambers

Dianne coordinates and teaches into units on catering for students with disabilities, inclusion and behaviour management at undergraduate level. Postgraduate teaching areas include adaptive education, behaviour management and social skills, children with special needs, contemporary issues in special education and educating students who are gifted and talented. She also supervises students within the School of Education Masters and PhD programs. She is published in the field of inclusive education, assistive technology and children with ASD. Dianne has a wide range of interests in the area of special education; including the use of assistive technology in regular settings; the preparedness and attitudes of beginning teachers to accommodate students with diverse abilities in their classrooms; resource allocation for schools with diverse student needs; and alternative and augmentative communication methods. Current research includes iPads and students with special needs, telecollaboration and problem-based learning, service learning for inclusion and qualification and accreditation requirements for special education teachers. Dianne has also consulted with UNESCO on guidelines for persons with disabilities and Open and Distance Learning using open solutions, and teacher education for global citizenship.

Professional Affiliations:
President - Australian Association of Special Education (WA Chapter)
Member - International Association of Special Education
Member - Australian Teacher Education Association
Member - State School Teachers Union

Community Engagement:
Dianne undertakes various professional learning at schools within the Perth area and more widely in the State of WA.
Examples include:
July 2014 - Know your students to Teach your Students - full day Presentation for John Paul Catholic College, Kalgoorlie
July 2013 – iPads and Students with Special Needs – Presentation for Warnbro Senior High School Education Support Centre
Feb 2012 - Keynote speaker on Gifted Education for professional development of staff at Corpus Christi College, Bateman.

Co-Editor of the International Journal of Whole Schooling -

Board Member of Warnbro Community College Education Support Centre


2006 - Present Coordinator of Special Education and Research, The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Education, Fremantle

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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the WA Institute of Educational Research [WAIER] Postgraduate Award 2012.
  • Recipient of the Fogarty Foundation Prize 2004 for highest achievement in Master of Education (Learning Difficulties).


  • Special Education, Behaviour Management, Inclusive Education, Service Learning, Pedagogy, Gifted Education

Contact Information

Associate Professor Dianne Chambers
PhD, M. Ed. (Learning Difficulties), B. Ed. (Special Education), B. A. (Primary Teaching)
Coordinator of Special Education and Research
Phone: 9433 0170