Ron Toomey is an Emeritus Professor from the College of Arts & Education.

In a career spanning over forty years, Ron Toomey has held numerous positions within education. This includes roles as:

  • secondary school teacher
  • State Education authority curriculum developer
  • educational administrator within the Victorian HSC examinations’ authority
  • a university academic in a number of Australian education faculties
  • Foundation Head of the College of Education (now College of Arts & Education) at Victoria University (VU).

When Ron retired from the position of Foundation Head at VU, he was appointed to Adjunct Professor positions at LaTrobe University, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Newcastle. He worked on several national projects in the areas of values education, lifelong learning and the improvement of teacher education.

More recently he worked with colleagues from James Madison University in Virginia and others at the University of Kansas on a five-year long project sponsored by the International Beliefs and Values Institute titled ‘Creating the Globally Sustainable Self’.

Currently, he is working with colleagues from Western Washington University on a study examining the capacity of Values Based Education to contribute to the wellbeing of Youth at Risk.


Refereed journal articles

Lovat, T., Dally, K., Clement, N., Toomey,  .(2011) Values pedagogy and teacher education: Re-Conceiving the foundations. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v36 n7 p31-44.

Lovat, T., Clement, N., Dally, K. and Toomey, R. (2011) The impact of values education on school ambience and academic diligence. International Journal of Educational Research, 50, 3, p166-170.

Lovat, T., Clement, N., Dally, K. and Toomey, R. (2010) Values education as holistic development for all sectors: Researching for effective pedagogy. Oxford Review of Education, 36, 6, p713-729.

Lovat, T., Clement, N., Dally, K. and Toomey, R. (2010) Addressing issues of religious difference through values education: An Islam instance. Cambridge Journal of Education, 40, 3, p2013-227.

Toomey, R. and Lovat, T. (2009) Values education, quality teaching and service learning: The harmony of a new pedagogy? Beliefs and Values, 1, 2, p220-229.

Lovat, T. and Toomey, R. (2007) The double helix of values education and quality teaching. Curriculum Leadership, 5, 16


Values Pedagogy and Student Achievement – Contemporary Research Evidence, Springer Press (2011) with T. Lovat, K. Dally and N. Clement.

Teacher Education and Values Pedagogy, David Barlow Publishing: Terrigal (2010) with T. Lovat, K. Dally and N. Clement.

International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing, Springer Publishing: Dordrect (2010) with T. Lovat, K. Dally and N. Clement.

Values Education Quality Teaching and Service Learning: A Troika for Effective Teaching and Teacher Education, Terrigal: David Barlow Publishing (2009) with T. Lovat, N. Clement, R. Crotty and T. Neilsen.

Values Education and Quality Teaching: The Double Helix Effect (2nd Edition), Dordrect: Springer Press (2009) with T. Lovat.

Refereed chapters

Overcoming barriers that impede participation in lifelong learning, in Lifelong Learning, Participation and Equity, J. Chapman. P. Cartwright and E. McGilp (eds) (2006) Dordrecht: Springer.

Clusters and learning networks: A strategy for reform in values education (with J. Chapman), in Values Education and Lifelong Learning, D. Aspin and J. Chapman (eds) (2006) London: Springer Press.

Areas of expertise

  • Curriculum studies

Contact details

0433 474 689