Esther Doecke joined the Centre for International Research into Education Systems (CIRES) in 2014. She works across various projects and her role involves conducting fieldwork, survey development, assisting in data analysis and writing reports.  She has worked as a researcher in the area since 2010.

She is currently working on an ARC funded-project which is a comparative study of the education systems of Australia, Finland, France and Germany. The study looks specifically at whether families accept or reject comprehensive schooling.  

In her spare time, she is also completing doctoral research into middle class families in Germany and :

  • how they perceive their education system
  • the strategies they use to gain educational advantage 
  • how these strategies have changed over time.  

She has a particular interest in how education system structures, social context and public policy impact on schools, students and educational experience.

Recent publications

Doecke, E. (2018) The challenge and benefit of comparative research in education systems and the impact of PISA. In Nickl, B., Herrschner, I., Goździak, E.M. (Eds.), German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers (pp. 97-109). Singapore: Springer.

Lamb, S., Maire, Q. and Doecke, E. (2018) Future Frontiers Analytical Report. Key Skills for the 21st Century: an evidence-based review. Sydney: NSW Department of Education.

Lamb, S., Maire, Q., Walstab, A., Newman, G., Doecke, E. and Davies, M. (2018) Improving participation and success in VET for disadvantaged learners. Adelaide: NCVER.

Doecke, E. and Lamb, S. (2017) Student well-being within Melbourne, Australia: findings from the International Study of City Youth. In Marcionetti, J., Castelli, L. and Crescentini, A. (Eds.), Well-being in Education Systems Conference Abstract Book. Locarno 2017 (pp.89-93). Florence, Italy: Hogrefe Editore.

Doecke, E. (2014). Indicators of parent attitude and behaviour towards education - the case of Australia and Germany.  Paper prepared for AARE Conference, Brisbane 2014.

Areas of expertise

  • comparative education
  • Education policy
  • Education Sociology

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