Marcelle Cacciattolo is a sociologist and an associate professor at Victoria University's College of Arts, Business, Law, Education and IT. She teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate units. She received her PhD from Monash University in 2002. Currently she is the leader of the Discipline Group Initial Teacher Education in the College.

Marcelle was the coordinator of the MTESOL Program in Vietnam. She worked with an extensive team at both VU and Hanoi University to deliver a quality teaching and learning program.

Over the last decade her research has been cross-disciplinary, involving health sciences and education-based research. Other research projects that Marcelle has been involved in include:

  • young people and their wellbeing
  • refugee relocation
  • social justice
  • authentic teaching and learning pedagogies within tertiary settings.

Marcelle has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters. She has published two edited books titled Engaging the disengaged: Inclusive approaches to teaching the least advantaged (2013) & The Praxis of English Language Teaching and Learning (PELT) (2015).

Marcelle has also worked for the following organisations through her engagement in funded research:

  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Beyondblue
  • Office for Youth
  • VicHealth
  • Immigration Museum
  • Living Museum of the West
  • VIT.


Book chapters

Kidman, G., Lang, C., & Cacciattolo, M. (2017). Preservice teachers’ international teaching placement: outcomes for the accompanying academic. In, A. Fitzgerald., G. Parr., & J. Williams (Eds.), Narratives of learning through international professional experience (pp. 29-46). Singapore: Springer.

Kruger, T., Williams, J & Cacciattolo, M. (2016). The standpoint project: Practitioner research and action when working with young people from low income families. In, S. Steinberg., & I, Awadm (Eds.), Critically Researching Youth (pp.89-10)., New York: Peter Lang

Cacciattolo, M. (2015). Ethical Considerations in Research. In, M. Vicars., S. Steinberg., T. McKenna., & M. Cacciattolo (Eds.), The Praxis of English Language Teaching and Learning (PELT) (pp.55-73)., Rotterdam, Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.

Carroll, J,. & Cacciattolo, M. (2013). Positive education: pathways to achieving social and academic success. In, T. McKenna., M. Cacciattolo., & M. Vicars (Eds.), Engaging the Disengaged (pp.207-222)., Australia: Cambridge University Press.


Vicars, M., Steinberg, S., McKenna, T. & Cacciattolo, M. (2015) The Praxis of English Language Teaching and Learning (PELT), Rotterdam, Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.

McKenna, T., Cacciattolo, M. & Vicars, M. (2013) (eds). Engaging the Disengaged: Inclusive Approaches to teaching the least advantaged. Australia: Cambridge University Press.

Refereed journal articles

Lang, C. Cacciattolo, M., & Kidman, G.  (2016). The Global Education Practicum: perspectives from accompanying academics. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 45(2),145-161.

Cacciattolo, M., & Gilmore, G. (2016). Portraits of Retention in a preservice teacher education course. Qualitative Research Journal, 16(4), 388-401.

Carr, A., Gilmore, G., & Cacciattolo, M. (2015). Case writing for collaborative practice in Education Studies. Qualitative Research Journal, 15 (2),121-135.

Cacciattolo, M., Vicars, M., & McKenna, T. (2015). Behind closed doors: negotiating the Ethical Borgs in qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research Journal, 15 (1), 98-108

Doungphummes, N., & Cacciattolo, M. (2015). Intercultural Competence through Teaching Practicum in Thailand: A Reflexive Account of Australian Preservice Teachers’, Journal of Asian Critical Education. 3, 12-28.

Teaching responsibilities

Master of Education units:

Research grants

Kruger, T, Cacciattolo, M & Jakobi, M (2007-2009) & (2012-2014) Standpoint Project, DEECD ($160,000)

Cacciattolo, M. & McKenna, T. (2013). ‘Cultural Exchange: Immersion to Contemporary Chinese Cultural Teaching Contexts’, ASIABOUND Grant ($31,500)

Pyvis, D., Chapman, A., O’Donoghue, T., Aspland, T., & Cacciattolo, M. (2012). ‘Applying Quality Principles to Australian University transnational teaching and learning’. Australian Government, Office for Learning and Teaching ($116,000)

McKenna, T. & Cacciattolo, M. (2012). ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Social, Emotional Wellbeing: Communication Strategy’, beyondblue ($2,000)

Cacciattolo, M. (2011). Positive Education in Practice (PEP) at Victoria University. Research funded by the Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, Victoria University. Project funded for ($45, 484)

Carroll, J., Cacciattolo, M., & McKenna, T. (2010). ‘Positive Education in Practice’. Report funded by the faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, Victoria University. Project funded for ($20,000).

Professional memberships

  • Hermmann International – Certified Practitioner
  • School Counsellor – Hume Central Secondary College
  • Journal of Asian Critical Education (JACE) – Founding Editor.

Areas of expertise

  • Disengaged young people
  • Global citizenship
  • Inclusive curriculum
  • Positive education
  • Refugee relocation.

Contact details

(03) 9919 5903
(03) 9919 4646