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Associate Professor Marcelle Cacciattolo

PhD (Monash), MTESOL, BA (Sociology), DipEd (Secondary)

Associate Professor, College of Arts & Education

Marcelle Cacciattolo is a sociologist and an associate professor at Victoria University's College of Arts & Education. 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 Teacher Education for Diversity in the College.

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 is a senior researcher in the Standpoint Project and works closely with schools in the Western Region to examine how inclusive pedagogies can support children and families who are the least advantaged. She is also the Chief Investigator of the Positive Education Project at Victoria University. 

Marcelle has published over 50 journal articles and has recently published an edited book titled Engaging the disengaged: Inclusive approaches to teaching the least advantaged (2013). She is the past secretary of the Association for Qualitative Research and is currently on the school council committee for Hume Central Secondary College.

She 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.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

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

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

Cacciattolo, M., Vicars, M. & McKenna, T (2015) ‘Behind closed doors: negotiating the Ethical Borgs in qualitative inquiry,’ Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 15 Iss: 1, pp.98 - 108

Carr, A., Gilmore, G. & Cacciattolo, M. (2015). ‘Case writing for collaborative practice in education studies,' Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 15 Iss: 2, pp.121 – 134

Broadbent, R. & Cacciattolo, M. (2013). ‘The role of school community partnerships in building successful transition pathways for young people: one school’s approach,’ The Australian Educational Researcher, Vol 40, Issue 1, pp 109-123.

Books

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.

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

Refereed chapters

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, Awad, Critically Researching Youth, 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), Rotterdam, Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.

Cacciattolo, M. (2013). ‘Fostering collaborative partnerships with parents and external organisations: one school’s approach’, in T.McKenna, M.Cacciattolo & M.Vicars (Eds), Engaging the Disengaged, Australia: Inclusive Approaches to teaching the least advantaged. Cambridge University Press

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, Australia: Cambridge University Press

Cacciattolo, M., Richmond, J. & Barr, D. (2012). One school’s approach to enhancing parental wellbeing: A collaborative research practitioner model. In S. Steinberg & G. Cannella (Eds.), Critical Qualitative Research Reader, Vol2, (p441-454), New York: Peter Lang.

Conference presentations

Cacciattolo, M., Carr, A., Fielding, J., Gilmore, J, Hallpike, M. & Muscat, A. (2013). Enriching the teaching experience for lecturers in an Education Studies Diploma: Case writing as an artefact for reflective practice’, Association for Qualitative Research, Melbourne Victoria.

Gilmore, G & Cacciattolo, M. (2013). Navigation and exploration in a pre-service teacher education course: stories of student retention, Association for Qualitative Research, Melbourne Victoria.

Cacciattolo, M. (2013). Case writing. Enriching Partnerships: A spotlight on Teaching, learning and Research for Global Graduates, Shenyang, China.

Cacciattolo, M. & Wang, L. (2012). Creating Sustainable International Partnerships: The BISTU Experience. Enriching Partnerships: More Learning & Research Opportunities for Global Graduates, Beijing China.

Teaching responsibilities

First year Bachelor of Education units:

Master of Education units:

Coordination

Postgraduate supervisions

Completions: 1 PhD, 2 EdD, 1 Masters (Minor thesis)

Current supervision: 7 PhD, 1 EdD, 1 Masters (Minor thesis)

Recent research grants

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 (45,484,76)

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
  • Association of Qualitative Research (AQR) – Member
  • Journal of Asian Critical Education (JACE) – Founding Editor

Areas of expertise

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

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5903
+61 3 9919 4646