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Workplace learning; Lifelong learning; and Theories of learning and development

Dr Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Stephen has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer within the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Stephen was a Fulbright Professional Scholar in 1999, awarded a 2009-2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship that identified principles and practices to effectively integrate learning experiences in practice and academic settings. In June 2011, he commenced a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on learning through practice, which aims to develop a curriculum and pedagogy of practice. He has recently secured an OLT Development Grant examining students’ post-practicum experiences (2015-2018). In August 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Jyvasksla University (Finland) for his contributions to educational science. 

Professor Stephen Billett

School of Education and Professional Studies

Professor of Adult and Vocational Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Curriculum Development in AVE
  • Lifelong and Worklife Learning
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Workplace Learning

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Stephen has been invited to give keynote presentations all over the world, including in Australia, Germany (EARLI) (2004, 2012), United Kingdom (2003, 2011, 2012, 2013), Singapore (2008, 2010, 2012) New Zealand (2006, 2010, 2011), Norway (2012), Finland (2006, 2009, 2011), Denmark (2009) Switzerland (2009), Czech Republic (2013) Sweden (2013) and Ireland (2014)

Industry Experience

Professor Billett is currently on the editorial boards of 7 refereed journals, including the American Education Research Journal, the second most cited journal in the field of education, and he reviews articles for many other journals. He is also the Founding and Editor in Chief of Vocations and Learning: Studies in professional and vocational education (Springer). This journal has an editorial board of 30 members from 13 countries, and has recently been accepted with the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). He is also the lead editor on the book series Professional and practice-based learning for Springer.

Stephen has led and participated in consultancy projects all over the world. He also advises the federal government’s Office of Teaching and Learning and is a member of the committee considering revision to grants and awards. His work is widely cited and has secured over $4 million (AUD) in competitively funded grants and reguarly collaborates with universties around the world.

Research Expertise

In particular, since 1992, Stephen has researched learning through and for work, and has published widely in the fields of vocational learning, workplace learning and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. These include publications in journals such as Culture and Psychology, Learning and Instruction and Mind, Culture and Activity, British Journal of Educational Studies, Studies in Continuing Education. He has also published his research in sole authored books (Learning through work: Strategies for effective practice (Allen and Unwin 2001); Work, change and workers (Springer 2006) and edited books (Work, Subjectivity and Learning (Springer, 2006) Emerging Perspectives of Work and Learning (Sense 2008), Practice-based learning (Springer 2010), and Promoting professional learning (Springer 2011).

  • · (2018). Accessing and Securing Conceptual and Symbolic Knowledge Required for Digital Era Work. In The Impact of Digitalization in the Workplace (pp. 197–212).
  • · (2018). Student Readiness and the Integration of Experiences in Practice and Education Settings. In Integration of Vocational Education and Training Experiences: Purposes, Practices and Principles (pp. 19–40).
  • · (2018). Subjectivity and Human Resource Development: A Quest for Intersubjectivity. In Identity as a Foundation for Human Resource Development (pp. 39–52).
  • · (2018). Concepts, Purposes and Practices of Integration Across National Curriculum. In Integration of Vocational Education and Training Experiences: Purposes, Practices and Principles (pp. 327–344).
  • · (2017). Personal Epistemologies and Disciplinarity in the Workplace: Implications for International Students in Higher Education. In Professional Learning in the Work Place for International Students: Exploring Theory and Practice (pp. 111–126).

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