Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Wendy De Luca

Proposed title

Preparing the Ethical Soldier: A study of the teaching and learning practices of ethics training for Australian soldiers


This qualitative study is about the practice of military ethics education in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It will specifically examine the teaching and learning practices and issues related to ethics training for Australian soldiers. To achieve this, a constructivist grounded theory approach will be used, with a particular focus on how military ethics education impacts on initial soldier training.

Why I chose CSU

My current research focus is on how adult learners develop expertise in the area of professional ethics. This will build on my professional and industry experience with a specific adult educational leadership focus. This research also aims to fill an important gap in current knowledge and, as such, is an area of potential research leadership for CSU.

Engagement and memberships

I am currently the Course Director of CSU's Adult and Vocational Education programs, including the Associate Degree of Adult and Vocational Education, the Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (with Specialisations), the Graduate Diploma of Adult and Vocational Education, and the Graduate Diploma of Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy. I have strong links to the Australian Defence Force and serve as an Army Reservist in the Royal Australian Army Educational Corps. In addition to this involvement, I am a member of AVETRA, the RAAEC Association, and the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics.


De Luca, W. (2011). Problematising Ethics Training for the Enlisted Soldier. Paper presented at EURO ISME Conference.

Down, C. M., De Luca, W., & Galloway, P. (2010). The Certificate IV in TAA: How is it valued by early career VET practitioners? Paper presented at the 13th Annual AVETRA Conference.