Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Susanne Francisco

Dr Susanne Francisco

BA Grad. Dip Ed. Cert IV. TAE Adv. Dip Adult Voc Ed. Master of Arts, Master of Adult Education, PhD

Susanne Francisco is a lecturer in Adult and Vocational Education as well as the Masters of Education. Prior to commencing with Charles Sturt University Susanne's background included: development of mentoring programs for a number of organisations; teaching in TAFE across a range of industries; educational leadership and management; professional development and policy development roles in the Commonwealth Public Service; teaching adult Year 12; and working with VET teachers as well as school principals to support their ongoing development throughout their teaching and leading career. Susanne has taught in universities, schools and Vocational Education and Training organisations, primarily as a teacher educator.

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Susanne's research interests include: work based learning; mentoring; continuing professional learning; the learning of casual employees; quality teaching and learning in adult and vocational education; leadership in adult and vocational education; professional learning of teachers and of education leaders; and the professional learning of academics. Her PhD research looked at how novice vocational education and training teachers learn to become teachers.

Current research projects

2019-2022 Francisco, S. (Chief Investigator) Leading Learning: Building a Trellis of Practices to Support Learning of Novice VET Teachers.

2017-2022 Francisco, S. et al. (Co-participant with researchers from eight universities and five countries). Teacher Talk: Critical praxis in higher education and professional learning.

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Susanne teaches at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in a number of areas related to adult and vocational education as well as education more broadly. Teaching areas include mentoring and workplace learning; learning theories for post-compulsory education; high level facilitation skills; being a professional in adult and vocational education; reflective practice and lifelong learning; and issues in professional learning.

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  • Member of the Australian Vocational Education Research Association (AVETRA)
  • Member of Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Reviewer for:
  • Studies in Continuing Education
  • International Journal of Training Research
  • Journal of Vocational Education and Training

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Books & Monographs

Mahon, K. Edwards Groves, C. Francisco, S. Kaukko, M. Kemmis, S. & Petri, K. (Eds) (In Review) Pedagogy, Education and Praxis in Critical Times. Springer, Singapore.

Mahon, K. Francisco, S & Kemmis S. (Eds.) (2017), Exploring education and professional practice: Through the lens of practice architectures. Springer: New York.

Francisco, S. (2017). How Novice Vocational Education and Training Teachers Learn to Become Teachers. (PhD), University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10453/90284

Journal Articles & Book chapters

Francisco, S. (2020) What novice Vocational Education and Training teachers learn in the teaching workplace. International Journal of Training Research. Special Issue: The site-based learning of VET teachers. 18 (1)

Francisco, S. and Henning Loeb, I. (2020) The site-based learning of vocational education and training teachers. International Journal of Training Research. 18 (1)

Francisco, S. (2019) Workbased learning through a trellis of practices that support learning, Studies in Continuing Education. Online first https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/4geCDrXNAPKMy89ikRij/full

Sjolie, E., Francisco, S., Langelotz, L. (2019) Communicative learning spaces and learning to become a teacher, Pedagogy, Culture and Society. 27 (3), 365-382.

Mahon, K., Francisco, S., Lloyd, A (2018) Practice Architectures and Being Stirred into the Academic Practices of a Research Group, in Grootenboer, P. Edwards Groves, C. and Wilkinson, J. Education in an era of schooling: critical perspectives of educational practice and action research. Springer, New York

Francisco, S. (2017) Mentoring as part of a trellis of practices that support learning. In Mahon, K. Francisco, S. Kemmis, S. (2017) (Eds) Exploring Educational and Professional Practice: Through the lens of practice architectures. Springer, New York.

Francisco, S., Mahon, K., & Kemmis, S. (2017). Transforming education and professional practice. In K. Mahon, S. Francisco, & S. Kemmis (Eds.), Exploring education and professional practice: Through the lens of the theory of practice architectures. Springer: New York.

Mahon, K. Kemmis, S. Francisco, S. & Lloyd A.M. (2017) Practice Theory and the Theory of Practice Architectures, In K. Mahon, S. Francisco, & S. Kemmis (Eds.), Exploring education and professional practice: Through the lens of practice architectures. Springer: New York.

Francisco, S. (2015) Life Rafts: Supporting the Continuing Professional Learning of Novice VET Teachers. NCVER, Adelaide.

Presentations with refereed conference abstracts

Francisco, S. (2019) Building a trellis of practices to support the workplace learning of Vocational Education and Training teachers. 4th International Propel Conference, December, Sydney.

Francisco, S. (2019) VET Teacher Learning in the Workplace: Enablers and constraints, Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG), 5th Annual Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education, December, Wagga Wagga.

Francisco, S. Mahon, K. Sjolie, E. and Kaukko, M. (2019) Professional Learning for Critical Praxis in Higher Education. Praxis in Higher Education Conference. Boras, Sweden. 22nd – 24th May.

Francisco, S. Forstein-Sessier, A. and Grice, C. (2019) Professional Learning for Critical Praxis in Education. European Conference on Education Research (ECER), Education in an Era of Risk, 3rd – 6th September, Hamburg.

Francisco, S. Olin, A. Porn, M. Salo, P. and Karlburg-Granland, G.(2019) Pedagogy, Education and Praxis: An eleven-year progress report from an international research network. European Conference on Education Research (ECER), Education in an Era of Risk, 3rd – 6th September, Hamburg.

Boud, D. & Francisco, S. (2019) Practice Architectures that Enable and Constrain Learning in the In-Between Spaces of the Workplace. 11th International Conference on Research and Learning, 24-26 July 2019, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.

Francisco, S. and Boud, D. (2018) VET Teacher Learning at Work: Morning tea as a communicative learning space. Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, 26th October, Canberra.

Francisco, S. (2017) Developing a Curriculum for the Workbased Learning of VET Teachers, European Education Research Association (ECER) Conference, 22nd-25th August, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Francisco, S. (2017) Workbased Learning Through a Trellis of Practices that Support Learning, Third International ProPEL conference, 14th – 16th June, Linkoping, Sweden.

Mahon, K. Sjølie, E. Francisco, S. Kemmis, S. Langelotz, L. Kaukko, M. Schaffar-Kronqvist, B. and Santos, D. (2017) Researching Practices in Higher Education, European Education Research Association (ECER) Conference, 22nd-25th August, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Francisco, S. (2016) Successful mentoring of Novice VET Teachers: Building a trellis of practices that support learning. Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education and Training Group conference. 8th -9th December, Sydney.

Francisco, S. Sjolie, E. and Langelotz, L. (2016) Communicative Spaces and Teacher Learning – a discussion across national boundaries, The Australian Association for Research in Education, 27th November – 1st December, Melbourne.

Francisco, S. (2016) Workbased Learning of Novice VET Teachers: Creating a trellis of practices that support learning. Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, 21-23 April 2016, North Sydney.

Francisco, S. Sjolie, E. and Langelotz, L. (2015) Communicative Learning Spaces and Teacher Learning. Invited symposium: Practice Theory Perspectives on Education and Pedagogy. 4th – 5th June. Brisbane

Francisco, S (2015) Supporting the Learning of Novice Sessional VET Teachers: What works? Australian  Vocational Education and Training Research Association, 8-10 April 2015, Melbourne.

Francisco, S (2014) Mentoring of Novice VET Teachers: Learning with the support of others. Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, April 2014, Gold Coast.

Brennan-Kemmis, R. and Francisco, S. (2013) Teacher Leadership in Vocational Education and Training: Practice Architectures That Enable and Constrain. Finnish Education Research Association (FERA) conference, 21st-22nd November 2013, Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Francisco, S. (2011) How do Novice TAFE Teachers Learn How to Teach: initial analysis using a practice theory framework. Invited presentation to UTS Learning and Change symposium, November 7-10, Sydney

Francisco, S. (2010) How do Novice TAFE Teachers Learn How to Teach? Presentation to 19th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, No Frills, Perth 7th – 9th July 2010

Francisco, S. (2008) Professional Development: What Casual TAFE Teachers Want, Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference, April 2008, Adelaide. Refereed conference paper http://avetra.org.au/AVETRA%20WORK%2011.04.08/CS5.2%20-%20Susanne%20Francisco.pdf

Francisco, S. and Darwin, S. (2007) Mentoring TAFE Teachers: Support, Challenge, Vision and Trust, Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference, April 2007, Melbourne. Refereed conference paper http://avetra.org.au/documents/59-Francisco.pdf

Other Invited Presentations

Francisco, S. (2019) Workplace Learning through a Trellis of Practices that Support Learning: using the theory of practice architectures. Nord University, Levanger. Norway. 13th May.

Francisco, S. (2018) Becoming a VET teacher: Learning how to go on. 17th May. Invited presentation, University of Huddersfield. Huddersfield, England.

Francisco, S. (2018) Becoming a VET teacher in Australia: Learning how to go on. 9th May. Invited presentation, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Francisco, S. (2018) Workbased Learning and Developing a Trellis of Practices that Support Learning. 18th April. Invited presentation Högskolan i Borås, Borås, Sweden

Francisco, S. (2017) Supporting the Learning of Novice VET Teachers. 29th May. Invited presentation. Boxhill TAFE, Melbourne.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Francisco, S. (2008) Professional Development: What Casual TAFE Teachers Want, presented at 2008 AVETRA conference, Adelaide.
  • Francisco, S. and Darwin, S. (2007) Mentoring TAFE Teachers: Support, Challenge, Vision and Trust, presented at 2007 AVETRA conference, Melbourne.

Keynote Address

Francisco, S. (2018) Learning how to go on: Becoming a teacher in higher education, 26th April. Invited keynote for Pedagogisk Utveckling (Educational Development) conference at the University of Borås, Sweden.

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