Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Wendy De Luca

 Wendy De Luca

BEdSec (CSturt), GradDipEdStud (NE), GradDipEdMMedia (SCross), MEd (CSturt), MMngt (ACU)

Wendy De Luca has worked in the areas of adult and vocational education and training for over 20 years, within the public and private sectors. She is well-versed in national training initiatives and with adult and vocational education issues and has worked extensively as an 'upfront' trainer and training developer. Wendy has developed an extensive skill-set in current training and staff development issues as well as possessing broader human resource management expertise. She has experience in project management and production management, including working as a leader of multidisciplinary teams developing educational multimedia for the Department of Defence. As an adult educator, she has endeavoured to develop a flexible and responsive teaching style to promote quality teaching and learning. Her achievements to date include developing effective distance-based teaching strategies that model best practice in adult and vocational education, enhancing competence as an academic who operates effectively as a member of staff and who has value-added to the Faculty's commercial capability.

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Wendy's current research focus is on how adult learners develop expertise in the area of professional ethics. Her PhD thesis is on the training of ethics within the Australian Defence Force, particularly in the area of Soldier Recruit training.  This will build on her extensive professional and industry experience with an 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.

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Wendy’s areas of teaching span the adult and vocational education programs. Currently she is teaching across the adult learning theories, training systems, assessment and advanced facilitation courses. She also leads the AVE international cultural experience placement to Nepal.

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Wendy has strong links to the Australian Defence Force and serves as an Army Reservist in the Royal Australian Army Educational Corps, and is a member of the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics.

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Refereed Conference Papers:

  • De Luca, W. (2016). Representations of Female Soldiers: Policy versus practice. Paper presented at ISME USA Conference, January 2016.
  • De Luca, W. (2014). Preparing the Ethical Soldier: An analysis of the Australian Army Recruit Training Course. Paper presented at EURO ISME Conference, May 2014.
  • De Luca, W. (2011). Problematising Ethics Training for the Enlisted Soldier. Paper presented at EURO ISME Conference, June 2011.
  • Down, C. M., De Luca, W., & Galloway, P. (2010). The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: How is it valued by early career VET practitioners? Paper presented at the 13th Annual AVETRA Conference.
  • Down, C. M., De Luca, W., & Galloway, P. (2009). The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: What are our VET teachers learning? Paper presented at the 12th Annual AVETRA Conference.

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