Dr Melissa Cain - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


Melissa is a lecturer in the School of Education in Brisbane, teaching units on Inclusive Education and Arts education. She has been a school teacher and HOD for 22 years in Australia, and in Asia through the International School system. Melissa has been teaching at the Higher Education level for the past seven years. Melissa's PhD centred on the challenges teachers face when implementing culturally diverse Arts education examining a range of case studies in Australia and Singapore, and her current research covers four main areas- Initial Teacher Education, Inclusive Education, Creative Pedagogies, and Assessment and Curriculum. She has managed three large-scale national Learning and Teaching projects and has produced an international MOOC - 'Deep Learning for Transformative Pedagogies' through EdX and Microsoft. Melissa has received several higher education teaching awards and is the recipient of the Callaway Doctoral Award.


Phone :+61736237221 (Brisbane)
Email :melissa.cain@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Initial Teacher Education ; Culturally diverse Arts education ; Assessment ; Creative Pedagogies ;

Methods Expertise

qualitative methods ; autoethnography ; Grounded Theory ; Non traditional outputs ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


Playing in the corridors of academia, in Lived Experiences of Women in Academia Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir

Many Voices, One Horizon: Community music in Oceana.


Work placements for international students programs: a model of effective practice. , in Professional learning in the work place for international students: Exploring theory and practice


The role of music participation in positive health and wellbeing outcomes for migrant populations: A systematic review. , in Psychology of Music

Augmenting higher education students' work experiences: Preferred purposes and processes, in Studies in Higher Education


Short and long term outcomes for CALD and at risk communities in participatory music programs, in Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice

International students' experience of practicum in teacher education: An exploration through internationalization and professional socialization, in Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Musics of The Other. Overcoming cultural boundaries in music education, in British Journal of Music Education

Celebrating diversity: Music education in multiracial Singapore , in International Journal of Music Education


Participants' perceptions of fair and valid assessment practices in higher music education, in Assessment in music: Principles and Practices.


Initiate, create, activate. Practical solutions for making culturally diverse music education a reality, in Australian Journal of Music Education


Singapore International Schools: Best practice in culturally diverse music education., in British Journal of Music Education

A tale of three cities. Dreams and realities of cultural diversity in music educatio, in Navigating music and sound education


Dabbling or deepening - where to begin? Global music in International school elementary education, in Cultural diversity in music education. Directions and challenges for the 21st century