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Professor Margaret Kettle

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CTEFLA), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Doctor of Philosophy
Professor - Education-129894
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
Brisbane - 21.32
About Me

Professor Margaret Kettle is a research-focused academic based in the School of Education and the Arts. Her research and teaching focus on Education for diverse populations in formal and informal settings. Specifically, she is interested in the ways that pedagogy, language and culture intersect in people's lives and can be brought together to promote access, attainment and well-being in schooling, higher education, workplaces, and communities. 

Margaret has led and been a member of a number of research projects including three Australian Research Council (ARC) projects and two Queensland Department of Education Horizon projects. The Education Horizon projects have focused on migrant- and refugee-background populations in regional areas and the ways that schools and teachers can utilise home languages to connect with families and enhance student engagement. 

Margaret's teaching is at postgraduate and doctoral levels - on the Master of Education (TESOL) and Doctor of Education. She has conducted consultancies with the Department of Education and Catholic Education building capacity in effective pedagogies for culturally and linguistically diverse students across different schooling systems. Internationally, she has worked in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) with businesses and universities in Germany, Thailand and Vietnam, and has extensive RHD supervision in projects focusing on English use in professional and academic contexts. 


Margaret completed her PhD at The University of Queensland in 2007, with her thesis winning The University of Queensland Varghese Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Education (2008) and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award for Research Thesis (2009). She has published a book on international higher education titled International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation (2017) with leading UK publisher Multilingual Matters.

Universities Studied At

The University of Queensland

Griffith University

Brisbane College of Advanced Education

Universities Worked At

Queensland University of Technology

The University of Queensland


Queensland University of Technology Interdisciplinary Publication Award: Sole-authored book: 2017

Queensland University of Technology Research Excellence Award (2015)

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award for Research Thesis (2009)

The University of Queensland Varghese Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Education (2008)

Media Citations

2022: Education HQ: How one principal united a culturally and linguistically diverse school community. January 31.

2017: Toowoomba Chronicle: Oakey High teams up with QUT researcher. November 30.

2014: Radio 4EB: What's in a Word? Invited to discuss the implications of the Gold Coast Mayor's decision to replace the work 'tourist' with 'visitor' during the Commonwealth Games. October 16.

Professional Memberships

Australian Association of Researchers in Education (AARE)

Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)

Association of Australian Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

DiscourseNet (DN)

International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)

Queensland Association of TESOL (QATESOL)

Primary English Teachers' Association of Australia (PETAA)


Editor with Prof Gert Biesta (University of Edinburgh), Dr Stephen Heimans (The University of Queensland) and Prof Keita Takayama (Kyoto University): Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education (APJTE).

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3904 Specialist Studies in Education
  • 4703 Language Studies
  • 3903 Education Systems
  • 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy


Specialist Studies in Education - Multicultural education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples)

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