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Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education

The Melbourne University Arts Education Observatory was established in 2006 under the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. The Observatory contributes to research by the Faculty, acting as a hub, clearinghouse and conduit for untapped research potential in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The Observatory’s research crosses the fields of architecture, the sciences, culture, heritage, arts practice, education in the arts, and community arts practice. It brings together people with shared interests in the arts and creativity, and encourages activities that cut across disciplinary divisions, drawing on the combined expertise of academics, practitioners and researchers both in the local region and across the world.

In November 2012, the ‘UNESCO Observatory Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts’ is being relocated from The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning to The Melbourne Graduate School of Education and its new host, The Early Learning Centre. This move is well supported and it is anticipated that the UNESCO Observatory site will be used by a diverse group of academics from throughout the University for the dissemination of research, publications and activities.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is a single-department Graduate School within The University of Melbourne. Through effective collaborations It is lead by Dean, Professor Field Rickards and its mission is to deliver relevant, high quality, high impact research, research-informed, clinical teacher education that develops graduates with the capacity to inspire and improve individual learning outcomes and outstanding quality postgraduate studies for professionals. MGSE is currently at the forefront of innovation in education, working with partners in early childhood settings, schools, tertiary institutions, governments and beyond, constantly seeking new and improved ways to support Australia’s education system. The Master of Teaching is playing a significant role in reshaping teacher education. A major departure from traditional teacher education programs, its focus is on linking the theory taught in university with classroom experience, and on enabling graduates to tailor learning interventions to the needs of individual students. MGSE is home to eight research centres and a number of internationally recognised experts who ensure that the MGSE holds a leading position in Australian education research. See the Melbourne Education Research Institute for more information. It is also the home for The Early Learning Centre, which is an operating long day preschool that supports research and demonstration of exemplary early years teacher practice and service delivery. For education professionals and professionals whose career has a significant education interface, MGSE offers high quality, research-led professional development and further study. See Masters programs or coursework Doctor of Education for more detail.