Professor of AVE, School of Education and Professional Studies
ARC Future Fellows 2011-2015
Editor-in-Chief: Vocations and Learning: Studies in vocational and professional education
Editor: Professional and practice based learning book series
National Teaching Fellow of the Australian Teaching and Learning Committee (2009-2010)
BiographyDr Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Stephen has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer within the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in the fields of vocational learning, workplace learning and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. His work is widely cited and he has secured over A$ 4 million in competitively funded grants from Australian Research Council, National Vocational Educational and Training Research funds, Fulbright Foundation, and projects from state and private sector.
His sole authored books include Learning through work: Strategies for effective practice (Allen and Unwin 2001); Work, change and workers (Springer 2006) Vocational Education (Springer 2011) and Mimetic learning at Work (2014) and Integrating Practice-based Learning in Higher Education Programs (Springer 2015). His edited books include Work, Subjectivity and Learning (Springer, 2006) Emerging Perspectives of Work and Learning (Sense 2008), Learning through practice (Springer 2010), Promoting professional learning (Springer 2011), Experiences of school transitions (Springer 2012), Promoting, assessing, recognizing and certifying Lifelong Learning (Springer 2014) and Francophone conceptions of Learning through practice (Springer 2015). He is the founding and Editor in Chief of Vocations and learning: Studies in vocational and professional education (Springer) and lead editor of the book series Professional and practice-based learning (Springer) the International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning (2014) with colleagues from Germany.
He was a Fulbright Professional Scholar in 1999, awarded a 2009-2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship that identified principles and practices to effectively integrate learning experiences in practice and academic settings. In June 2011, he commenced a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on learning through practice, which aims to develop a curriculum and pedagogy of practice. He has recently secured an OLT Development Grant examining students’ post-practicum experiences (2015-2018). In August 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Jyvasksla University (Finland) for his contributions to educational science.
Whilst based in a School of Education and Professional Studies, Professor Billett works across a range of university faculties. These include Health, Human Services (Griffith), Human Movement (Queensland), Physiotherapy, Nursing (Monash) and Midwifery and Medicine (Flinders), in current research activities, and has ongoing collaborations with universities overseas, as well as a visiting research position with the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore. He is an OZ Reader for Australian Research Council and granting schemes for the United Kingdom (ESRC), Canada (SSHRC), European Union (ESO), and The Netherlands. He has been invited to give keynote presentations in Australia (2003, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014), Germany (EARLI) (2004, 2012), United Kingdom (2003, 2011, 2012, 2013), Singapore (2008, 2010, 2012) New Zealand (2006, 2010, 2011), Norway (2012), Finland (2006, 2009, 2011), Denmark (2009) Switzerland (2009), Czech Republic (2013) Sweden (2013) and Ireland (2014)
He also advises the federal government’s Office of Teaching and Learning and is a member of the committee considering revision to grants and awards.