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Fiona Mueller

Adjunct Scholar

Fiona Mueller

Dr Fiona Mueller has a comprehensive background in schools, universities and government bodies as well as a longstanding commitment to research and writing. Most recently, Fiona co-authored a policy paper on school education for the Page Research Centre, with a particular emphasis on nation-building, academic standards and access for rural, regional and remote students. Prior to that her national role as Director of Curriculum at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) involved collaboration with education authorities across all sectors as well as participation in international research projects. Originally a teacher of foreign languages and head of department in secondary schools, Fiona joined the former NSW Board of Studies (now NESA) to develop new HSC curricula. On completion of her doctoral thesis, she taught at two universities and became Head of ANU College at the Australian National University. Her experience with students and their families in a range of educational settings enables her to approach policy development with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of Kindergarten to Year 12 and post-school pathways.


Featured Publication

  • What Do Parents Want? Australian childcare preferences and attitudes 10 September 2019 | PP22
    Many Australian families rely on formal and informal childcare to enable them to take on employment. Government policies have included a strong focus on giving mothers every opportunity to enter the workforce. In 2019-2020, the federal government is expected to…...
    Many Australian families rely on formal and informal childcare to enable them to take on employment. Government policies have included a strong focus on giving mothers every opportunity to enter the workforce. In 2019-2020, the federal government is expected to…
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Media & Commentary

  • A cultural imbalance: the draft curriculum disserves Western traditions and values 09 June 2021 | Education HQ
    Australia’s first Prime Minister believed in free, compulsory and ‘unsectarian’ education, backing the 1880 NSW Public Education Act to revolutionise access for those aged between 6 and 14. The youngest of nine children, whose mother founded a girls’ school, he…
    Australia’s first Prime Minister believed in free, compulsory and ‘unsectarian’ education, backing the 1880 NSW Public Education Act to revolutionise access for those aged between 6 and 14. The youngest of nine children, whose mother founded a girls’ school, he…
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  • Alles Gute, Mathias Cormann! 26 March 2021 | Ideas@TheCentre
    While not a product of Australian education, former Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann, is an exemplar of what our schools should aspire to emulate. Cormann’s recently announced appointment to leadership of the OECD — home of PISA —is also timely, given…
    While not a product of Australian education, former Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann, is an exemplar of what our schools should aspire to emulate. Cormann’s recently announced appointment to leadership of the OECD — home of PISA —is also timely, given…
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  • The way forward for the Australian curriculum 27 February 2021 | Canberra Times
    With the future of its children in mind, a clever country would be spotlighting a national education project that could deliver much better value for money. Few taxpayers realise that the Australian curriculum – agreed to a decade ago by…
    With the future of its children in mind, a clever country would be spotlighting a national education project that could deliver much better value for money. Few taxpayers realise that the Australian curriculum – agreed to a decade ago by…
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  • Missed chance for civics 12 February 2021 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    The current review of the national Curriculum seems an almost covert operation, and neglects the pressing need to elevate Australian Civics and Citizenship. The latest CIS paper, A 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian Curriculum, assesses the…
    The current review of the national Curriculum seems an almost covert operation, and neglects the pressing need to elevate Australian Civics and Citizenship. The latest CIS paper, A 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian Curriculum, assesses the…
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  • What women want out of childcare 14 October 2020 | Financial Review
    Labor has made cheaper childcare a centrepiece of its response to the federal budget, saying that women’s workforce participation is crucial to Australia’s economic recovery and lifting the child care subsidy by 15 per cent as the best way of facilitating this.…
    Labor has made cheaper childcare a centrepiece of its response to the federal budget, saying that women’s workforce participation is crucial to Australia’s economic recovery and lifting the child care subsidy by 15 per cent as the best way of facilitating this.…
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Publications

  • Writing matters: reversing a legacy of policy failure in Australian education 28 July 2021 | AP23
    Since the middle of last century, Australian education has seen the adoption, variable implementation and occasional jettisoning of a parade of methodologies including learning styles, multiple intelligences, critical literacy, constructivism, whole language, process writing, genre theory and text types, balanced literacy and learning progressions. Most have been introduced without obvious…...
    Since the middle of last century, Australian education has seen the adoption, variable implementation and occasional jettisoning of a parade of methodologies including learning styles, multiple intelligences, critical literacy, constructivism, whole language, process writing, genre theory and text types, balanced literacy and learning progressions. Most have been introduced without obvious…
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  • A 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian Curriculum 11 February 2021 | OP179
    The COVID-19 pandemic is stimulating debate about the relationship between the governed and their leaders, both elected and appointed. In Australia, the world’s tenth-oldest continuous democracy, there is an unanticipated but positive opportunity for a nation-building refocus on the principles and aspirations that underpinned the 1901 agreement ‘to unite in…...
    The COVID-19 pandemic is stimulating debate about the relationship between the governed and their leaders, both elected and appointed. In Australia, the world’s tenth-oldest continuous democracy, there is an unanticipated but positive opportunity for a nation-building refocus on the principles and aspirations that underpinned the 1901 agreement ‘to unite in…
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  • Submission to the NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report Consultations 01 December 2019
    The NSW Government commissioned a review of the state’s curriculum in September, 2018, to be completed in early 2020. Led by Professor Geoff Masters, the NSW Curriculum Review was described as the first comprehensive review since 1989, the overarching aim being to ensure that the education system can prepare students…...
    The NSW Government commissioned a review of the state’s curriculum in September, 2018, to be completed in early 2020. Led by Professor Geoff Masters, the NSW Curriculum Review was described as the first comprehensive review since 1989, the overarching aim being to ensure that the education system can prepare students…
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