Education policy, administration and management (Senior secondary education, education systems)
Vocational Education and Training (School based vocational learning, youth transitions, pathways for young people)
Kira Clarke is a Lecturer in Education Policy within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Since joining the University of Melbourne in early 2004 she has completed a range of government funded, consultancy and grant based research of post-compulsory education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and youth transitions. Kira's work has included contributions to the Victorian Qualifications Authority (VQA) October Scanning Paper (2005), the Next Step survey for the Queensland Department of Education (2005, 2006), the Victorian On Track survey (2005-07), Review of Critical Skills for OTTE (2008), an examination of post-compulsory provision in Melbourne (2008-2009), and a national study examining the Provision of Pastoral Care in Apprenticeships for the Joint DEECD/DIIRD Policy Unit on Youth Transitions. Kira was also the research fellow on an ARC Discovery Project (2010-2012) tracking a cohort of VET in Schools students in three Australian states. Kira is an emerging Australian expert of vocational education for young people and VET in Schools, and she lead the widely cited Entry to Vocations
study of VET in Schools for NCVER. She completed two research studies (2014-2015, 2015-2017), funded through the competitive National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program and in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, examining the role of the vocational education for early school leavers. Kira is regularly invited to give guest lectures, workshops, interviews and professional development seminars for a range of government, non-government, media and industry stakeholders. Kira is involved in a number of community engagement activities, including as the higher education representative to the VCAA's Vocational Education Reference Group, as an Executive member of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) and as the Victorian Co-convener of Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE).