DR Nicky Dulfer

DR Nicky Dulfer


  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (Differentiation)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (Disengagement)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (International Baccalaureate)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (Middle Years)
  • Education Policy (Equity and Access)
  • Educational Equity Policy (Pedagogy)
  • Educational Policy (High Stakes Testing)
  • Educational Policy (Systems and structures)



  • Nicky Dulfer is a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne who has over a decade’s experience undertaking research within the field of education. Her research areas of expertise include issues of inequality and pedagogy within Secondary education and the International Baccalaureate. Her past research projects include both quantitative and qualitative studies which connect to three key themes. The first theme, post-compulsory educational provision has included research investigating high stakes assessment, post-compulsory educational provision, school-based apprenticeships and careers education. The second theme of equity has involved research in low and high socio-economic classrooms looking at retention and engagement strategies, funding models and equity practices. The final strand of Nicky’s research focuses on pedagogy and has comprised examining pedagogical practices, teacher efficacy, differentiation, engagement and retention in a range of secondary schools. Nicky’s latest research project was funded through the International Baccalaureate’s prestigious Jeff Thompson award and enabled her to research differentiation practices in International Baccalaureate schools in Hong Kong and Australia.   


Member of

  • British Educational Research Association. Regular member 2014 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • M. Ed., University of Melbourne 2006
  • B. Ed., University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • The Jeff Thompson Research Award, International Baccalaureate Organisation, 2016



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Nicky is currently supervising both Masters and PhD projects on a wide range of topics including the International Baccalaureate and curriculum options in low SES environments.