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David Zyngier


David Zyngier is a senior lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at Monash University. Previously, he was a teacher and school principal. 

His research has attracted significant funding and covers teacher pedagogies and beliefs and how they impact the learning and achievement of children from disadvantaged and marginalised communities. From 2016–2018, David will use the expertise and experience of Australia’s excellence in civics and citizenship education to assist in the development of a national Civics Education framework in Thailand as the country moves forward to full democracy.

His research focuses on pedagogies that engage students, with a focus on how these can improve outcomes for students from communities of disadvantage by looking at issues of social justice and social inclusion.

He regularly disseminates research through opinion pieces on educational issues through professional educational publications, mainstream newspapers, television, radio interviews and presentations to major educational organisations. He has provided expert evidence to the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on education. He has developed a widely recognised research reputation in education in issues related to student engagement and how teachers understand and practise democratic education. 

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