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Professor Stephen Billett

PhD (honoris causa) (Jyvasksla, Finland), Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University), Master of Educational Studies (UQ), BA (UQ), Diploma of Teaching (TAFE) (Brisbane College of Advanced Education), FASSA

Elected: 2015

Discipline: Education

Specialisation: Learning, Adult learning and development, Learning through work, Vocational Education, Professional Education


Dr 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. After a career in garment manufacturing, he has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in 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 fields of learning of occupations, workplace learning, work and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. 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 Office of Learning and Teaching 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.


Professor of Adult and Vocational Education, Faculty of Education, Griffith University, 2008 to present

Adjunct Professor of Education, James Cook University (2011 to 2015)

Adjunct Professor (Education for Practice Institute), Charles Sturt University (2011-2016)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2001 to 2007

Senior Lecturer, School of Vocational, Technology and Arts Education, Faculty of Education, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1997 to 2001

Director of Adult and Vocational Education Studies, 1995-1996, 2000 to 2003

Director, Centre for Learning and Work Research, Faculty of Education, 1995 to1999

Lecturer, School of Vocational, Technology and Arts Education, 1992 to 1997

Prior to that teaching, administrative and policy roles within the Queensland vocational education system, 1982 to 1992

Prior to that working in garment manufacturing industry (1970 to 1982)


Future Fellow, Australian Research Council (2011-2015)

Australian Learning and Teaching Council, National Teaching Fellowship, 2009

Visiting Research Fellow (Institute of Adult Learning) Singapore 2009

Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Associate Fellowship, 2008

Campus Visiting Scholar, University of Salford, 2007

Fulbright Professional Scholarship Award 1998/9


Billett, S. (2015) Integrating practice-based learning experiences into higher education programs, Springer; Dordrecht, The Netherlands ISBN 978-94-017-7229-7

Billett, S. (2014) Mimetic learning at work: Learning in the circumstances of practice, Springer; Dordrecht, The Netherlands ISBN 978-3-319-09276-8

Billett, S. (2011) Vocational Education: Purposes, traditions and prospects, Springer; Dordrecht, The Netherlands ISBN 978-94-007-1953-8

Billett, S (2014) Learning in the circumstances of practice. International Journal of Lifelong Education 33 (5) 674-693

Billett, S (2013) Recasting transfer as a socio-personal process of adaptable learning, Educational Research Review 8, 5-13


Website: https://www.griffith.edu.au/education/school-education-professional-studies/staff/academic-staff/stephen-billett
Email: s.billett [at] griffith.edu.au
Mobile: 0478 312 663
Work Phone: (07) 3735 5855

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