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Associate Professor Therese Keane

Adjunct Professor
Doctor of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia


For over 25 years Associate Professor Therese Keane has been a champion for empowering girls in STEM. She was the Deputy Department Chair of Education at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focused on ICT Leadership in schools. Therese has served on several State, National and International Boards including; Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE) and Australian Representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education (TC3). Currently, she is the Vice Chair for TC3 - WG3.3 - "Research into Educational Applications of Information Technologies". Therese is Deputy Editor for "Education and Information Technologies" - the official journal of the IFIP Technical Committee on Education covering the complex relationship between information and communication technologies and education. Throughout her career, Therese has also been an office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of Information Technology. She has written 16 textbooks in all units of VCE Senior Information Technology in Victoria since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 25 years.  Therese has been involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese has developed and delivered workshops in humanoid robot (NAO) for primary and secondary school students and was also involved with the FIRST LEGO League as Tournament Director for Victoria and lead mentor for the RoboCats – a schoolgirl only robotics team that participated in the FIRST Robotic Competition from 2014-2020.  

Research interests

Computing Education; Use of technology and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes; Educational technologies; Mobile computing devices in schools (notebooks, netbooks, iPads, tablets, smart phones); BYOT in schools; ICT professional learning needs of teachers; 1:1 Programs; Robotics in education; gender and technology; Gender, technology and leadership

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

ICT in education

ICT leadership in schools

Raising STEM in education

Robotics in Education

Technology usage in secondary schools

Under-representation of females in ICT

Fields of Research

  • Educational Technology And Computing - 390405
  • Specialist Studies In Education - 390400

Teaching areas

Education;ICT education;Digital Technologies in Education;Robotics in Education


  • 2017, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Community Engagement Award - Highly commended, Swinburne University
  • 2017, International, South Pacific Woodie Flowers Finalist, FIRST
  • 2017, Swinburne, Dean's Award - Most Effective Industry/Community Engagement, Swinburne University
  • 2017, National, ACS Digital Distruptors Award For Team Project (Non profit), Australian Computer Society
  • 2017, National, ACEL State Fellowship, Australian Council For Educational Leadership
  • 2016, National, Tech Diversity Award, #TechDiversity
  • 2015, National, DLTV Leader of the Year, DLTV
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Engagement Award, Swinburne University

Professional memberships

  • 2014 - 2016: Board Member, ACS ICT Educators Board, Australia
  • 2017 - 2019: Chair, ACS ICT Educators Program, Australia
  • 2017 - 2019: Committee Member, IFIP TC 3 (Education, Austria
  • 2018 - 2019: Committee Member, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority -VCE VCE Computing study review panel., Australia
  • 2014 - 2018: Board Member, ACS Profesional Advisory Board, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Reviewer, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, United States
  • 2014 (current): Reviewer, Education and Information Technologies (Journal), United States


Also published as: Keane, Therese; Keane, T.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Australian Education Research Organisation Limited (“AERO”) - Learning Trajectories in Early Childhood Education and Care *; Australian Education Research Organisation
  • 2022: STEM Hub *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2021: (Student) - Improving Children’s Water Safety Knowledge through Extended Reality Technologies *; Life Saving Victoria - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Access Quality Teaching initiative *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2021: STEM Hub Scoping Proposal *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2021: Supporting Pasifika islander youth towards positive life trajectories *; Department of Justice - Building Safer Communities
  • 2020: Exploring innovative educational technologies *; Camberwell Grammar School Fund Scheme
  • 2019: Acorns to Oak Trees: Creative approaches to teaching STEM to advance female students *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2019: Victorian Teachers use of an Integrated Digital Resources: Stage One -  Strategic Thinking & Co-Design *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2018: Identifying the Initiatives that Influence 1st Year Female Students Choosing Computing Degrees *; ACDICT - Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology
  • 2018: Standing out from the crowd: Addressing the underrepresentation of females in STEM *; Invergowrie Foundation

* Chief Investigator

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