Emeritus Professor Robert Gilbert

Emeritus Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Rob Gilbert worked as a teacher in Queensland secondary schools before completing his doctorate in curriculum studies at the University of London. His experience in curriculum work includes research and evaluation, consultancy and involvement in curriculum committees and agencies.

Rob Gilbert’s expertise is in curriculum development, research and evaluation. He has been a consultant for State and Commonwealth governments, the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the Curriculum Corporation. His research addresses issues of curriculum theory, design and development across a range of fields and levels of education. The work draws on sociocultural perspectives on schools and school contexts, concepts from the sociology of knowledge and the curriculum, and discourse theory.

Particular applications have included research in social and environmental education, education for citizenship, gender in education, the education of boys, standards based curriculum and assessment, and research training.

He is currently working on an analysis of contemporary Australian curriculum debates related to the culture wars and controversies about educational standards, as well as the development of standards based approaches to curriculum and assessment.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University College London
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Gilbert, Robert, Keddie, Amanda, Lingard, Bob, Mills, Martin and Renshaw, Peter (2013). Equity and education research, policy and practice: a review. Equity and education: exploring new directions for equity in Australian education. (pp. 16-51) edited by Alan Reid and Louise Reynolds. Carlton South, Australia: Australian College of Educators.

  • Gilbert, R. (2010). Curriculum reform. International encyclopedia of education. (pp. 510-513) edited by Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker and Barry McGaw. Oxford, U.K.: Elsevier; Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-044894-7.00103-2

  • Gilbert, Rob (2009). Teaching and the boy problem. International handbook of research on teachers and teaching. (pp. 929-937) edited by Lawrence J. Saha and A. Gary Dworkin. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-73317-3_61

  • Gilbert, R. (2008). The doctorate as curriculum: A perspective on goals and outcomes of doctoral education. Changing Practices of Doctoral Education. (pp. 54-70) edited by David Boud and Alison Lee. London: Routledge.

  • Gilbert, Rob (2006). Educating world citizens: A curriculum for citizenship education. Towards a global community : Educating for tomorrow's world : Global strategic directions for the Asia-Pacific region. (pp. 199-207) edited by Jack Campbell, Nick Baikaloff and Colin Power. Dordrech, The Netherlands: Springer.

  • Gilbert, Robert James (2004). Great Expectations: Political education and political culture in Australia. Citizenship and Political Education Today. (pp. 75-89) edited by Demaine, Jack. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Gilbert, R., Keddie, A. and Mills, M. (2008). Teachers' views of assessment and accountability. Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association, Edinburgh, Scotland, 3-6 September 2008.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Emeritus Professor Robert Gilbert is not currently available to take on new students.