Dr Dianne Chambers
BA (Primary), B. Ed. (Hons), M. Ed. (Learning Difficulties), PhD
Associate Professor, Coordinator Special Education

Email: dianne.chambers1@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0170

Dianne is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus. She coordinates and teaches into units on catering for students with disabilities, inclusion and behaviour management at undergraduate level. Postgraduate teaching areas include adaptive education, behaviour management and social skills, children with special needs, contemporary issues in special education and educating students who are gifted and talented. She also supervises students within the School of Education Masters and PhD program. She is published in the field of inclusive education, assistive technology and children with ASD. Dianne has a wide range of interests in the area of special education; including the use of assistive technology in regular settings; the preparedness and attitudes of beginning teachers to accommodate students with diverse abilities in their classrooms; resource allocation for schools with diverse student needs; and alternative and augmentative communication methods.

Selection of Journal Articles and Conference Presentations
(Please see ResearchOnline@ND for a full list)


Chambers, D., & Lavery, S. (2012). Service-learning: A valuable component of pre-service teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(4), 128-137.

West, E., Jones, P., Chambers, D., & Whitehurst, T. (2012). A multi-perspective collaborative on teacher learning for teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 15(1), 24-40.

Berlach, R., & Chambers, D. (2011). Inclusivity imperatives and the Australian national curriculum. The Educational Forum, 75(1), 52-65.

Forlin, C., & Chambers, D. (2011). Teacher preparation for inclusive education: Increasing knowledge but raising concerns. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education,39(1), 17-32.

Chambers, D., & Forlin, C. (2010). Initial teacher education and inclusion: A triad of inclusive experiences. In C. Forlin (Ed.), Teacher education for inclusion (pp. 74 – 83). London: Routledge.

Conference Presentations

Chambers, D. (2012). Assistive technology and education assistants special needs - Perceptions of efficacy and use in the classroom. Paper presented at the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Forum, 'Transforming practice: The value of educational research', 11 August, Perth, WA.

Chambers, D., & Coffey, A. (2012). Moving on up: Development of a responsive website to support the transition of students with special needs from primary to secondary settings. Paper presented at the Joint 2012 AASE/TPA Conference, 'Ethical Leadership for All', 11 – 13 July, Hobart, Tasmania.

Chambers, D. (2012). Service-learning and special education: Participants' self-evaluation of changes in beliefs about inclusive practice after service-learning experiences. Paper presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 64th Annual Meeting and Exhibits, 'Imagine the Impact: Providing a Learning Journey for All', 17 – 19 Feb, Chicago, USA.

Chambers, D. (2011). Designing assistive technology training for paraprofessionals. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial International Association of Special Education (IASE) Conference, 10 – 14 July, Windhoek, Namibia.

Chambers, D. (2011). Assistive technology for mathematics. Paper presented at the Inaugural Maths Conference, 31 January and 1 February, University of Notre Dame Australia, Perth, Western Australia.

Forlin, C., Rouse, M., Florian, L., Chambers, D., & Sin, K. (2010). Future directions for teacher education for inclusion. Symposium presented at the 2nd East Asian International conference on Teacher Education Research (EAI), 15-17 December, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong.

Rouse, M., Chambers, D., Scorgie, K., Bartolo, P., Sharma, U., Loreman, T., & Waitoller, F. (2010). Innovations in teacher preparation: Initial teacher education for inclusive education. Symposium presented at the 7th Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress (ISEC), 2 -5 August, Queens University, Belfast.

Chambers, D., & Conway, B. (July, 2010). Implementation of article 24 within the education for all framework. Paper presented at the Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion, 28 July – 1 August, University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Chambers, D., & Forlin, C. (2007, June). Preparing pre-service teachers for inclusive practice. Paper presented at the 10th Biennial International Conference, International Association of Special Education: Global Challenges in Special Needs Education- Past, Present, and Future, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.