Dr Jim Twelves

Dr Jim Twelves

Senior Lecturer, Program Director - Master of Teaching (Primary), Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Jim was principal of three Christian schools, one in Victoria, one in New South Wales and one in Queensland. Concurrent with this chapter he returned to university as a mature student gaining a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, Masters of Education and a PhD from Melbourne University. His doctoral research; Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School was published as a book in 2013. Prior to Jim’s emigration to Australia in 1995 he was Head of Geography at Aldenham School, in England for most of his 19½ years there in high school teaching. Jim is passionate about the spiritual dimension of Christian education, particularly its tangible expression within educational communities but also in the life and calling of the individual Christian teacher. He joined Alphacrucis College in 2010 to head up the delivery of our first initial teacher education program, the Master of Teaching (Primary), pioneered by Associate Professor Jennie Bickmore-Brand. Since then he has headed up the growing Faculty of Education incorporating Master of Teaching (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Primary) until 2017 when the faculty enlarged to incorporate Arts and Social Science under Professor Mark Hutchinson. Jim pioneered the Blended Learning delivery in Education and it is still the signature mode of delivery today. In 2012 he conducted an Alphacrucis College based research project entitled Blended Learning in Postgraduate Studies with his colleague Lily A. Arasaratnam. He also pioneered the Clinical Teaching Model (CTM) that sees teacher education students placed in schools throughout their studies providing practice based learning under the guidance of their host coach.

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PhD (Melbourne University)
Dissertation Title Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School 2005

MEd (Melbourne University)
Dissertation Title Leadership and Management in Three Exemplar Non-Government Christian Schools 2000

Grad Dip Ed Admin (Melbourne University) 1999

PGCE (University of Sheffield - Geography & Biology) 1975

BSc(Hons) (University College of Wales, Aberystwyth - Geography) 1974

Current Research

Communities of Practice in Initial Teacher Education. Building on the work of Etienne Wenger and his interview for AC ITE students in 2019

Research Interests

The Heart of the Teacher

Blended Learning

Future Education

Staff Appraisal and Career Development Programs

Models of Christian Education


Leadership Development

Organisational Redesign 

Action Research

Clincal Teaching Model (CTM)


  • 2013
    • Twelves, J. (2013). Putting Them in the Hands of God: A Successful Christian School in Australia. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany. | External link

Journal Article

  • 2019
    • Twelves, J (2019). The Alphacrucis College clinical teaching model: An evaluation. International Journal of Christianity and Education, Vol 23, Issue 3 327-348. | External link | AC Link
  • 2016
    • Twelves, J (2016). You can change lives through teaching. Eternity, 6th October 2016. | External link
    • Twelves, J (2016). The Clinical Teaching Model (CTM): Explored. Crucis, 6th September 2016. | External link
  • 2015
    • Twelves, J (2015). The Clinical Teaching Model (CTM). Crucis, 6th November 2015. | External link
  • 2014
    • Twelves, J & Arasaratnam, L (2014). Blended Learning in Postgraduate Studies: A contextualised discussion. Journal of Christian Education, Vol 55, Issue 1 59-69. | External link
  • 2009
    • Twelves, J. (2009). The Future of Education. The Christian Teachers Journal, Vol 17.4 October 2009.
  • 2001
    • Twelves, J. (2001). Some Characteristics of Successful Christian Schooling in Australia. Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Vol 5, No 1, Spring 2001. | External link
    • Twelves, J. (2001). The Leadership and Management of Three Successful Australian Christian Schools. Melbourne Graduate School of Education Online Refereed Journal, Post Script Vol 2, No 2, April 2001. | External link


Academic Conference

  • 2018
    • Field Work as Pedagogy (2018), PD Day, AC Parramatta, 12 Oct 2018
  • 2016
    • Christian Education (2016), EurECA Conference, Seminario Alfragide, Lisbon, Portugal, 06 May 2016
    • Clinical Teaching Model (CTM) (2016), EurECA Conference, Seminario Alfragide, Lisbon, Portugal, 05 May 2016
  • 2015
    • Learning Styles (2015), Faculty PD, AC Parramatta, 20 Jul 2015
  • 2014
    • Clinical Teaching Model (2014), Workshop with Christian School Principals, Brisbane Airport, 26 Aug 2014
      Co-presenter: Dr Jennie Bickmore Brand

Professional Memberships

National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN) - Scootle (since 2015)

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) A3TPA Consortium (since 2018)

The Scholarly Christian Educators’ Gathering (SCEG) (since 2015)

Completed Supervision

  • 2019
    • Hendricksson, C, Muliticultural Integration in Swedish Schools (Doctoral Thesis), 2019

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