Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Christina Davidson

Dr Christina Davidson

PhD (UQ); MA (TESOL) (UTS; BEd (SACAE); Dip Teach (Primary) (RCAE)

I have taught in primary, secondary and tertiary education contexts. My first teaching positions in schools were in Wagga Wagga and I later taught in Catholic schools in Sydney for over a decade. I began teaching in higher education in 1993 and taught at the UNSW, University of Ballarat and Central Queensland University before joining Charles Sturt University at the beginning of 2010. My current position is Senior Lecturer.

During my career I have made a number of significant contributions to the various institutional systems where I have been employed. I was the President of the Primary English Teaching Association and Chair of its Board of Directors from 1996 until 2000. At the University of Ballarat I was an elected member of the Academic Board (1999-2004) and Deputy Chair of its Curriculum Committee (2003-2004). In that capacity I chaired a number of external reviews of academic programs. During 2008 and 2009, I represented the Queensland Deans of Education Forum on the Queensland College of Teachers' panel for approval of teacher education programs in Queensland. Currently, I am Chair of the School of Education Research and Professional Learning Committee.

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My research examines the social activity of young children in literacy classrooms and during computer activity in the home. I am a conversation analyst and so analyse young children's social interactions using recordings of their naturally occurring activity. Transcript development is an important aspect of my research work. I have published papers on transcription in qualitative research, including a review of the transcription literature published between 1979 and 2009. My most recent publications have examined young children's use of computers. The youngest child in the study was aged two years and eleven months. I examined his use of online programs such as Wikipedia and Youtube. I am currently a chief investigator on a large Australian Research Council Discovery project: Interacting with knowledge, interacting with people: Web searching in early childhood. Professor Susan Danby (QUT), Professor Amanda Spink (QUT), Professor Karen Thorpe (QUT) and Dr Christina Davidson (CSU)

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My teaching includes literacy subjects at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and research subjects in the Honours program. Currently, I supervise a number of doctoral students who employ qualitative methodologies including phenomenology and conversation analysis.

Previous supervision of doctoral students included qualitative studies of teaching about resilience in a teacher education program, teacher conceptions of student engagement, and addressing the theory-practice gap in a teacher education program. I am interested particularly in supervising students who might apply ethnomethodology/conversation analysis to a research problem in the area of literacy learning/literacy instruction.

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  • International Pragmatics Association
  • Australian Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • American Educational Research Association
  • United Kingdom Literacy Association
  • Australian Literacy Educators' Association

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Recent publications

  • Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (in press). "Uh oh": Producing multimodal meaning making during viewing of YouTube videos in preschool. M. Narey (Ed.), Multimodal perspectives of language, literacy and learning in early childhood: The creative and critical "art" of making meaning. Educating the young child. (2nd ed.). Springer.
  • Danby, S., Davidson, C. Given. L., & Thorpe, K. (2015). Composing an email: Social communication in an early years classroom. In S. Garvis & N. Lemon (Eds.), Technology and young children (pp. 5-17). Oxon, UK:  Routledge.
  • Davidson, C., Danby, S., Given, L., & Thorpe, K. (in press). Facilitating young children's use of the Web in preschool. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
  • Irvine, S., Davidson, C., Veresov, N., Adams, M., & Devi, A. (2015). Lessons and lenses: Using three different research perspectives in early childhood education research. Cultural-Historical Psychology, 11(3), 75-85. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2015110307
  • Harris, L., Davidson, C., & Aprile, K. (2015). Understanding teacher aides' definitions of reading: Implications for classroom practice. The Australian Educational Researcher. DOI: 10.1007/s13384-015-0181-4
  • Davidson, C., Danby, S., Given, L., & Thorpe, K. (2014). Talk about a YouTube video in preschool: The mutual production of shared understanding for learning with digital technology. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(3), 76-83.

Recent conferences

  • Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2015). How young children and parents produce
    interactive environments for reading from the screen during technology use. In S. Danby (Chair), Child-centred practice using technologies in early years settings, symposium for AARE, 29 November-3 December, Fremantle, WA.
  • Davidson, C., Danby, S.,  Ekberg, S., & Thorpe, K. (2015). "What does that say?": 
    Accomplishing reading aloud from the screen during young children's use of digital technologies. International Pragmatics Association Conference, 26-31 July 2015, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Davidson, C., & Busch, G. (2015). "Struggling with it? I'm an IT Teacher": Doing online
    category work about an educational issue. Proposal for SIG Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning for the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 16-20, 2015.
  • Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2015). Reading from the screen: Making reading
    salient during young children's use of digital technologies. Paper for the SIG annual meeting of American Educational Researchers Association, Chicago, April 16-20, 2015.Education, 30 Nov – 4 Dec, Brisbane.
  • Danby, S., & Davidson, C. (2014). Digital communication in a preschool classroom: Collaborative social interaction of children and teachers writing email. In K. Mills (Chair), Portals to understanding learners' social interaction online. Symposium for Writing and Literacies SIG. American Educational Researchers Association, 3-7 April, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Harris, L., Davidson, C., & Aprile, K. (2014). Teacher aides' definitions of reading: What
    understandings of reading underpin their work with students? Research and Reading and Literacies SIG. American Educational Researchers Association, 3-7 April, Philadelphia, USA.

Full publication list [pdf] .

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