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.
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)
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.