Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Noella Mackenzie

Dr Noella Mackenzie

Dip Teach(EC), BEd(Prim), MEd(Research), EdD

Dr Noella Mackenzie is a Senior Lecturer in literacy studies in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Albury-Wodonga, Australia. Noella strives to connect her research, university teaching and ongoing professional work with teachers in schools. Prior to starting at the university, Noella's research focused on teacher professional learning, teacher morale, teaching excellence awards and the status of the teaching profession. Since taking up a position with CSU in 2004 she has built on her practical and professional experiences with research projects involving the examination of the relationship between drawing and learning to write, the transition experience for early writers and writing development in the first two years of school and has published from each of these projects. Noella has researched, published and presented with academics from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, Federation University, LaTrobe University, Deakin University and CSU.

In 2015 she worked on a research project funded by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), which brought preschool and primary school teachers together to work collaboratively. Another project focused on the literacy learning of children who are not yet three. New projects in 2016 include: the examination of handwriting and keyboarding instruction in primary schools across Australia, from the perspective of teachers and parents: and the examination of the teaching and learning of writing in year 1 classrooms in Finland, in collaboration with a colleague from Lapland University. Noella continues to teach students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has been recognised for teaching excellence through awards at the faculty, state and national levels.

Noella is regularly invited to speak about the practical application of her research at professional teacher conferences and seminars at the state, national and international levels. 
Her work has been published in professional (e.g. Practical Literacy & Literacy Learning: the Middle Years) and research journals (e.g. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy & Australian Educational Researcher).

Honours/Awards

  • 2012 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), citation for outstanding contribution to student learning and for sustained quality in effectively integrating on campus classes, field experiences and technologies to promote students' understandings and use of contemporary literacies.
  • 2011 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2009 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2008 Faculty Paper of the Year; Mackenzie, N. M. (2007). Teacher morale: More complex than we think? Australian Educational Researcher, 34(1), 89-104.
  • 2002 Invited to be part of the Australian Highly Accomplished Educators Network.
  • 2001 Australian College of Educators and NSW Minister for Education Quality Teaching Award in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching.

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Noella's research focuses on literacy teaching and learning and in particular writing acquisition. Previous projects at the master and doctoral levels examined issues relating to teacher professional learning, teacher morale, the status of the teaching profession and the impact of extrinsic teaching awards on recipients and their non-recipient colleagues. Current research projects are focused on writing acquisition and the relationship between success with early writing and ongoing literacy development with a particular focus on the relationship between talking, drawing and writing.

Current Projects

Educators

Research that has translated into resources for educators and families include the Writing Analysis Tool and the Becoming a Writer resources. These can be located via the tabs at the top of this page.

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Undergraduate Teaching: Bachelor of Education (K-12) and Bachelor of Education (EC/Prim). Undergraduate teaching is focused on literacy in the primary school classroom. Noella's teaching is strengthened by experience of teaching children, ongoing work with teachers, research, and strong understanding of contemporary literacy and associated technologies. 

Postgraduate Teaching: Master of Education, Master of Teaching (Sec), Bachelor of Teaching (Sec), Graduate Certificate Indigenous Education.

Higher Degree Research Student Supervision

StudentDegreeTitleMy roleSubmission date
R. Spokes

PhD

 Fine motor skill development and young writers.

Principal

supervisor

Dec

2019

N. Thompson

PhDChildren's perspectives of their literacy experiences in and out of school in the 21st century.

Principal

supervisor

Nov

2017

T. Daffern

PhD

Spelling in the upper primary years

Principal

supervisor

Completed

2016

N. Masters

PhD

The transition to school of students identified as gifted

Co-supervisor

Completed

2015

C. Venema

MEd

Developing an understanding of the value of reflection in supporting teachers while changing their practice.

Principal

supervisor

Completed

2015

J. Barnes

MEd

The impact of personal responses to texts on reading comprehension.

Principal

supervisor

Completed

2012

C. Harrington

MEd

What grows an avid reader?

Principal

supervisor

completed

2009

K. Dalton

Honours

Parents experiences of parent involvement in their children's schooling

Co-supervisor

Completed

2015

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Scholarly and Professional Activities 
  • DECRA application Review (2015)
  • OLT Assessor (2015)
  • PhD Examinations – Monash University (2014), Wollongong (2016)
  • Australian Curriculum Advisor: Invited to provide input to update to Phonics and Phonemic Awareness (2015)
  • Invited reviewer for: British Journal of Developmental Psychology,Issues in Educational Research, Psychology, Society, and Education, Alberta Journal of Educational Research and Teachers and Teacher Education (TATE), Psychology, Society, and Education.Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, International Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Australasian Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood,
  • Guest Editor for Special Edition of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (2013)
  • Review of Book Proposals: 2011 – For SAGE Publishers
  • Member of Victorian ALEA planning committee for the ALEA National Conference held in Melbourne in 2011.
Invited Keynotes and Workshops (2013-2017)
  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) National Conference – National Conference, 'Margin to Mainstream: Cutting Edge', Hobart, July 6-9, 2017. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA), Hobart, February 17 and 18, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association, (ALEA), Toowoomba, April, 16, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Victorian Reading Recovery Teacher Conference, Melbourne, April, 29, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association Sydney and Sydney Sth, May 4 and 5, 2016.
  • Early Childhood Australia Conference, Melbourne, May, 27 and 28, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Victorian Reading Recovery Tutor Seminar, Melbourne, Nov 19-20, 2015. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association, South Tasmania, Feb 26, 2015.
  • Corowa High School, School Development Day, Jan 27, 2015.
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, VCAA, Twilight Seminar (simultaneous broadcast to 13 sites across Vic), Sept 17, 2014.
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association, State Conference, Melbourne, Sept 12, 2014. (Keynote)
  • Aboriginal Health NSW State Conference, Sydney, 28-29 May 2014. (Keynote)
  • Pearson Education National Conference, (3 presentations + Master Class) Brisbane Nov 5-7, 2014.Oxford Assessment Forum: Exploring effective assessment for, as, and of learning, Melbourne, Nov 30, 2014 Title: 'Analysing writing in the early years of school'.
  • Pearson Education Kindergarten/Prep Conferences: Adventures in Early Childhood: Imagining and Creating Innovative Cultures of Learning, Sydney, March 20-21; Melbourne, May 1-2; Brisbane, March 27-28, 2014. Keynote: Emergent literacy and creativity belong together. Workshops: Do I still have to teach handwriting? Analysis of Writing; When Interactive Writing meets the interactive (smart) board.
  • Catholic Education Curriculum Conference / Early Years Conference, Rockhampton, 2014, Title of Keynote: 'The Reading, Writing Relationship: Understanding Developing Readers and Writers'.
  • Catholic Education Office Early Years and Reading Recovery Teacher Conference, Adelaide, 2014, Title of Keynote: 'Supporting writing in the first two years of school'.
  • Pearson Education Kindergarten/Prep Conferences: Inquisitive Young Minds, 2013, Title of Keynote: 'Supporting inquisitive young learners to become confident writers', Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Workshops focused on early writing.
  • Aboriginal Maternal Health Group, Wagga Wagga, 2013, Title: Supporting young literacy learners before they begin school.
  • DEC Instructional Leaders, Albury, 2013, Topic: Supporting writers in the first two years of school.
  • National Preschool Mobile Meet, Albury, 2013, Topic: 'Becoming a writer'.
Other Professional Contributions
  • Becoming a Writer Early Childhood educators and parent resources – video and brochure (2015/2016). Funded by VCAA, launched in Jan 2016 for distribution throughout Victoria.  
  • Writing Assessment Tool (2015) this tool is an outcome of the Year 1 Writing Research Project. 
  • Becoming a Writer Parent Resources – video and brochure (2013). These are being accessed by schools from all over Australia and the US. In Victoria the VCAA are using with preschool teachers.
  • CSU Marketing Presentations, Wagga, Albury and Bathurst, Dec 25-27, 2015.
  • CSU Port Macquarie launch, Guest presentation, March 23, 2015.
  • Corowa High School School Development Days January and July, 2015
  • Professional development support for classroom teachers:1998-2016 - Topics included 'The reading and Writing Processes', 'Effective literacy strategies for K-6 classrooms', 'Becoming a Writer'. 'Writing Transitions', 'Writing analysis'.
  • Presentations for parents - 'Play and literacy', 'How to help your child with reading and writing', 1998-2014.

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About the Writing Analysis Tool

Writing is a complex process, and this complexity poses particular challenges when researchers and teachers approach the task of analysing young students' writing samples. This tool is designed to map shifts over time in the range of skills and competencies young writers use to communicate intended meanings and messages using standard writing conventions. Writing samples (N=3193) were collected from 1799 students, in the two most populous states of Australia in 2010. The close analysis of 210 samples by four members of the research team supported the development of the tool. The tool and its application revealed key areas of learning and the current range of Year One students' writing in these areas. While designed for the purpose of research, the tool has the potential to help classroom teachers capture shifts in students' writing, assist teachers to provide feedback to students, and support teaching decisions.

Technical Information

This web app is designed for desktop/laptop devices and tablet devices. It has not been optimised for mobile phones.

The recommended browsers are listed on the main application page. Though this tool is built with HTML5 and CSS3 it has only been optimised for the recommended Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers. It is also recommended that you use the latest versions of these browsers for the best experience.

Get the latest versions of these browsers:

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Becoming a Writer project

Becoming a Writer logo

An exciting development of the Becoming a Writer research has been the creation of two short video presentations to be used by schools, preschools and parents of young children. The videos are supported by brochures for parents. The first video was funded and supported by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. The second video was funded by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

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A full list of Noella's Publications can be found HERE.

A full list of Noella's Keynotes and Conference Presentations can be found HERE.

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