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).
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.
Member of Collaborative Research Network (CRN): The Excellence in Research in Early Years Education (EYE) Collaborative Research Network (CRN) between Charles Sturt University (CSU), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Monash University (MU).
A two-part process with multiple stages. The central focus on understanding and supporting young writers. The project builds on previous research focused on early writing.
Chief Investigator: Dr Noella Mackenzie (CSU)
Associate researchers: Ms C Phillips and Ms M Bishop (VCAA).
Understanding and supporting young writers examined approaches to the teaching of writing in the final year of preschool and the first year of school; measured the impact of different approaches to teaching young writers and investigated the role of children's drawing in early writing instruction. This project addressed an important concern for Australia in current times given that 'literacy under-achievement has high social and economic costs' (Department of Education, Science and Training, 2005, p. 7).
Exploring writing in year 1 was launched with two separate but connected projects in 2010. The first project involved an exploration of writing in year 1 in Victoria and NSW. Samples of writing from 1700 year 1 children were gathered and analysed using an analysis tool developed for this purpose. The second project involved writing and Reading Recovery which is the highly regarded early literacy intervention which is implemented at year 1 level in many schools.
Investigators: Dr Noella Mackenzie (CSU), Ass Prof Janet Scull (Monash University), Dr Terry Bowles (University of Melbourne) and Ms Lynne Munsie (NSW DEC)
In 2013, 1000 samples were analysed to form base data for a number of publications. Quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis are applied to the studies outlined above.
The analysis tool used in the study and has proven useful to teachers in classrooms.
This project addresses a gap in early literacy research by examining Early Childhood Educators and parents understandings of how to support the literacy learning and in particular the emergent writing, of children 3 years and younger.
Co-investigators: Dr Noella Mackenzie, Dr Laura McFarland and Ms Natalie Thompson.
Becoming a writer (in the first year of formal schooling) began in 2007 and has a particular focus on the relationship between talking, drawing and early writing. An exciting professional outcome of the Becoming a Writer Research has been the development of resources to be used by schools with parents of children starting school.
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
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Children's perspectives of their literacy experiences in and out of school in the 21st century.
Spelling in the upper primary years
The transition to school of students identified as gifted
Developing an understanding of the value of reflection in supporting teachers while changing their practice.
The impact of personal responses to texts on reading comprehension.
What grows an avid reader?
Parents experiences of parent involvement in their children's schooling
OTHER PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
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.
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Becoming a writer began in 2007 and has a particular focus on the relationship between talking, drawing and early writing. Each year since 2007 Noella has worked closely with preschool and early years teachers and gathered extensive data from young children. An exciting professional outcome of the Becoming a Writer Research has been the development of a short video presentation View the video[ 12 minutes long, opens in new window]. to be used by schools with parents of children starting school. The presentation is supported by a take home brochure for parents. These resources were funded and supported by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Riverina Equity programs. In 2015, Becoming a Writer expanded into a project titled; Understanding and supporting Young Writers which was run with the Victorian Curriculum and assessment Authority with Kindergarten and Prep teachers from the Marysville Cluster and Darebin Early Years Network. A second video and brochure are two of the outcomes of this project.