Dip Teach(EC), BEd(Prim), MEd(Research), EdD
Noella’s career as an educator began in schools teaching children from 5 to 12 years. She then spent 13 years working as a literacy specialist working with teachers in literacy and early intervention before coming to CSU in 2004.
Noella’s masters and doctoral research studies focused on teachers while her program of research at CSU has largely focused on understanding the teaching and learning of writing as a meaning making process. Her research is informed by her ongoing work with classroom teachers, education advisors and policy makers as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Noella’s 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 has co-edited two texts for teachers and has contributed chapters to a number of books.
Noella is currently president of the Riverina Murray ALEA local Council.
2017 Program of research selected as one of 6 case studies highlighted on the CSU Website in recognition of research impact. The video and PDF were launched in 2017.
Noella's research interests are focused on the teaching and learning of writing as a meaning making process. She enjoys working collaboratively educators from schools and education systems.
Current projects include:
Building adaptive expertise in the teaching of writing through deepening pedagogy, identifying teachable moments and evaluating impact (2019)- a collaborative partnership with the NSW Department of Education (DoE) focused on the teaching and learning of writing in K-2 classrooms in vulnerable communities. This project has been funded by the NSW DoE.
Recently completed projects include:
Best Advice: Leading Learning Improvement Handwriting And Keyboarding (2018) Project commissioned by S.A. Department for Education and Child Development.
Working Above Standard Project (WASP) (2017/18)– a collaboration with St Mary’s PS, Myrtleford, Vic
Handwriting And Keyboarding In Year 7: Talking To Students And Teachers (2017) An investigation of student needs in terms of handwriting and keyboarding skills in their first year of high 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
|Student||Degree||Title||My role||Submission date|
Location, selection and use of online resources to complete classroom tasks in one-one device schools
|PhD||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
Writing resources for VCAA http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/earlyyears/
PDF for parents and carers of young children: You can access the parent brochure in PDF form by clicking here. (2013)
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.
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.
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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.
PROFESSIONAL BLOG: https://noellamackenzie.com/