Dip Teach(EC), BEd(Prim), MEd(Research), EdD
Dr Noella Mackenzie (EdD, MEd, BEd, Dip Teach) has contributed to education in a range of roles over 40 years: as a classroom teacher in schools in three Australian states; as a Senior Education Officer and Education Consultant in Victoria and NSW; as a Teacher Leader in California (USA); professional development presenter; and as an academic at CSU since July 2004. Mackenzie's research is driven by her passion for early literacy education and equity. She is driven by the need to provide teachers, and undergraduate teacher education students, with understandings that can inform their teaching given her belief in the power of the teacher to create equitable opportunities for children. Her masters and doctoral research studies focused on teachers and her program of research since starting at CSU has largely focused on understanding the teaching and learning of writing as a meaning making process and the key element of literacy in the current era.
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.
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.
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.
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|
Fine motor skill development and young writers.
|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 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.