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About Dr Jenny L Johnston

Dr Jenny Johnston DipTeach (TasCAE); BEd (UTas); BEd (Hons)(UTas); PhD (CDU)
Dr Jenny Johnston (formerly Overton) is currently lecturing in Primary Education at Southern Cross’ Coffs Harbour Campus in northern New South Wales. From 2007-2009 she lectured at Macquarie University. She has 20 years teaching experience in early childhood and primary classrooms in Tasmania, including 5 years lecturing at the Launceston and Burnie campuses of the University of Tasmania.
Jenny’s PhD was completed in 2006 and investigated the impact of change on early childhood teachers. A qualitative study, it revealed the impact of ongoing educational change on teachers, reducing their capacity to continue to commit to the tasks of teaching and eroding the goodwill that has existed between teachers and their employer.
Areas of interest stem from the advocacy and support for teachers and include: teacher identity, change implementation and the introduction of teaching innovations. Inherent in this is an interest in issues of quality teaching and learning, power and the continuing intensification of the work of teachers. She has published in journals, presented and published at national and international conferences and has edited and written for a text (Contemporary Issues in Australian Literacy Teaching, 2012). She has lectured and taught in the areas of English, mathematics, sociology, and curriculum.


Present Lecturer in Primary Education, Southern Cross University School of Education

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Contact Information

Coffs Harbour Education Campus
Hogbin Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW
Australia 2450
Phone: (+61 2) 6659 3067


Journal articles (10)

Books (1)

Book chapters (8)

Theses (1)

Conferences (6)