|Present||Lecturer in Primary Education, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Education|
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Journal articles (10)
Assessing the readability and patient comprehension of rheumatology medicine information sheets: a cross-sectional Health Literacy Study BMJ Open (2019)
Objectives: Patients are often provided with medicine information sheets (MIS). However, up to 60% of patients have low health literacy. The recommended readability level for health-related information is ≤grade 8. We sought to assess the ...
A tool for capacity building: teacher professional learning about teaching writing Teacher Development (2018)
This paper reports on qualitative research from an Australian, K-6, faith-based school about teachers’ experience of a job-embedded professional learning initiative (the Whole-School Benchmarking of Writing, WSBoW) that was designed to improve teachers’ capacity to ...
Assessing the readability and patient comprehension of medicine information sheets provided to patients by Australian rheumatologists Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2017)
BackgroundLiteracy is “the ability to read and use written information and to write appropriately in a range of contexts”.1 Low literacy is associated with poorer health outcomes, including increased mortality.2 Those accessing the healthcare system ...
Australian NAPLAN testing: in what ways is this a ‘wicked’ problem? Improving schools (2016)
This article employs Rittel and Webber’s ‘wicked’ problem as a heuristic device for enhancing understanding about National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing in the Australian education context. Using a research project with ...
Online learning and pre-service teachers’ literacy knowledge and skills Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016 (2016)
This brief paper presents preliminary data about an investigation of pre-service teachers’ (PSTs) engagement with the imperative for individual up-skilling of their literacy knowledge. Embedded into a flexibly delivered four-year Bachelor of Education teacher education ...
Issues of professionalism and teachers: critical observations from research and the literature Australian Educational Researcher (2015)
The concept of ‘professionalism’ has become more evident in discourse about teacher quality in recent years. In fact, in some contexts ‘professionalism’ is used as a euphemism for quality and reform. This critical essay applies ...
How well do patients understand written instructions?: health literacy assessment in rural and urban rheumatology outpatients Medicine (2014)
The aim of this study was to assess health literacy (word recognition and comprehension) in patients at a rural rheumatology practice and to compare this to health literacy levels in patients from an urban rheumatology ...
Using identity as a tool for investigation: a methodological option in the researcher's toolbox International Journal of Arts & Sciences (2012)
Building on Gee’s call to use identity as an analytic lens for research in education (Gee, 2000), this paper further advocates the use of the construct of identity as an alternative research ‘tool’ when researching ...
Early childhood teachers in contexts of power : empowerment and a voice Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (2009)
This article reports on findings from a qualitative research project that highlighted a lack of empowerment experienced by, with and for eight early childhood teachers working in Tasmanian schools. The study investigated how change affects ...
Book chapters (8)
Teacher identity and power relationships in contexts of change : a case study of teachers School of Education (2006)
This qualitative research project employs a critical case study approach to examine the effects of change on teachers. It uses the concept of identity to investigate the deeper personal and professional implications of change. Open-ended ...
What teaching does to teachers: the effects on teachers of the actions of the education system Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (2007)
This paper reports on findings from a PhD study entitled Teacher identity and power in contexts of educational change: A case study of teachers. The focus of the paper relates to findings about what happens ...
Mapping literacy in Tasmania Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (2001)
Over the last 25 years schools in Australia have seen changes in the teaching of literacy. The Tasmanian context is no different. This paper, based on early work toward a PhD thesis, reviews the literacy ...