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Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Alyson Simpson is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney and was once a teacher librarian. She lectures in undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service teacher programmes in the area of English/ literacy education. Her research projects in higher education and primary schools have examined the power of children’s literature, designs for e-learning and concepts of visual literacy. She is the co-editor of Literacy and Social Responsibility: Multiple Perspectives (London: Equinox Press, 2010) and author of Reading under the Covers: Helping Children to Choose Books (Newtown: Primary English Teaching Association, 2008).

In all areas of her teaching, Alyson links educational theory with practice. She has developed partnerships with schools to examine the connection between English, language development and the authentic use of information and communication technology in the classroom.

Alyson's classroom-based research employs discourse analysis to investigate the issues involved in the nature and development of language, critical literacy, working with children’s literature in online environments, and pedagogic change.


  • 2011–present
    Associate Professor, University of Sydney
  • 2007–2011
    Senior lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2002–2007
    Lecturer, University of Sydney


  • 2010 
    University of Sydney, Masters of Education (Higher Education)
  • 1997 
    UWS, Doctor of Philosophy


  • 2010
    Literacy and Social Responsibility: Multiple perspectives, Equinox

Research Areas

  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators (130313)
  • English And Literacy Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Lote, Esl And Tesol) (130204)
  • Educational Technology And Computing (130306)
  • Sydney, Australia
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