My background is in education, specifically in the area of language and literacy and pedagogy. I have spent most of my professional life working in Aboriginal education, from remote to metropolitan, and from Junior Primary to tertiary.
My research interest is the development of academic language with educationally marginalised students: Indigenous, English as a Second Language, and low-socioceconomic students. I draw on three theoretical fields: systemic functional linguistics (Halliday), sociocultural theory (Vygotsky), and educational sociology (Bernstein).
PhD in Linguistics, University of Adelaide (Pedagogy for marginalised students)
M.Ed (Language and Literacy) University of South Australia
Literacy consultant in South Australian public schools, and NT remote Indigenous schools
Vice president, Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA)
Author: Teaching with Intent 1 and 2, Teaching the language of Climate Change Science
Formerly project officer, Aboriginal Education Unit and the Literacy Secretariat, SA Dept for Ed