Higher Degrees Research

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Are you passionate about research on the preparation and work of teachers in diverse contexts? Research in teacher education and professional learning is a broad and emerging field. Why not join our team of Higher Degree Research students and enroll in a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), Doctor of Education (EdD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs at QUT.

Social and technological change has led to a need for fresh research perspectives on global literacy standards, the prevalence of digital media in daily life, and the debate around the development of a digital culture. These changes are also impacting on how education policy, including curriculum, conceives of literacy, and on how education practitioners draw on understandings of “the literate person” in the 21st century.

Be supervised by our world-leading researchers who are critically investigating these areas of growth and change, and exploring how advancements in technology and literacy practice impacts lives around the world. The Literacies, Language, Texts and Technologies Research Group are looking for research students interested in the following topics:

Literacy practices (early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education)

  • Grammar, reading and writing pedagogies
  • Content-area or curriculum literacies
  • Literacy curriculum, policy and school reform
  • Critical literacies
  • Language and sociology of education
  • Literacies and philosophy
  • Literature and e-literature for children and adolescents
  • Gender and literary – beliefs about, engagement with, and outcomes
  • Boys and reading
  • Reasoning based padagogies and reading

Digital literacies, media and multimodality

  • Visual culture and image theory
  • Media and digital arts
  • Mobile digital media
  • Literacies and artificial intelligence
  • Multiliteracies
  • Arts education
  • Socio-material approaches
  • Blended learning

Language and difference

  • Literacy and poverty/economic disadvantage
  • Minority or urban communities of practice
  • Transnational literacies
  • Intercultural capacity
  • Private tutoring, supplementary education
  • Critical language awareness and critical applied linguistics
  • Representation of diverse sexualities
  • Language and identities
  • Language testing and assessment

These are examples of possible topics that have been provided to show how you might align with the research group’s foci. Please note that these are suggestions and you can certainly choose topics that relate to your own experiences and concerns.

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Email: edn.research@qut.edu.au