Michelle J Eady

Michelle J Eady
University of Wollongong | UOW · Faculty of Social Science, School of Education

Ph.D. - Effectively Supporting the Self-Identified Literacy Needs in Indigenous Communities Using Synchronous Technology

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Introduction
I currently hold the position of Associate Professor in the School of Education, in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Science and Humanities at University of Wollongong. My research interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Work Integrated Learning, Primary Teacher Education, Indigenous community strengths and synchronous technologies. Primarily a qualitative researcher, I have used Design Based Research as an approach to my work.
Additional affiliations
January 2013 - June 2019
University of Wollongong
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2010 - December 2013
University of Wollongong
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2009 - December 2010
University of Wollongong
Position
  • Lecturer and Tutor Professional Studies and Learners with Special Needs
Education
January 2004 - December 2004
Lakehead University Thunder Bay Campus
Field of study
  • Curriculum Studies
January 2001 - December 2001
Nipissing University
Field of study
  • Special Education
January 1996 - December 1996
University of Wollongong
Field of study
  • Education

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Publications (67)
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This chapter will explore the key themes that underpin university-designed subjects reflective of key service learning and community-based stakeholder engagement. These themes can be used to form a core element in any teacher-education degree that incorporates design, feedback, and implementation. The chapter will be supported through a case study...
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The ongoing work of teacher education is much like the professionals who are involved in the craft: fluid, adaptable, resilient, integrated, and engaging. While there is a well-established stream of highly influential research in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning, there has been little opportunity for the pivotal playmakers to sh...
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Tasks requiring students to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of teaching practice are ubiquitous throughout initial teacher education programs. The requirement is largely due to the expectations that pre-service teachers are to cultivate skills that characterise effective teaching practice and meet accreditation expectations. Pre-service tea...
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The purpose of this book is to engage the people who do the hard, sometimes unglamorous, but always interesting work of critical reflection about professional experience in teacher education. The authors are all university- and school-based teacher educators who rarely get the time to critically reflect on their work with colleagues, let alone writ...
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This chapter presents a case-study approach to examine ways to support classroom teachers who engage with universities in the capacity of classroom supervisor for pre-service teachers during their work-integrated learning experiences. The chapter will provide a snapshot of actions and activities developed alongside classroom teachers to establish a...
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Career development learning (CDL) is an approach to developing student employability that enables students to reflect on and plan their future careers through engaging in activities outside or within their degree. Building on literature arguing for the benefits of integrating CDL within curriculum, this study examines academics’ perceived roles fac...
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The impact of stressors on student wellbeing and academic performance is widely documented within the Higher Education (HE) sector, with student drop-out rates linked to poor wellbeing. Identified connections between attrition rates and the levels of support offered to students has led to concerted efforts to better support student wellbeing–partic...
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Work-integrated learning (WIL) has long held value within higher education institutions as a pedagogical strategy for students to enhance employability and career development learning. However, the diversity of WIL opportunities within discipline discourses and practices has made it difficult to conceptualize and implement a universal model to capt...
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Whilst the notion of school-university partnerships is not new, in locations such as New South Wales (NSW), Australia, there has been a renewed interest in consolidating these partnerships in order to develop sustainable mutually beneficial relationships. In recognition of rising tensions between universities as Initial Teacher Education providers...
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This presentation focused on Indigenous work-integrated learning. It was presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) 2022. WIPCE draws Indigenous representatives from across the globe to share successes and strategies for culturally grounded education and is the largest and most diverse Indigenous education forum in th...
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Background Childcare centres are important environments for promoting physical activity and healthy eating. Blended approaches to professional learning may help overcome existing challenges for educators in promoting these behaviours. This study aimed to test the effect of a blended professional learning program on healthy eating and physical activ...
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Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a flourishing, global, educational phenomenon that is changing the field of higher education. Through WIL, relevant, meaningful connections to work are made throughout the curriculum that lead to enhanced graduate employability. While scholarship grows across diverse areas of WIL, one important domain that remains...
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This study examines initial teacher education (ITE) student's utilisation of intentional learning goals from critical reflection as they enter and participate in a work-integrated learning (WIL) placement at a regional Australian university. Fourteen ITE students were interviewed on two occasions during a three-week placement in a rural or remote a...
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This study explores how work-integrated learning (WIL) in higher education contexts translates for Indigenous Australian students and subsequent notions of their employability. Through a mixed methods survey, the paper identifies problematic issues that exist in current comprehensions of Indigenous Australian graduate employability readiness; and v...
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Purpose Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a strategy that enhances student learning and employability by engaging students in real-world settings, applications and practices. Through WIL, tertiary education institutions forge partnerships with industry to provide students with access to activities that will contribute to their career-readiness and...
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Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) is a variety of learning opportunities that can extend beyond the application of theory to practice, to include complex situational, personal, material, and organisational factors. Central to forming successful WIL experiences is the partnership, support, and collaboration extended by all key stakeholders. The Covid-1...
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School classrooms worldwide consist of a diversity of cultures. Teachers in these classrooms play key roles in the preparation of students not only in terms of their academic and career readiness, but also in their understanding of how to socially navigate communities. In remote areas where communities rely on their culture and social norms to guid...
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There is a strong focus to connect theory with practice in initial teacher education (ITE). This discussion paper explores how we shifted teaching modes and assessment tasks in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) when digital technologies were unexpectedly catapulted to the main delivery mode for the preparation of future teachers. During...
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Research has demonstrated a correlation between lecture attendance and students’ academic achievement. However, students may not attend lectures for a variety of reasons. The provision of lecture recordings online can also negatively impact lecture attendance and student achievement. These facts implore us to be courageous and explore new approache...
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Work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences are in demand as higher education (HE) institutions endeavour to develop profession-ready graduates. However, Generation Z has reported a lack of preparedness and uncertainty entering the workforce. Designing WIL experiences across a degree engages these students in meaningful opportunities to apply theory...
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The purpose of this study is to explore feedback practices and support for feedback literacy development within subjects that feature work-integrated learning (WIL). WIL is growing in the tertiary education context as institutions face ongoing pressure to produce graduates that are ‘work ready'. The extent to which feedback and feedback literacies...
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Partnerships between schools, universities, and community organizations have mutual benefits for all involved. These partnerships value the contributions of all participants and capitalize on the expertise and knowledge that each brings. This reflective paper details a collaborative third-space partnership between a university, a primary school, an...
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Partnerships between schools, universities, and community organizations have mutual benefits for all involved. These partnerships value the contributions of all participants and capitalize on the expertise and knowledge that each brings. This reflective paper details a collaborative third-space partnership between a university, a primary school, an...
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This paper describes the current situation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates entering the workforce and compares this with personal reflections from current Indigenous students engaged in the tertiary setting. The purpose is twofold: first, to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student voice; and second, to provide an a...
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The first year of university, also known as the first year experience (FYE), is a crucial time for students as they learn a range of new practices that enable them to study and pursue a discipline or profession of interest. The function of this transitionary time however in relation to providing both a successful transition into university as well...
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The number of teaching-focused faculty (TFF) continues to increase, raising concerns about opportunities to engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for academics who are hired to focus on teaching rather than research. Various names for these teaching-focused positions include, but are not limited to: instructional, limited-term f...
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The number of teaching-focused faculty (TFF) continues to increase, raising concerns about opportunities to engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for academics who are hired to focus on teaching rather than research. Various names for these teaching-focused positions include, but are not limited to: instructional, limited-term f...
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Amongst a range of changes that have taken place within tertiary education, perhaps the most revolutionary has been a shift to student-centred approaches focused on life-long learning. Accompanying this approach to holistic higher education (HE) has been a growing interest in, and understanding of, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). S...
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Amongst a range of changes that have taken place within tertiary education, perhaps the most revolutionary has been a shift to student-centred approaches focused on life-long learning. Accompanying this approach to holistic higher education (HE) has been a growing interest in, and understanding of, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). S...
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Worldwide, organizations struggle to attract professionals in rural and remote (R&R) areas. Undertaking a placement in an R&R area as part of a program of study has been shown to increase the likelihood of graduates taking up positions in locations that are difficult to staff. We applied behavioral insights to develop low cost, scalable interventio...
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This paper discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic can shift the conversation of paid and unpaid placements from an economic to a pedagogical and goodwill perspective. During the pandemic lockdown many placements were cancelled or postponed. Some continued as agreed but with students working from home, while other placements became unpaid. We build on...
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Issue addressed: to develop, pilot and evaluate the impact of a short education intervention on the conceptual understanding of dementia through visual art by primary school aged children. Methods: A series of three lessons were developed in consultation with a local schoolteacher and community artists and taught in a local primary school. Stage...
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ECEC-based physical activity (PA) interventions have reported modest changes; however, those that are underpinned by theory seem to report more favorable outcomes. To date, no ECEC-based PA interventions have been underpinned by professional development-focused theories, despite professional development being a consistent component in such interven...
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Work-integrated learning (WIL) is on the rise as many universities adopt strategic targets for student workplace preparation as an element of their tertiary studies. Through WIL, students gain real world experiences, transferable skills and build professional networks. WIL is often understood as a placement activity, whereby students spend extended...
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Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) is an important pedagogical strategy for developing employability skills by immersing students in real-world understandings, applications and practices. Increasingly, universities are focusing on how WIL can be scaffolded across a degree, to involve students in a variety of WIL activities in order to apply discipline...
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Culture is important for the development of social skills in children, including empathy. Although empathy has long been linked with prosocial behaviors and attitudes, there is little research that links culture with development of empathy in children. This project sought to investigate and identify specific culturally related empathy elements in a...
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Policymakers and researchers internationally have advocated school–university partnerships as an innovative means of strengthening initial teacher education (ITE) through the integration of theory and practice. These partnerships provide valuable learning opportunities for the pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, university teacher educators,...
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The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) annual conference presents an exciting opportunity to meet with international colleagues from diverse backgrounds and situations to commune on our common interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). As with every ISSOTL conference, the enthusiasm for SoT...
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Despite the growing prominence and importance of the field of teacher dispositions for addressing selection criteria and assessment in educational research, there is an absence of psychometrically evaluated instruments to facilitate investigations. Furthermore, research thus far has not explored the relationship between teacher dispositions and bet...
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Modern technology-rich environments provide a variety of tools with various types of capabilities that can support student success at the tertiary level. While university-supported learning platforms such as Moodle typically support this academic purpose, social networking sites such as Facebook can also be used within university studies to support...
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Across Australia and around the world, school-university partnerships have been advocated by researchers and policymakers as a means of bridging the perceived theory-practice divide for which teacher education programs have been criticised. A range of literature exists that explores school-university partnerships either from a theoretical perspecti...
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Our vision is to provide opportunity for every UOW student to engage in a variety of scaffolded, purposefully-designed and learner-centred WIL experiences within their degree. UOW is dedicated to enhancing the employability of our students through the provision of WIL strategic governance and support for WIL teaching and learning. This report highl...
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There are many factors that impact student learning, with quality educators being one of the most important elements for student success. Accordingly, the promotion of quality teacher preparation programs has become a priority for tertiary institutions, researchers, policymakers and practitioners. There is a known disparity between tertiary experie...
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Demands for moral development are increasing in business and professional training. Mixed results of diversity training programs in the higher education sector suggest that innovative approaches are required for preparing students to become morally upright leaders and teachers. This research looks at the implementation of an online interactive tuto...
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Prior research on plagiarism has indicated that men may have a greater predisposition toward academic dishonesty than women. However, little research has been conducted using psychometrically tested instruments to validate such claims. To address this gap, a survey was conducted with 377 undergraduate students at a Canadian university on their atti...
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p class="3">As e-learning maintains its popularity worldwide, and university enrolments continue to rise, online tertiary level coursework is increasingly being designed for groups of distributed learners, as opposed to individual students. Many institutions struggle with incorporating all facets of online learning and teaching capabilities with th...
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This article reports on the findings of phase two of a larger study, which examines pre-service teacher experiences engaging with a synchronous (live-time) platform as a part of their training. While phase one focused on pre-service experiences e-learning with this synchronous platform (Woodcock, Sisco, & Eady, 2015), phase two focuses on their exp...
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This study examined the effectiveness of an online synchronous platform used for training preservice teachers. A blended learning approach was implemented. Fifty-three students participated in the course. Qualitative interview data and quantitative survey data were collected about students’ experiences using the platform, and analyzed via thematic...
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Indigenous communities have strengths and wisdom beyond Westernised culture’s recognition and understanding. However, there continues to be significant difference in literacy and life skills between Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults. This article reflects on a project that investigated how technology could best support adult literacy learners i...
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Internationally, the internet is a critical component of many projects that aim to improve literacy and build skills in Indigenous communities. It is claimed that online platforms provide flexible learning opportunities to suit individual learner schedules and needs, enabling them to learn in 'anytime, anywhere' environments. However, good intentio...
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At the onset of this project, our idea was to travel to the Canadian arctic to meet with the children there and have both the Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal children draw pictures of what an Aboriginal child means to them and compare these drawings.
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This chapter aims to help preservice teachers consider the possibilities for embedding technology into teaching. After reading this chapter you should be able to: 1. Understand the role of technology in education. 2. Identify technological applications and resources used in classrooms today. 3. Be aware of how you might embed technology through a r...
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Online learning may be the key to enabling people in less populous areas to earn teaching degrees and other professional certificates.
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This article reports on the experience of members of an Australian Aboriginal community as they used synchronous computer technologies to enhance their literacy learning. The aspiration to learn meaningful and relevant literacy and computer skills was discussed in focus groups, as well as the need to articulate the group's position within the wider...
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Current reports of literacy rates in Australia indicate an ongoing gap in literacy skills between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adults, at a time when the literacy demands of work and life are increasing. There are many perspectives on what are the literacy needs of Indigenous adults, from the perspectives of community members themselves...
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Crocodile infested, swollen rivers, Troop Carriers, light planes and red dirt typify the landscape of remote tropical Northern Territory in Australia. In contrast, the remote landscape in for northwestern Ontario in Canada is characterised by rough terrain, snow and ice, sea planes and sometimes even polar bears. The traditional owners of the land...
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Crocodile infested and swollen rivers, Troop Carriers, light planes and red dirt typify the landscape of remote tropical Northern Territory in Australia. In contrast, the remote landscape in far northwestern Ontario in Canada is characterised by rough terrain, snow and ice, sea planes and sometimes even polar bears. The traditional owners of the la...
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Synchronous learning is emerging as an effective way to provide literacy and essential skills training to Indigenous learners living in remote and isolated communities. Although there is considerable research completed in the area of learning technologies in general, there is very little research completed in the area of synchronous learning opport...

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This research seeks to understand the implications of government required Teaching Performance Assessments (TPA) in Australian initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses. The study will employ the use of an online survey instrument to add new graduates' perspectives to the broader conversation of what it means to be ‘classroom ready’.