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Researcher: Thomas, AA (Dr Angela Thomas)

Fields of Research

English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Asian cultural studies
Human information interaction and retrieval
Computer gaming and animation
Sociolinguistics
Education systems
Educational technology and computing
Learning sciences
Higher education
LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Australian history
Sociology of education
Curriculum and pedagogy
Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling

Research Objectives

Pedagogy
Literature
Other education and training
Learner and learning
Teaching and curriculum
Languages and linguistics
Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
The media
Expanding knowledge in education
Teaching and instruction technologies
Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Information systems, technologies and services
Teacher and instructor development
Application software packages

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'I rest my case': Linguistic resources used by successful young writers of persuasive texts; 39th International Systemic Functional Congress
'MSN was the next big thing after Beanie Babies': Children's virtual experiences as an interface to their everyday lives; E-Learning and Digital Media
Addressing challenges in the practice of critical literacy in EFL classrooms: A new framework; Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Augmented reality in the English classroom; English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives
Australian higher education institutions transforming the future of teaching and learning through 3D virtual worlds; Ascilite Conference
Blurring and breaking through the boundaries of narrative, literacy and identity in adolescent fan fiction; A new literacies sampler
Children Online: Learning in a virtual community of practice; E-Learning and Digital Media
Children's literature and computer-based teaching; McGraw-Hill
Children's writing goes 3D: a case study of one primary school's journey into multimodal authoring; Learning, Media & Technology
Community, culture, and citizenship in cyberspace; Handbook of research on new literacies
Cyberliteracies: Implications for education; On-Call Journal (Australia)
Digital Fiction; English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives
Digital literacies of the cybergirl; E-Learning and Digital Media
East Meets West? Identifying points of contestation when mediating understandings about Eastern picturebooks with children; 9th International Conference on Multimodality
East-Asian philosophical concepts as analytical framework for interpreting non-western images in children’s picturebooks; 1st International Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG) Webinar series
East-Asian philosophical concepts as analytical framework for interpreting non-western images in children’s picturebooks; Handbook of research on cultivating literacy in diverse and multilingual classrooms
Engaged young writers: Dialogic choices beyond NAPLAN; The Future of Educational Research
Engaging children with Asian literature: stories from Tasmania; Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years
Enhancing pedagogy with mLearning; Technologies for enhancing pedagogy, engagement and empowerment in education: Creating learning-friendly environments
Enhancing understandings of the literary element of character using elements from Systemic Functional Linguistics; English in Australia
Evaluative stance in high achieving Year 3 persuasive texts; Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal
Fan fiction online: Engagement, critical response and affective play through writing; Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
Fictional Blogs; Uses of Blogs
Foul Whisperings, Strange Matters
Genre, performance and Sex and the City; Telecinematic Discourse. Approaches to the language of films and television series
Grammatical metaphor for persuasion: A study of NAPLAN texts; ASFLA 2018
How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?; Ascilite 2011
iFiction: mobile technology, new media, mixed reality and literary creativity in English teaching; ISMAR2012 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2012
Interpreting Vietnamese picturebooks with a Western semiotic framework; 8th OpenTESOL International Conference
Localities in critical literacy practice: a critical review of the frameworks; Journal of Theories and Research in Education
Machinima: Composing 3D multimedia narratives; New literacies and the English curriculum
Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature; ALEA National Conference 2019
Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature; 2019 Australian Literacy Educators' Association Conference
Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature; English in Australia
Points of difference: Intermodal complementarity and social critical literacy in children's multimodal texts; Critical multimodal studies of popular discourse
Stop-motion animation; DIY Media: Creating sharing and learning with new technologies
Teaching inanimate Alice; English teaching and new literacies pedagogy
Teaching Intercultural Awareness: Enhancing FL Teachers' Using of Multicultural Literature with an Analytical Framework for Interpreting Picturebooks about East-Asian Cultures; Theoretical and applied perspectives on teaching foreign languages in multilingual settings: Educational implications
The metaphors we teach by: A Cumulative and cohesive design for Bachelor of Education English education units; Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) Conference 2016
The role of images and image-text relations in group 'basic skills tests' of literacy for children in the primary school years; Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
Towards a Transformative Digital Literacies Pedagogy; Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy
Transporting Visitors into Tasmania’s Convict Past; Tourism in Tasmania
Using contemporary picture books to explore the concept of intermodal complementarity; English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives
Virtual Macbeth: Using virtual worlds to explore literary texts; English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy
Visual meanings in Vietnamese picture books: exploring Vietnamese artists’ perspectives on the yin-yang balancing; Social Semiotics
Ways of Working in the Interpretive Tradition; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Writing persuasive texts: using grammatical metaphors for rhetorical purposes in an educational context; Australian Journal of Linguistics
Youth Online: Identity and literacy in the digital age; Peter Lang

Research Projects

Augmented Reality and New Dimensions of Experience with Literature and Multimodal Authoring: Mobile Technology, New Media and Literary Creativity in English Teaching; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Language and Literacy Learning and Teaching with Augmented Reality; Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)
Ross Female Factory Mixed Reality Experience: Telling Female Convict Stories ; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Teaching effective 3D authoring in the middle school years: Multimedia grammatical design and multimedia authoring pedagogy; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

An Investigation of the Role of Participation and Its Effect on Narrative in Young People's Multimodal Storytelling Practices on YouTube
The Semiotics of Game Authoring