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Researcher: Thomas, DP (Dr Damon Thomas)

Fields of Research

English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Computer Gaming and Animation
Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
Education
Higher Education

Research Objectives

Pedagogy
Learner and Learning Achievement
Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Teaching and Instruction
Learner Development
Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Learner and Learning Processes
Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'I rest my case': Linguistic resources used by successful young writers of persuasive texts; 39th International Systemic Functional Congress
Australian student achievement over ten years of NAPLAN testing
Book program to open new chapter in learning
Challenges facing early childhood teachers in literacy education; Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy
Discovering argument: linking literacy, citizenship education, and persuasive advocacy; Journal of Social Science Education
Embracing Change When ‘Writing for Change’: My Ph.D. Journey; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Engaged young writers: Dialogic choices beyond NAPLAN; The Future of Educational Research
Enhancing pedagogy with mLearning; Technologies for enhancing pedagogy, engagement and empowerment in education: Creating learning-friendly environments
Enhancing student reading engagement through the UTAS Books in Homes Program and Reading Mentor Program; 2017 Australian Association for rhe teaching of English/ Australian Literacy Educators' Association National Conference
Evaluative stance in high achieving Year 3 persuasive texts; Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal
Examining focused conversation for leading professional learning and development in early childhood: highlighting the role of evaluative stance; 2013 Australian Association of Research in Education Conference
Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts; 44th International Systemic Functional Linguistic Congress
Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts; 44th International Systemic Functional Congress
Graduation joyous occasion for students
Interview with Dr Damon Thomas
Lexical density and readability: A case study of English textbooks; Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society
Meaningful writing instruction: Using functional grammar to personalise learning in low SES early childhood classrooms in Tasmania; The 2017 AATE and ALEA National Conference
NAPLAN, acronym
Nominalisation in high scoring primary and secondary persuasive texts; Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) Conference
Nominalisation in high scoring primary and secondary school persuasive texts; Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
Persuasive writing genres from two theoretical perspectives: Positioning students for success on the NAPLAN test; Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association National Conference 2013
Practicing the tests not always the right answer
Putting on the Style: Enhancing Citizenship Education with a Persuasive Writing Framework; What is Next in Educational Research?
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
Using attitude analysis to explore focused conversations for professional learning and development in early childhood; Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy
Using SFL to Personalise Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms; 44th International Systemic Functional Congress
Valued rhetorical choices in high scoring primary and secondary school persuasive texts: Findings from my PhD; Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference 2015

Research Projects

How Convincing: Learning to Write Persuasively in Regional Secondary Schools; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Improving Regional Low SES Students' Learning and Wellbeing; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Writing persuasive grant applications: Developing knowledge and skills in mixed methods research; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision