Dr Anne Cloonan



Senior Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Diploma of Teaching (Primary), University of Melbourne, 1982
Graduate Diploma in Special Education, University of Melbourne, 1987
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2008


+61 3 925 17068

Research interests

Digital culture and its impact on English/literacy education and teacher and student learning
Participatory methodologies
Multimodality and English/literacy education


Australian Literacy Educators Association
Australian Teacher Educators Association
Australian Association for Educational Research
Primary English Teaching Association Australia

Units taught

ECL410: Teacher-researchers in new times (Bachelor of Education)

EEL702: New and traditional literacies and diverse students (Master of Education)

EPL746: Primary literacy (Master of Teaching)


Deans award for Excellence in Teaching (2009)
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award for Best Instructional Resource


Creative, critical, digital: Connecting home and school literacies (2014-15) Cloonan, A., Hutchison, K., Paatsch, L., Catholic Education Melbourne. $114 000.
Doing diversity (2013-15) Halse, C., Mansouri, F., Arber, R., Arrowsmith, C., Charles, C., Cloonan, A., Densen, N, Moss, J., Ohi, S., O’Mara, J., Paradis, Y., Priest, N., Australian Research Council. $630 000.
Evaluation of the professional learning flagship program (2012). Doecke, B., Moss, J., Cloonan, A., Lynch, J., O’Mara, J., Wells, M. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. $54 000.
The Asia literate teacher (2012-13) Halse, C., Cloonan, A., Dyer, J., Kostogriz, A. and Toe, D., Asia Education Foundation/Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. $215 000.
Investigating the impact of professional learning for teachers and their students' learning (2011) Cloonan, A. Catholic Education Office, Melbourne, $50 099.
Innovative learning environments (2010-11) Blackmore, J. Bateman, D., Cloonan, A., Dixon, M. Loughlin, J., O’Mara, J., Senior, K. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria/Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, $197 524.


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An analysis of the use of autobiographical narrative for teachers’ intercultural learning

Dr Anne Cloonan, Ms Brandi Nichole Fox, Dr Sarah Ohi, Prof Christine Halse

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 131-144, Teaching education, London, Eng., C1


Renewing assessment practices: literacy teaching and learning in digital environments

Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kirsten Hutchison, A/Prof Louise Paatsch

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 13-28, International journal of assessment and evaluation, Champaign, Ill., C1


The feasibility of implementing cross-curricular studies of Asia

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2015), pp. 133-150, Asia literate schooling in the Asian century, London, Eng., B1


Teacher agency and participation in professional learning for new literacies

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 15-28, The international journal of adult, community and professional learning, Champaign, Ill., C1


Becoming a 21st century literacy teacher:provocations, perceptions and possibilities in teacher education

A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kirsten Hutchison

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 63-79, International journal of literacies, Champaign, Illinois, C1


Strangely familiar: teacher-researchers rethinking literacy pedagogies in digital environments

Dr Kirsten Hutchison, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Anne Cloonan

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 11-29, International journal of literacies, Champaign, Ill., C1


Integrating by design: multimodality, 21st century skills and subject area knowledge

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2015), pp. 97-114, A pedagogy of multiliteracies learning by design, New York, N.Y., B1


Teachers researching their teaching: learning through practitioner inquiry

Dr Anne Cloonan, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Muriel Wells

(2014), pp. 37-62, Becoming a Teacher of Language and Literacy, Cambridge, Eng., B1


Teacher and student agency in contemporary literacy classrooms

Dr Kirsten Hutchison, Dr Anne Cloonan, A/Prof Louise Paatsch

(2014), pp. 157-176, Becoming a teacher of language and literacy, Port Melbourne, Vic., B1


Innovating from the inside: teacher influence and the 'promisingness' of digital learning environments

Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kirsten Hutchison, A/Prof Louise Paatsch

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 582-592, E-learning and digital media, London, England, C1


Supporting intercultural engagement in literacy education

Dr Anne Cloonan, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Sarah Ohi

(2014), pp. 83-98, Becoming a teacher of language and literacy, Port Melbourne, Vic., B1


Multimodal literacies : new approaches and traditional concerns in the suburban classroom

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2012), pp. 166-189, Teaching literacies in the middle years : pedagogies and diversity, South Melbourne, Vic., B1


Creating multimodal metalanguage with teachers

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 23-40, English teaching : practice and critique, Hamilton, N. Z., C1


Reimagining poetry : innovative literacies, national agendas and digital landscapes

Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kirsten Hutchison, A/Prof Louise Paatsch

(2011), pp. 81-98, Creating an Australian curriculum for English : national agendas, local contexts, Putney, NSW, B1


Developing teacher-researchers: a practice-based Masters of Education

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2011), pp. 1-17, ICDE 2011 : Expanding horizons - new approaches to ODL : Proceedings of the 24th ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Education 2011, Athabasca, Canada, E1-1


Technologies in literacy learning : a case study

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 248-257, E-learning and digital media, Oxford, England, C1


A multiliteracies perspective on the new literacies

Mary Kalantzis, Bill Cope, Dr Anne Cloonan

(2010), pp. 61-87, New literacies : multiple perspectives on research and practice, New York, NY, B1


Multiliteracies, multimodality and teacher professional learning

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2010), Altona, Vic., A1


The changing face of literacy policy in Victoria

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2009), pp. 1-19, AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures, Coldstream, Vic., E1


Filming for professional learning : collaborations in innovation

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2009), pp. 1-17, ATEA 2009 : The Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association : Teacher education crossing borders : cultures, contexts, communities and curriculum, Albury, N.S.W., E1


Multimodality pedagogies : a multiliteracies approach

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 159-168, International journal of learning, Altona, Vic., C1


Changing teacher professional learning : transitioning from train - the trainer to participatory action research

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2008), pp. 1-21, AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures, Coldstream, Vic., E1


Injecting early years teaching with a strong dose of multiliteracies

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2005), pp. 1-16, Pleasure, passion, provocation: pleasurable learning, passionate teaching, provocative debates, Norwood, S. Aust., E1


Professional learning and enacting theory : or trying to be a lifelong/lifewide teacher-learner while hanging on to your sanity

Dr Anne Cloonan

(2005), pp. 217-230, Learning by design, Melbourne, Vic., B1



Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluating student use of technology in a one-to-one computing program

Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kirsten Hutchison, A/Prof Louise Paatsch

  • 2010: $12,000

Innovative Learning Environments Research Study

Prof Jillian Blackmore, A/Prof Mary Dixon, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Jill Loughlin, Dr Debra Bateman, Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kim Senior, Dr Jill Bamforth, Dr George Aranda, Mr Rod Le Cudennec, Ms Kate McCulloch

  • 2011: $143,524
  • 2010: $54,000

Industry and Other Funding

Collaborative Literacy Learning Community Research

Dr Anne Cloonan

  • 2014: $10,000
  • 2013: $10,000
  • 2011: $50,099

Evaluation of the Professional Learning Flagship Program: Leading Curriculum Change

Prof Brenton Doecke, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Julianne Lynch, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2012: $47,117

Asia Literacy Project

Prof Christine Halse, Dr Anne Cloonan, A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, A/Prof Dianne Toe, Ms Julie Dyer, Dr Michiko Weinmann

  • 2013: $107,750
  • 2012: $107,750

Creative, Critical, Digital: Connecting Home and School Literacies

Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kirsten Hutchison, A/Prof Louise Paatsch

  • 2016: $8,545
  • 2015: $30,363
  • 2014: $63,636


Associate Supervisor

Leah Irene Irving

Thesis entitled: Virtual Worlds as Pedagogical Places: experiences of higher education staff

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Muna Mohamed Al Hammadi

Thesis entitled: Students with Vision Impairments in Higher Education, A UAE Case Study

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Dirk Wellham

Thesis entitled: The Relationship between Academic Achievement and Co-curricular Involvement

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education