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A/Prof. Joanne O'Mara

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Education (Language and Literature)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 2000
Master of Education, University of Melbourne, 1995

Contact

joanne.omara@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46783

Publications

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2017

Inclusive education, subjectivities and the posts

B Whitburn, J Moss, J O'Mara

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 31-44, Inclusive education: making sense of everyday practice, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

The policy problem: the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and implications for access to education

B Whitburn, J Moss, J O'Mara

(2017), Vol. 32, pp. 467-479, Journal of education policy, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Supervisory scratchings: critical autoethnography complicating "process" in doctoral supervision

L McKnight, J O'Mara

(2017), pp. 1-12, Journal of curriculum and pedagogy, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

School leadership and intercultural understanding: school foyers as situated spaces for doing diversity

J Moss, J O Mara, T McCandless

(2017), pp. 1-18, International Journal of Inclusive Education, United Kingdom, C1

journal

The National Disability Insurance Scheme and access to education: progressive or coercive policy discourse?

B Whitburn, J Moss, J O'Mara

(2017), Vol. 21, pp. 1065-1079, International journal of inclusive education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

The new digital divide: digital technology policies and provision in Canada and Australia

J O'Mara, L Laidlaw, J Blackmore

(2017), pp. 87-104, The case of the iPad: mobile literacies in education, Singapore, B1

chapter

Impassioned learning and Minecraft

M Dezuanni, J O'Mara

(2017), pp. 36-48, Serious play: literacy, learning and digital games, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Narratives come to life through coding: digital game making as language and literacy curriculum

J O'Mara

(2017), pp. 102-114, Serious play: literacy, learning and digital games, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Mining the Cli-Fi world: renegotiating the curriculum using Minecraft

J O'Mara, K Robinson

(2017), pp. 114-131, Serious play: literacy, learning and digital games, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Games as text and games as action: English, literacy and digital games

C Beavis, S Prestige, J O'Mara

(2017), pp. 135-150, Serious play: literacy, learning and digital games, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter
2016

Thinking on your feet: a model for teaching teachers to use process drama

J O'Mara

(2016), pp. 98-112, Drama and theatre with children : international perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter

Shifting practices and frames: literacy, learning and computer games

C Beavis, J O'Mara

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 239-253, Leadership in diverse learning contexts, Berlin, Germany, B1

chapter
2015

"Daddy, look at the video I made on my iPad!": reconceptualizing 'readiness' in the digital age

L Laidlaw, J O'Mara, S Wong

(2015), pp. 65-77, Rethinking readiness in early childhood education : implications for policy and practice, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Rethinking difference in the iWorld: possibilities, challenges and 'unexpected consequences' of digital tools in literacy education

L Laidlaw, J O'Mara

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 59-74, Language and literacy, Kingston, Ont., C1

journal

'Redstone is like electricity': children's performative representations in and around Minecraft

M Dezuanni, J O'Mara, C Beavis

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 147-163, E-learning and digital media, London, Eng., C1

journal

'Turning around' to the affordances of digital games: English curriculum and students' lifeworlds

C Beavis, C Walsh, C Bradford, J O'Mara, T Apperley, A Gutierrez

(2015), Vol. 50, pp. 30-40, English in Australia, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2014

With rest... and time... and a little hope: moving into virtual worlds through multi literacy forms

L Laidlaw, J O'Mara, L Makovichuk

(2014), pp. 223-234, International perspectives on teaching English in a globalised world, Abingdon, England, B1

chapter

Closing the emergency facility: Moving schools from literacy triage to better literacy outcomes

J O'Mara

(2014), Vol. 13, pp. 8-23, English teaching: practice and critique, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1

journal

Supporting intercultural engagement in literacy education

A Cloonan, J O?Mara, S Ohi

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

chapter

Inclusive literacy education

J O'Mara, L Paatsch

(2014), pp. 99-116, BECOMING A TEACHER OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY, Cambridge, Eng., B1

chapter

Teachers' beliefs about the possibilities and limitations of digital games in classrooms

C Beavis, L Rowan, M Dezuanni, C Mcgillivray, J O'Mara, S Prestridge, C Stieler-Hunt, R Thompson, J Zagami

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 569-581, E-Learning and digital media, London, Eng., C1

journal
2013

Finding aesthetic form inside the tome: the doctorate and arts based educational research

J Moss, J O'Mara

(2013), pp. 1-1, AARE 2013 : Shaping Australian educational research : Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2013 annual conference, Adelaide, S. A., E1-1

conference

Teaching in the iWorld: developing a repertoire of pedagogical discourse around the usage of touch screen devices in early years classrooms

J O'Mara, L Laidlaw

(2013), pp. 1-1, AARE 2013 : Shaping Australian educational research : Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2013 annual conference, Adelaide, S. A., E1-1

conference
2012

Process drama and digital games as text and action in virtual worlds : developing new literacies in school

J O'Mara

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 517-534, Research in drama education : the journal of applied theatre and performance, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

A blank slate of potential : using GameMaker to create computer games

J O'Mara, J Richards

(2012), pp. 57-64, Digital games : literacy in action, Kent Town, S. Aust., B1

chapter

Literacy learning and computer games : a curriculum challenge for our times

C Beavis, J O'Mara, L McNeice

(2012), pp. 3-10, Digital games : literacy in action, Kent Town, S. A., B1

chapter

Breaking through the fourth wall : invitation from an avatar

J O'Mara, B Lees

(2012), pp. 33-40, Digital games : literacy in action, Kent Town, S. A., B1

chapter

Attending to digital game play: approaches to generating, analyzing and theorizing from multi-modal data

C Beavis, J O'Mara

(2012), pp. 1-1, AARE 2012 : Regional and global cooperation in educational research : Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2012 annual conference, Sydney, N. S. W., E1-1

conference
2011

Living in the iworld : two literacy researchers reflect on the changing texts and literacy practices of childhood

J O'Mara, L Laidlaw

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 149-159, English teaching : practice and critique, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1

journal

As if they could be otherwise...finding spaces for creativity in the enacted curriculum

J O'Mara

(2011), pp. 155-168, Creating an Australian curriculum for English : national agendas, local contexts, Putney, N. S. W., B1

chapter
2010

Classroom teachers as co-researchers: The affordances and challenges of collaboration

O Joanne, G Amanda

(2010), Vol. 33, pp. 1-1, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, C1-1

journal

Computer games - pushing at the boundaries of literacy

C Beavis, C Beavis, J O'Mara, J O'Mara

(2010), Vol. 33, pp. 65-76, Australian journal of language and literacy, Norwood, S. Aust., C1-1

journal
2009

Literacy in the digital age : learning from computer games

C Bradford, C Beavis, T Apperley, J O'Mara, C Walsh

(2009), Vol. 43, pp. 162-175, English in education, United Kingdom, C1

journal
2008

Reading and writing ourselves into the twenty-first century

J O'Mara

(2008), pp. 149-159, Drama and english teaching : imagination, action, and engagement, South Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Research methodologies in creative practice : literacy in the digital age of the twenty first century - learning from computer games

C Beavis, C Bradford, J O'Mara, C Walsh

(2008), pp. 1-9, AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures : Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Association for Research in Education conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2007

Proteus, the giant at the door : drama and theater in the curriculum

J O'Toole, J O'Mara

(2007), pp. 203-218, International handbook of research in arts education, Dordrecht , Netherlands, B1-1

chapter
2006

Preparing English teachers for a changing world

C Beavis, J O'Mara

(2006), pp. 349-355, Only connect : English teaching, schooling and community, Kent Town, S. ?., B1

chapter

Becoming l(IT)erate : pre-service English teachers and ICTs

J O'Mara

(2006), Vol. 41, pp. 44-47, English in Australia, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Capturing the ephemeral : reflection-in-action as research

J O'Mara

(2006), Vol. 30, pp. 41-50, NJ (Drama Australia journal), Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Putting pre-service teachers first

J O'Mara

(2006), pp. 1-9, Voices, vibes, visions, Darwin, E1

conference
2004

At Sunny Bay: building students` repertoire of literacy practices through process drama

J O'Mara

(2004), pp. 119-136, Text next : new resources for literacy learning, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

chapter
2003

Repositioning drama to centre stage: drama, English, text and literacy

J O'Mara

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 17-26, N J Drama Australia Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal
2002

A challenge, a threat and a promise: drama as professional development for teacher educators

J Raphael, J O'Mara

(2002), Vol. 43, pp. 77-87, Melbourne Studies in Education, Carlton, Vic., C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Literacy in the digital world of the twenty-first century: learning from computer games.

Prof Catherine Beavis, Prof Clare Bradford, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Christopher Walsh

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2010: $52,596
  • 2008: $41,626
  • 2007: $65,295

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Prof Christine Halse, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Nida Denson, Dr Naomi Priest, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2015: $76,337
  • 2014: $149,988
  • 2013: $108,321
  • 2012: $70,097

Serious Play: Using digital games in school to promote literacy and learning in the twenty first century

Prof Catherine Beavis, Dr Michael Dezuanni, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Sarah Prestridge, Dr Leonie Rowan, Prof Claire Wyatt-Smith, Dr Jason Zagami, A/Prof Yam San Chee

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2014: $44,500
  • 2013: $39,500
  • 2012: $38,500

The contribution of becoming reflective on the employability of teachers and social workers

A/Prof Fran Waugh, Prof Robyn Ewing, A/Prof Wendy Bowles, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Prof Joan Fook, Dr Jonothan Doherty, Dr Jane McLenachan, A/Prof Christine Morley, A/Prof Lisa Kervin, Dr Jessica Maneti

OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2017: $6,250

Other Public Sector Funding

Literacy in the digital world of the twenty-first century: learning from computer games.

Prof Catherine Beavis, Prof Clare Bradford, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Christopher Walsh

  • 2010: $25,000
  • 2008: $30,000
  • 2007: $25,000

Review of the literature on the connections between physical learning spaces and student learning outcomes

Prof Jillian Blackmore, Dr Debra Bateman, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Jill Loughlin

  • 2010: $30,844

Innovative Learning Environments Research Study

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

  • 2011: $143,524
  • 2010: $54,000

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Prof Christine Halse, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Nida Denson, Dr Naomi Priest, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2013: $10,000
  • 2012: $125,000

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review

A/Prof Colleen Vale, A/Prof Damian Blake, Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Trace Ollis, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Gaye Williams, Dr Sarah Ohi

  • 2013: $54,420

Transition: Improved Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes (Survey)

Dr Brian Doig, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2015: $50,959

Evaluation of NISA project: Supporting implementation of Digital Technologies Curriculum

Dr Julianne Lynch, Dr Thomas Apperley, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, A/Prof Anne Cloonan, Dr Glenn Auld

  • 2017: $5,000

Industry and Other Funding

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Prof Christine Halse, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Nida Denson, Dr Naomi Priest, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2014: $30,000
  • 2013: $30,000
  • 2012: $30,000

Evaluation of the Professional Learning Flagship Program: Leading Curriculum Change

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

  • 2012: $47,117

Literacy Learning in Playful Spaces: Using multimodal strategies to develop narrative with young learners

A/Prof Linda Laidlaw, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2014: $18,043

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2014

Lucinda McKnight

Thesis entitled: The Glitterbomb: Designing Curriculum and Identity with Girls' Popular Culture

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2013

Michelle Ludecke

Thesis entitled: Using beginning teachers' 'firsts' to understand identity formation and transformation

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Margaret Milne

Thesis entitled: Doing Without School! Spaces becomes places: adolescent identity and engagement

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Executive Supervisor
2017

Luke Conrad Jackson

Thesis entitled: The Role of the Writer in Creating Narrative-Driven Digital Educational Games

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Education

2015

Benjamin Whitburn

Thesis entitled: Critical Engagement with Insider Accounts of Inclusive Schooling

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2013

Nishta Devi Rosunee

Thesis entitled: Who's culture, where and why? - identity, culture and artistic expression

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Co-supervisor
2017

Brandi Nichole Fox

Thesis entitled: Intercultural subjectivities of the everyday: A study of Australian school kids

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2014

Lisa Breen

Thesis entitled: Teacher professional practice and an ethic of care: an everyday problematic

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education