Dr Sarah Ohi



Senior Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 43747

Research interests

Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years
New Technologies and Literacy Pedagogical Practices in the Early Years
The Transition of Pre-school children into the Primary School
Building effective partnerships between teachers, parents and children.
The operation of the Research-Policy-Praxis Nexus.
Improving Higher Education
Improving On-line learning, Teaching and Research

Teaching interests

ECE762 Language and Literacy in the Early Years                                          ECE230 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood
ECL210 Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments
ECL310 Developing Language and Literacy: The Middle Years


2013 The Intercultural Understanding in Primary & Secondary Schools Project,Halse,C(CI),Mansouri,F,Arrowsmith,C(RMIT),Moss,J.,Paradies,Y., Arber,R,Charles,C.,Cloonan,A.,Nida,D.(UWS),Ohi,S.,O’Mara,J.,Priest,N.(MU).The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant www.interculturalunderstanding.org

2013 The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, Literature Review, DEECD, Vic. Kostogriz,A. (CI), Vale,C. (CI), Auld,G., Blake,D., Bragg,L., Ohi,S., Ollis,T., O’Mara,J., Paatsch,L., Williams, G.

2012 Implications of the restructuring of Early Childhood Education for Teacher Professional Development, Ohi,S. & Yim,B.
2011-2013 Pilot Statewide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers (Deakin/VU partnership, Funded by DEECD) Nolan, A., Morrissey,A., Aitken, J., Doig,B., Hamm,C., Hunt,J., Laskey,L.,Ohi,S.,Rouse,L.

2011-2012 Developing Essential Language and Literacy Tools for Early Childhood Education, Deakin University.
2010-2012 Investigating the Role of Early childhood Teachers in the Research Policy Praxis Nexus; A focus upon Language and Literacy in Early Childhood.
2010 Enhancing On-line Teaching and Learning through Research.
2010 A Day in the Life of an Early Childhood Educator.


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Understanding young children's attitudes towards reading in relation to their digital literacy activities at home

Gulsah Ozturk, Sarah Ohi

(2018), pp. 1-15, Journal of early childhood research, London, Eng., C1


Interrogating the promise of a whole school approach to intercultural education: an Australian Investigation

S Ohi, Joanne O'Mara, Ruth Arber, Catherine Hartung, Gary Shaw, Christine Halse

(2018), pp. 1-24, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1


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

A Cloonan, B Fox, S Ohi, C Halse

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


Building a model of support for preschool children with speech and language disorders

N Robertson, S Ohi

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 173-181, Journal of education and learning, Toronto, Ont., C1


A day in the life of an early childhood teacher: identifying the confronting issues and challenges that arise

S Ohi

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 1008-1018, Creative education, Irvine, California, C1


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


Literacy in early childhood and primary education : issues, challenges and solutions

C McLachlan, T Nicholson, R Fielding-Barnsley, L Mercer, S Ohi

(2013), Cambridge, England, A1


Investigating Ways of Enhancing Online Research

S Ohi

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 1-6, International journal of instructional technology and distance learning, Pittsburgh, Pa., C1


The teacher's role in the research-policy-praxis nexus

S Ohi

(2008), Vol. 52, pp. 95-109, Australian journal of education, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Teacher's professional knowledge and the teaching of reading in the early years

S Ohi

(2007), Vol. 32, pp. 1-14, Australian journal of teacher education, Graylands, W.A., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Pilot statewide professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers

Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Sarah Ohi, Ms Louise Laskey, Dr Liz Rouse, Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2015: $188,450
  • 2013: $64,200
  • 2011: $64,200

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

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Prof Christine Ure, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Emma Rowe, Mr Ray Messer, Dr Sarah Ohi, Dr Amanda Mooney, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Gaelene Hope-Rowe, Dr Peter O'Keefe, Mrs Kate Harvie, Mrs Jacqui Peters, Mrs Katrina Broadhead, Mrs Karen Chaur, Mrs Kate Moncrieff

  • 2018: $116,821


Associate Supervisor

Dewi Mulia

Thesis entitled: The role of play in teaching English as a foreign language in early childhood settings in Indonesia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Kathy Swinkels

Thesis entitled: Mathematically-rich Interactions in Early Childhood Centres

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education