A/Prof. Joanne O'Mara

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Education (Language and Literature)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

Publications

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2020

Researching and parenting in the iWorld: the dialogism of family life

Joanne O'Mara, Linda Laidlaw

(2020), pp. 160-177, Child-parent research reimagined, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Translanguaging: Towards a strength-based literacy curriculum

Glenn Auld, Lena Djabibba, Joanne O'Mara

(2020), Vol. 28, pp. 32-40, Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, Crows Nest, NSW, C1

journal article

Assessment of Literacy Pedagogy using Gratitude

Glenn Auld, Andrew Eyers, Joanne O'Mara

(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 62-75, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Perth, Western Australia, C1

journal article

Assessing Pre-Service Teachers' Literacy Pedagogy through Gratitude Notes to Secondary Students

Glenn Auld, Andrew Eyers, Joanne O'Mara

(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 62-75, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Perth, W.A., C1

journal article
2019

Reading for pleasure in English class: developing reading dispositions and identities in a digital society

Joanne O'Mara, Catherine Beavis

(2019), pp. 215-226, The future of English teaching worldwide: celebrating 50 years from the Dartmouth Conference, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Researching in the IWorld: from home to beyond

Linda Laidlaw, Joanne O'Mara, Suzanna So-Har Wong

(2019), pp. 182-195, The routledge international handbook of learning with technology in early childhood, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Morphologies of knowing: Fractal methods for re-thinking classroom technology practices

Julianne Lynch, Joanne O'Mara

(2019), pp. 166-186, Practice methodologies in education research, London, ENg., B1

book chapter

The evidence of literacy learning through contemporary Kunibdji knowledge systems

Lena Djabibba, Glenn Auld, Joanne O'Mara

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 15-32, Literacy education and indigenous Australians : theory, research and practice, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

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

(2019), Vol. 18, pp. 234-247, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'This is your brain on devices': media accounts of young children's use of digital technologies and implications for parents and teachers

Linda Laidlaw, Joanne O?Mara, Suzanna Wong

(2019), pp. 1-14, Contemporary issues in early childhood, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'Four boys Nga-Lerebina Ngana': Oracy and translanguaging in English and Ndjbbana

J O'Mara, G Auld, L Djabibba

(2019), Vol. 54, pp. 59-68, English in Australia, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Indexing drama research: NJ 1997-2018

Mary Mooney, Joanne O?Mara

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 114-135, NJ: drama Australia journal, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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

Bowles Wendy, Chambers Belinda, Robyn Ewing, Josephine Fleming, Lisa Kervin, Jessica Mantei, Morely Christine, Joanne O'Mara, Fran Waugh, David Smith

(2019), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper
2018

A critical review of the effectiveness of narrative-driven digital educational games

L Jackson, J O'Mara, J Moss, A Jackson

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 32-49, International journal of game-based learning, Hershey, Pa., C1

journal article
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

book chapter

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

book 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

book 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

book 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

book 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

book 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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article
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

book 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

book 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

book 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 article

'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, C1

journal article

'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 article

Transition: improved literacy outcomes research study

J O'Mara, B Doig

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Doing diversity: intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

C Halse, F Mansouri, J Moss, Y Paradies, J O'Mara, R Arber, N Denson, C Arrowsmith, N Priest, C Charles, A Cloonan, B Fox, C Hartung, C Mahoney, S Ohi, G Ovenden, G Shaw, L Wright

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
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

book chapter

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

book chapter

Inclusive literacy education

J O'Mara, L Paatsch

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

book 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 article

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, C1

journal article
2013

The literacy and numeracy strategy literature review

A Kostogriz, C Vale, G Auld, D Blake, L Bragg, S Ohi, T Ollis, J O'Mara, L Paatsch, G Williams

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

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

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

book 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

book 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

book chapter

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 article

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

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

book chapter

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, C1

journal article

Research into the connection between built learning spaces and student outcomes

J Blackmore, D Bateman, J Loughlin, J O'Mara, G Aranda

(2011), East Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
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 article

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 article
2009

Literacy in the digital age: Learning from computer games

C Beavis, T Apperley, C Bradford, J O?Mara, C Walsh

(2009), Vol. 43, pp. 162-175, English in Education, C1

journal article
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

book 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

book 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

book 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 article

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 article

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

book chapter
2003

RepositioningDrama toCentreStage:Drama, English, Text andLiteracy

Joanne O'Mara

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 17-26, NJ, C1

journal article
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 article
1999

Just a jacket on the floor?

Carole Miller, Allison Preece, Joanne O'Mara

(1999), Vol. 77, pp. 137-143, Language arts, Urbana, Ill., C1-1

journal article

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, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Naomi Priest

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, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Naomi Priest

  • 2013: $10,000
  • 2012: $125,000

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review

A/Prof Colleen Vale, 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

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

  • 2020: $15,000
  • 2019: $22,500
  • 2018: $22,500
  • 2017: $5,000

Virtual Learning Principles for Teachers: Best Practices.

A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Prof Catherine Beavis

  • 2019: $45,454

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, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Naomi Priest

  • 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, A/Prof 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

Improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Project.

A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Tarquam McKenna, A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Dr Glenn Auld

  • 2020: $42,867

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2019

Gary Robert Shaw

Thesis entitled: How might interculturality be developed in an Australian primary school?

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

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
2019

Kynan Mackintosh Robinson

Thesis entitled: Enabling Collective Creativity in Schools using Minecraft: Serious Play

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

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