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Dr Maria Nicholas

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Education (Language And Literacy Education)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

maria.n@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71472

Career highlights

2023 – Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Innovation: Early Career Researcher Award, Deakin University

2022 – Research Innovator Award, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

2021 Faculty Teaching and Learning Award, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. For innovative use of 360-degree video of classroom practice in an undergraduate Initial Teacher Education literacy unit. Recipients: Maria Nicholas, Aubrey Comben, Christian Bass & Stephen Newnham

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Prizes and Awards for Outstanding Contributions: Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence. For providing highly supportive Cloud learning through strategic partnerships and premium digital resources, effectively preparing students for placement. Recipients: Maria Nicholas, Denise Simons, Rebecca Claire, Lisa Bell, Rosemarie Garner, Stephen Newnham & Glenn Mcnolty

2016 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

2013 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

Affiliations

Associate Investigator: Australian Research Council - Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child: https://www.digitalchild.org.au/

Member of the Strategic Research Centre in Education: Research for Educational Impact (REDI)

Knowledge areas

Maria has an interest in students' learning and education in pre-school, primary and secondary school settings, including high-ability and gifted teaching and learning, most especially as it relates to children's/students' literacy development (specialising in the learning and teaching of reading in the pre-school and primary years). Maria's interests also include digital literacies, teaching approaches, and the role of mediation in child/student development and learning.

Professional activities

2022 – Keynote speaker for Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools' (MACS) "Pathways to Improved Literacy" program of professional learning ; and delivery of two webinar presentations for the program: "Theories of Reading" and "The Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model: Teaching approaches for Reading and Writing".

Winch, G. & Holliday, M., with Nicholas, M. (2020). Chapter 10: Learning to Read: The Child before School. In Winch et al. (Eds.), Literacy: Reading, Writing and Children's Literature (6th ed.) (pp. 153–170). Docklands, Australia: Oxford University Press.

"Teaching Approaches and the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework" - Instructional video: Nicholas, M., 2018, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=974dcaZdjLs>

"New app turns learning ABCs into child's play" - Media Release: http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/new-app-turns-learning-abcs-into-childs-play

Projects

  • Professional Learning - High Ability Education and Learning in partnership with the Centre for Higher Education Studies, DET: Dr Maria Nicholas, A/Prof Andrew Skourdoumbis, A/Prof Linda Hobbs, Dr Shaun Bangay, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Sophie Mckenzie, Dr George Aranda, Miss Ondine Bradbury, Dr Guy Wood-Bradley
  • Deakin's Nyaal: using 360 degree videos of classroom practice to facilitate immersive teaching/learning experiences, in partnership with local primary schools.
  • Doctoral thesis (2020): "Mothers' interactions with two-year-olds when reading printed and electronic texts" : https://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30136545 
  • "Transition: A Positive Start to School" - Early Childhood and Primary School cross-sector State-wide Professional Learning: Associate Prof Liz Rouse, Prof Christine Ure, Prof Andrea Nolan, Mrs Rosemarie Garner, Dr Maria Nicholas

Publications

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2024

Cross-sector collaborations via Facebook: teachers' use of social media

M Nicholas, E Rouse, R Garner

(2024), Vol. 51, pp. 757-779, Australian Educational Researcher, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Meeting the Needs and Potentials of High-Ability, High-Performing, and Gifted Students via Differentiation

Maria Nicholas, Andrew Skourdoumbis, Ondine Bradbury

(2024), pp. 1-19, Gifted Child Quarterly, Thousand Oaks, CA., C1

journal article

Rehabilitate Defectology! Teaching Foundation Reading as Compensation

D Kellogg, M Nicholas

(2024), Early Years, C1

journal article
2023

Transition into school-aged care - how do services support children starting school?

Liz Rouse, Rosemarie Garner, Maria Nicholas

(2023), pp. 1-17, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The shared reading of digital storybooks with young children: Parents' perspectives

Maria Nicholas, Louise Paatsch

(2023), pp. 1-18, Research Papers in Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Guided to Guider: the "∼ed" and "∼er" roles in professional development materials for guided reading

Maria Nicholas, David Kellogg

(2023), pp. 1-16, Social Semiotics, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2022

The Barometer of Agency: Reconceptualising the 'Guided Reading' Teaching Approach

Maria Nicholas

(2022), Vol. 12, pp. 1-11, Education Sciences, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Examining the paradoxes children experience in language and literacy learning

G Auld, J O’Mara, A Cloonan, T Delphine, A Eyers, M Nicholas, S Ohi, L Paatsch, L Pangrazio, J Quick

(2022), pp. 1-16, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Literacy learning in infant-toddler programs: Practice architectures as a lens for examining educator pedagogy

E Rouse, M Nicholas

(2022), Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, C1

journal article
2021

Cultural-historical methodology for educational research: A Vygotskian manifesto

John Cripps Clark, Maria Nicholas, Nikolai Veresov

(2021), Vol. 2, pp. 243-260, Methodological approaches to STEM education research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

Mothers' views on shared reading with their two-year olds using printed and electronic texts: Purpose, confidence and practice

M Nicholas, L Paatsch

(2021), Vol. 21, pp. 3-26, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, C1

journal article

Learning to read: where should early childhood educators begin?

M Nicholas, E Rouse

(2021), Vol. 55, pp. 3-13, Literacy, C1

journal article

Guided reading - Working within a child's zone of proximal development

M Nicholas, N Veresov, J Clark

(2021), Vol. 30, Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, C1

journal article

Child-centred teaching: Helping each child to reach their full potential

M Nicholas, E Rouse, L Paatsch

(2021), Vol. 11, Education Sciences, C1

journal article

Cross-sector early years teacher collaboration: using professional learning workshops as boundary objects for professional boundary crossing

R Garner, M Nicholas, E Rouse

(2021), Vol. 29, pp. 764-779, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, C1

journal article
2020

School readiness - what does this mean? Educators' perceptions using a cross sector comparison

E Rouse, M Nicholas, R Garner

(2020), pp. 1-15, International Journal of Early Years Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

The red dot game

Shaun Bangay, Sophie Mckenzie, Maria Nicholas, Aaron Spence

(2019), Vol. 3, pp. 420-425, Learning, education & games, volume 3: 100 games to use in the classroom and beyond, Pittsburgh, Pa., B1

book chapter

A to Z safari

Aaron Spence, Sophie Mckenzie, Maria Nicholas

(2019), Vol. 3, pp. 16-20, Learning, education & games, volume 3: 100 games to use in the classroom and beyond, Pittsburgh, Pa., B1

book chapter
2018

Using video-stimulated interviews to foster reflection, agency and knowledge-building in research

Maria Nicholas, Louise Paatsch, A Nolan

(2018), pp. 213-226, Video-based research in education : cross disciplinary perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Affordances of using Multiple Videoed Events to construct a rich understanding of adult-child book readings

M Nicholas

(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 125-141, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, C1

journal article

Digital literacies in middle years classrooms: teachers' perspectives and self-reported practices

K Hankins, M Nicholas

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 13-33, The international journal of learning, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article

Going on safari: The design and development of an early years literacy ipad application to support letter-sound learning

S McKenzie, A Spence, M Nicholas

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 16-29, Electronic Journal of e-Learning, C1

journal article
2017

Insights into casual relief teaching: casual relief teachers' perceptions of their knowledge and skills

M Nicholas, M Wells

(2017), Vol. 45, pp. 229-249, Asia-pacific journal of teacher education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Using digital devices in a first year classroom : a focus on the design and use of phonics software applications

M Nicholas, S Mckenzie, M Wells

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 267-282, Journal of education and learning, Toronto, Canada, C1

journal article

Transition: a positive start to school: statewide professional learning delivery final report

E Rouse, Rosemarie Garner, Maria Nicholas, Christopher Speldewinde

(2017), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper
2015

Student knowledge: curriculum, assessment and reporting

M Nicholas

(2015), Vol. 14, pp. 1-16, Journal of educational enquiry, Adelaide, S. A., C1

journal article
2014

Planning for teaching / planning for learning

G Hope-Rowe, M Nicholas

(2014), pp. 133-156, Becoming a teacher of language and literacy, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Teacher practice: a spotlight on the use of feedback and conferencing in the first year of schooling

M Nicholas, L Paatsch

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 130-152, Australian journal of teacher education, Perth, WA, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Transition: A Positive Start to School ¿ State-wide PL Delivery

A/Prof Liz Rouse, Prof Christine Ure, Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Rosemarie Scott, Dr Maria Nicholas

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2018: $99,619
  • 2017: $967,012
  • 2016: $199,239

Centre for Higher Education Studies Professional Learning.

Dr Maria Nicholas, A/Prof Andrew Skourdoumbis, Prof Linda Hobbs, Dr Shaun Bangay, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Sophie Mckenzie, Dr George Aranda, Miss Ondine Bradbury, Dr Guy Wood-Bradley

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2024: $25,000
  • 2023: $96,134
  • 2022: $217,834

Learner Improvement in Reading in Tasmanian Government Schools.

A/Prof Glenn Auld, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Maria Nicholas, Dr Sarah Ohi

Department for Education, Children & Young People (Tasmania)

  • 2024: $605,126
  • 2023: $605,126

Industry and Other Funding

Paid Non-local Study Leave Scheme (Australia) in the 2017/18 School Year

A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Ben Whitburn, Dr Maria Nicholas, Dr Kim Davies, Dr Claire Spicer, Prof Christine Ure, Dr Joanne Quick

Education Bureau The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • 2018: $160,522

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report