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Dr Sarah Ohi



Senior Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 43747

Biography summary

Sarah Ohi’s research is encompassed by the overarching theme of the Power of Language and Literacy (discourse) and her publications are nested in three main areas under this; Early Years Literacy, Teacher Learning and Policy. Although Sarah’s research focuses upon many important aspects of Early Years Literacy, her main emphasis is upon the power of words and the impact of discourse and the development of concepts in Literacy Education settings. This is evident in her most recent work focusing upon issues associated with building Intercultural Understanding through literature and literacy. The second research area is that of Teacher Learning involving a focus on ensuring that pre- service, in-service teachers and Early Childhood Educators establish firm foundational knowledge of Early Years Literacy development. Furthermore, she interested in the affordances that technology offers to engage in Teacher’s Professional Learning. This has resulted in the development of rich partnerships with early childhood centres, schools and the winning of government research tenders. Finally, Sarah’s research encompasses a focus upon Early Years policy and the way in which it is subject to political change and is continually evolving. Sarah contributes to Deakin’s LIVE 2020 agenda by continuing to transform IDEAS into innovative research, as an individual and collaborative, leading team member.

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

Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years (Early Childhood & Primary)

Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments

Research groups

2015-18  The Melbourne Group

2011-18 Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium

2011-18 The Language, Literacies and Learning Teaching and Research Group

2011-12 The Early Childhood Research, Emerging Research group


2018- 2019 Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation Department of Education and Training (DET), Victoria. Walker-Gibbs,B., Ure,C.,Gallant,A., Thomas,M.,Rowe,E., Messer,R., Ohi,S.,  Mooney,A., Arnold,J., Hope-Rowe, G., O'Keefe, P., Harvie,K.,Peters,J., Broadhead,K., Chaur, K., Moncrieff,K.& Sanders,K.

2013-2015 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

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. Ohi,S.

2010-2012 Investigating the Role of Early childhood Teachers in the Research Policy Praxis Nexus; A focus upon Language and Literacy in Early Childhood.Ohi,S.

2010 Enhancing On-line Teaching and Learning through Research.Ohi,S.

2010 A Day in the Life of an Early Childhood Educator.Ohi,S.


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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

What do they do digitally? Identifying the home digital literacy practices of young children in Turkey

Gulsah Ozturk, Sarah Ohi

(2019), pp. 1-16, Early years, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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

Gulsah Ozturk, Sarah Ohi

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 393-406, Journal of early childhood research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

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

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

journal article

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

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

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

(2012), pp. 1-332, Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Issues, Challenges and Solutions, 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

journal article

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

S Ohi

(2008), Vol. 52, pp. 95-109, Australian Journal of Education, C1-1

journal article

An evaluation of the early years literacy program

J Williams, M Fleer, K Power, S Ohi, S North, M Long

(2008), Adelaide, S. Aust., A6-1

research report/technical paper

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Pilot statewide professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers

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

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

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review

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

  • 2013: $54,420


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