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Professor Annette Woods

Professor Annette Woods is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in print and digital literacies and young people’s engagement with texts. She is known for research related to school reform for social justice, and for expertise in research methods and research ethics. As a Chief Investigator in the Educated Child program, Annette will contribute to the areas of social justice education, digital literacies and media, and the changing contexts of schooling and literacy education. She hopes her work in the Centre will enhance all children’s access to quality education and print and digital literacies, forming a foundation for socially just schools and education systems.

Annette’s research interests are reflected in her extensive project work and industry leadership. Annette was lead researcher on an ARC Discovery Project investigating how young children learn to write as they participate in producing both print and digital texts with a range of tools and technologies. She is currently an investigator on an ARC Linkage project examining how teachers approach the teaching of Indigenous content in the curriculum, their attitudes and the complex factors that act as barriers and enablers to the success of teaching Indigenous content. Annette was President of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) from 2017-2018, demonstrating her leadership and commitment to enhancing quality in educational research.

Earliest digital memory
Year 11 (1980) when my school bought a first computer for the maths department and the Pac Man machine at the local store.



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