Dr Jennifer Martin - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


Dr Jenny Martin is an experienced teacher and teacher educator. Jenny's research has contributed to the development of theory and method for understanding student and teacher agency in education practice. In her PhD, she developed the Grammar of Agency (GoA) as a methodological tool for cultural psychological research in education. Her subsequent work has applied GoA to understanding practice in science education and teacher education, predominately concerned with promoting science learners as agentic participants in classrooms, preservice teachers??? environmental agency and teachers??? agentic professionalism. Currently, she is involved in the Learning-rich leadership in early childhood education project where GoA will be applied for the first time as a tool for understanding practice transformation. Her expertise includes applications of positioning theory to education research, participatory ethnography, discourse analysis, discursive psychology and includes video-based research design.

Early in her career in education, Jenny taught science in primary and secondary schools and mathematics in secondary schools. She subsequently worked as a teacher educator, including as a Professional Development Leader with the Victorian Department of Education and as a lecturer in science education at The University of Melbourne. Jenny was appointed as a full-time lecturer in science education and education studies at ACU in 2012.


Phone :3286 (Melbourne)
Email :jenny.martin@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment ; Science Education ; Education for Sustainability ; Agency and Identity ; Classroom Interaction ;

Methods Expertise

Discursive Psychology ; Participatory Action Research ; Ethnography ; Critical discourse analysis ; Collaborative Action Research ; Cultural-historical activity theory ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Becoming professionally agentic: Researching pedagogical reasoning in initial teacher education. , in In J. Nuttall, A. Kostogriz, M. Jones, & J. Martin (Eds.) Teacher Education Policy and Practice. Evidence of Impact, Impact of Evidence.

Researching primary teachers' professional agency: Employing interactive ethnography to overcome reluctance to teach science. , in Research in Science Education.


The grammar of agency: Studying possibilities for student agency in science classroom discourse. , in Learning Culture and Social Interaction


Preservice teacher agency concerning education for sustainability (EfS): A discursive psychological approach. , in Journal of Research in Science Teaching


What is agency? Perspectives in science education research. , in International Journal of Science Education


Science students' classroom discourse: Tasha's umwelt, in Research in Science Education

Other information

Jenny is currently working full time as a Research Fellow at ACU's Institute of Learning Sciences and Teacher Education. In 2017, she was awarded the Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Award.