Dr Ingrid Willenberg - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


As a Fulbright scholar I completed my doctorate in the Human Development and Psychology program with a concentration in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with Professor Catherine Snow, world-renowned expert in child language. My dissertation research, funded by a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, involved an in-depth mixed methods study of 100 South African children in kindergarten, exploring their language and emergent literacy skills as well as their home and school literacy environments. My research background is in social science and my experience falls under the umbrella of child development and well-being, with particular expertise in language and literacy development. My research experience includes studies on children's perspectives on their wellbeing, children's knowledge about and attitudes towards children's rights, and development of children's narrative abilities. My research is underpinned by a strong academic background in developmental psychology, linguistics, language and literacy, and speech-language pathology.


Phone :4575 (Strathfield)
Email :ingrid.willenberg@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Language skills underpinning literacy development ; Emergent Literacy ; Language & literacy socialisation ; Bilingualism ; Adult-child book reading ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative ; Quantitative ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Innovative Mathematics Curriculum and Teacher Professional Learning: A Case Study (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)
  • K-2 Teachers' perceptions of the most useful strategies for helping struggling readers (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Stage 3 teachers' perceptions of using cooperative learning to improve English literacy outcomes of English as an additional language or dialect students (Master) (Principal Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • Teacher Perspectives on Self-Regulated Learning and Reading Comprehension (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Reframing interprofessional community of practice among clinical educators: A map of the key concepts underpinning post graduate programs (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Crossing the Gap: an examination of school ethos and its potential impact on citizenship (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Explicit vocabulary instruction practices of upper primary teachers (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Paws for Thought: In what way can the intervention of a fully-trained assistance dog influence a child with autism? (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Academic red-shirting of school entry (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications