Associate Professor Laura Scholes - Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

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Laura Scholes is an Associate Professor researching gender and literacy at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. Associate Professor Scholes is also a Principal Fellow of the Australian Research Council researching how to challenge masculinities associated with boys' failure in reading. She was awarded a prestigious 3-year Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) in 2017 (DE 170100990). As part of this program of research she is implementing mixed methods to identify the multiplicity of influences on boys' masculine reading identities and pedagogies to improve marginalized boys' reading outcomes.

In addition to her DECRA research she also recently worked on a research project examining boys' and girls' experiences reading in science classrooms and the influence of reading pedagogies on science identities. Associate Professor Scholes has produced over 80 scholarly works including her sole-authored 2018 monograph by Routledge, Boys, masculinities and reading: Gender identity and literacy as social practice. She has published research in journals that include the Journal of Research in Reading, Teaching and Teacher Education, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Studies in Education, and Gender and Education.

Associate Professor Scholes serves on the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy and is completing a three-year international research leadership role as Co-President, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Bourdieu in Educational Research SIG, USA (2020-2023). She also maintains a strong public research voice for literacy research through radio, news media and social media.

Contact

Phone :07 3861 6177 (Brisbane)
Email :laura.scholes@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Literacy ; Gender and reading ; Reading pedagogies ; Schooling and disadvantage ; Critical thinking ;

Methods Expertise

qualitative methods ; quantitative research methods ; Mixed method designs ; Stimulus recall interviews ; Scenario based interviews ;

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