Professor Kristina Love - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Kristina Love is Professor and Head of the School of Education at the Australian Catholic University (Victoria). As an educational linguist, she has been deeply involved in research and professional activity related to teachers' knowledge about language and literacy across the school subjects. She is Co Chief Investigator (with Professor Len Unsworth of QUT and Associate Professor Mary Macken-Horarik of UNE) on a three year ARC Discovery grant ($473,000) entitled "Grammar and praxis: investigating a grammatics for 21st century school English". She has been President of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA), Editor of the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL) and Chief Examiner of VCE English Language. She has produced multimedia resources for teachers and teacher educators that translate current theory about language and literacy into practice (eg "Building Understandings in Literacy and Teaching" and "Literacy Across the School Subjects") and is working with colleagues in Stockholm and Copenhagen to further develop these materials online. In 2007 she was won the Norm Curry Award for innovation and excellence in the support of, and service to teaching and learning ($25,000) and in 2008 a Universitas 21 Fellowship to visit Stanford, UBC, Birmingham, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities. She has been an invited keynote at national and international conferences on issues related to her research.


Phone :61 3 99533507 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Language ; Linguistics ; Literacy ;

Methods Expertise

Discourse Analysis ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


A grammatics a??good enougha?? for school English in the 21st century: four challenges in realizing the potential , in Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Humphrey, S.,Love, K. and Droga L. Working Grammar: an introduction for English teachers. Pearson, Australia


Love, K. Literacy pedagogical content knowledge in the secondary curriculum , in Pedagogies 5 (4) pp. 338-355


Love, K & Macken-Horarik, M (2009) Obama, Rudd and a grammar for rhetoric in the National English Curriculum. In Proceedings of the AATE/ALEA conference, Hobart, July, 2009. , in (

Love, K. (2009) Literacy Pedagogical Content Knowledge in secondary teacher education: reflecting on oral language and learning across the disciplines. , in Language and Education Volume 23 Issue 6, 541-560


Love, K. Appreciation and interpretation of prose fiction online, in In L.Unsworth Multimodal Semiotics and Multiliteracies Education vol 2 Continuum Press

Hamston, J. & Love, K. Mythos, boys and literacy: Adolescent boys and their leisure reading choices. , in In R. Hammett & K.Sandford (Eds.), Boys, Girls and the Myths of Literacies and Learning

Arkoudis, S. & Love, K. Educating international students in secondary schools: an Australian case study. , in Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 18 (1)


Love, K. & Arkoudis, S. (2006) a??Teachersa?? stances towards international students: an Australian case studya??., in Linguistics and Education 17 (3) 258 -282

Love, K. & Iles, M. a??Welcome to the online discussion groupa??: a diagnostic framework for teachers , in Australian Journal of Language and Literacy 29 (3) 210 - 225.

Love, K. Literacy in K-12 teacher education: the case study of a multimedia resource., in In L. Hin & R. Subramaniam (Eds) Handbook of Research on Literacy in Technology at the K-12 Level. (pp.469-492). Idea Group Reference: Hershey, USA.

Love, K. Appraisal in online discussion of literary text. , in Text and Talk 26 (2) 217-244


Hamston, J. & Love, K. Voicing resistance: adolescent boys and the cultural practice of leisure reading , in Discourse 26 (2) 183-202

Love, K. On line discussion in secondary English: Shaping interactive practice for ESL students , in In Information Technology and Innovation in Language Education (Christine Davison, Ed) pp. 149-172. Hong Kong University Press. Hong Kong.

Love, K. & Simpson, A. Online discussion in schools: towards a pedagogical framework , in International Journal of Educational Research 43 (2005) 446-463

Love, K. (Ed), Special Edition of the Australian review of Applied Linguistics Language and Social Life: Functional perspectives Series S19.


Love, K. & Hamston, J. Committed and reluctant male teenage readers: beyond bedtime stories. , in Journal of Literacy Research 36 (3) 335-400

Love, K. & Arkoudis, S. Sinking or Swimming? Chinese international students and high stakes school exams , in The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 27 (1) 58-71

Other information

Some recent research and consultancy grants
2011 ARC Discovery grant ($473,000) over three years. a??Grammar and praxis: investigating a grammatics for 21st century school Englisha??, with Professor Len Unsworth and Associate Professor Mary Macken-Horarik of UNE.
2007. MRIO grant for a??near-missa?? ARC Discovery grant application. a??Schooling and the social identities of English learnersa??. With Professor Joe Lo Bianco, Dr. Kieran Oa??Loughlin and Dr. Sophie Arkoudis. ($20,000).
2006. A competitive contract with the Victorian Department of Education to design an a??Evidence-Based Literacy Professional Learning Package for Literacya?? ($100,000).