Dr Amanda Gutierrez - 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 Amanda Gutierrez is a Senior Lecturer in English/literacy and Teacher Professional Practice. She also works across multiple local and international partnership projects. She comes from a secondary English teaching background and has taught and held school leadership positions in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. She completed her MEd titled "'Empowering' Indigenous students in a critical literacy classroom" while teaching in Northwest WA.

In 2014 she completed her PhD 'Critical literacy in Australia: affordances, tensions and hybridizations'. This focused on the ways critical literacy is constructed in academic texts, curriculum documents in Victoria and Queensland and in teacher discourse/practice in these two states.

Amanda has worked and published in the area of critical literacy and digital games as well as completed a systematic review on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literacy programs.

She also researches in the area of professional experience and partnerships, in particular models of partnerships and professional becoming within these settings. She has led research projects investigating pre-service teacher professional becoming in partnership models and has published in this area.

Dr Gutierrez also coordinates an international partnership project between ACU and the Monastic Education Development Group in Myanmar.


Phone :0738616286 (Brisbane)
Email :Amanda.Gutierrez@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

School-University partnerships in ITE ; Professional becoming ; critical literacy/pedagogy ; English Curriculum ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative Research/Approaches ; Bakhtinian approaches ; Discourse Analysis ; Critical discourse analysis ; Feminist/postmodern approaches ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Secondary Teachers perceptions toward school leadership: a generational divide? (Master) (Associate Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • Paws for Thought: Linking Assistance Dogs and Autobiographical Memory in Children with Autism. (Master) (Associate Supervisor)
  • Intentional instructional practices for vocabulary enhancement that upper primary teachers implement in their classrooms (Master) (Associate Supervisor)
  • The Semiotic Construction of Evaluative Stance in Videogames: Explicating the portrayal of values (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Indigenous student literacy outcomes in Australia: a systematic review of literacy programs, in Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education

Exploring what it means to be a professional in partnerships: reflecting on teacher educator narratives, in Professionalism and Teacher Education

Conceptualising Teacher Professionalism, in Professionalism and Teacher Education


Challenging ideological environments: International teachers' experiences of an outside-of-country teacher training program, in Critical Studies in Education

Exploring the becoming of Pre-Service Teachers in paired placement models, in Teacher Education: Innovation, Interventions and Impact


Turning around to the affordances of digital games: English curriculum and students lifeworlds, in English in Australia


Exploring critical literacy in Queensland and Victoria: affordances, tensions and hybridizations, in English in Australia

Critical literacy in Australia: affordances, tensions and hybridizations, in PhD Thesis

Other information

Amanda currently has the following publications under review:

Gutierrez, A. & Nailor, S. (under review). Pre-service teachers??? professional becoming in an extended professional experience partnership program. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

And a Chapter accepted in the proposed Palgrave book 'Aboriginal Voices: Closing the Research-Practice Gap in Indigenous Education'

She is also working on several projects. She is
- Researching Faith Companion Mentoring professional experience programs in partnership with the BCE;
- Conducting a systematic review with Assoc. Professor Jillian Fox, exploring literature internationally to evaluate university partnership programs and models in education.