Catherine’s research expertise centres on the changing nature of text and the implications for literacy, education and schooling of young people’s engagement with digital culture and the online world. She researches in the areas of English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; digital culture and computer games; digital literacy and new literacies and games-based learning. She has undertaken numerous research projects focused on English education, and on literacy, digital culture, young people and computer games. Her current Australian Research Council Project is Serious Play: Using digital games in school to promote literacy and learning in the twenty first century (2011-2014).
Some of her previous work includes the ARC funded project, Literacy in the Digital World of the Twenty First Century: Learning from Computer Games (2007-2009). For a full list of research grants visit Research.
- Griffith University Industry Collaboration Scheme; Australian National Maritime Museum (2014-2014) Beavis, C., Rowan, l., Kelly, L. (2014-2015) Gamifying the museum: History, imagination and videogames.
- Griffith University – Simon Fraser University Collaborative Travel Grant Scheme; Beavis, C. & de Castell, S. (2012) Ludic Epistemology and C21st Learners.
- ARC Linkage Grant.Beavis, C.,Dezuanni, M., O'Mara, J., Prestridge,S.,Rowan, L.,Zagami, J., Chee, Y.S, Wyatt-Smith, C. (2011-2014) Serious Play: Using digital games in school to promote literacy and learning in the twenty first century.
- 2010-2011: Australian Media Communications Authority: Evaluation of Cybersafety Outreach Program (Professional Development for Educators Program and Internet Safety Awareness Presentations for Teachers, Students and Parents).
- ARC Linkage Grant. Beavis, C., Bradford, C., O'Mara, J. & Walsh, C. (2007-2009). Literacy in the digital world of the twenty-first century: learning from computer games.
- ARC Discovery: Nixon, H. and Beavis, C. Cyberkids and cyberworlds: new literacies, identities and communities in formation.
- Fiona Banjer: Lifelong learning capabilities of early phase students achieved using managed online tools. Principal Supervisor
- Keri Freeman: EAL students' academic literacies. Principal supervisor
- Jeanette Hannaford: How 'third culture kids' negotiate the discourses of home, school and new media. Principal supervisor.
- Bree Kitt: Literary constructions of VCE English. Principal Supervisor
- Marie Perry: Social networking and young people: privileging student voice. Co Supervisor
- Gillian Ray-Barruell: In the Eye of the Beholder: a critical discourse analysis of intellectual difference in Victorian literature, culture and beyond. Principal supervisor.
- Louise Roetman: Boys, Masculinities, and Resilience: Exploring gender based educational intervention through a post-structuralist lens. Associate supervisor.
- Stephen Shaw: The changing role of the student and teacher in an ICT poetry unit. Principal Supervisor
- Margaret Toomey: Digital Technologies: Literacy and Learning: an investigation into the use of mobile digital technologies as a resource for literacy learning in a junior secondary classroom. Principal Supervisor
- Jeremy White: The use of handheld gaming consoles and off-the-shelf software to Improve the spoken communicativecompetence ofp ublic Japanese elementary school students. Principal Supervisor
- Anne Woods The impact of the ACARA cross curriculum priorities on the teaching of poetry in middle years English. Principal supervisor
For a full list of publications visit Publications.