Professor of Education, School of Education and Professional Studies
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.
Current doctoral supervision includes such areas as English education and curriculum change, the use of handheld games to support English language learning, and the ways in which ‘third culture’ kids negotiate the discourses of home, school and new media.