I am a university lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. My area of expertise is secondary (high school) English curriculum, and at the moment I am most interested in the more specific areas of digital literacy, children’s literature and teacher identity. Before being a lecturer I worked as a high school English teacher in South Western Sydney (Mac WHAT??!), a job that I loved very much. The bonds that I made with my students and colleagues in my school teaching life inspire me daily and energise my university teaching life!
I have recently completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, titled “Innovation and change in the 1999 NSW HSC syllabus: Challenges and problems”. In the future I hope to revisit the specific area of senior secondary English in my research. In particular I am interested in the student experience, an area on which there is currently very little research.
In 2007 I won the NSW Premier’s English Scholarship and undertook a study tour focussing on the use of multimedia texts in the English classroom. You can read my official report here.
In 2009 I received a Highly Commended Award from Teaching Australia in the Beginning Teacher category of the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence.
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Dr Kelli McGraw is a Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Language Studies at QUT. Currently teaching secondary English curriculum as well as units in the Master of Education (Teacher-Librarianship) on youth, popular culture and texts, her prior experience includes teaching high school English and debating in Southwest Sydney, NSW. Kelli researches the fields of secondary school curriculum, teacher identity, digital literacy and children’s literature, presently focusing on the use of online learning and mobile devices in the teaching of reading. She was recently elected the Vice President of the English Teachers Association of Queensland.
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