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Dr Maryanne Pale

Lecturer in Education


Dr. Maryanne Pale is a Lecturer in the Department of Education, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology. From The University of Auckland, New Zealand, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Education and Psychology), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Master of Education (Honours), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education. Her PhD research examined the hypothesis that explicit vocabulary instruction, using an educational intervention, can positively impact reading comprehension and contribute to the improvement of students’ reading skills. In addition, she explored the development of a culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy for the achievement in English reading comprehension for Tongan students in bilingual contexts which led her to develop and introduce ‘The Ako Conceptual Framework’. She used a mixed methods research methodology in her PhD which included collecting, analysing and integrating quantitative data (e.g. student achievement data) and qualitative data (e.g. the video observations of teaching and learning that took place in the primary classrooms, participant interviews and collaborative discussions). In 2015, Maryanne presented her doctoral research findings at the 4th International Language, Education and Diversity Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2016, she presented ‘The Ako Conceptual Framework’ at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia. 

Dr. Pale is a member of the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium. Her research interests include the fields of English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy, Assessments in Education, Pasifika Education, and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogies. In addition, Dr. Pale is interested in exploring other forms of interactive pedagogies by drawing from other academic fields such as educational psychology (child development), social psychology (how social and environmental constructs influence on child literacy development), and cultural anthropology (influence of culture on the literacy development of indigenous students). 

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • English And Literacy Curriculum And Pedagogy (excl. Lote, Esl And Tesol) - 130204
  • Primary Education (excl. Maori) - 130105
  • Pacific Peoples Education - 130311

Professional memberships

  • 2017 - 2018: Committee Member, Cultural Advisory Panel, Pacific Young Peoples Mapping Project, Brimbank, VIC, Australia
  • 2018 - 2018: Committee Member, Melbourne Local Council, Australian Literacy Educators' Association, Australia
  • 2016 - 2016: Member, Sydney Power Pacific Interagency Network, Australia
  • 2015 - 2015: Member, Pacific Island Mt Druitt Action Network, Sydney, Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Member, Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium, Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Member, NSW Pacific Professional and Business Women's Network, Australia


Also published as: Pale, Maryanne; Pale, M.
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