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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. For 2018, she is the Unit Convenor for EDU10002 Understanding Language and Literacy, EDU20001 Developing Literacy, EDU30001 Imagining the World through Language and Literature and EDU30010 Teaching Literacy.

From The University of Auckland, New Zealand, Dr. Pale 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 employed 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's research interests are within the field of English language and literacies in early years education. As the Principal Investigator, her current research explores preservice teachers' theory praxis nexus in relation to early years literacy education. This project is expected to be completed in 2019. For future research projects, Dr. Pale is interested in exploring other forms of interactive pedagogies for advancing research in literacy development, especially among minority students across the education sector within Australia and New Zealand. This will involve engaging in interdisciplinary research that draws 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). 

Dr. Pale is a member of the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium, a committee member of the Melbourne Local Council for the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and serves on the cultural advisory panel for the Brimbank Pacific Young Peoples Mapping Project via Charis Mentoring Inc.

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
  • 2017 - 2018: Member, NSW Pacific Professional and Business Women's Network, 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


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