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Dr Maryanne Pale

Lecturer and Researcher


Dr. Maryanne Pale is a Lecturer and a Researcher in the Department of Education at Swinburne University of Technology. She lectures in the English and literacy units within the teacher education courses. In addition, she is involved in three research projects that received successful external grants in 2021-2022 worth a combined total of $1.2 million. The first project is in collaboration with Victoria's Centre for Multicultural Youth and it aims to support the education of Pasifika secondary students in Victoria. The project is funded by Victoria's Department of Justice and Community Safety. The second project aims to support pre-service teachers in rural and regional communities Victoria. The project is funded by Victoria's Department of Education and Training. The third project is in collaboration with Victoria's Centre for Multicultural Youth and it aims to support and develop Pasifika students' interests in tertiary education and future career pathways. The project is funded by the Federal Safer Communities Fund. 

Maryanne has published research in international peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include the fields of English and literacy education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Pasifika education, and the education of children and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, as an accredited Associate Supervisor for Higher Degree Research students, she is available to supervise prospective Masters and PhD students. 

From The University of Auckland, New Zealand, Maryanne graduated with qualifications in the arts, teaching and education. She has worked as a registered teacher and a reading specialist for early years education in South Auckland, New Zealand. Upon completing a Master of Education (Honours) from The University of Auckland, she transitioned out of teaching and into work as a researcher. After graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education from The University of Auckland, she had relocated from New Zealand to Australia to take on a number of roles at Western Sydney University within the School of Education and the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. In 2017, she was appointed as a Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology (Victoria).

Maryanne is a current member of the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium; the Victorian Institute of Teaching Accreditation Expert Group; and a member of the Australian Pasifika Educators Network Steering Group.

Research interests

Teacher Education; English; Literacy Education; Pasifika Education; English as an Additional Language/Dialect; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Cultural Responsiveness And Working With Pacific Peoples Communities Education - 451401
  • English And Literacy Curriculum And Pedagogy (excl. Lote, Esl And Tesol) - 390104
  • English As A Second Language - 470306

Teaching areas

English and Literacy Education

Professional memberships

  • 2018 - 2018: Committee Member, Melbourne Local Council, Australian Literacy Educators' Association, Australia
  • 2020 - 2021: Committee Member, Pasifika Education Advisory Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2018 - 2019: Committee Member, Pasifika Cultural Advisory Panel, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2016 - 2016: Member, Sydney Power Pacific Interagency Network, Australia
  • 2015 - 2015: Member, Pacific Island Mt Druitt Action Network, Sydney, Australia
  • 2017 - 2021: Member, Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium, Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Member, NSW Pacific Professional and Business Women's Network, Australia
  • 2020 - 2021: Member, VicTESOL, Australia
  • 2020 - 2021: Member, The Australian Teacher Education Association, Australia


Also published as: Pale, Maryanne; Pale, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Sa'ili le ala: 21st Century career discovery sprint for Pasifika youths *; DISER - Safer Communities Fund: Early Intervention
  • 2021: Supporting Pasifika islander youth towards positive life trajectories *; Department of Justice - Building Safer Communities

* Chief Investigator

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