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Associate Professor Beryl Exley

Faculty of Education,
Early Childhood

Personal

Name
Associate Professor Beryl Exley
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education,
Early Childhood
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Sociology
Phone
+61 7 3138 3267
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MEd(Hons) (Griffith University), MEd (Griffith University), DipT(Prim) (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Beryl is an active member of the Australian Literacy Educators` Association (ALEA), and from 2006 to 2013 served as the ALEA Queensland State Director. In 2013 she co-convened the AATE/ALEA Joint National Conference for 830 national and international delegates.
  • Since 2005 she has been the Australian representative on IDOC (International Oceania Development Committee), a committee that works with developing nations across Oceania to advance literacy teaching and learning. In 2015 Beryl was invited by the International Literacy Association board to take the role of international Chair of IDOC.
  • Since 2013, Beryl has been the ALEA Publications Director, overseeing the suite of ALEA journals and occasional publications.
  • Beryl has previously been a judge for National Literacy & Numeracy Week Awards (DEEWR) and Teaching Australia Awards and still judges the Short Story Section of the English Teachers Association of Queensland (ETAQ) awards for Years 6 & 7.
Keywords

English curriculum, Curriculum literacies, Grammar, Personal literacies, Multiliteracies, Sociology of education, Diversity, Multiculturalsim, Multilingualism, Teacher knowledge

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Beryl has two major interrelated research interests: the teaching of grammar (linguistics) & the sociology of education, especially as it interfaces with social justice. Her 79 publications are listed on QUT eprints and altogether have been downloaded in excess of 50 000 times. Many of these works have been cited numerous times on Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science. Beryl’s most significant industry publications are:

  • Exley, B. & Kervin, L. (2013). “Playing with Grammar in the Early Years: Knowledge about language in the Australian Curriculum English”. Norwood: ALEA.
  • Exley, B., Kervin, L & Mantei, J. (2014). “Exploring with Grammar in the Primary Years: Knowledge about language in the Australian Curriculum English”. Norwood: ALEA.
Her lastest DVD, Reading & Viewing for Comprehension (Australian Children’s Television Foundation, 2012) has the esteemed honour of being named as a finalist for two major national awards: the “eLearning Industry Excellence Awards 2012″ & the “ATOM Awards 2012″
Routledge published her co-authored edited collection in 2016:
  • Vitale, P. & Exley, B. (2016). “Pedagogic Rights & Democratic Education”. London: Routledge.
From 2009-2013, Beryl was a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP0990289, “Digital Learning & Print Literacy: A design experiment for the reform of low socio-economic culturally diverse schools”. The project’s goal was the production of equitable literacy outcomes for students from low socio-economic, Indigenous & migrant backgrounds. The project employed a research-based intervention model to examine the relationship between teaching & learning print literacies & digital literacies. Beryl focused on the role of language, particularly as it applies across diverse cultural groups & to disparate curriculum areas.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Beryl Exley.

Teaching

During her time at QUT, Beryl has taught in English Curriculum & Literacy Education units in the BEd Primary, BEd Secondary, BEd Early Childhood, & MEd Coursework. She has also led research units in the BEd Research pathways program and coordinated field experience units in the undergraduate program. Beryl adopts a socio-critical approach to curriculum planning, implementation & assessment and has a special interest in:

  • grammar, especially the new grammar in the Australian Curriculum English
  • critical, visual, dramatic and multimedia literacies
  • teaching reading, writing and spelling.

In 2011 she was awarded a “Teaching and Learning – Scholarship of Teaching Award” as well as a “Teaching and Learning – Teaching Excellence Team Award”. Since 2011, Beryl has been recognised as a “Higher Degree Research Supervisor Accreditation Level 1″ academic. She has supervised seven research students to completion, including projects which investigated:

  •  academic rigor in science assessment tasks
  • the language of science in the early years
  • parent-teacher engagement in the middle years
  • early career teachers’ experiences in Catholic schools
  •  pedagogic dilemmas with curricular reform in moral education
  • teachers’ responses to communication about non-heterosexuality
  • implementing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in the Australian Curriculum English.

Three of her graduating PhD students were recommended for the university thesis award, with one student taking out the top honour in 2013. Beryl is currently supervising HDR students undertaking projects which investigate:

  • teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature
  • the construction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ identities in schools
  • critical literacy in international ESL contexts
  • the formation of multi-ethnic pedagogic identities through institutionalized education
  • teachers’ accounts of a data driven curriculum
  • narrative research in an Indigenous community
  • cultural hybridity in Indigenous/non-Indigenous communications
  • teachers’ experiences of high-stakes assessments.
Beryl is currently the Masters of Education Course Coordinator, overseeing approximately 1200 students enrolled in the study areas of Career Development, Early Childhood Teaching, Early Years, General Studies, Inclusive Education, Leadership and Management, School Guidance and Counselling, Teacher-Librarianship and TESOL.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Beryl Exley.

Experience

Beryl has been a classroom teacher for 11 years, teaching in early and middle years classrooms in Education Queensland and Independent Schools Queensland. Beryl has undertaken QUT sponsored sabbaticals to teach and research in one remote Indigenous community in the Torres Straits (2008). She was a sessional tutor in sociology of education, Studies of the Society and Environment curriculum and general teaching practices at Griffith University at Mt Gravatt and Logan campuses from 1998 – 2001. From 2001 she has been an academic staff member in English Curriculum and Literacy Education at QUT. She has completed numerous consultancies with

  • Education Queensland/ State Schools Queensland
  • Catholic Education
  • Independent Schools Queensland, and
  • Family Day Care.

Beryl has delivered presentations throughout the state and nationally and in 2008 was honoured with the appointment as a National Literacy and Numeracy Week National Ambassador. She was an ALEA National Conference keynote presenter in Sydney (2012), Darwin (2014) and Adelaide (2016). Beryl has also conducted professional development for teachers in New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, South Korea, China, PNG and France. She has delivered keynote presentations in South Korea in 2012, 2013 and 2016 and in Fiji in 2012. Beryl was invited to be a part of an international scientific committee for the inaugural ‘Paris International Conference on Education, Economy & Society’, held for international delegates in Paris in 2008 and the follow up conference held in 2010. She also provided research training to HDR candidates whilst on QUT supported sabbatical at Aix-Marseille Université in France in  2012.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Beryl Exley.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2015
Details
2015 - current - Appointed as Chair of 'International Oceania Development Committee', a subcommittee of the International Literacy Association.
Type
Editor/Contributor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
2015
Details
Vitale, P. & Exley, B. (eds). (2016) "Pedagogic Rights & Democratic Education: Bernsteinian explorations of curriculum, pedagogy & assessment." London: Routledge.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2014
Details
2014 - current - Accreditation Panel Chair for Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Co-convenor of the AATE/ALEA Joint National Conference, QUT July 2013.
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
2013 - current - ALEA Publications Director, overseeing suite of ALEA journals & occasional publications
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2012
Details
Visiting Scholar Aix-Marseille Université, France 2012.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
QUT Higher Degree Research Supervisor Accreditation Level 1
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
QUT Award Teaching and Learning
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2008
Details
2008 - Appointed by Federal Minister for Education & Deputy Prime Minister (2008), Ms Julia Gillard, as National Literacy & Numeracy Week National Literacy Ambassador 2008 for contributions to advancing literacy teaching and learning and research into literacy teaching and learning.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2005
Details
Awarded 'Outstanding Thesis 2005' for PhD from Faculty of Education, QUT. Dissertation title: "Teachers Professional Knowledge Bases for Offshore Education: Two Case Studies of Western Teachers Working in Indonesia".

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Digital Learning and Print Literacy: A Design Experiment for the Reform of Low Socio-economic, Culturally Diverse Schools.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990289
Start year
2009
Keywords
Literacy, Digital Literacies, Pedagogy, Media Arts, Primary Education,

Supervision