Personal details

Professor Karen Dooley
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education, Education Systems
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PhD (Griffith University), Graduate Certificate in Arts (Chinese) (University of New England), Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (Griffith University), BEdStud(Hons) (University of Queensland), DipT (Brisbane College of Adv. Ed.)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)

English as a second language, primary literacy education, refugee education

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


Karen is the Research Training Coordinator in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (STEL) in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice (CIESJ).

Teaching Karen teaches research methods. She supervises Higher Degree Research students on a range of topics, including language and literacy education in conditions of linguistic and cultural diversity and economic disparity.

Research Karen has held four Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, two of which are in progress. She is currently working on an ARC Discovery grant looking at private literacy tutoring and an ARC Discovery grant looking at online parental involvement in schools. Previous externally-funded research includes (1) an Australian Research Council Linkage project investigating digital and print literacies in a linguistically and culturally diverse school in an area with high levels of poverty (2009-13); and an Australian Research Council Linkage project (2006-08) study of pedagogy for new arrival African refugee students of English as a Second Language in Australian middle schools. Karen has also held an Ian Potter grant for a study of the incorporation of iPads into kindergarten curriculum (20133).

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Karen teaches research methods in the EdD (Doctor of Education). She is course coordinator for ED11, the Doctor of Education (EdD) and ID49, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Karen has also taught and coordinated undergraduate and graduate literacy units, and has taught research methods at undergraduate and masters level.¬† Karen has been the Academic Coordinator for several lecturer training programs funded by the China Scholarship Council. Karen is the QUT coordinator for the Beijing Normal University — Queensland University of Technology — University of Calgary Doctoral Program.

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Karen initially taught for Education Queensland. During that time she worked as a preschool teacher and teacher-in-charge, a Year 1/2 teacher, and a preschool/primary distance education teacher. She also taught for a year as a guest teacher of English in a secondary school in Shanghai , PRC. Karen has worked as a volunteer tutor in a community homework club for refugee students


Karen undertakes consultancy work in the areas of literacy and English as an Additional Language. She is particularly interested in working with teachers to explore new developments in the field and to translate theory into classroom practice.

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


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013 QUT Higher Education Research Best Publication Award in the Best Overall category: Doherty, C.; Dooley, K. & Woods, A. (2013). Teaching sociology within teacher education: Revisiting, realigning and re-embedding. Journal of Sociology, 49, (4), 515-30.

Research projects

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

Private Literacy Tutoring: A Sociology of Shadow Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
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
Start year
Literacy;Digital Literacies;Pedagogy;Media Arts;Primary Education