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Personal details

Name
Dr Laura Scholes
Discipline *
Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3443
Email
Location
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Professional memberships
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PhD (Education), The University of Queensland.

Master of Arts (Justice Studies), Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

Keywords

boys and reading, gender and education, literacy as social practice, high poverty schooling, social justice, moral development, social inclusion

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

Biography

Laura Scholes is a Senior Research Fellow (Australian Research Council DECRA) in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education. Laura completed her doctoral study, titled “Boys, Masculinity and Reading: Exploring Differences Amongst Male Readers” at The University of Queensland in 2011. Of particular interest was how the systematic underperformance of some boys, compared to some girls, was influenced by particular attitudes and actions that boys internalise through their everyday social interactions that contribute constraining influences on reading attitudes, reading frequency and subsequently performance. In 2011 Laura’s doctoral study received The University of Queensland Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence , The University of Queensland Carolyn D Baker Research Award, and The University of Queensland Postgraduate Publication AwardIn the same year she was also the recipient of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Postgraduate Research Award. Since graduating Laura has followed a research-intensive trajectory working on a number of research projects involving qualitative and quantitative methodologies:

  1. ARC DECRA, 2017-2019 (DE170100990) ($377,000)
  2. ARC Discovery, 2013-2015. (DP130102136) ($525,805)
  3. Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, 2013. “Gaming in the lives of boys” ($53, 850)
  4. Telstra, Education Queensland, 2010-2013. “Orbit: The Feeling Safe Prevention Project” ($583,000)

Laura is currently leading a 3-year study as recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) looking at challenging masculinities associated with boys’ failure in reading.  This project will identify how socio-economic background, ethnicity and geographical location are related to performances of masculinities and reading outcomes.  Pedagogies specifically challenging gender stereotypes and that engage boys in reading will be implemented and the effects systematically assessed. Laura’s research interests include:

  1. Gender and education
  2. Literacy as social practice
  3. Social justice and education
  4. Social inclusion and moral development
This information has been contributed by Dr Laura Scholes.

Publications


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Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2017
Details
Discovery Early Career Research Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
The University of Queensland Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Australian Association for Research in Education Postgraduate Student Research Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
The University of Queensland Carolyn D Baker Research Scholarship
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
The University of Queensland Postgraduate Publication Award

Research projects

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

Title
Challenging Masculinities Associated with Boys' Failure in Reading
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE170100990
Start year
2017
Keywords