The Teacher-Researchers project built on previous research by members of the project team which investigated teachers’ responses to the mandate to teach Australian literature introduced in the Australian Curriculum: English in 2008.
The Teacher-Researchers supported five secondary English teachers in Victoria to undertake a week-long literary research project drawing on the resources of the University of Melbourne Archives and the expertise of the project team to investigate texts and sources relevant to their teaching of Australian literature. A partnership with The Stella Prize was central to this project and the texts investigated by teacher participants were Stella Prize long-listed.
Findings from this project and other studies indicate the need to support teachers to develop new knowledge about the breadth and variety of Australian texts as well as providing teachers with support to engage deeply with Australian literature to support their pedagogy.
The five teachers who participated came from a diverse range of schools in Victoria and their projects included the following ideas, themes and texts:
Feminism and Multicultural Identity in
Intertextuality and Intersectionality
The Hate Race
Empathy and Creative Writing in
Like a House on Fire
Australian Identity Via
Difference and polyvocality in
Only The Animals
"Teachers were supported to use their research project and their experience in the archive as a starting point for ongoing advocacy and engagement with Australian literature in and beyond their schools."
Researchers on the Project
"Sarah E. Truman is an Associate Professor at University of Melbourne whose research focuses on English literary education, cultural studies, and the arts. From 2022-2025, Dr. Truman is an ARC DECRA Fellow conducting a project focused on speculative and science fiction as methods for thinking critically about the world and proposing different futures on the themes of technology, climate, and social justice. Dr. Truman is co-director of the Literary Education Lab; co-Director of WalkingLab, and one half of Oblique Curiosities. Dr Truman’s most recent book is Feminist Speculations and the Practice of Research-Creation (Routledge, 2022)."
Sarah E. Truman
University of Melbourne
"Larissa McLean Davies is Professor of Teacher Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Larissa McLean Davies leads large-scale Teacher Education research which mobilises partnerships with Government agencies, Education Departments, and not-for-profit organisations. She is the co-convenor of the Literary Education Lab (with Dr Sarah E. Truman), where she leads research which draws together the digital and environmental humanities, literary studies and education around core issues related to teacher professional learning in the context of justice and sustainability
imperatives. Her co-authored book Literary Knowing and the Making of English Teachers will be published by Routledge in 2022."