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Dr Jann Carroll Name: Dr Jann Carroll
Senior Lecturer (Education Studies)
+612 6209 1218
+612 6209 1185
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education NSW/ACT - Canberra
Building 300 - Blackfriars Building (127 Phillip Avenue, Watson ACT 2602)-Level 1-Room 300.1.35
Biographical Information

Dr Jann Carroll is a Senior lecturer in Literacy and  Education Studies and Course Coordinator  of the B. Ed Primary and B. Ed Early Childhood and Primary courses on the Canberra campus. Jann is also Course Coordinator for Pathway programs. In 2016 Jann won an  Excellence in Teaching and Learning Innovation Award. In 2017 her teaching was recognised with an Executive Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. Currently she is Co-Chair of the Primary Education Course Review. Jann contributes to ACU through service on Internal committess such as Faculty rep on Academic Promotions Committee, special projects such as LANTITE and leading teams of  ACU students to undertake Community Engagement in South Africa with children who are refugees. Jann recentlly completed the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.  She was recently elected as is one of the representatives from FEA on the Academic Board of ACU for a 2 year term.

Jann began her teaching career in the corporate world with ANZ and Lend Lease before starting her own business training staff in small businesses.  Jann is a qualfied and experienced Primary teacher who  taught in Catholic schools in the ACT. In 2009 Jann returned to study and completed her Masters of Education which flowed into a PhD which was conferred in 2013. Her Doctoral thesis was on boys' literacy in the middle years and the influence of technology.  Jann conducted her research in both schools and homes interviewing, observing and surveying the boys themselves, their parents and their teachers to ascertain the influence technology is having on literacy practices both at home and at school. This work contributed to improved pedagogical practices and a strong understanding of online and blended learning. Jann joined ACU in 2013 and teaches Literacy Education, Humanities Education and Professional Experience units.  Jann and her husband run a not for profit organisation called Global School Partners which led to Jann receiving the Vice Chancellor's award for Outstading Community Engagement. 



PhD: Carroll, J. (2013) Boys' use of technology in the Middle years: A home-school comparison. University of Canberra.

Book Chapters

Carroll, J. (2019). Using picture books to develop language and literacies in HASS. In D.M.Green & D.A. Price (Eds). Making Humanities and Social Sciences come alive:Early Years and Primary Education. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Carroll, J. (2019) Using community resources to develop active and informed citizens. In D.M Green & D.A Price (Eds). Making Humanities and Social Sciences come alive. Melbourne:Cambridge Universty Press.

Journal articles

Carroll, J. (2017). Literacy for families who are English language learners: The Florey Family Literacy Project. Practical Literacy: the Early and Primary Years (Advocacy).  Vol 22(2) June. pp.24-28

Carroll, J. (2016). Leveraging boys' engagement with gaming for improving literacy. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. Australian Literacy Educator's Association. 24 (1) February 53-64

Carroll. J. & Beman, V. (2015). Boys, Inquiry Learning and the Power of Choice in a Middle school classroom. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling 15 (1) June 4-17

Carroll, J. (2013). Engaging and Authentic Technology use for Literacy Learning in the Middle years. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. Australian Literacy Educators' Association. 21(2) June 7-17

Carroll, J. & Edwards, B. (2012). Boys, Ballads and Glogster:Techno-poetry in Year 7. Literacy Learning:The Middle Years. Australian Literacy Educators' Association. 20(1) February 16-19

Carroll, J. (2011). Boys' Writing Experiences in a Year 6 Classroom:Supportive Strategies. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling. 11 (2) November 20-27

Carroll, J. (2011). From Encyclopaedias to Search Engines:Technological change and its impact on Literacy learning. Literacy Learning:The Middle Years. Australian Literacy Educators' Association. 19(2) June 27-34

Carroll, J & Lowe, K. (2010). Boys, Blokes and Books:Engaging boys in Reading. ALEA National Conference. Perth. Peer reviewed conference proceedings.

Conference Presentations

Building social captial for refugees through English Language learning. New Directions in the Humanities Conference. Imperial College, London. July 2017

Building capacity and initiative through the savvy use of BYOD. Excellence in Professional Practice Conference, Gold Coast Australia. June, 2017

Boys, inquiry learning and the power of choice in a Middle School classroom. Adolescent Success Conference, Gold Coast Australia, August 2015

Boys, Books and XBoxes  International Reading Association Conference: New Orleans, 2014

Getting adolescents really reading in this digital age. AHISA conference: ACT, 2013

Boys, Gaming and Pedagogy in Middle school: International Middle Years Schooling Association Conference, Gold Coast  2013

Mates, Manhood and Machismo and the New Literacies: ALEA conference, Brisbane, 2013

Technology, teaching and teenagers: ASPIRE ACT conference, 2013



Jann's research interests include the influence of new media on pedagogy, literacy education and developing pre-service teacher skills to enhance teaching and learning.  Jann focuses her research on researching and writing to support practising teachers and pre-service teachers bringing up to date research and practical strategies to teachers to improve their practice.  Jann also regularly presents at conferences to share recent research with practising teachers.


Jann has teaching experience in Primary schools, Middle school and the Tertiary sector as well as Corporate training. 

I have extensive experience in Course Coordination, Course development, Student welfare and administration having held Course Coordinator roles in the B. Educaion (Primary) and B. Education (Early Childhood and Primary) and National Course Coordination in B. Education (Primary) and Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) over many years.

I highly value the opportunity to lead teams of pre-service teachers on overseas Community Engagement experiences.  I have taken teams to South Africa to work with children who are refugees in school holiday programs and to Kenya for teacher development. Together with living the mission of ACU, important cross-cultural understanding is gained by pre-service teachers which will highly benefit them as they begin their teaching careers. 

Professional Memberships

Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA)

International Reading Association (IRA)

Council of ACT Education Associations (COACTEA)

Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL)

Board member ACU Academic Board (2020-2022)

ACU Promotions commitee member

Founder and Director of Global School Partners (not for profit)


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