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Dr Josephine Ryan Name: Dr Josephine Ryan
Deputy Head of School Education VIC Melbourne
+613 9953 3260
+613 9953 3475
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education VIC - Melbourne
Building 460 - 250 Victoria Parade (250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 1-Room 460.1.66
Biographical Information

My interests in the field of education have developed from my experience as a secondary English teacher in Australia and in the United States of America; and doctoral work on gender, class and English teaching undertaken in the US. Since working in higher education in Australia I have taught English/literacy to pre-service and in-service teachers and published in this field. I am especially interested in the ways in which texts are created and comprehended in this digital age. Recently I have been engaged in projects which aim to develop high quality teachers for contemporary society.



Jones, M. & Ryan, J. (Eds). (2014). Effective Teacher Education: Partnerships, Reflective Practice and the place of Technology. The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Chapters in books

Ryan, J. (2014). Linking rural and regional communities into teacher education. In M. Jones & J. Ryan. (Eds.).(2014). Successful teacher education: Partnerships, reflective practice and the place of technology (pp. 49-64). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ryan, J.& Jones, M. (2014). Communication in the practicum: Fostering relationships between universities and schools. In M. Jones & J. Ryan, (Eds.), Successful teacher education: Partnerships, reflective practice and the place of technology (pp. pp. 103-120). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Jones, M..& Ryan, J. (2014). Successful and ‘transferrable’ practice. In M. Jones & J. Ryan, (Eds.), Successful teacher education: Partnerships, reflective practice and the place of technology (pp. 177-194). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers..

Ryan, J.,Jones. M., Buchanan, M., Morris, P. Nuttall, M. & Smith, C. (2011). Effective preservice teacher education ‘at a distance’: an investigation of the multimodal delivery of a secondary preservice teacher education program- perceptions of preservice teachers, teachers and university lecturers. In C. Mac Teer (Ed.), Distance education. pp. 14-166. New York: Nova Publishers

Scott, A. & Ryan, J. (2009). Digital literacy and using online discussions: Reflections from teaching large cohorts. In J. Zajda, & D. Gibbs. Comparative Information technology. Languages, societies and the internet. New York: Springer.

Refereed articles

Jones, M., & Ryan, J. (2014). Learning in the practicum: Engaging pre-service teachers in reflective practice in the online space. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 42(2), 132-146.

Ryan, J., Jones, M. & Walta, C. (2012). Creating a sustainable and supportive practicum for rural and regional areas. Australian & International Journal of Rural Education, 22, 57-72.

Ryan J, Scott, A. & Walsh, M. (2010). Pedagogy in the multimodal classroom: an analysis of the challenges and opportunities for teachers. Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice,16 (4), 477–489

Ryan, J., Scott, A (2008). Integrating technology into teacher education: How online discussion can be used to develop informed and critical literacy teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education , 24 (6)pp. 1635 – 1644

Scott, A. & Ryan, J. (2007). Using online discussions: Reflections from teaching large cohorts in teacher education, Information Technology, Education and Society, 8(1), 67-88.

Ryan J. (2005). Young people choose: Adolescents’ text pleasures. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 28(1), 38-47.

Reidy, J., & Ryan, J. (2005). Illuminating between the desks work: An exploration of one-to-one teaching for complex written tasks.  Paper published in the refereed proceedings of the PPPQ Conference, AATE Conference, Brisbane, Australia.


Researching The Catholic Teacher Education Consortium Project (RCTEC). (2014). This project is investigating the success of a partnership between 14 Catholic secondary schools in the north and west of Melbourne, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and Australian Catholic University. The partners share the goal of seeking to prepare graduate teachers with a commitment to the Catholic ethos to work in these growth areas.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project (2009-2012) Preservice teacher education partnerships: Creating an effective practicum model for rural and regional preservice teachers.



Pre-service primary and secondary courses in literacy and English education;

Teaching practicum supervision;

Higher degree supervision in the areas of English/literacy teaching; reflective practice; teaching English Language learners/English as a foreign language/English as a second language; teacher education.

Professional Memberships

Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA)

Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)

Primary  English Teachers Association (PETA)

Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)


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