Dr Linda Willis

Lecturer

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
l.willis@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56868

Overview

Linda's career as an educator spans over three decades. She has taught in primary and middle years classrooms in EQ and ISQ schools as well as worked as a private tutor to senior years students. Since 2008, Linda has been a unit coordinator, lecturer and tutor across several Queensland universities, teaching courses in Curriculum Studies including English and Literacy, Social Education (Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography), Science, Mathematics and Numeracy, and Technology. She presently coordinates The University of Queensland's Master of Teaching (Primary) Program.

Research Interests

  • Educational Partnerships
    Linda is particularly interested in ways to cultivate and sustain productive educational relationships such as among parents, schools, communities and universities. Her PhD research investigated coteaching and cogenerative dialoguing as an innovative educational approach to engage parents in formal schooling processes namely curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Linda is presently using cogenerative dialogues to research what and how experiences of preservice teachers in university and school fields contribute to the development of their teaching practice.

Research Impacts

Linda's PhD thesis was entitled, Parent-Teacher Engagement: A Coteaching and Cogenerative Dialoguing Approach (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/63306/). Anchored in a sociocultural approach, Linda's research broke new ground in theorising parent-teacher connections, demonstrating the effectiveness of a coteaching approach for facilitating educational relationships. Her year-long case study showed how quality contact and relationships, mutually beneficial decision-making and reconfigured traditional roles and responsibilities may be achieved. Linda's research highlighted multiple benefits of coteaching including increased student learning outcomes, heightened parental contribution to formal educational processes (curriculum, pedagogy and assessment), and enhanced teacher professionalism.

The research findings contribute to knowledge, theory, practice and methodology in education. The findings not only illuminate ways to address the challenges of implementing the Australian Curriculum but also provide direction for how educational stakeholders (e.g., students, parents, teachers, teacher-educators, researchers, public policy makers) may better connect to facilitate the goals of the Melbourne Declaration. Heightened effective participation among educational players is significant in contributing to improved educational outcomes for schools and the community, ultimately enhancing Australia's productivity, innovation and national wellbeing.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Diploma of Teaching, Mount Gravatt College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Education, Brisbane College of Advanced Education

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Willis, Linda-Dianne (2017). Implications for pedagogy: flipping the classroom to engage pre-service teachers. In Carl Reidsema, Lydia Kavanagh, Roger Hadgraft and Neville Smith (Ed.), The flipped classroom: practice and practices in higher education (pp. 273-287) Singapore, Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-3413-8_17

  • Willis, Linda-Dianne (2016) Performance poetry. Mile End, South Australia, Australia, Wakefield Press.

  • Willis, Linda-Dianne and Ritchie, Stephen M. (2010). Parents as coteachers of science and technology in a middle-school classroom. In Colette Murphy and Katherine Scantlebury (Ed.), Coteaching in International Contexts: Research and Practice (pp. 281-303) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3707-7_14

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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