Dr Simone Smala

Senior Lecturer

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56377


Teacher Education

Dr. Simone Smala is a lecturer in teacher education, curriculum and pedagogy. Drawing from a background as a middle years and secondary teacher, Simone now focuses her research on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in bilingual, immersion and TESOL settings, and the use of social media, such as Facebook and Edmodo, in education. Simone's research is based in socio-cultural learning theories, educational policy and blended learning.She publishes in both English and German and has extensive research connections in Europe and the USA.

Research Interests

  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Social Learning Platforms, for example Edmodo and Facebook


  • Bachelor of Education, University of Bielefeld
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Masters of Education, Rheinish-Westphalian Technical University


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  • Meier, Gabriela and Smala, Simone (2021). Languages and social cohesion: a transdisciplinary literature review. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003120384

  • O'Donnell, Angela M., Dobozy, Eva, Bartlett, Brendan, Nagel, Michael C., Smala, Simone, Wormald, Catherine, Yates, Gregory, Spooner-Lane, Rebecca, Youssef-Shalala, Amina, Reeve, Johnmarshall and Smith, Jeffrey K. (2019). Educational psychology. Milton, Queensland: Wiley.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision