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Associate Professor Deslea Konza

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5797, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO8.308
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5797  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.308  


Deslea is an Associate Professor in Language and Literacy for the School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Professional Associations

  • 2007 - Australian Language and Literacy Association
  • 2003 - Australian College of Educators
  • 2001 - Council for Exceptional Children (US)
  • 1991 - Australasian Association of Special Education (AASE)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Development of reading
  • Reading difficulties
  • Professional learning of teachers regarding literacy knowledge and effective reading instruction

Staff Qualifications

  • Master of Education hon, University of Wollongong .
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University .
  • Diploma in Education, Nepean CAE .
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong .


Recent Research Grants

  • Kimberley PALL Plus,  Muludja Remote Community School,  Muludja remote Community School - Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $178,121.
  • PALL Plus: Building on success,  Public Education Endowment Trust,  Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $125,000.
  • Parents as Children's Teachers (PACT),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015,  $108,348.
  • Extending student literacy achievement through PALL Plus,  Bramfield Park Primary School,  Bramfield Park PS Grant,  2014,  $33,500.
  • York and Mid North?Roxby Downs Literacy Project 2013?2014,  Department of Education and Children's Development (Yorke and Mid North Region),  York and Mid North-Roxby Downs Literacy Project,  2013 - 2014,  $161,803.
  • Principals and Literacy Leaders (PALL) for Sixteen WA Catholic Primary Schools ? (PALL CEO) ,  Star of the Sea Primary School,  Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $114,353.
  • Evaluation of Fogarty EDvance Initiative,  Fogarty Foundation,  Fogarty EDvance Initiative - tender,  2012 - 2015,  $187,248.
  • Extending the capacity of YMN teachers and School Support Officers to teach beginning reading skills ,  Department of Education and Children's Development (Yorke and Mid North Region),  DECS Yorke and Mid North Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $130,325.
  • Focused Intervention for Early Literacy Development,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $155,143.
  • APPA PALL SA DECS - Professional development workshops for Principals.,  Australian Primary Principals Association Incorporated,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $198,000.
  • Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) - AISWA,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $209,091.
  • Community Partnerships in Action: Developing Positive Behaviour and Engagement Through the Early Learning Environment,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $84,216.
  • Assessing the Impact of a Commercial Systematic Phonics Program on Teacher Knowledge, Attitude to Teaching, and Pre-Primary Student Progress,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $92,564.
  • Case Management and targeted Literacy and Numeracy Intervention for Students in low SES Schools to Support the Australian Government's Literacy and Numeracy Projects' ,  Department of Education and Training WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $123,917.
  • Investigating the Effects of High Yield Literacy Intervention Strategies & A Streamlined Monitoring System for Low-Achieving Students in Years 2-4,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $126,546.
  • Clarkson Cluster Collaboration: A framework of literacy intervention for at-risk Year 2 students in five schools,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $169,837.
  • Principals as Literacy Leaders,  Australian Primary Principals Association Incorporated,  Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $534,800.
  • Assessing Reading Comprehension in Middle and Upper Primary Classrooms: What's Happening?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $24,900.
  • Westminster Junior Primary School Project,  Department of Education WA,  Grant,  2010,  $13,999.
  • Evaluation of the South Australian Accelerated Literacy Program,  ACIL TASMAN,  ACIL TASMAN - Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $31,776.
  • A Better Beginning: Building the Foundation for English Communicative Competency in the Beginning Years of Schooling,  AusAID,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $92,820.
  • Improving mathematical performance via the use of effective literacy practices,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $199,708.
  • Identification of Effective Models of Implementing Getting it Right in Secondary Schools,  Department of Education and Training WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $42,093.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Dempster, N., Konza, D., Robson, G., Gaffney, M., Lock, G., McKennariey, K., (2012), Principals as literacy leaders: Confident, credible and connected., 105, Kingston, ACT.

Book Chapters

  • Neilson, R., Waugh, R., Konza, D., (2011), A Rasch Analysis of the Astronaut Invented Spelling Test: The Early Literacy Learning Environment for Young Children. Applications of Rasch Measurement in Learning Environments Research, 45-75, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Konza, D., Fried, L., Michael, M., (2010), Responding to the challenge of teaching English language skills. Researching literacy in a foreign language among primary school learners, 13-36, Frankfurt.
  • Richmond, J., Waugh, R., Konza, D., (2010), Rasch measures of form constancy of letters and numbers, and letters in words for young children. Specialized Rasch measures applied at the forefront of education, 67-84, New York.
  • Richmond, J., Waugh, R., Konza, D., (2010), Rasch measures of number discrimination and reversal, and numbers in calculations for young children. Specialized Rasch measures applied at the forefront of education, 85-102, New York.

Journal Articles

  • Pond, L., Konza, D., Hackling, M., (2014), Enhancing academic vocabulary knowledge through evidence-based instruction. The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 20(3), 79-89.
  • Richmond, J., Waugh, R., Konza, D., (2014), Visually discriminating upper case letters, lower case letters and numbers. Journal of Applied Measurement, 16(1), 24-40, Maple Grove, MN, USA.
  • Strutt, L., Konza, D., (2014), Meeting the needs of secondary students who cannot read: One role among many for English teachers. International Journal of Literacies, 20(4), 13-29.
  • Konza, D., (2014), Teaching reading: Why the `Fab Five? should be the `Big Six?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(12), 153-169, Australia, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n12.10.
  • Fried, L., Konza, D., (2013), Using self-determination theory to investigate student engagement in the classroom. The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19(2), 27-40.
  • Konza, D., Fried, L., (2012), Maximising the contribution of paraprofessionals in schools: A win-win-win story. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6(9), 115-123, Champagne, Illinois, USA.
  • Konza, D., (2012), Researching in schools: Ethical issues. International Journal of the Humanities, 9(6), 77-86, Champagne, Illinois, USA.
  • Fried, L., Konza, D., Mulcahy, P., (2012), Paraprofessionals implementing a research-based reading intervention. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 17(1), 35-54, London, DOI: 10.1080/19404158.2012.674052.
  • Maloney, C., Konza, D., (2011), A case study of teachers' professional learning: Becoming a community of professional learning or not?. Issues in Educational Research, 21(1), 75-87.
  • Konza, D., Maloney, C., Grafton, P., (2010), It takes two to talk: a focused intervention program for parents and children with language delays. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(6), 225-236, Champaign, USA.
  • Konza, D., Michael, M., (2010), Supporting the Literacy of Diverse Students in Secondary Schools. The International Journal of Learning, 17(7), 193-207, Champaign, Illinois USA.
  • Konza, D., Michael, M., Fried, L., (2010), From "Learning to Read" to "Reading to Learn": Bridging the Gap. International Journal of the Humanities, 8(6), 115-130, Champaign, Illinois USA.


  • Gray, J., Newhouse, P., Lock, G., Konza, D., Campbell-Evans, G., Budgen, F., Shean, M., (2013), Evaluation of the Fogarty EDvance Initiative: Stage 1., Perth, W.A..

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  From Essay To Resume: A Study Of Writing Genre And Discursive Positioning In Senior School English.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  School Aged Children: Visual Perception And Reversal Recognition Of Letters And Numbers Separately And In Context..
  • Master of Education,  Teacher Understandings Of Responsibilities For Reading Instruction In Stage One And Two English Courses Of Study Classes In Western Australian Schools.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Enhancing Teaching Through Professional Learning: Case Studies Of Professional Learning To Improve Reading Instruction For Year 2 Students With Reading Difficulties In One Australian State..

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Key Stakeholders' Experiences Of International Education At One Australian University.
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