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Associate Professor Brian Moon

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6275
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.108  

Brian is an Associate Professor in the School of Education.


Brian Moon has taught English, media and communications in Western Australian schools and Universities, and has been a curriculum developer and state examiner of English. He is the author of many textbooks and reference works, including Literary Terms: A Practical Glossary (3rd ed, 2017) and Introducing Literature (2016), as well as books on writing, poetry and film. Brian's research interests include writing and rhetoric, English curriculum history, and teacher education. He is currently investigating the topics and text selections used in secondary school English classes.

Professional Associations

  • 2017 - Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • 2012 - Editorial Board member, English in Australia
  • 2001 - Australian Society of Authors
  • 2001 - Copyright Agency Ltd
  • 1992 - Consultant Editor, Chalkface Press
  • 1982 - English Teachers Association of WA
  • 2003 - 2006 - Editorial Board Member, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
  • 1994 - 1999 - Editorial Board , Interpretations

Research Interests

  • English curriculum pedagogy and curriculum history
  • Literary theory and English teaching
  • Cultural studies: film, TV and video gaming.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 1993.
  • Master of Arts (Distinct), Curtin University of Technology, 1990.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in English (Dist), Curtin University of Technology, 1989.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Dist), Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1981.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1980.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Moon, B., Harris, B., Hays, M. (2019). Can secondary teaching graduates support literacy in the classroom? Evidence from undergraduate assessments. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(8), 74-101.

Journal Articles

  • Moon, B. (2017). Rereading 'personal response': A reflection on the contribution of Annette Patterson. English in Australia, 52(1), 8-13.

Journal Articles

  • Moon, B., Harris, B. (2016). Career motivations, role expectations and curriculum knowledge of prospective secondary English teachers in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(12), 41-66.
  • Merga, M., Moon, B. (2016). The impact of social influences on high school students' recreational reading. The High School Journal, 99(2), 122-140.

Journal Articles

  • Moon, B. (2014). The literacy skills of secondary teaching undergraduates: Results of diagnostic testing and a discussion of findings. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(12), 111-130.

Journal Articles

  • Moon, B. (2012). Remembering rhetoric: recalling a tradition of explicit instruction in writing. English in Australia, 47(1), 37-52.

Journal Articles

  • Moon, B. (2008). Things to do in Duskwood when you're dead : English lessons from World of Warcraft . English in Australia, 43(1), 47-56.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Moon, B. (2004). Viewing terms: A Practical Glossary for Film and TV Study. . Chalkface Press.

Book Chapters

  • Moon, B. (2001). Ebook, enew, epublishing, using the new technologies in english. P(ict)ures of English: Teachers, Learners and Technology (210-226). Wakefield Press.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Factors affecting the selection of novels for study in Western Australian secondary English classrooms: Understanding teacher choices

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Determining factors in first year university student uptake of English language support programs at one Australian university

Principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research: The History and Theory of Intertextuality in Upper School English Curricula in WA
  • Master by Research: Governing Literacy: An Analysis of Literacy Testing in West Australian Schools
  • Master by Research: New Theories and Strategies for Teaching English and Literature in Bhutan
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The influence of parents, English teachers, friends and peer group on West Australian adolescents' recreational book reading: Findings from the West Australian study in adolescent book reading (wasabr)
  • Master of Education, Learning the documentary lesson: Theory and practice in English.
  • Master of Education, What is English? The construction of subject English in contemporary textbooks for Australian secondary schools
  • Master by Research: Catering for Visual Learners in Secondary English

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The viability of simulated large-scale marking as professional development for preservice teachers
  • Master by Research: Help at CELT: a web site for ESL students
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The effects of learning lexical chunks on the English writing proficiency of Chinese-speaking tertiary students in Australia

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Constructing Truancy: The Framing of Public Policy in WA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, From essay to resume: A study of writing genre and discursive positioning in senior school English
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