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Associate Professor Brian Moon

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6275, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML16.108
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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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Wells, S., Moon, B., (2019), Towards an anatomy of English textbooks: Counting what counts as English. English in Education, N/A(N/A), 1-25, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/04250494.2019.1687259.
  • 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, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2019v44n8.5.
  • Moon, B., (2017), Rereading 'personal response': A reflection on the contribution of Annette Patterson. English in Australia, 52(1), 8-13, Norwood, South Australia, Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
  • 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, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n12.4.
  • Merga, M., Moon, B., (2016), The impact of social influences on high school students' recreational reading. The High School Journal, 99(2), 122-140, Chapel Hill, USA, The University of North Carolina Press.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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
  • Master by Research: New Theories and Strategies for Teaching English and Literature in Bhutan
  • 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

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The effects of learning lexical chunks on the English writing proficiency of Chinese-speaking tertiary students in Australia
  • 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

Associate Supervisor

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