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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.

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


  • Master of Education (Honours), University of Wollongong.
  • Bachelor of Arts with the Diploma of Education, Macquarie University.
  • Diploma in Special Education, Nepean CAE.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong.


Recent Research Grants

  • Doomadgee 2: Sustaining Progress,  Doomadgee State School,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $53,061.
  • Doomadgee School Literacy Project,  Doomadgee State School,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $59,786.
  • Collaborative Implementation of the Big Six in Tasmanian classrooms,  Department of Education Tasmania,  Grant,  2017,  $43,743.
  • Kiara Literacy Development Project,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $103,228.
  • Re-development and trial of Kimberley Literacy Profiles,  Muludja Remote Community School,  Muludja Remote Community School - Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $59,403.
  • Kimberley PALL Plus,  Muludja Remote Community School,  Muludja Remote Community School - Grant,  2014 - 2017,  $178,121.
  • Thornlie Cluster Literacy Development,  Yale Primary School,  Yale Primary School - Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $52,600.
  • Parents as Children's Teachers (PACT),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015 - 2016,  $104,678.
  • PALL Plus: Building on success,  Public Education Endowment Trust,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $125,000.
  • Extending student literacy achievement through PALL Plus,  Bramfield Park Primary School,  Bramfield Park PS Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $33,500.
  • Evaluation of Fogarty EDvance Initiative,  Fogarty Foundation,  Fogarty EDvance Initiative - tender,  2012 - 2014,  $187,248.
  • Principals and Literacy Leaders (PALL) for Sixteen WA Catholic Primary Schools – (PALL CEO) ,  Star of the Sea Primary School,  Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $114,353.
  • York and Mid North‐Roxby Downs Literacy Project 2013‐2014,  Department for Education and Child Development (Yorke and Mid North Region),  York and Mid North-Roxby Downs Literacy Project,  2013 - 2014,  $161,803.
  • Extending the capacity of YMN teachers and School Support Officers to teach beginning reading skills ,  Department for Education and Child Development (Yorke and Mid North Region),  DECS Yorke and Mid North Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $130,325.
  • Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) - AISWA,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $209,091.
  • APPA PALL SA DECS - Professional development workshops for Principals.,  Australian Primary Principals Association Incorporated,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $198,000.
  • Focused Intervention for Early Literacy Development,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Grant,  2009 - 2013,  $155,143.
  • 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 - 2012,  $92,564.
  • Community Partnerships in Action: Developing Positive Behaviour and Engagement Through the Early Learning Environment,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $84,216.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Principals as Literacy Leaders,  Australian Primary Principals Association Incorporated,  Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $534,800.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Book Chapters

  • Main, S., Konza, D., (2017), Inclusive reading practices for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Australia. Inclusive principles and practices in literacy education, 177-194, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Journal Articles

  • Konza, D., (2017), The Literacy Practices Guide: A "smart tool" for principals. The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 24(1), 1-16, Champaign, USA, Common Ground Publishing.
  • Shand, J., Konza, D., (2016), Creating the student writer: A study of writing identities in non-academic senior English classes. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39(2), 149-161, Australian Literacy Educators' Association.
  • Konza, D., Main, S., (2015), The Power of Pedagogy: When all else fails. The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, 22(2015), 9-29, Illinois, USA, Common Ground.
  • Richmond, J., Waugh, R., Konza, D., (2015), Visually discriminating upper case letters, lower case letters and numbers. Journal of Applied Measurement, 16(1), 24-40, Maple Grove, MN, USA, JAM Press.
  • 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, USA, Common Ground.
  • Konza, D., (2014), Teaching reading: Why the "Fab Five" should be the "Big Six". Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(12), 153-169, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n12.10.
  • Strutt, L., Konza, D., (2014), Meeting the needs of secondary students who cannot read: One role among many for English teachers. The International Journal of Literacies, 20(4), 13-29.
  • 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, Common Ground Publishing.


  • Konza, D., (2015), Research in action: Leading literacy learning in primary schools 2013 - 2014., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.
  • Konza, D., (2014), Responding to the evidence: Synthetic phonics in action 2012-2013: Final report: Keys to unlocking the future., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.
  • Konza, D., (2014), Expanding the vision: synthetic phonics in action II., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.
  • Konza, D., (2014), Teaching reading: a shared vision and a shared responsibility 2012-2013: Principals as literacy leaders in CEO schools., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.
  • Konza, D., Woodley, P., (2013), Building the systematic teaching of reading across independent schools: 2011-2012: final report., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.
  • 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., Edith Cowan University.

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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Utilising Voice Recognition Software To Improve Reading Fluency Of Struggling Adolescent Readers
  • 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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