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Dr Susan Main

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6528
Email: s.main@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.123  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5955-4222

Susan is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Education.

Professional Associations

  • 2014 - Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • 2013 - International Journal of Whole Schooling
  • 2013 - Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology
  • 2012 - Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • 2011 - Australian Association of Special Education
  • 2010 - Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy agency (SECCA).

Research Interests

Effective pedagogy in:

  • Literacy
  • Classroom management and challenging behaviours
  • Use of technology to support learning.

Qualifications

  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2014.
  • Master of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary - Pre-Service), Edith Cowan University, 1989.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Luo, M., Main, S., Lock, G., Joshi, RM., Zhong, C. (2020). Exploring Chinese EFL teachers' knowledge and beliefs relating to the teaching of English reading in public primary schools in China. Dyslexia: an international journal of research and practice, 26(3), 266-285. https://doi.org/10.1002/dys.1630.
  • Main, S., Backhouse, M., Jackson, R., Hill, S. (2020). Mitigating reading failure in adolescents: Outcomes of a Direct Instruction reading program in one secondary school. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 43(2), 152-166.
  • Slater, E., Main, S. (2020). A measure of classroom management: validation of a pre-service teacher self-efficacy scale. Journal of Education for Teaching, 46(5), 616-630. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2020.1770579.
  • Main, S., Konza, D., Hackling, M., Lock, G. (2020). Professional learning in reading instruction: The influence of context on engagement and enactment. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(6), 76-94. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2020v45n6.5.

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). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Strampel, K., Sibson, R., Main, S. (2017). Professional Development to Support the Embedding of ePortfolios in Higher Education Programs. ePortfolios in Australian Universities (33-46). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1732-2_3.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Hill, S. (2017). Commercially available digital game technology in the classroom: Improving automaticity in mental-maths in primary-aged students. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(10), 50-70. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2017v42n10.4.

Journal Articles

  • Main, S., Chambers, DJ., Sarah, P. (2016). Supporting the transition to inclusive education: Teachers’ attitudes to inclusion in the Seychelles. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(12), 1270-1285. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2016.1168873.
  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J., Morris, J., Dunjey, H. (2016). Focus on the journey, not the destination: Digital games and students with disability. Issues in Educational Research, 26(2), 315-331.

Book Chapters

  • Main, S. (2015). Reflective practitioners: Teachers and support staff reflecting together. Working with teaching assistants and other support staff for inclusive education (263-287). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620150000004013.

Journal Articles

  • Konza, D., Main, S. (2015). The Power of Pedagogy: When all else fails. The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, 22(2015), 9-29.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Cooper, M. (2014). Student Perceptions Of Online Interactive Versus Traditional Lectures; Or How I Managed Not To Fall Asleep With My Eyes Open. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(3), 405-419.
  • Budgen, F., Main, S., Callcott, D., Hamlett, B. (2014). The First Year at University: Giving Social Capital a Sporting Chance. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(7), 157-172. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2014v39n7.7.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Ellis, M. (2013). It doesn’t seem like work, it seems like good fun’: perceptions of primary students on the use of Handheld Game Consoles in mathematics classes. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 22(1), 103-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2012.733537.
  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Ellis, M. (2013). So the kids are busy, what now? Teacher perceptions of the use of hand-held game consoles in West Australian primary classrooms. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(5), 735-747.

Journal Articles

  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J. (2011). New directions for traditional lesson: Can handheld game consoles enhance mental mathematics skills?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(2), 43-55. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2011v36n2.4.

Conference Publications

  • Main, S., O'Rourke, J. (2009). ‘Yay it’s Maths!’ Using hand-held game consoles in a Primary classroom.. Live it! Love it! Learn it! Curriculum Conference 2009 (9p.). Catholic Education Office.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Cooper, M. (2008). Secondary V K-7: Pre-Service Teachers’ attitudes Towards Inclusion. The International Journal of Learning, 15(7), 97-104.
  • Main, S., Hammond, L. (2008). Best Practice or most practiced? Pre-service teachers' beliefs about effective behaviour management strategies and reported self-efficacy. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 33(4), 28-39.

Research Projects

  • Collaborative networks: Improving literacy outcomes in regional and remote schools, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2018, 2018 ‑ 2019, $20,740.
  • Kiara Literacy Development Project – Phase 2, Kiara College, Grant, 2016 ‑ 2018, $34,914.
  • Arts-based pedagogy: Engaging children with additional needs through multi-sensory storytelling, Sensorium Theatre Inc, Sensorium Theatre Inc - Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $10,000.
  • Kiara Literacy Development Project, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round, 2016 ‑ 2017, $41,704.
  • Re-development and trial of Kimberley Literacy Profiles, Muludja Remote Community School, Muludja Remote Community School - Grant, 2016 ‑ 2017, $55,793.
  • 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, $48,000.
  • 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, $79,837.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The role of text type in the reading development of beginning readers
  • Master of Education, School leadership and teaching staff perceptions of factors that influence naplan online performance in below average icsea metropolitan primary schools
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The impact of Literacy on the contact Aboriginal people have with the Criminal Justice System.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, A Randomised Controlled Trial to Investigate the Role of Spelling in Reading and writing Achievement for Low Progress Readers in Years 3-6
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Inclusion through inquiry: Diverse learning needs and the international baccalaureate

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Teachers' approaches to spelling instruction in Western Australian schools
  • Master of Education, A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY ON THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF PRIMARY CARERS OF GIFTED CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring Chinese English-as-a-foreign-language teachers' beliefs about effective teaching of English reading in primary schools in zhejiang Province of China and the effects of these beliefs on the teachers' instructional practices
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating communicative dissonance within relationships of adults with asperger's syndrome (asd level 1)

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher education access and participation for persons with disability in Ghanaian public universities
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