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Dr Susan Main

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6528
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.123  

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.


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


Recent Research Grants

  • Collaborative networks: Improving literacy outcomes in regional and remote schools,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $92,489.
  • Kiara Literacy Development Project – Phase 2,  Kiara College,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $50,870.
  • 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,  $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.
  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • 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, Singapore, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1732-2_3.
  • 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

  • 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, DOI: 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.
  • 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, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2020v45n6.5.
  • Slater, E., Main, S., (2020), A measure of classroom management: validation of a pre-service teacher self-efficacy scale. Journal of Education for Teaching, 2020(Article in press), 1-16, DOI:
  • 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, Katoomba, NSW, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2017v42n10.4.
  • 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, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 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.

Research Student Supervision

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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