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Personal profile

Dr Christina Davidson is an Associate Professor in literacy education in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University. She has been an academic for over twenty years and has taught in four universities during her career in higher education. Prior to becoming an academic, Christina taught in a number of schools in Sydney and in Wagga Wagga. Christina has focused on literacy education throughout her career as an educator.

Research Interests

Christina is a conversation analyst. She examines children’s social interaction with each other and with adults. Her recent work has addressed young children’s web searching and children’s interactions in classroom literacy lessons.

Christina’s interest in young children’s social interactions during web searching had its beginnings in her early examination of web searching by two siblings under five years of age in their family home. This led to two key international journal publications and collaboration on a successful Australian Research Council Discovery grant with academics from Queensland University of Technology:  The project, Interacting with knowledge, interacting with people: Web searching in early childhood was led by Professor Susan Danby (QUT). Christina’s specific contribution includes lead author on four publications, co-author on nine publications, lead author and co-author of numerous conference papers and presentation.

 In 2016, Christina was the co-recipient of the first national research grant awarded by the Primary English Teaching Association Australia:

 Edwards-Groves, C., & Davidson, C. (2015). Researching dialogic pedagogies for literacy learning across the primary years. Primary English Teaching Association Australia.

This project was a critical participatory action research project conducted with twelve teachers in regional and city schools in New South Wales. Project outcomes, to date, include a co-authored book for teachers and several co-authored journal articles examining interactional phenomena from classrooms. These include:

Edwards-Groves, C., & Davidson, C. (2017). Becoming a meaning maker: Talk and interaction in the dialogic classroom. Newtown: Primary English Teaching Association Australia.

Davidson, C., & Edwards-Groves, C. (2019). Managing the delicate matter of advice giving: Accomplishing communicative space in Critical Participatory Action Research.Educational Action Research. doi/full/10.1080/09650792.2018.1559744

 Davidson, C., & Edwards-Groves, C. (2018). “But you said this...”: Students’ management of disagreement within a dialogic approach to literacy instruction. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 41(3), 190-200.

Christina’s most recent research encompasses further collaboration with her colleague Associate Professor Christine Edwards-Groves. This project, Improving students’ oracy and writing through the use of dialogic pedagogies in disadvantaged schools,extends their work in the PETAA project to encompass a whole-school approach to changing classroom interaction.


Christina has taught a range of language and literacy subject at CSU. These include

  • EML447 Issues in Contemporary English and Literacy Education
  • EML436 The Multimodal Writing Process
  • ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
  • EML110 English 1: Language as Social Practice
  • EML 309 English 3: Primary English Curriculum: Text Construction, Pedagogy and Practices

 Christina has taught a number of research methods subjects at CSU, including:

  • EER408 Educational Research: methods and Practices
  • EEB409 Educational Research: Culture, Design and Development
  • EEB415 Dissertation proposal and Literature Review
  • ERP404 Education Honours Dissertation

Christina supervises doctoral students in the School of Education and is especially interested in teaching research students about ethnomethodology and conversation analysis

Professional Information

Professional memberships: AustralianInstitute forEthnomethodology and Conversation Analysis; International Pragmatics Association; American Educational Research Association; Primary English Teaching Association; Australian Literacy Educators’ Association; Australian Association for Research in Education.


Journals (selected)

  • Linguistic and Education (2018-)
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (2006-)
  • Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2012-);
  • Journal of Early Childhood Literacy (2012-);
  • International Journal of Qualitative Methods (2009-);
  • Australian Journal of Educational Technology (2014);
  • British Journal of Educational Technology (2012-2014);

In 2019, Christina was appointed an associated editor for the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.

Education/Academic qualification

Primary Education, Diploma of Teaching, Riverina College of Advanced Education

Language Arts, Bachelor of Education, South Australia College of Advanced Education

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland

TESOL, Master of Arts, University of Technology Sydney

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Research Output 2006 2020

Webs of relationships: Young children's engagement with web searching

Danby, S. J. & Davidson, C., 2020, The Routledge handbook of digital literacies in early childhood. Erstad, O., Flewitt, R., Kummerling-Meibauer, B. & Pereira, I. S. P. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 402-415 14 p. (The Routledge international handbook series).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

technological change
only child
multicultural society

A young child’s use of multiple technologies in the social organisation of a pretend telephone conversation

Scriven, B., Edwards-Groves, C. & Davidson, C., 04 Apr 2018, Digital childhoods: Technologies and everyday lives. Danby, S., Fleer, M., Davidson, C. & Hatzigianni, M. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Vol. 22. p. 267-284 17 p. (International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

conversation analysis

Digital childhoods: Technologies and children’s everyday lives

Danby, S. J. (ed.), Fleer, M. (ed.), Davidson, C. (ed.) & Hatzigianni, M. (ed.), 2018, Singapore: Springer Singapore. 287 p. (International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development; vol. 22)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

everyday life
everyday experience
family member

Digital childhoods across contexts and countries

Danby, S. J., Fleer, M., Davidson, C. & Hatzigianni, M., 04 Apr 2018, Digital childhoods: Technologies and children's everyday lives. Danby, S., Fleer, M., Davidson, C. & Hatzigianni, M. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 1-14 15 p. (International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development; vol. 22).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)


"Listen up": Understanding the multidimensionality of listening in a dialogic classroom

Edwards-Groves, C. & Davidson, C., 2018, 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Researchers Association. American Educational Research Association (AERA), p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

Open Access
conversation analysis
action research


PETAA Research Grant 2015

Christina Davidson (Recipient) & Christine Edwards-Groves (Recipient), 01 Sep 2015

Prize: Other distinction