Chris Edwards-Groves

Associate Professor , Dr

  • School of Education Charles Sturt University Locked Bag 588 Boorooma Street Wagga Wagga NSW 2678


  • 508 Citations
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Christine's recent research draws on practice theory, critical participatory action research and conversation analysis to investigate the nature and dynamics of educational practices, particularly in literacy instruction and professional learning. As Chief Investigator on Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project "Leading and Learning: Developing Ecologies of Educational Practices" (DP1096275; 2010-2012), she has substantially contributed to the development of the theory of practice architectures and theory of ecologies of practices with Emeritus Professor Stephen Kemmis and colleagues. Significantly, these are new and distinctive developments in practice theory that she applies to literacy practice, dialogue and pedagogy and site based education development. This work is published in two co-authored texts "Changing practices, changing education" (Kemmis, Wilkinson, Edwards-Groves, Hardy, Grootenboer and Bristol, 2014), "Understanding Education: History, politics and practice" (Kemmis and Edwards-Groves 2018) and "Classroom Talk: Understanding dialogue, pedagogy and practice" (Edwards-Groves, Anstey and Bull, 2014).

Christine's specific work with international collaborators in the "Pedagogy, Education and Praxis" International research network applying practice theory has advanced knowledge about professional learning and action research in the development of two new concepts: "Generative Leadership" and "Middle Leading practices", both notable theoretical achievements. Both concepts are derived from new theorisations about the longer term influences of action research, not previously identified. The research is concerned with developing rich characterisations of the connectivities between professional development practices and leading through in-depth empirical descriptions of these practices within 'ecologies of practices'. These theoretical concepts are currently being developed further in an international study she is co-leading with Professor Karin Ronnerman (Gothenburg University, Sweden) and Professor Peter Grootenboer (Griffith University, QLD); this research is investigating the leading practices required for facilitating sustainable change in teaching.

In recent times a main research focus centers on investigating classroom interaction practices, in particular the enactment of dialogic pedagogies. In 2016, Christine, with CSU colleague Dr Christina Davidson, was awarded the inaugural national Literacy Research Grant funded by the Primary English Teaching Association Australia "Researching Dialogic Pedagogies for literacy learning across the primary years". Results of this study were published in 2017 in "Becoming a meaning making: Talk and interaction in the dialogic classroom" (PETAA).This work seeks to understand, and so improve teaching practices, that utilise dialogic approaches for teaching and learning to improve students' oral language use in reading, writing and numeracy lessons.

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Currently Involved in research at Charles Sturt University.

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classroom Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
action research Social Sciences
dialogue Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences
theory-practice Social Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)
secondary school
3 Citations (Scopus)

Driving change from ‘the middle': Middle leading for site based educational development

Edwards-Groves, C., Grootenboer, P., Hardy, I. & Ronnerman, K., 2019, In : School Leadership and Management . 39, 3-4, p. 315-333 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

educational reform
primary school

Partnership and recognition in action research

Edwards-Groves, C. (ed.), Olin, A. (ed.) & Karlberg-Granlund, G. (ed.), 2019, 1st ed. Oxon, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. 136 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

action research
educational setting

Att leda från mitten: Lärare som driver professionell utveckling

Translated title of the contribution: Leading from the middle : Teachers driving professional developmentRonnerman, K., Edwards-Groves, C. & Grootenboer, P., 20 Sep 2018, Stockholm: Lärarförlaget. 128 p.

Research output: Book/ReportTextbook/Reference book

educational setting

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


PETAA Research Grant 2015

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

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

Pedagogy Praxis and Education

Chris Edwards-Groves (Speaker)
28 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

Weaving Worlds with Words and Wonder

Chris Edwards-Groves (Speaker)
01 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

Press / Media