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Dr Noella Mackenzie is an associate professor in Literacy Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia.  Noella is an experienced literacy educator and researcher. Her career began in schools teaching children from 5 to 12 years. Noella spent 13 years as a literacy specialist working with teachers in literacy early intervention and special education. Noella’s research has largely focused on teachers and the learning and teaching of writing. Noella’s current research focuses on: writing development in the early years in Australia and Finland; students working above standard in literacy and numeracy; and the vexed issue of handwriting and keyboarding in the current era. In recent times she has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and developed resources for families and educators.  Her research is informed by her ongoing work with classroom teachers and undergraduate and postgraduate university students and has been published in research journals (e.g. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, Australian Educational Researcher, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy) and professional journals (e.g. Practical Literacy and Belonging).

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Education (Ed.D), La Trobe University


Education, Master of Education (M.Ed) , La Trobe University


Education, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) , La Trobe University


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Research Output 2000 2019

Assessing early writing: A six-factor model to inform assessment and teaching

Scull, J., Mackenzie, N. & Bowles, T., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Educational Research for Policy and Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Learning to 'look at' and 'write' the letters of the alphabet

Mackenzie, N., Jan 2019, The alphabetic principle and beyond: A survey of the landscape. Newtown: Primary English Teaching Association, p. 149-165 16 p.

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

Working above standard in literacy and numeracy in primary school

Mackenzie, N., Danaia, L., MacDonald, A. & Metcalf, D., 2019, In : Issues in Educational Research. 29, 2, p. 485-501 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
primary school
rural school

Developing authorial skills: Child language leading to text construction, sentence construction and vocabulary development

Scull, J. & Mackenzie, N., 2018, Understanding and supporting young writers from birth to 8. Mackenzie, N. & Scull, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 89-115

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter in textbook/reference book

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

ALEA workshop

Noella Mackenzie (Speaker), Rebecca Spokes (Speaker)
22 Mar 2018

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