Adjunct Professor
Beryl Exley

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Personal details


English curriculum, Curriculum literacies, Grammar, Personal literacies, Multiliteracies, Sociology of education, Diversity, Multiculturalsim, Multilingualism, Teacher knowledge


Curriculum and Pedagogy, Sociology

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
  • MEd(Hons) (Griffith University)
  • MEd (Griffith University)
  • DipT(Prim) (Griffith University)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Beryl is an active member of the Australian Literacy Educators` Association (ALEA), and from 2006 to 2013 served as the ALEA Queensland State Director. In 2013 she co-convened the AATE/ALEA Joint National Conference for 830 national and international delegates.
  • Since 2005 she has been the Australian representative on IDOC (International Oceania Development Committee), a committee that works with developing nations across Oceania to advance literacy teaching and learning. In 2015 Beryl was invited by the International Literacy Association board to take the role of international Chair of IDOC.
  • Since 2013, Beryl has been the ALEA Publications Director, overseeing the suite of ALEA journals and occasional publications.
  • Beryl has previously been a judge for National Literacy & Numeracy Week Awards (DEEWR) and Teaching Australia Awards and still judges the Short Story Section of the English Teachers Association of Queensland (ETAQ) awards for Years 6 & 7.


During her time at QUT, Beryl has taught in English Curriculum & Literacy Education units in the BEd Primary, BEd Secondary, BEd Early Childhood, & MEd Coursework. She has also led research units in the BEd Research pathways program and coordinated field experience units in the undergraduate program. Beryl adopts a socio-critical approach to curriculum planning, implementation & assessment and has a special interest in:

  • grammar, especially the new grammar in the Australian Curriculum English
  • critical, visual, dramatic and multimedia literacies
  • teaching reading, writing and spelling.

In 2011 she was awarded a "Teaching and Learning - Scholarship of Teaching Award" as well as a "Teaching and Learning - Teaching Excellence Team Award". Since 2011, Beryl has been recognised as a "Higher Degree Research Supervisor Accreditation Level 1" academic. She has supervised seven research students to completion, including projects which investigated:

  •  academic rigor in science assessment tasks
  • the language of science in the early years
  • parent-teacher engagement in the middle years
  • early career teachers' experiences in Catholic schools
  •  pedagogic dilemmas with curricular reform in moral education
  • teachers' responses to communication about non-heterosexuality
  • implementing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in the Australian Curriculum English.

Three of her graduating PhD students were recommended for the university thesis award, with one student taking out the top honour in 2013. Beryl is currently supervising HDR students undertaking projects which investigate:

  • teachers' knowledge of children's literature
  • the construction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' identities in schools
  • critical literacy in international ESL contexts
  • the formation of multi-ethnic pedagogic identities through institutionalized education
  • teachers' accounts of a data driven curriculum
  • narrative research in an Indigenous community
  • cultural hybridity in Indigenous/non-Indigenous communications
  • teachers' experiences of high-stakes assessments.

Beryl is currently the Masters of Education Course Coordinator, overseeing approximately 1200 students enrolled in the study areas of Career Development, Early Childhood Teaching, Early Years, General Studies, Inclusive Education, Leadership and Management, School Guidance and Counselling, Teacher-Librarianship and TESOL.


Selected publications

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