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Dr Janet Dutton has extensive experience as a lecturer in teacher education, leader of teacher professional development and as Head Teacher in government and independent schools.

Janet has worked developing assessment and curriculum at national and state level organisations and was the Chief Examiner, English for the NSW Higher School Certificate, 2011-2016.

Areas of speciality include:

  • Secondary English curriculum and HSC English
  • Creative literacy pedagogy
  • Teacher motivation and retention
  • Out of field teaching (OOFT)
  • Teacher identity, voice and reflective practice

Janet’s teaching and research promotes the ways creative pedagogy can enrich student learning and current projects include:

  • Investigating English teacher motivation, job satisfaction and resilience
  • The impact of high stakes testing on English teacher practice
  • The use of identity texts for enhancing literacy and engagement in students from EAL/D and low SES backgrounds
  • Early career teachers' exoeriences of out of field teaching (OOFT)
  • Developing strategies to enhance pre-service teacher reflexive practice.

Research supervision

I am happy to hear from HDR students with interests in one of the research projects/topics below:

  • teaching subject English in secondary schools 
  • the experiences of mid-career changers transitioning to teaching or
  • teacher education students' experiences of paid work in schools prior to graduation.

Community engagement

Janet has strong connections with schools where she supports teachers in fostering quality English teaching. She delivers professional learning, sustains long term relationships and works with teachers to implement practitioner inquiry projects. Janet convenes the Language and Literacy Special Interest Group for AARE and delivers keynote presentations to schools and professional organisations.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Award Date: 7 Dec 2017

Education, Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Sydney

Arts, Master of Arts: Literature (with Merit), University of Sydney

Education, Diploma in Education, University of Sydney

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

External positions

Co-convenor Language & Literacy Special Interest Group, Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)

Dec 2018 → …

Chief Examiner English, Higher School Certificate, New South Wales Education Standards Authority



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