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Biography

Dr Ruth French is a Lecturer in Educational Studies with a focus on Literacies (Early Childhood & Primary). She took up her current position at Macquarie University in 2017. Ruth has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and assistant principal.

Research interests

Ruth's research and teaching interests include: language and literacy education, children's literature, curriculum and pedagogy. A particular research interest is the development of children’s knowledge about language, including grammar. This was the focus of her Ph.D. research, for which her degree was awarded cum laude from the University of New England, Armidale. Her research draws upon systemic functional linguistics and Vygotskian theory.

Teaching

In 2017–2019 Ruth’s teaching responsibilities have included units in literacy education (across early childhood, primary and secondary teaching contexts: ECH231, EDUC260, ECH433, ECED/ECHX823) and a capstone unit for final year primary education students (EDTE456).

As an experienced primary school teacher and assistant principal, Ruth enjoys infusing her university teaching with her knowledge of professional practice. She also believes strongly in the importance of being able to theorise practice, and that “there is nothing so practical as a good theory” (Lewin, 1951).

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Outputs 2001 2017

Review: Focus on grammar and meaning, by L. C. de Oliveira & M. J. Schleppegrell (2015)

French, R., 2017, In : Linguistics and the human sciences. 13, 3, p. 359–363 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

schoolchild
primary school
video
small group

Souping it up with grammar

French, R., 2014, In : Practically primary. 19, 3, p. 9-11 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

grammar
literacy
language
literature
student

Using 'Yoko' to develop knowledge about language

French, R., 2014, In : Practically primary. 19, 3, p. 25-26 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

language
website
geography
classroom

Teaching and learning functional grammar in junior primary classrooms

French, R., 2013, (Unpublished) 549 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisResearch

grammar
classroom
Teaching
learning
pedagogics