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Angela Thomas

Senior Lecturer in English

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Angela Thomas is a senior lecturer of English in the Faculty of Education. Angela's research and teaching is focussed on children's literature. She has published three books and a number book chapters and journal articles, and has been a Chief Investigator on an ARC grant with linkage partner The Australian Children's Television Foundation. Angela has won teaching and research awards, and has been an invited keynote speaker in the UK, US, Singapore, and Australia. Angela has produced several creative works, one of which was Virtual Macbeth, an island in Second Life which allows interactive exploration of Shakespeare's play.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Angela was a teacher in various primary and secondary classroom contexts. She worked as a senior research officer on an ARC grant at the University of Western Sydney, and has also worked as a lecturer/senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong and the University of Sydney. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of New England and Griffith University.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2004) 'Literacy and identity in online communities' Charles Darwin University, Australia 
  • GradCert Childrens Lit (2015) Deakin University, Australia
  • MEd (1992) University of Tasmania, Australia
  • BEd (1986) University of Tasmania, Australia

Memberships

Professional practice

Angela is a member of several professional organisations, including ACLAR (Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research), IRSCL (International Research Society for Children's Literature), CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia), ASFLA (Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association).

Administrative expertise

Angela has had admin roles of: Unit Co-ordinator, Honours Co-ordinator, Post-Graduate Coursework Co-ordinator, English Teaching and Learning Convenor. She has also been a Chief Investigator on a number of internal and external research grants.

Teaching

Children’s Literature, English, Linguistics, Language, Literacy, Critical Literacy, Multimodal Discourse Analysis.

Teaching responsibility

ESH310 Critical Approaches to English
ESM715 Exploring Children's Literature K-12
ESG775 Changing English

Research Invitations

Angela has presented her research as a keynote speaker at a number of International and National conferences, including: UKLA (UK Literacy Association) and ASFLA (Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.

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Expertise

  • Children's literature
  • Critical multimodal discourse analysis
  • Feminine subjectivities
  • Fan fiction 
  • Critical literacy

Research Themes

Angela's research aligns to the University's theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research interests centre around children's literature and children's creation of literature, particularly multimodal literature such as picture books, graphic novels, film and digital literature. Her research interests encompass three central areas. The first area of interest is the critical multimodal discourse analysis of children's literature. This research addresses such questions as how cultural and societal shifts over time impact narrative and story, and the ways in which pedagogy can take into account these shifts. 

The second area of interest is critical feminist post-structural theory and how it applies to girl's subjectivities, both real and as depicted in fiction. This research addresses questions such as how girl's bodies are constructed particularly in terms of issues such as eating disorders, body image and violence.  The third area of interest is the discursive and social practices, particularly in and around virtual spaces, where young people celebrate, re-create and transform story and literature such as fan fiction, machinima and role-playing. This research addresses questions such as how young people are using digital spaces to transform, resist and counter traditional ideologies. These research areas are all concerned with how findings can lead to social change, starting with the ways that literature and creating literature can be explored in classroom contexts as well as in young people's out of school communities.

Awards

UTAS research merit award

Current projects

Angela has three current research projects. The first involves a comparative analysis of texts which have multiple adaptations and transformations (such as novel, graphic novel, film etc.) and the investigation of the ways in which discourses  within a single narrative world alter across these transformations. A particular focus of this is retold fairy tales. The second project underway is an investigation of girl's responses to literature which explores aspects of femininity, the body, and body image. The third research project is a study of teacher's experiences of teaching about Literature and place.

Fields of Research

  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
  • Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
  • Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
  • Education Systems (130199)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Learning Sciences (130309)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Sociology of Education (160809)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (130299)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Geospatial Information Systems (090903)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)

Research Objectives

  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Curriculum (930399)
  • The Media (950204)
  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Learner Development (930103)
  • Languages and Literacy (950202)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Education (970113)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Computer Software and Services (890299)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)
  • Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games) (890201)

Publications

Total publications

36

Journal Article

(10 outputs)
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2016Thomas A, 'Enhancing understandings of the literary element of character using elements from Systemic Functional Linguistics', English in Australia, 51, (2) pp. 20-31. ISSN 0155-2147 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015Thomas DP, Thomas AA, Moltow DT, 'Evaluative stance in high achieving Year 3 persuasive texts', Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, 30 pp. 26-41. ISSN 0898-5898 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2015.03.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Thomas DP; Moltow DT

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2012Thomas Angela, 'Children's writing goes 3D: a case study of one primary school's journey into multimodal authoring', Learning, Media & Technology, 37, (1) pp. 77-93. ISSN 1743-9884 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2011.560160 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2011Thomas Angela, 'Towards a Transformative Digital Literacies Pedagogy', Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 6, (1-2) pp. 89-101. ISSN 1891-943X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2006Thomas AA, ''MSN was the next big thing after Beanie Babies': Children's virtual experiences as an interface to their everyday lives', E-Learning and Digital Media, 3, (2) pp. 126-142. ISSN 2042-7530 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2006Thomas AA, 'Fan fiction online: Engagement, critical response and affective play through writing', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 29, (3) pp. 226-239. ISSN 1038-1562 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2005Thomas AA, 'Children Online: Learning in a virtual community of practice', E-Learning and Digital Media, 2, (1) pp. 27-38. ISSN 2042-7530 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2004Thomas AA, 'Digital literacies of the cybergirl', E-Learning and Digital Media, 1, (3) pp. 358-382. ISSN 2042-7530 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Unsworth L, Thomas AA, Bush R, 'The role of images and image-text relations in group 'basic skills tests' of literacy for children in the primary school years', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 27, (1) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1038-1562 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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1998Dudfield AA, 'Cyberliteracies: Implications for education', On-Call Journal (Australia), 12, (3) pp. 25-34. ISSN 1034-571X (1998) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
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2007Thomas AA, 'Youth Online: Identity and literacy in the digital age', Peter Lang, New York, pp. 245. ISBN 9781433100338 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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2005Unsworth L, Thomas AA, Simpson A, Asha J, 'Children's literature and computer-based teaching', McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, pp. 152. ISBN 0335216366 (2005) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(15 outputs)
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2018Thomas A, Corbett M, 'Ways of Working in the Interpretive Tradition', Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, D Kember, M Corbett (ed), Singapore, pp. 171-182. ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-0511-5_17 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Corbett M

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2014Thomas DP, Thomas Angela, Moltow DT, 'Engaged young writers: Dialogic choices beyond NAPLAN', The Future of Educational Research, Sense Publishers, N. Fitzallen, S. Fan & R. Reaburn (ed), Netherlands, pp. 301-315. ISBN 978-94-6209-512-0 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Thomas DP; Moltow DT

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2014Thomas A, 'Digital Fiction', English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives, Peter Lang, L Unsworth & A Thomas (ed), New York, pp. 39-62. ISBN 978-1-4331-1907-1 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Thomas A, 'Using contemporary picture books to explore the concept of intermodal complementarity', English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives, Peter Lang, L Unsworth & A Thomas (ed), New York, pp. 23-38. ISBN 978-1-4331-1907-1 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Thomas A, 'Points of difference: Intermodal complementarity and social critical literacy in children's multimodal texts', Critical multimodal studies of popular discourse, Routledge, E Djonov & S Zhao (ed), New York, pp. 217-232. ISBN 978-0-415-62471-8 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Thomas A, Ely-Harper K, Richards K, 'Virtual Macbeth: Using virtual worlds to explore literary texts', English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., L Unsworth & A Thomas (ed), New York, pp. 233-258. ISBN 978-1-4331-1907-1 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Thomas A, White J, Lippis R, 'Teaching inanimate Alice', English teaching and new literacies pedagogy, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., L Unsworth & A Thomas (ed), New York, pp. 173-190. ISBN 978-1-4331-1907-1 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Chinthammit W, Thomas Angela, 'Augmented reality in the English classroom', English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives, Peter Lang, L Unsworth, A Thomas (ed), New York, pp. 213-232. ISBN 978-1-4331-1907-1 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Thomas D, Thomas A, Fluck A, 'Enhancing pedagogy with mLearning', Technologies for enhancing pedagogy, engagement and empowerment in education: Creating learning-friendly environments, IGI Global, T Le and Q Le (ed), Hershey, PA, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-1-61350-074-3 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-074-3 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Thomas D; Fluck A

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2011Paltridge Brian, Thomas Angela, Liu J, 'Genre, performance and Sex and the City', Telecinematic Discourse. Approaches to the language of films and television series, John Benjamins Publishing Company, R Piazza, M Bednarek, M Roddi (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 249-262. ISBN 978-90-272-5615-7 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Thomas AA, 'Community, culture, and citizenship in cyberspace', Handbook of research on new literacies, Routledge, Coiro, J; Knobel, M; Lankshear, C & Leu, D (ed), London, pp. 671-698. ISBN 0805856528 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Thomas AA, Tufano N, 'Stop-motion animation', DIY Media: Creating sharing and learning with new technologies, Peter Lang, Knobel, M & Lankshear, C (ed), New York, pp. 161 - 184. ISBN 9781433106354 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Thomas AA, 'Machinima: Composing 3D multimedia narratives', New literacies and the English curriculum, Continuum, Unsworth, L (ed), London, pp. 167- 185. ISBN 9780826499455 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Thomas AA, 'Blurring and breaking through the boundaries of narrative, literacy and identity in adolescent fan fiction', A new literacies sampler, Peter Lang, Knobel, M & Lankshear, C (ed), New York, pp. 137-166. ISBN 9780820495231 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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2006Thomas AA, 'Fictional Blogs', Uses of Blogs, Peter Lang, Bruns, A & Jacobs, J (ed), New York, pp. 199-210. ISBN 0820481246 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Thomas A, To V, 'Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature', ALEA National Conference, July 9 - 12, Melbourne (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2018Huynh NT, Thomas A, To VT, 'East Meets West? Identifying points of contestation when mediating understandings about Eastern picturebooks with children', 9th International Conference on Multimodality, 15-17 August 2018, University of Southern Denmark (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Huynh NT; To VT

2018To VT, Thomas D, Thomas A, 'Grammatical metaphor for persuasion: A study of NAPLAN texts', ASFLA 2018, 26 - 28 September 2018, Adelaide, South Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: To VT; Thomas D

2016Thomas A, Thomas DP, To VT, 'The metaphors we teach by: A Cumulative and cohesive design for Bachelor of Education English education units', Program, Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference, 27-29 September 2016, Sydney, Australia, pp. 39. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas DP; To VT

2012Chinthammit W, Thomas Angela, 'iFiction: mobile technology, new media, mixed reality and literary creativity in English teaching', IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2012 - Arts, Media and Humanities Proceedings, 5-8 November 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, pp. 39-46. ISBN 978-1-4673-4664-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.1109/ISMAR-AMH.2012.6483987 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Chinthammit W

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2012Thomas D, Thomas A, ''I rest my case': Linguistic resources used by successful young writers of persuasive texts', To Boldly Proceed: Proceedings of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress, 16-20 July 2012, Sydney, Australia, pp. 69-74. ISBN 978-0-646-58257-3 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Gregory B, Gregory S, Wood D, Masters Y, Hillier M, et al., 'How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?', Ascilite 2011: Changing Demands, Changing Directions - Proceedings, 4-7 December 2011, Hobart Tasmania, pp. 475-490. ISBN 978-1-86295-644-5 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Fluck A

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2010Gregory S, Lee M, Ellis A, Gregory B, Wood D, et al., 'Australian higher education institutions transforming the future of teaching and learning through 3D virtual worlds', Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future: Ascilite 2010, December 5 - 8 2010, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 399-415. ISBN 978-1-74272-016-6 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Thomas AA, Ely-Harper K, Richards K, 'Foul Whisperings, Strange Matters', Linden Research, Inc., 945 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (2008) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Grants & Funding

Literature Board, Australian Council for the Arts - $40,000

What if? Virtual Shakespeare (Stage 1)
Co-recipient of grant which developed a Second Life treatment of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

ARC Linkage Grant - $195,000
Teaching effective 3D authoring in the middle school years: Multimedia grammatical design and multimedia authoring pedagogy.
Joint Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant with Professor Len Unsworth from the University of New England and linkage partner, The Australian Children's Television Foundation.

Research into Scholarship of Teaching Scheme grant - $3000
Literature and Place
Co-recipient of grant with colleague Jo Jones

University of Tasmania Research Enhancement Grant - $45,000
Augmented reality and new dimensions of experience with literature and multimodal authoring: mobile technology, new media and literary creativity in English teaching.
Co-recipient of grant with colleague from Human Interface with Technology Lab (HITLab Australia), Faculty of Computing and Information Systems

University of Sydney TIES grant - $52,000
Innovative teaching in virtual worlds
Co-recipient of a large teaching improvement grant exploring cross-faculty linkages to teaching in a virtual world.

University of Sydney SESQUI ARC grant: $10,500
Children and Electronic GamesChildren and Electronic Games

University of Sydney Teaching Improvement Fund grant: $15,000
ELLIE: Electronic Literature and Literacies in International Education

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$243,118

Projects

Ross Female Factory Mixed Reality Experience: Telling Female Convict Stories (2018)$13,118
Description
The built environments within which the 12,500 female convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) in the nineteenth century were incarcerated have largely been destroyed, often leaving nothing more than barely discernible traces of foundations. The purpose of the app will be to reinscribe the stories of the 832 Ross Female Factory women back into this barren locale. Our app will link richly-detailed archival records with place, acting as a prototype for a new digital approach to the interpretation of Tasmanian convict sites and convict history more generally. This project will situate Tasmania at the cutting edge of historical interpretation while simultaneously creating the necessary pedagogical tools to enable the wider public to engage with our local and regional aspects of the global story of forced penal migration, punishment, reproduction and settlement.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($13,118)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Thomas AA; Zarmati LFC; Harman KE; Clarke RGH; Hall KP; Keating MJ
Year
2018
Augmented Reality and New Dimensions of Experience with Literature and Multimodal Authoring: Mobile Technology, New Media and Literary Creativity in English Teaching (2012)$35,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($35,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Thomas AA; Chinthammit W
Year
2012
Teaching effective 3D authoring in the middle school years: Multimedia grammatical design and multimedia authoring pedagogy (2008 - 2011)$195,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($195,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of New England
Research Team
Unsworth L; Thomas AA
Period
2008 - 2011
Grant Reference
LP0883563

Research Supervision

Current

8

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCosmopolitanism, Global Citizenship and International-mindedness: Exploring the articulations of global citizenship education in International Baccalaureate curriculum international schools2015
PhDThe Impact of the Representation of Sexuality, Violence and Death in Childrens Literature on its Readers2016
PhDExploring Vietnamese Customs and Traditions through Children's Literature2017
PhDA Genre-Based Approach to Teaching English as a Foreign Language in a Vietnamese Secondary School Context2017
PhDThe Archipelagic State and the Continent State: A comparative analysis of Indonesian and Australian folktales2019
PhDManipulating the Media Mania: Adapting media tools as literary pathfinders among children2019
PhDScissors and Matches: A Creative Work based on the life of convict and entrepreneur Maria Lord2019
PhDAn Examination of English Textbooks Used in Vietnamese Government Schools2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDI am a YouTuber A netnographic approach to profiling teen use of YouTube
Candidate: Sun Hee Jang
2015
PhDWriting for change: Persuasion across the school years
Candidate: Damon Peter Thomas
2015