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Stephanie Clayton

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Stephanie Clayton

Lecturer in Curriculum Studies (Primary)

Room Level 2 , Field Building

+61 3 6430 4926 (phone)

S.M.Clayton@utas.edu.au

Dr Stephanie Clayton is a Lecturer in Curriculum Studies (Primary) and has taught in a range of units within the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree since 2014. Stephanie’s teaching now focuses on helping Education students develop academic skills for their tertiary studies in the first-year unit Academic Literacies.

Stephanie’s PhD investigated Tasmanian secondary students’ elective LOTE enrolment motivation, and the interplay of factors which affect this decision. She is interested in further research within this area to help promote the importance of LOTE education and inform policy and curricula decisions.

Biography

Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours in 2011. She taught in local primary schools before returning to the Cradle Coast Campus to undertake her PhD, which she completed in 2017. Her current research interests are based on native English speakers’ second language learning, which have developed from her passion for the French language, in which she aims to become fluent. Stephanie lived in France for 4 months in 2016/17, where she worked as an English Language Assistant in a large vocational school for French students aged 15-22. In addition to French, she is learning the programming language Python, and is interested in researching female aspirations in computer science.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2017), 'Won’t, don’t, can’t: Second language learning in Tasmanian schools.', University of Tasmania, Australia
  • BEd (1st Class Hons) (2011), 'Parlez-vous fran├žais? A study of North West Tasmanian students learning French at senior secondary college.’, University of Tasmania, Australia

Teaching

Teacher Education; Curriculum Studies; Professional Experience; Primary Teaching; Languages Education

Teaching expertise

Stephanie has experience as a generalist primary teacher, and has taught a range of units in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree. Stephanie is the Unit Coordinator of EDU106 Academic Literacies.

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Expertise

    Stephanie uses qualitative methodologies to investigate students’ learning choices and career aspirations, especially in the areas of Languages and Digital Technologies. She partners with academics and community organisations, and has received public funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund to establish Girls’ Programming Network (GPN) in North West Tasmania. Stephanie’s research helps identify factors which enable and obstruct student enrolment in elective subjects, which can assist education providers and stakeholders with decision-making about timetable frameworks and subject offerings.

    Areas of research expertise include:

  • Second language learning motivation
  • L2 Motivational Self System theory
  • Enrolment factors and barriers
  • Elective subject enrolment

Collaboration

Stephanie led an investigation into female secondary school students’ knowledge and perceptions of computer science and their career aspirations. Coding workshops were facilitated by experts from the Girls’ Programming Network and research investigated the students’ prior and post conceptions of women in computer science and their own career aspirations. This research is the beginning of further research exploring the impact of positive computer science experiences during secondary school and whether this affects students’ career aspirations. Partnering with the Zonta Club of Cradle Coast, Stephanie and colleague Jillian Brandsema were successful in a grant application to the Tasmanian Community Fund to establish the Girls’ Programming Network in North-West Tasmania, as detailed in the Funding tab.

Stephanie helped to facilitate a ‘Living Cultures’ workshop for Children’s University students using The Orb, a culturally responsive resource developed by the Tasmanian Government. Pre-service teachers, and college students aspiring to be teachers, planned and delivered the workshops. Stephanie collaborated with a broad team on a research project designed to investigate the pre-service teachers’ and college students’ prior and post understanding and confidence in teaching Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, based on their experiences with the workshops and The Orb resource.

Fields of Research

  • LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy (390108)
  • Secondary education (390306)
  • Gender, sexuality and education (390406)

Research Objectives

  • Secondary education (160105)
  • Gender aspects in education (160202)
  • Equity and access to education (160201)

Publications

Total publications

11

Journal Article

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Clayton SM, 'Systemic and personal factors that affect students' elective language other than English enrollment decisions', Foreign Language Annals ISSN 0015-718X (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/flan.12605 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Clayton SM, Hawkins C, Brandsema M, 'Rural implementation of Girls' Programming Network (GPN)', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 31, (2) pp. 38-45. ISSN 1839-7387 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Hawkins C; Brandsema M

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clayton SM, Moltow D, 'Mind Your Language: Exploring Students' Motivations Concerning Elective Second Language Learning', What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 150-170. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Moltow D

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2016Clayton SM, Moltow D, 'Mind Your Language Exploring Students' Motivations Concerning Elective Second Language Learning', What is Next in Educational Research?, SensePublishers, S Fan and J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 157-170. ISBN 978-94-6300-524-1 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1163/9789463005241_016 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Clayton SM, 'Factors that affect students' motivation to enrol in an elective second language subject', Third National LCNAU Colloquium, November, Macquarie University, New South Wales (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clayton SM, 'Want, don't, can't: Student second language enrolment in Tasmania' (2016) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Clayton SM, 'Inspiring our future teacher', Newspaper, The Advocate, Tasmania, Australia, p. 1. (2022) [Newspaper Article]

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2022Clayton SM, 'Greater opportunities', Greater opportunities, The Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia, 10 (2022) [Newspaper Article]

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2022Clayton SM, ''3 Barriers that Stop Students Choosing to Learn a Language in High School', Interview with Megan Burslem', ABC Radio Melbourne- Afternoons with Megan Burslem, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 26 April 2022 (2022) [Media Interview]

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2022Clayton SM, ''3 Barriers that Stop Students Choosing to Learn a Language in High School', Interview with Nic Healey', ABC Radio Sydney - Evenings with Nic Healey, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 26 April 2022 (2022) [Media Interview]

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2022Clayton SM, ''3 Barriers that Stop Students Choosing to Learn a Language in High School', Interview with Joel Rheinberger', ABC Radio Hobart - Mornings Joel Rheinberger, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Australia, 01 May 2022 (2022) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

2019 - UTAS 2019 Peer Learning Circle grant - $500.00

2018 - UTAS 2018 Community Engagement (Mid-Year) Grant - “Cross-sectorial collaboration: Tasmanian Aboriginal ‘Living Cultures’ workshops for Burnie primary school students” - $5,000.00

2018 - Inspiring Australia Grants for Tasmanian Science Engagement Events “Girls Inspiring Girls’ Genuine Learning of Encoding Systems (GIGGLES)” - $1,974.00

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$65,356

Projects

Capturing Professional Teaching Practice: Innovative use of digital portfolios to enhance graduate teacher performance and career progression (2021)$20,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($20,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pullen DL; Parks MC; Clayton SM; Bown AN
Year
2021
NW Tasmania Girls Programming Network (2020 - 2021)$10,382
Description
The Girls Programming Network (GPN) is a program which offers free, female-only programming workshops to adolescent girls. We are going to establish the first Tasmanian node of the Girls Programming Network in the North West of Tasmania, a regional area which is situated in the poorest federal electorate of Braddon. Adolescent girls in this area are rural and regional students, and as such there is often a lack of educational services and opportunities. With a large portion of the region being of low socioeconomic status it is important to offer individualised training to improve attitudes and aspirations through learning opportunities. Providing attainable challenges in free programming workshops will empower young women and give them confidence that they can succeed in this area. Inclusivity and diversity are core values of the GPN, providing support in a safe and welcoming environment where new skills are learnt and new friends are made. Participation can also make them aware of the possibility of further programming experiences and career pathways. Research will investigate participants experiences in the workshops and their perceptions of computer science. It will also track their participation in each workshop and aim to identify what impact learning programming and meeting role models in the industry has on their self-empowerment, confidence and aspirations.
Funding
ZONTA CLUB OF CRADLE COAST INC ($10,382)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Clayton SM; Brandsema JM
Period
2020 - 2021
Girls Inspiring Girls Genuine Learning of Encoding Systems (GIGGLES) (2018)$1,974
Description
The proposed event will be a collaborative approach between the University of Tasmania ( Dr Stephanie Clayton, Dr Cherie Hawkins and Jillian Brandsema) and the University of Sydney (Dr Nicky Ringland) to hold a computer science workshop with the aim to engage young highschool aged females on the North West Coast in the prospective opportunities and career pathways in the computer science industry. This full day workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Nicky Ringland (with assistance from UTAS) who is a computing education specialist and the co-founder of Girls' Programming Network. Two workshops will be offered in the first week of September, each having a participant number of approximately 20 places. Students will be facilitated through the fun hands-on workshop by giving them the opportunity to learn and trial coding practices that can then be demonstrated in practical applications. No previous knowledge will be required to attend the workshop. The point of difference of these workshops is the focus on the girls leaving with greater knowledge of digital technology, a can-do attitude and a completed product that they have created. The workshop will provide the participants with the opportunity to explore specialised digital technology equipment within the CollabLab at the UTAS Cradle Coast Campus.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,974)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Clayton SM; Hawkins C; Brandsema JM; Ringland N
Year
2018
Innovation in teaching, learning and research (2018)$10,000
Description
This grant supported members of the Cradle Coast Academic Community of Practice to develop excellent and distinctive teaching and learning and research programs.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Schmidt MS; Clayton SM; Evans JD; Hawkins C; Prior SJ; Angel CJ; Smith CJ; Finnen MJ
Year
2018
Innovation in teaching, learning and research (2017)$15,000
Description
This grant supported members of the Cradle Coast Academic Community of Practice to develop excellent and distinctive teaching and learning and research programs.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($15,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Schmidt MS; Clayton SM; Evans JD; Hawkins C; Prior SJ; Angel CJ; Smith CJ; Finnen MJ
Year
2017
Innovation in teaching, learning and research (2016)$8,000
Description
This grant supported members of the Cradle Coast Academic Community of Practice to develop excellent and distinctive teaching and learning and research programs.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Schmidt MS; Clayton SM; Evans JD; Hawkins C; Prior SJ; Angel CJ; Smith CJ; Finnen MJ
Year
2016

Research Supervision

Stephanie currently has two HDR Projects advertised:

  • Programming and Computer Science
  • Languages Teaching

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Influence of Western Liberal Thinking on Chinese Education During the First Half of the Twentieth2019
PhDExploring the lived experiences of autistic people working in an education environment2021