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I am passionate about supporting beginning teachers to learn the skills required to think critically about their work and to develop confidence to challenge inequity in education systems

Dr Loraine McKay has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years, teaching from Year 1 to Year 7, predominately in multi-age or composite groupings. As a teacher she also held roles as Key Teacher-behaviour management; Literacy Coach; and Curriculum Development Officer. Loraine's research interest stems from her teaching career. Her research focus is on building teachers' capacity to develop inclusive classrooms and to bridge the theory-practice divide between universities and schools. This interest resulted from her own teaching career where in her first year she was told to accept a child would not reach her full potential beacuse of her hearing impairment. Her other research focus is relating to improving the outcomes of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr Loraine McKay

School of Education and Professional Studies

Senior Lecturer in Inclusive and Literacy Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Critical Reflection
  • Inclusive Education
  • Literacy
  • Teacher Capacity Building
  • Initial Teacher Education

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Loraine has presented her work at conferences nationally and internationally which has led to invitations to speak in several international forums including:

  • · 2018 - an invited presenter at University of Hong Kong running workshops on arts-based reflection and teacher resilience.
  • · 2018 - an invited guest and presenter at the Swiss International Exploratory Workshop on Creative Development. The presentation was related to arts-based practices to build resilience in teachers in all sectors.

Industry Experience

Loraine has been involved in school partnerships as a consultant on teacher capacity building. She is currently supporting teachers in a junior secondary school who are implementing an intervention plan for students who are not experiencing success at school. Loraine recently assisted in the presentation of the state-wide webinar on the teaching of reading for adolescents which was part of the Leading Change project. 

  • Professional Memberships: Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA), Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) and the Association of Women Educators (AWE). Loraine is also a registered Queensland teacher.

Research Expertise

Loraine's research expertise includes inclusive teaching practice; teachers values, attitudes and beliefs; and critical reflection and beginning teachers. Research highlights include:

  •  (2018). Exploring how arts-based reflection can support teachers resilience and well-being. Teaching and Teacher Education, 75, 356–365.
  • · (2017). Powering Up Students to Challenge Their Own Deficit Views. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 1–10.
  • · (2017). Early career academics learning the game in Whackademia. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(6), 1251–1263.
  • · (2017). Developing identity and agency as an early career academic: lessons from Alice. International Journal for Academic Development, 22(3), 223–230.
  • · (2016). Adolescent learners and reading: Exploring a collaborative, community approach. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39(2), 162–175.

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