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For me, literacy teaching and learning is a social justice issue. Students’ access to literacy implicates their life choices and thus their life chances. Teachers need to be well resourced with content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge so that they are well placed to bring out the best in their students.

After graduating from Griffith University in 1987 with a Diploma of Teaching, Dr Beryl Exley taught in early years and middle years classrooms in Government and Independent schools for 11 years. After completing her Masters of Education (Honours) qualification at Griffith University, Beryl worked as an academic staff member in English Curriculum and Literacy Education at the Queensland University of Technology from 2001-2017. During this time she undertook a teaching/research sabbatical in the Torres Straits. Beryl has been awarded a “Teaching and Learning – Scholarship of Teaching Award” as well as a “Teaching and Learning – Teaching Excellence Team Award”. In 2017 she returned to Griffith University in a Professorial capacity and currently teaches English Curriculum and Literacy Education in the Bachelor of Education program and in Research Methods in the Masters of Education programs. 

Professor Beryl Exley

School of Education and Professional Studies

English Curriculum & Literacy Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Critical Literacy
  • English Curriculum & Literacy Education
  • Grammar
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Teaching of Reading and Writing

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Beryl has a reputation for delivering topical and engaging conference keynotes and workshop presentations on themes related to English Curriculum & Literacy Education. A couple of recent highlights include: 

  • 2017 National Keynote for Australian Literacy Educators' Association "Donald Graves meets Buzz Lightyear: to process writing & beyond"
  • 2016 International Keynote for Sriwijaya University Indonesia Learning & Education Conference "Understanding the Reading Material in PISA"
  • 2016 National Keynote for Australian Literacy Educators' Association "Minions' of ways to weave worlds of words & wonder"

Industry Experience

Beryl is the National President of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, having served as ALEA Publications Director for 4 years and before that as ALEA Queensland State Director for 8 years. She has also been a judge for the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence as well as a judge for Section D Short Stories from Years 6/7 for the English Teaching Association of Queensland Annual Short Story Competition. 

Research Expertise

Beryl has supervised 11 higher degree research students to completion and is an experienced researcher within the fields of English Curriculum & Literacy Education. Some recent projects conducted in collaboration with industry partners include: 


  • · (2017). Reconciliation agendas in the Australian Curriculum English: Using postcolonial theory to enter the fray. English in Australia, 52(3), 51–61.
  • · (2016). Secret squirrel stuff in the Australian Curriculum English: The genesis of the new grammar. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39(1), 74–85.
  • · (2016). Empirical reference points for Bernsteins model of pedagogic rights: Recontextualising the reconciliation agenda to Australian schooling. In Pedagogic Rights and Democratic Education: Bernsteinian explorations of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment (pp. 33–46).
  • · (2016). Looking back to look forwards: Expanding the sociology of education. In Pedagogic Rights and Democratic Education: Bernsteinian explorations of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment (pp. 3–9).
  • · (2016). Written numeracy assessment in the early years: The challenges of pronouns and noun groups. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41(1), 100–105.



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