Dr Kerrie Mackey-Smith

Lecturer in Teacher Education Literacy English

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (5.50)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Kerrie Mackey-Smith (PhD) is a lecturer in English and literacy at Flinders University in the (primary – junior primary) Teacher Education program. She coordinates and teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as supervises in Higher Degree by Research programs. She had a previous career to education in media (I.e. working for Channel 9 in Melbourne and Darwin).

In her childhood, Kerrie lived in remote areas of northern Australia and this lived experience still influences choices she makes for her work today. Kerrie brings a strong commitment to working towards educational justice for marginalised groups of young people. Where possible in her teaching and research she aims to marry her expertise in digital literacies together with an understanding of the importance of authentic community-connected learning experiences for children.

Research expertise
Educational change
Research interests

Kerrie's research interests include literacy as a social practice, as a consituting formation of young peoples' identities and as a matter of social justice. Kerrie is also interested in research that contributes to the area of New Pedagogy Studies, she is particularly interested in young peoples' social enfranchisement with their life worlds.

Kerrie has three current reseach projects underway. One project explore using artefacts to raise awareness of enacting ‘critical’ pedagogies in teacher education. With SA DfE ethics and Flinders SEBREC approval two research projects are being undertaken in remote SA communties to improve literacy outcomes taking sociological and multimodal approaches.

Research interests: Literacy and social justice, New Pedagogy Studies, Dialogic pedagogies, mulitmodality

Teaching interests

Teaching approaches

English: Language, Literature and Literacy

Critical Literacy

Topic coordinator
EDUC9310 English Curriculum Studies 2: Literature Studies and Approaches to Teaching
EDUC4725 English Curriculum Studies 2
EDUC9125 English Curriculum Studies 1: Changing Contexts
EDUC1222 English Curriculum Studies 1
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Critical literacies, student voice & literacies and recidivism (3)
Expert for media contact
Social issues
Literacy and social justice
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Media expertise
  • Literacy
  • Social issues
  • Literacy and social justice

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