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Daffern, Tessa L.

Faculty Member

Overview


Tessa's research is driven by her passion for English language education and for empowering teachers and undergraduate teacher education students to develop contemporary understandings that can inform their teaching of language and literacy. Tessa’s research in this field draws on both cognitive and sociocultural theories of learning. Her research is also informed by her ongoing work with classroom teachers, education advisors and policy makers as well as teacher education students. Tessa’s PhD adopted a mixed methods design to examine the teaching and learning of spelling and writing in Australian school contexts with almost 1400 students across 17 schools. In 2017, Tessa was the recipient of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Doctoral Thesis Award. Tessa has disseminated her research through national and international journals and conferences. Journals include the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, The Reading Teacher, Language and Education, Australian Journal of Education, Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, and Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years.

The Components of Spelling Manual, developed as a result of Tessa’s PhD, has become a valuable resource used by thousands of educators and children across Australia.

Currently, Tessa’s research includes:

  • Examining spelling development in the early years
  • Building the capacity of teachers to improve student spelling outcomes
  • Exploring the teaching and learning of writing in the middle years
  • Investigating spelling and spatial reasoning skills as predictors of performance in NAPLAN reading.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2019 Student and teacher perspectives on spelling
    Published in   Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
    Volume
    42
    Pages
    40 - 57
    ISSN
    1038-1562
    2018

    Published In
    Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years
    Volume
    23
    Pages
    10 - 13
    2017

    Published In
    Language and Education
    Volume
    31
    Pages
    307 - 329
    ISSN
    0950-0782
    2017

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Education
    Volume
    61
    Pages
    75 - 87
    ISSN
    0004-9441
    2017

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
    Volume
    40
    Pages
    28 - 45
    ISSN
    1038-1562
    2016

    Published In
    The Reading Teacher: a journal of the International Reading Association
    Volume
    70
    Pages
    423 - 434
    ISSN
    0034-0561
    2015

    Published In
    Literacy Learning: The Middle Years
    Volume
    23
    Pages
    23 - 32
    ISSN
    1320-5692
    2015

    Published In
    Literacy Learning: The Middle Years
    Volume
    23
    Pages
    33 - 39
    ISSN
    1320-5692
    2015

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
    Volume
    38
    Pages
    72 - 82
    ISSN
    1038-1562
  • Book

    Year Title
    2018

    Publisher
    Canberra, Australia: Literacy Education Solutions
    ISBN
    9780648343004
    Pages
    221
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Understanding and Supporting Young Writers From Birth to 8
    Publisher
    London, United Kingdom: Routledge
    Pages
    116 - 136
    ISBN
    9781315561301
    2018

    Published In
    Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work
    Publisher
    Cham, Switzerland: Springer
    Pages
    1 - 16
    ISBN
    9783319497891
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    42nd Annual IARLD Conference for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD): Symposium Spelling in Different Languages: Do We Speak and Write the Same Language?
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2018

    Published In
    AATE/ALEA National Conference
    Pages
    1 - 1
    2018

    Published In
    AATE/ALEA National Conference
    Pages
    1 - 1
    2018

    Published In
    European Educational Research Association Conference: ECER 2018: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?
    Pages
    1 - 13
    2018

    Published In
    European Educational Research Association Conference: ECER 2018: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2015

    Published In
    European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2015)
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2015

    Published In
    16th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Towards a Reflective Society: Synergies Between Learning, Teaching and Research
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2015

    Published In
    16th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Towards a Reflective Society: Synergies Between Learning, Teaching and Research
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2015

    Published In
    European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2015)
    Pages
    1 - 4

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Teaching and learning to write
    Teaching and learning spelling
    Teaching and learning multimodal literacies

Full Name


  • Dr TESSA DAFFERN

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2019 Student and teacher perspectives on spelling
    Published in   Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
    Volume
    42
    Pages
    40 - 57
    ISSN
    1038-1562
    2018

    Published In
    Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years
    Volume
    23
    Pages
    10 - 13
    2017

    Published In
    Language and Education
    Volume
    31
    Pages
    307 - 329
    ISSN
    0950-0782
    2017

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Education
    Volume
    61
    Pages
    75 - 87
    ISSN
    0004-9441
    2017

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
    Volume
    40
    Pages
    28 - 45
    ISSN
    1038-1562
    2016

    Published In
    The Reading Teacher: a journal of the International Reading Association
    Volume
    70
    Pages
    423 - 434
    ISSN
    0034-0561
    2015

    Published In
    Literacy Learning: The Middle Years
    Volume
    23
    Pages
    23 - 32
    ISSN
    1320-5692
    2015

    Published In
    Literacy Learning: The Middle Years
    Volume
    23
    Pages
    33 - 39
    ISSN
    1320-5692
    2015

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
    Volume
    38
    Pages
    72 - 82
    ISSN
    1038-1562
  • Book

    Year Title
    2018

    Publisher
    Canberra, Australia: Literacy Education Solutions
    ISBN
    9780648343004
    Pages
    221
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Understanding and Supporting Young Writers From Birth to 8
    Publisher
    London, United Kingdom: Routledge
    Pages
    116 - 136
    ISBN
    9781315561301
    2018

    Published In
    Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work
    Publisher
    Cham, Switzerland: Springer
    Pages
    1 - 16
    ISBN
    9783319497891
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    42nd Annual IARLD Conference for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD): Symposium Spelling in Different Languages: Do We Speak and Write the Same Language?
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2018

    Published In
    AATE/ALEA National Conference
    Pages
    1 - 1
    2018

    Published In
    AATE/ALEA National Conference
    Pages
    1 - 1
    2018

    Published In
    European Educational Research Association Conference: ECER 2018: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?
    Pages
    1 - 13
    2018

    Published In
    European Educational Research Association Conference: ECER 2018: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2015

    Published In
    European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2015)
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2015

    Published In
    16th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Towards a Reflective Society: Synergies Between Learning, Teaching and Research
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2015

    Published In
    16th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Towards a Reflective Society: Synergies Between Learning, Teaching and Research
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2015

    Published In
    European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2015)
    Pages
    1 - 4

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Teaching and learning to write
    Teaching and learning spelling
    Teaching and learning multimodal literacies

Full Name


  • Dr TESSA DAFFERN