About Professor Alyson Simpson

Alyson has a passion for children’s literature. With a background as a teacher librarian she now works with graduate-entry trainee teachers at the University of Sydney as a Professor in English literacy education. In all areas of her teaching, Alyson links educational theory with practice. She has developed partnerships with schools to examine the connection between English, language development and the authentic use of information and communication technology in the classroom. Alyson's classroom-based research employs discourse analysis to investigate the issues involved in the nature and development of language, critical literacy, working with children’s literature in online environments, and pedagogic change.

Research interests
Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Learning technologies and new media

Research on teaching and learning
  • Teacher education and professional learning
  • English and literacy
Keywords: children's literature, elearning, visual literacy, blended learning, discourse analysis, pedagogy

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Selected publications

  • Ell, F., Simpson, A., Mayer, D., McLean Davies, L., Clinton, J., Dawson, G. (2019). Conceptualising the impact of initial teacher education. Australian Educational Researcher, 46(1), 177-200. [More Information]
  • Simpson, A., Sang, G., Wood, J., Wang, Y., Ye, B. (2018). A dialogue about teacher agency: Australian and Chinese perspectives. Teaching and Teacher Education, 75, 316-326. [More Information]
  • Simpson, A., Ryan, P. (2018). Talking the talk with children's literature. In P. Jones, A. Simpson & A. Thwaite (Eds.), Talking the talk: Snapshots from Australian classrooms, (pp. 88-100). Newtown: Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA).
  • Jones, P., Simpson, A., Thwaite, A. (2018). Talking the talk: Snapshots from Australian classrooms. Newtown: Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA).
  • Simpson, A., Walsh, M. (2017). Mobile Literacies: Moving from the Word to the World. In C. Burnett, G. Merchant, A. Simpson, M. Walsh (Eds.), The Case of the iPad: Mobile Literacies in Education, (pp. 257-265). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Simpson, A., Walsh, M. (2017). Multimodal layering: Students learning with iPads in primary school classrooms. In C. Burnett, G. Merchant, A. Simpson, M. Walsh (Eds.), The Case of the iPad: Mobile Literacies in Education, (pp. 67-85). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Mayer, D., Cotton, W., Simpson, A. (2017). Teacher education in Australia. In George W. Noblit (Eds.), Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Education, (pp. 1-19). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Simpson, A. (2017). Teachers negotiating professional agency through literature-based assessment. Literacy, 51(2), 111-119. [More Information]
  • Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., Walsh, M. (2017). The Case of the iPad: Mobile Literacies in Education. Singapore: Springer. [More Information]