Grace Oakley

Associate Professor, BA(Hons) Lancs, GradDipEd MEd Murd., PhD E.Cowan

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.17, Education building, UWA Nedlands

    6009 Perth


  • 183 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Grace Oakley has been a teacher educator since 2000, with a particular interest in language and literacy in the Early Childhood and Primary years and the use of ICTs in language and literacy education. She is also interested in innovative teaching practices in Higher Education. Prior to working in Higher Education, Grace qualified and worked as a Primary School teacher in Western Australia. Grace supervises a number of research students, and is especially interested in supervising students in the areas of literacy and educational technology.

Roles and responsibilities

Course Coordinator - Master of Teaching (Primary). Coordinator of Master of Teaching (Early Childhood 2013 and 2014)

Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)2012-2017

Associate Chair UWA Curriculum Committee 2015-2016

Academic Conduct Adviser 2015-present

Deputy Head of School (Education)

Future research

Teaching spelling
Mobile Technologies and Literacy Learning
Blended learning

Funding overview

A/Prof Oakley, A/Prof Pegrum (2017). 'An Evaluation of the Integration of m-Learning in TRAC+ to Enhance the Literacy of Early Grade Students in Cambodia', Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development Inc (FIT-ED).

A/Prof Grace Oakley (2016). 'ELLN Digital Technology-Supported Teacher Professional Development on Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy for K-3 Teachers', Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development Inc. (FIT-ED).

A/Prof Grace Oakley, A/Prof Mark Pegrum 2016, 'Japan-Australia multimodal stories for language and cultural exchange ', Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Australia Japan Foundation.

Associate Professor Grace Oakley, Associate Professor Mark Pegrum, Professor Cher Ping Lim and Professor Yan Hanbing (2013). 'Multimodal Stories for Language and Cultural Exchange', Australia-China Council.

Dr Valerie Faulkner, Associate Professor Grace Oakley 2011, 'Making the Links: Integrating spelling, Word building and Vocabulary development', Catholic Education Office of Western Australia.

Associate Professor Grace Oakley 2011, 'Teaching Teachers for the Future - Building on the ICT Capacity of Pre Service Teachers in Australian Universities', Australian Council of Deans of Education.

Associate Professor Grace Oakley, Associate Professor Mark Pegrum, Associate Professor Robert Faulkner 2011, 'Exploring the Pedagogical Applications of Mobile Technologies - iPod Touch & iPad - for Teaching Literacy in Western Australian Independent Schools', Association of Independent Schools of WA.

Dr Valerie Faulkner, Associate Professor Grace Oakley 2010, 'Making the Links - Integrating Spelling Word Study & Vocabulary Development', Catholic Education Office of Western Australia.

Dr Valerie Faulkner, Associate Professor Grace Oakley 2009, 'Making the Links - Integrating Spelling Word Study & Vocabulary Development', Catholic Education Office of Western Australia.

Previous positions

Program Direct (Prmary Education) Edith Cowan University

General Manager / Director Entech Products WA

Australian Literacy Educators Association. Perth Local Council. (WA State Director, Perth Local Council Member, previous Treasurer and Vice President, co-convenor of AATE/ALEA National conference)

NADLATE member (Network of Associate Deans of Learning and Teaching in the Discipline of Education).

Early Childhood and Primary Curriculum Advisory Committee - School Curriculum and Standards Authority (WA)

Australian Journal of Teacher Education - Board Member (2006 to present)

Industrial relevance

Educational innovation in higher education and schools. Language and literacy learning.

Teaching overview

Current and past (at UWA):
Language and Literacy in Early Childhood, Differentiationg the Curriculum, Social Interactions and the Developing Child, Interventions for Learning, Literacy Across the Curriculum, A World of Mobile Learning
Previous Years (selected units):
Social Interactions and the Developing Child, Master's Major Paper, Development Teaching and Laarning, Capstone Teaching Experience.


Literacy and technology
Reading comprehension
Mobile technologies for learning schools and Higher Education
Literacy across the curriculum (Primary and Middle School)
Early Childhood and Primary Literacy
Innovations in Higher Education


Some French and German


  • Literacy
  • Educational Technology
  • Mobile Learning
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Primary Education
  • Literacy education—early childhood, primary and adolescent
  • Literacy assessment
  • Literacy difficulties
  • New technologies, language and literacy
  • Mobile technologies and literacy learning

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Grace Oakley is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 79 Similar Profiles
literacy Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
curriculum Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2005 2019

A legibility scale for early primary handwriting: Authentic task and cognitive load influences

Staats, C., Oakley, G. & Marais, I., 14 Apr 2019, In : Issues in Educational Research. 29, 2, p. 537-561 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
model analysis
cross-sectional study
online survey
education curriculum
reform policy
physical education
school reform

Inclusivity and young children's digital literacy practices in early education

Oakley, G., 23 Jul 2019, Routledge handbook of digital literacies in early childhood. Erstad, O., Flewitt, R., Kümmerling-Meibauer, B. & Pires Pereira, I. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, 31 p. (Routledge International Handbooks of Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education

Fellowes, J. & Oakley, G., 23 Sep 2019, 3 ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand. 650 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Projects 2009 2017


Award for Outstanding Professional Service

Grace Oakley (Recipient), 25 Oct 2017

Prize: Award

Excellence in Teaching Award

Grace Oakley (Recipient), 10 Apr 2018

Prize: Award


UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching

Grace Oakley (Recipient), 19 Oct 2018

Prize: Award