Marnie O'Neill

Dr, MA MEd W.Aust., PhD Murd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Marnie O’Neill joined the university as an academic in 1981. She had previously built a career with the Education Department of Western Australia, as a teacher of English, a Head of Department and an Education Officer in the Curriculum Branch. Professional commitments included membership of the English Teachers’ Association, the National Council for the Australian Association for the Teaching of English and editing the national journal of the association. Within the University she was the inaugural Director of Teaching for pre-service teacher education, co-ordinator of the professional Doctor of Education program and served as dean and head of school for five years. Her current sphere of interest is in supervision of higher degree students. 

Future research

Provision of educational pathways for students in government senior secondary schools since 2005.

Funding overview

2003: Developing Student Outcomes' units for the teaching of a professional doctorate
programs in Education Studies $6000.
2002: Developing a model for professional development in cross-curriculum numeracy teaching in middle schools in WA – UWA Grant $13,000
2001: Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia Numeracy project $45,000
1999: Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia Literacy project $30,000
1996: Literacy demands in the Graduate Diploma of Education $5,000
1995: Action Leadership for Women project $4,000
1992: Federal Council for the Advancement of University Teaching (CAUT) grant $150,000
1984: Schools Commission project of National Significance: Education of Gifted Children $25,000

Previous positions

Director of Teaching 1995-96; Dean and Head of School, 2000-2005
Chair and Supervising examiner, for Tertiary Entrance examination, English, 1987-1990
Editor of English in Australia (1984-89)

Teaching overview

Joint co-ordinator of EdD program (1998- 2012)

Advanced Research Methods EDUC9971
Paradigms in Education Studies EDUC9973
Action Research and Curriculum Innovation EDUC8662
Teaching Literacies EDUC8410
Youth Culture EDUC1101
Constructions of Teachers’ Work EDUC2202


Curriculum policy and practice, English education studies, language, literacy and learning, social discourse studies, teaching and learning, classroom studies, gender studies, gifted and talented children, qualitative research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research expertise keywords

  • Cross-cultural and gender studies
  • Curriculum studies
  • Educating the gifted
  • English education
  • Language, literacies and discourse
  • Rural education
  • Pedagogy
  • Qualitative research methods


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