Improving literacy outcomes preschool to adulthood, struggling readers, community and workplace literacy, technology and literacy, improving literacy opportunities for Indigenous learners, curriculum change, evaluation of literacy programs and initiatives in workplaces, schools and communities; improving literacy teaching, literacy interventions and auditing literacy needs.
Literacy intervention in the middle years and secondary schools
Improving reading outcomes and literacy engagement in Indigenous communities
Improving literacy outcomes for disengaged and disinterested secondary students
Teaching of reading K-12
Literacy teaching in juvenile justice settings
Writing -- motivating writers -- Power in the Pen
I have received research funding from numerous sources including US and Australian Federal and State Governments, Departments of Education, Employment and Training, Department of School Education, international and private organisations and universities. The following are some of the research projects I have completed.
U-CAN READ www.ucanread.org (Donation), 2011, $14,000, 2010
Evaluation of ACT Field Officers Program, 2010, ACT DET, $20,000
Family Literacy Review, 2009, DEWR, $14,000.
Read English on the Web, 2009, DEWR $50,000.
Evaulation of Accelerated Literacy in the Northern Territory,2007. Research Fellow CDU.
No Child Left Behind. Kentucky Reading First Evaluation. 2000-2006. $1.5mill. US per year for 6 years.
Early Reading Incentive Grant. 2006. $60,000. CCLD Kentucky, US.
Evaulation of Reading Recovery, 2005. $30,000. CCLD Kentucky, US.
Read on the Web. 2004-2005. $60,000. Council on Post Secondary Education, KY US.
Kentucky Adult Educator's Literacy Institute (KAELI), $34,000, Council on Post Secondary Education, KY. US.
Celebration of Federation Grant, Australian Federal Government. 2000. $25 000
Exemplary Literacy Practices In Year 7. 1999. External researcher for major project funded as part of the Innovation and Best Practice Project (University of Sydney)
NSW Research Node
Lowe, K. 1999. UWS mentoring scheme $6000
Evaluating Constructivist Science Programs In Secondary School
Aubusson, P. Watson, K. & Lowe, K. 1997.
Department of School Education and Australian Science Foundation. $20 000
Literacy and Youth: Investigating Literacy in Correctional Institutions
Cairney T. & Lowe, K. 1997.
Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET) Projects of National Significance in Literacy. $89,900
Literacy in the Transition Years
Cairney, T. & Lowe, K. 1995. DEET Funded Project of National Significance $ 136,000
Developing Partnership: The Home, School And Community Interface.
Cairney, T., Munsie, L. & Lowe, K. 1993-1995. DEET Projects of National Significance under the Language and Literacy Policy competitive grants scheme. $ 135,000
Download a copy of my resume here.
- Doctor of Philosophy Indiana University USA 1993
- Master of Education (Honours) University of Wollongong 1989
- Master of Studies in Education University of Wollongong 1987
- Bachelor of Education Mitchell CAE 1985
- Diploma in Reading and Language Riverina CAE 1982
- Diploma in Teaching Riverina CAE 1975
- Teacher’s Certificate NSW Department of Education 1977
I-Read: Literacy intervention for the middle years and secondary schools
U-CAN READ: Literacy Intervention Years 3-10
Boys, blokes and books (Literacy for boys and their dads)
Nudge and nurture (Literacy for Prechool-year 2 parents)
Read together, Learn Together (Literacy support for parents of students in Year 2)
Project CLaim (Literacy intervention for disengaged and disinterested secondary students.)
Website for Indigenous parents on “How to help children with reading and writing” in conjunction with Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Education and NT Libraries. https://www.batchelor.edu.au/ikr/
Literacy on the Street – preservice teachers working with the community
Lowe, K. Literacy and technology.
NSW Department of Education.
Lowe, K. Parents and literacy education.
NSW Department of Education. http://www.nlnw.nsw.edu.au/videos09/lo_Lowe_Parent/lo_Lowe_Parent_00.htm
Kids and books. ACT Stateline October 2010
International Reading Association
Australia Literacy Educators Association
Golden Key International Honor Society, Honory Member 2011
Recognition - Contribution to literacy and community involvement
National Finalist: Lecturer of the Year 2009 The Sun & Unijobs
Dissertation of the Year Award
University of Wollongong (Australia)
Master of Education (Honors) by research:
Effectiveness of Tinted Lenses in Overcoming Reading Disability
Outstanding Work in the Field of Educational Research
Certificate of Merit: NSW Institute for Educational Research
Masters of Studies in Education: Origins of Reading Failure