Coding Animated Narratives as Contemporary Multimodal Authorship in Schools

Coding Animated Narratives as Contemporary Multimodal Authorship in Schools

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Opening Date

01 Mar 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

30 Sep 2019 12am AEST 

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Project aims

This scholarship is an integral component of an ARC Discovery Project (2019-2021) which aims to develop a new theoretical and practical basis for teaching coding as a form of contemporary multimodal communication for students in upper primary and junior secondary schools. The main aims of the project are:

1. To reconceptualise coding as an extension of multimodal semiotics and contemporary communication to provide a theoretical basis for educational practice;

2. To build knowledge of how students operationalise coding as multimodal authoring and apply computational thinking through coding animations;

3. To develop new pedagogies to teach students coding as multimodal authoring and computational thinking in coding animated narratives.

This project extends knowledge of the potentials of coding to contribute to student learning beyond the technical, allowing them to apply coding for creative endeavours - that is, “as a medium for design and self- expression” (Brennan & Resnick, 2012, p.10). Through exploring the generation of student and co-authored (coded) digital artefacts in naturalistic classroom settings, the project will generate innovative authoring pedagogies that include modelling, co-authorship, and teacher-mentor and peer-peer collaboration. It will extend current knowledge of computational thinking and collaborative authoring, through code development and sharing that extends theories of distributed cognition to networked digital practices.

In this research project, the PhD candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of national and international researchers with expertise in semiotics, computational thinking and early years coding. While some knowledge of coding as it relates to school curriculum is desirable (but not essential), willingness and capability to research with teachers and children in classrooms is an integral part of this scholarship.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

Scholarship Components

This scholarship provides a living allowance/stipend currently valued at AUD $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate) and the RTP tuition fee offset scholarship (for domestic candidates). The scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 3 years.

Contact Details

Name: Professor Garry Falloon
Phone: 02 9850 1805

How to Apply

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Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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