Qualifications:

– PhD: The University of Melbourne
– MEdStud (Special Education): The University of Queensland
– BEdStud (Hearing Impairment): The University of Melbourne
– Grad Dip EdStud (Special Education): Newcastle Institute of Education
– Grad Dip EdStud (Hearing Impairment): Sydney Teachers’ College
– Dip Teach (Primary): Riverina College of Advanced Education

 

Hi, I am Linda Byrnes. I taught within the NSW Department of Education from 1978-2007. During this time, I taught students in both primary and secondary schools. At times, this was within regular classes, at other times, in special education classes. I then worked at The University of Melbourne firstly as a Research Fellow (Early Intervention) to a large-scale research project, known as ‘The Young Learners’ Project’ and then as a Lecturer (Deafness and Hearing Impairment). My main research interests are in literacy and student voice.
I am passionate about education that is research-based and personalised. Within that, I advocate for the voice of the student as being one of the voices that is heard within the educational arena. I consider that students learn best when they are motivated, interested, and apply learning skills that acknowledge their role within the teaching-learning paradigm.

“My role, as teacher, is to evaluate the effect I have on my students.” 

-John A.C. Hattie, Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning