Betty Noad


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Dr Betty Noad is a Lecturer and Researcher in Education in the Faculty of Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University (CDU). She is an experienced academic and consultant and teacher, who currently supports Higher Education (HE) courses for Teaching qualification (Initial Teacher Education) and for professional learning to expand specialist knowledge of education areas (Higher Research Degrees).


At CDU, Dr Noad contributes specialist knowledge of English curriculum, pedagogy, research. She currently leads ITE teaching about English Language and Literacy and Literature, as well as Literacy Capability across subjects of the Australian Curriculum 9.0, within Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) courses designed for teacher qualification in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary contexts. Her teachings foreground the intersects between 21Century English and Literacy Education YF-Y10 and the conceptual understanding of digital, intercultural, creative and critical interpretations of the textual territory. As well, Dr Noad is a Course Coordinator of PG Specialist Education programs, that enable Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate studies of Digital Learning Futures, International Education, Indigenous Knowledges Education, TESOL, Education Leadership, Inclusive Education. Her service to the academic community includes review contributions to the NT Ethics Committee for Menzies-NT Health research (Qualitative), and to Faculty Teaching and Learning Committees for Education course accreditations. Dr Noad continues to support and examine HDR inquiry at PhD and Masters level. She is an active member of various professional teacher organisations, via contribution to their publications and conferences. She enjoys a wide network of academic colleagues across Australia, via her membership of the Australian Systemic Functional Language Association and its International Congress, Australian Literacy Educators Association, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, Australian Association for the Teaching of English.   

Research Interests

Dr Noad has a strong research interest in the field of Multimodality and related Education Semiotics. Within this field and beyond, she is experienced in conducting, teaching, and supporting research inquiry that is interdisciplinary, interpretive and qualitative, as well as the use of mixed methods that require quantitative description. For example, her Multimodality research is conducted from the perspective of social semiotics, using qualitative analysis methods. In particular, she continues to investigate how sound, language, and image choices contribute meanings in multimodal digital texts relevant to English Language and Literacy and Literature Education. This includes her inquiry into emotional meanings and tone, drawing from emotion models described across social semiotics, cognitive psychology, and musicology. Her supervision experience of HDR studies spans a range of topics and research methods, including critical discourse analysis, grounded theory, design thinking, case study.

Research Topics Supervised

Developing Student Agency in Non-Formal Education, Bali

Community Readiness for Natural Disaster, Tasmania

Teacher Attitudes towards Literacy Intervention in Secondary Schools, NT 

English Language Teaching in Indonesia

Mobile Learning of English Language Curriculum in Indonesia

The Lived Experience of Buddhists in Indonesia


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