Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Nicola F. Johnson

Position Senior lecturer, Deputy Head - School of Education
Study area Education
Location Gippsland Campus, Building 2S, Office 116
Phone 5122 6366
Email nicola.johnson@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy - Deakin University -2008

Master of Education - Deakin University - 2004

Bachelor of Education - Bethlehem Institute - 2000

Biography

Dr Nicola F. Johnson is a senior lecturer and Deputy Head in the School of Education, Gippsland. Nicola's research builds upon the foundation set in her doctoral studies whereby she explored young people's learning and engagement with digital technologies. These teenagers were positioned as technological experts, and some of them were also happy to claim they were Internet addicts. These themes have informed her research agenda about technological expertise and pathological Internet use. Nicola has drawn on theorists such as Bourdieu and De Certeau in her work and she now collaborates with other scholars concerning schools, curriculum and technologies, time, temporality, 'internet addiction', as well as informal learning practices.

Areas of expertise

  • Addiction
  • ICT learning
  • Sociology of education
  • Technology expertise
  • Time

Research interests

  • Internet over-use
  • Sociological perspectives of expertise
  • Teachers' negotiation of technology
  • Impact of media and the social web
  • Sociology of technology

Supervision

Monash Students

  • John Bellavance (PT PhD) - Values in the cyber age.
  • Farah Deeba (FT PhD) - Digital games and science identity.
  • Anthony Vella (FT PhD) - Intersecting Fields: Online Youth Cultures and Education.
  • Jessica Gannaway (PT PhD) Post-colonial Spaces and Early Teaching Praxis in an Indigenous Community.

FedUni Students

  • Brenton Groves (Masters by Research), The History and Psychology of MOOCs
  • Brad Beseler (PhD), Motor learning/skill acquisition with a pedagogical focus.
  • Natalie Maher (PhD), Low-literate students and 1:1 devices: the perceptions, experiences and 'reality' of educational technologies in contemporary classrooms.
  • Clare Williams (PhD), Resilience – promoting literacy programs in Gippsland.
  • Karen Lenk (PhD), How to 'make' a new graduate into a Year Twelve VCE English teacher (confirmed candidature).
  • Helen de Weerd (PhD), Effects of different types of intense learning on the adolescent brain via Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Completed supervision

  • Sandeep Kaur Sandhu (FT PhD) - Indian tertiary education students' perceptions about Internet use in their learning potential.
  • Keith Coverdale (PT Masters in Education by Research) - An Invitation for Growth.
  • Andrea Wylie (Masters in Education by Research), Using a Cyber Safety Blog: Primary School Teachers' Perceptions
  • Zbych Trofimiuk (Masters in Education by Research) – ELICOS Online: Co-creating Flexible Learning Environments
  • Ian (George) Hamilton (Masters in Education by Research) – Exploring and Sharing Australian Indigenous Narratives
  • Bee Peng Toh (PhD), The influence of post-secondary students' technology use on their epistemological beliefs, conceptions of, and approaches to learning

Publications

Books

Johnson, N., 2011, Publishing from Your PhD: Negotiating a Crowded Jungle, Gower Publishing Limited, Farnham Surrey England.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, The Multiplicities of Internet Addiction: The Misrecognition of Leisure and Learning, Ashgate, Surrey, England

Bulfin, S., Johnson, N. F. & Bigum, C. (Eds.,) (2015). Critical perspectives on technology and education. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan

Brown, J. & Johnson, N. F. (Eds.,) (2015). Children's images of identity: Drawing the self and the other. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Peter Lang.

Book chapters

Johnson, N. F. (2017, in press). ‘Using information and communication technologies in humanities and social sciences’. In Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (Eds) Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences (6th ed). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning (chapter 8).

Selwyn, N., Nemorin, S., Bulfin, S. and Johnson, N. (2016). ‘Toward a digital sociology of school’. in Daniels, J., Gregory, K. and McMillan Cotton, T. (eds) Digital Sociologies. Bristol, Polity (pp. 143-158).

Johnson, N. F. (2016). 'Digital natives and other myths'. In Henderson, M. & Romeo, G. (Eds.,) Teaching and Digital Technologies: Big Issues and Critical Questions (chapter 2). Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, N. F. (2016). 'Teaching with Information and Communication Technologies' in Teaching: Making a Difference (3rd ed.). Milton, QLD: John Wiley & Sons, (chapter 10, pp. 330-361).

Johnson, N. F. (2015). 'Evaluating Blended Learning' in Westover, J.H. & Westover, J.P. (Eds.). Engaging Hybrid and Blended Learning in Higher Education (chapter 15). Common Ground Publishing.

Johnson, N. F. (2015). 'The work of theory in ed-tech research'. In Bulfin, S., Johnson, N. F. & Bigum, C. (Eds.,) Critical perspectives on technology and education (chapter 1, pp. 1-13). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Auld, G. & Johnson, N. F. (2015). Teaching the 'other': Curriculum 'outcomes' and digital technology in the out-of-school lives of young people. In Bulfin, S., Johnson, N. F. & Bigum, C. (Eds.,) Critical perspectives on technology and education (chapter 10, pp. 163-181). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bigum, C., Bulfin, S. & Johnson, N. F. (2015). 'Critical is something others (don't) do: Mapping the imaginative of educational technology'. In Bulfin, S., Johnson, N. F. & Bigum, C. (Eds.,) Critical perspectives on technology and education (chapter 1, pp. 1-13). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Johnson, N. F. . (2015). 'The past is in the present: Images of New Zealand Maori identity' In Brown, J. & Johnson, N. F. (Eds.,) Children's images of identity: Drawing the self and the other (chapter 7, pp. 89-101). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Peter Lang.

Johnson, N. F. (2014). 'Symbolic instruments and the Internet-mediation of knowledge and expertise'. In James, J.D. (Ed.). The Internet and the Google age: Prospects and perils (chapter 7). Available at http://research-publishing.net/publications/the-internet-and-the-google-age-prospects-and-perils/

Johnson, N. F. & Gilbert, R. (2014). 'Using information and communication technologies in humanities and social sciences'. In Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (Eds)Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences: History, Geography, Economics & Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum (5 th ed). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning, pp. 156-174 (chapter 8).

Johnson, N.F., 2013, Teaching with information and communication technologies, in Teaching: Making a Difference, eds Rick Churchill, Peter Ferguson, Sally Godinho, Nicola Johnson, Amanda Keddie, Will Letts, Jenny Mackay, Michele McGill, Julianne Moss, Mike Nagel, Paul Nicholson, Melissa Vick, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Milton Qld Australia, pp. 324-355.

Johnson, N., 2010, Teaching with information and communication technologies, in Teaching: Making a Difference, eds Rick Churchill et al, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Milton, QLD., pp. 306-335.

Johnson, N., Gilbert, R., 2010, Using information and communication technologies in society and environment, in Teaching Society and Environment, eds Rob Gilbert and Brian Hoepper, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, pp. 179-196.

Refereed journal articles

Selwyn, N., Nemorin, S., & Johnson, N. F. (2017). High-tech, hard work: An investigation of teachers’ work in the digital age. Learning, Media & Technology, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2016.1252770

Bulfin, S., Johnson, N. F., Nemorin, S. & Selwyn, N.  (2016). Nagging, noobs and new tricks – student perceptions of school as a context for digital technology use. Educational Studies,42(3), 239-251.

Johnson, N. F. & Keane, H. (2015). Internet addiction? Temporality and life online in the networked society,Time & Society, 1-19.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961463X15577279

Auld, G. & Johnson, N. F. (2014). Connecting literacy learning outside of school to the Australian Curriculum in the middle years. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years,22(2), 22-27

Johnson, N. F. (2013, published June 2014). What's wrong with labelling experts? Information Technology, Education & Society, 14(1), 51-60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7459/ites/14.1.05

Johnson, N. F. (in press). Arguing the need for qualitative exploration in the field of emerging digital pathologies. Studia Psychologica, date accepted 12 August, 2012.

Johnson, N. F. (2014). Symbolic instruments and the Internet-mediation of knowledge and expertise, Continuum, date accepted 18 November, 2013, published online 29 March, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2014.893986

Bulfin, S.A., Henderson, M., & Johnson, N.F., 2013, Examining the use of theory within educational technology and media research, Learning, Media and Technology [P], vol 38, issue 3, Routledge, UK, pp. 337-344.

Henderson, M., Johnson, N.F., & Auld, G., 2013, Silences of ethical practice: dilemmas for researchers using social media, Educational Research and Evaluation [P], vol 19, issue 6, Routledge, UK, pp. 546-560.

Johnson, N., 2011, 'No they're not digital natives and they're not addicted': an essay critiquing contestable labels, Fast Capitalism [E], vol 8, issue 2, Fast Capitalism, USA, pp. 1-5.

Dudek, D., & Johnson, N., 2011, Return of the hacker as hero: fictions and realities of teenage technological experts, Children's Literature in Education [P], vol 42, issue 3, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 184-195.

Johnson, N., & Humphry, N., 2011, The teenage expertise network (TEN): an online ethnographic approach, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education [P], vol E, Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 1-17.

Tindall-Ford, S., Waters, K., & Johnson, N.F., 2010, An evaluation of a Web-based ePortfolio system in an Australian pre-service teacher education program, The International Journal of Learning [P], vol 17, issue 4, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois, USA, pp. 297-308.

Johnson, N., 2010, Globalizing education, educating the local: How method made us mad, Australian Educational Researcher [P], vol 37, issue 4, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 123-124.

Lee, A., & Johnson, N., 2010, Probabilities and possibilities within Australia's future: Rethinking educational research, Australian Educational Researcher [P], vol 37, issue 4, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 1-7.

Johnson, N.F., 2010, Using an instructional design model to evaluate a blended learning subject in a pre-service teacher education degree, The International Journal of Learning [P], vol 17, issue 2, Common Ground Publishing LLC, Champaign, Illinois, USA, pp. 65-80.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, Contesting binaries: Teenage girls as technological experts, Gender, technology and development [P], vol 13, issue 3, SAGE publications, India, pp. 365-383.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, Cyber-relations in the field of home computer use for leisure: Bourdieu and teenage technological experts, E-Learning and Digital Media [E], vol 6, issue 2, Symposium Journals Ltd., Oxford, UK, pp. 187-197.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, Exchanging online narratives for leisure: A legitimate learning space, The International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society [E], vol 7, issue 1, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic., pp. 15-27.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, Generational differences in beliefs about technological expertise, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies [P], vol 44, issue 1, New Zealand Association for Research in Education, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 31-45.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, Teenage technological experts' views of schooling, Australian Educational Researcher [P], vol 36, issue 1, Australian Association for Research in Education, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, pp. 59-72.

Johnson, N.F., 2009, The teenage expertise network: The online availability of expertise, The International Journal of Learning [P], vol 16, issue 5, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 211-220.

Johnson, N.F., MacDonald, D., & Brabazon, T., 2008, Rage against the machine? Symbolic violence in E-learning supported tertiary education, E-Learning and Digital Media [E], vol 5, issue 3, Symposium Journals Ltd., Oxford, UK, pp. 275-283.

Johnson, N.F., 2007, Reframing the integration of computers in beginning teacher professional development, Computers in New Zealand Schools [P], vol 19, issue 3, Otago University Press, Dunedin, New Zealand, pp. 25-32, 44.

Johnson, N.F., 2006, Boys and girls are the same: Gender perceptions in using computers in the classroom, Computers in New Zealand Schools [P], vol 18, issue 3, Otago University Press, Dunedin, New Zealand, pp. 5-11, 33.

Johnson, N.F., Rowan, L., & Lynch, J., 2006, Construction of gender in computer magazine advertisements: Confronting the literature, SIMILE [P], vol 6, issue 1, University of Toronto Press, Canada, pp. 1-9.

Research Grants


2016 – 2017
Investigators: Nicola Johnson, Nerissa Albon, Anna Fletcher, Cheryl Glowrey & Margaret Plunkett
Title: Evaluation of The Smith Family’s Lakes Entrance Schools and Community Hub
Source: The Smith Family
Amount: $45,000

2015 – 2016
Investigators: Professor Neil Selwyn (Monash), Dr Nicola Johnson
Title: Going online on behalf of others – an investigation of 'proxy' internet consumers
Source: Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
Amount: $14,572

2014 – 2016
Investigators: Professor Neil Selwyn, Dr Nicola Johnson, Dr Scott Bulfin
Title: Making a digital difference? An investigation of new technologies in secondary schools
Source: Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP140101258
Amount: $325,000

2015
Investigator: Nicola Johnson
To research and evaluate the School Focused Youth Service East Gippsland Primary Students at Risk Pilot Program, Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH), $20,020.00. Reports provided to GLCH and the Department of Education and Training, VIC.

Reports

Johnson, N. F., Fletcher, A., Glowrey, C., Albon, N., Plunkett, M. & Holcombe, W. (2016). Interim Report: Evaluation of Lakes Entrance School and Community Hub (LESCH). Report for The Smith Family, November.

Selwyn, N.,Johnson, N. F., Nemorin, S. & Knight, E. (2016).Going online on behalf of others: an investigation of ‘proxy’ internet consumers. Report for Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Sydney.

Johnson, N. F. (2015). Investigating the at risk pilot program for primary students in East Gippsland. Report for Gippsland Lakes Community Health and the School Focused Youth Service, December.

Selwyn, N., Johnson, N. F., Bulfin, S. & Henderson, M. (2013). Academic research in education, technology and media: Mapping the ‘field’. ‘First sight’ research report. Learning with New Media Research Group, Faculty of Education, Monash University, January.

Lee, A., Johnson, N. F., Parkes, R. Martin, G., & Maher, D. (2010). 2010 AARE/ACDE National Education Research Futures Summit-Final Report. Australian Association for Research in Education and Australian Council of Deans of Education, Inc.

Refereed conference proceedings

Plowright, S., Glowrey, C., Green, M., Fletcher, A., Harrison, D., Plunkett, M., Emmett, S., & Johnson, N. F. (2016). Reimagining and transforming identity as researchers and educators: a (con)textual fugue. Refereed paper to be presented at the annual Australian Association of Research in Education conference, Melbourne, 27/11-1/12/16.

Henderson, M., Auld, G. & Johnson, N. F. (2014). Ethical dilemmas of using Facebook in class. Refereed paper presented at the ACEC Conference, Adelaide, Australia, Sept 30 – Oct 3.

Johnson, N., Bulfin, S., 2011, Secondary teachers' use of new media in an age of accountability, Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011 Proceedings, 28 March 2011 to 1 April 2011, Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), USA, pp. 1-5.

Johnson, N.F., Clarke, R.J., Herrington, J., 2008, The potential affordances of enterprise wikis for creating community in research networks, Proceedings of the Second Emerging Technologies Conference 2008, 18-21 June 2008, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, pp. 105-111.

Johnson, N.F., 2008, Understanding teenager technological expertise in out-of-school settings, AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference, 25/11/2007 - 29/11/2007, Australian Association for Research in Education, Australia, pp. 1-13.

Johnson, N.F., 2005, Technological disadvantage of the digital age, AARE 2004 Conference Papers, 29/11/2004 - 02/12-2004, AARE, Coldstream, Victoria, pp. 1-8.

Invited presentations

Johnson, N. F. (2016). Plenary on the challenges of the digital world. Gippsland U3As Digital Discoveries Digital Literacy Workshop, University of the Third Age Gippsland and South Gippsland Regions, Federation University Australia, Gippsland, 11 May.

Johnson, N. F. (2016). Workshop on Internet Addiction and the strategies to assist teachers to manage and protect their students. The Mental Health/Student Well-being National Conference, Critical Agendas, Melbourne Cricket Ground, VIC, 5 May.

Johnson, N. F. (2015). Panelist in the ‘Educate’ stream about ‘digital literacy’. Connecting Women Across Gippsland conference, Lardner Park, VIC, 25 November.

Johnson, N. F. (2014). Internet Addiction? Temporality and Intensification in the Networked Society. Special presentation via pre-recorded video to the conference entitled, 'The Subject of Addiction: Culture and Clinic', University of Nottingham, UK, Sept 8 – 9. Available via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjXzu92ng54

Johnson, N. F. (2014). Publishing from your PhD: Negotiating a crowded jungle. La Trobe University and Monash Bootcamp, Rural Health Research, La Trobe University, Bendigo, January 23.

Johnson, N. F. (2013). Publishing from your PhD: Negotiating a crowded jungle. Virtual seminar series, Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Monash Gippsland, Churchill, April 18.

Johnson, N. F. (2012). Publishing from and during your PhD. Plenary speech at the Research in Focus inaugural conference, Monash Gippsland, Churchill, Sept 27-28.

Johnson, N. F. (2012). Invited Talk - Internet Addiction: The Hype and the Evidence. EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology held in Denver, CO, 26-29 June.

Johnson, N. F. (2012). Invited Talk - Publishing from your PhD. EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology held in Denver, CO, 26-29 June.

Johnson, N. F. (2012). Invited Presenter - Exploding digital myths and fears: ICT capabilities, pedagogies and strategies. Oxford Education Conference, Oxford University Press. Melbourne, Friday 11 May.

Johnson, N. F. (2011). Negotiating the academic jungle: A crash course in how to publish your student research. Bond University, Faculty of Law Doctoral Showcase, Gold Coast, Queensland, Friday 11 November.

Johnson, N. F. (2010). Publishing in the era of ERA. (Co-presenters were Professor Roger Slee, Chair of Inclusive Education, Institute of Education, London, UK and Professor Bob Lingard, School of Education, University of Queensland). Australian Association of Australian Association for Research in Education Conference Pre-conference Workshop, Melbourne, Sunday, 28th November 2010, 2pm - 3:30pm.

Conference presentations

Johnson, N. F.(2016). Time for technology? Negotiating digital temporalities in the secondary school. Paper to be presented at the annual Australian Association of Research in Education conference, Melbourne, 27/11-1/12/16.

Selwyn, N., Nemorin, S., Johnson, N. F., & Bulfin, S. (2016). The sociology of ‘one-to-one’ schooling: Investigating the proliferation of personal digital technologies into Australian classrooms. Paper to be presented at the annual The Australian Sociology Association conference, Melbourne, 28/11 – 1/12/16.

Nemorin, S., Johnson, N. F., Selwyn, N. & Bulfin, S. (2016). Breaking, wording around, and making fun of school rules: Students meet the Internet. Paper to be presented at the annual Australian Association of Research in Education conference, Melbourne, 27/11-1/12/16.

Johnson, N. F. (2016).You’re always online: negotiating internet temporalities in the secondary school, Association of Internet Researchers conference, Berlin, October 5-9.

Johnson, N. F. (2015).Digital technologies, online connections and the virtuality of habitus. Paper presented at the Theorising Digital Society conference, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia, September 14.

Auld, G. &Johnson, N. F.(2013). Bridging the Australian Curriculum with informal literacy learning through digital technologies. Paper presented at the ALEA/AATE National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, July 4-7.

Auld, G. & Johnson, N. F. (2012).Teachers Conceptualising the Other: What curriculum outcomes are being met in the informal learning with digital technologies in the out of school lives of their students? (Symposium entitled, ‘Critical perspectives on technology and education’).Paper presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education, Sydney, Australia, Dec 2-6.

Bulfin, S. & Johnson, N. F.(2012).The work and place of theory in learning and new media research. Paper presented at the inaugural Learning with New Media conference (Theme: Critical Perspectives of Learning with New Media), Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia, March 23.

Johnson, N. F.(2016). Time for technology? Negotiating digital temporalities in the secondary school. Paper to be presented at the annualAustralian Association of Research in Education conference, Melbourne, 27/11-1/12/16.

Lee, A. & Johnson, N. F. (2010). Where are we going? Where will we stand? Rethinking conceptions of educational research futures. (Symposium entitled, ‘What are the big questions for the future of educational research in Australia?’). Paper presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 29 – Dec 2.

Johnson, N. F. (2010). Problematising the label of ‘expert’ within education: Power, authority and discourse(s). Paper presented at epp: expertise, pedagogy, and practice workshop, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, Dec 6-7, 2010.

Johnson, N. F. (2010). Positioning of power: Illawarra youth in the media. Paper presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 29 – Dec 2.

Johnson, N. F. (2010). Problematising the label of ‘expert’ within education: An exploration of the discourses. Paper presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 29 – Dec 2.

Johnson, N. F., Green, M. & Power, K. (2010). The space of our subjectivities as researchers (Space, Place & Body in Researcher Subjectivities and Methodologies symposium). Paper presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 29 – Dec 2.

Johnson, N. F. (2009). The Teenage Expertise Network (TEN): The online availability of expertise. Paper presented at the inaugural Social Innovation Network (SInet) conference, Wollongong, September 28-29.

Johnson, N. F. (2009). The Teenage Expertise Network: An online ethnographic methodology. Paper presented at The 16th International Conference on Learning, University of Barcelona, Spain, July 1-4.

Johnson, N. F. (2009). The multiplicities of Internet addiction. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training (MADLaT) Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 7-8. Delivered via Centra.

Johnson, N. F. (2004). "Boys and girls are the same”: gender perceptions in using computers in the classroom. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, Wellington, New Zealand, November 24-26.

Associations

  • Member of Learning and New Media Research Group, Faculty of Education, Monash 2010 - present
  • Member of Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) 2004 - present
  • Member of Association of Women Educators, Australia (AWE) 2003 - present
  • Member of New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (NZFGW) 2003 - present