Kelly Carabott

Position:  Lecturer
Study Area:  Primary
Location:  Churchill
Phone:  03 5122632


PHD (currently completing)

Masters in Education

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)



  • Literacy and Numeracy (EDBED1011)
  • Science Education (EDBED2012)
  • Literacy, Language and Literature (EDBED3111)
  • Multiliteracies In A Global World (EDBED4112)
  • Gifted Education (EDFGC2512)


Kelly Carabott has taught in early childhood and primary contexts for 19 years and has taught in higher education for 13 years.  Before her role at Federation, she worked for 10 years as an academic in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, and as a senior lecturer writing, designing and facilitating a new Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Ikon Institute of Australia. As a teacher educator Kelly has taught numerous subjects (over 80) across a wide variety of educational topics  Kelly brings a strong foundation of both theoretical and practical approaches to her work

Kelly’s research and teaching specialisations include educational approaches to digital technology and media, children’s language and literacy development and associated pedagogical approaches and exploring how partnerships can provide opportunities for pre-service teachers. Her worldview is influenced by Phenomenology and the importance of privileging lived experiences in meaning-making. Thus, her research explores lived experiences within educational contexts, where she privileges and gives agency to each individual voice. Kelly believes that we can only understand education if we listen to the people who live in the space. Kelly has published book chapters and journal articles about her work and she has been invited to present her work in Australia and internationally in Japan, Wales, Austria, and England.

Areas of Expertise

Multimodality, reading practices, literacy, digital technology, phenomenology, partnerships

Research Interests

Multimodality, reading practices, literacy, digital technology, phenomenology, partnerships


Teaching Awards

  • Monash University: Nominated Vice-Chancellors: Programs that Enhance Learning Award 2019
  • Monash University: Deans Award: Programs that Enhance Learning 2019
  • Monash University: Deans Partnership Award: 2018
  • DEECD: Shortlisted for the 2013 Early Years Awards.
  • Monash University: Commendation for Vice Chancellors Social Inclusion Award 2013
  • Monash University: Dean's learning and teaching award: Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning


    Kirkby, J., Carabott, K., Wilson, S., Rafi, H. & White, P. (2022). Innovative task design: Becoming a reader involves more than reading strategies. Literacy Research and Instruction

    Creely, E., Southcott, J., Carabott, K., & Lyons, D. (2021). Phenomenological inquiry in education.Theories, practices, provocations and directions: Routledge

    Panizzon, D., Smith, K., & Carabott, K. (2019). Critical and creative thinking inquiry project final report March 2019. Department of Education South Australia.

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2019). Teacher education, thinking about ICT. In Tatnall, A. (ed.).   Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60013-0_153-1

    McLeod, A. & Carabott, K. (2019). Empowering Learners for Life in the Digital Age: IFIP TC 3 Open Conference on Computers in Education, OCCE 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Passey, D., Bottino, R., Lewin, C. & Sanchez, E. (eds.). 1st ed. Springer, p. 91-100 10 p. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 524).

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2019). Why bother with digital technology? In Carden, C. (ed.). Primary teaching: Learning & teaching in primary schools today. 1st ed. SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 459-471

    Kirkby, J., Carabott, K., & Corrigan, D. (2018). Beyond Classroom Walls: How Industry Partnerships Can Strengthen Pre-service Literacy Teachers’ Identities. In Fitzgerald, A., Parr, G., & Williams, J (Eds.), Re-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education (pp. 37-54). Springer,

    McLeod, A., Carabott, K. & Lang, C. (2018). Teaching with digital technologies. Allen, J. & White, S. (Eds.). Learning to Teach in a New Era. Cambridge University Press, p. 111-158 48

    McLeod, A. & Carabott, K. (2017). Tomorrow’s learning: Involving everyone. learning with and about technologies and computing. In Tatnell, A. & Webb, M. (Eds.). Springer, p. 366-375. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 515)

    Peer Reviewed and Conference Presentations

    Carabott, K., Parr, G., Wilson, S & Gervasoni, A. (2019). Maths and English in Changing Times: Australian teacher education responds to opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. University of South Pacific. Fiji. Public Lecture

    Keary, A., Carabott, K., Wood, N., & Bailey, K. (2019). Teaching writing and language in context: Teacher educators and reflective dialogue. Monash English Symposium.

    Carabott, K., & Wilson, S. (2019). Literacy Education in Australian Middle Schools. Zhejiang Middle School Leaders program (professional development)

    Carabott, K & McLeod, A. (2018-2019). Using ICT to Support Multimodal Literacy practices from foundation to year 6. Monash Short Course

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2018). Who is teaching the teachers? Open Conference of Computers in Education. Lin,z Austria

    Carabott, K., Kirkby, J., & Corrigan, D. (2018). Using principles of authentic assessment in times of change. The European Conference of Education. Brighton, UK

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2018). Exploring complexities in ICT government policy and initial teacher education. The European Conference of Education. Brighton, UK. Carabott, K., Kirkby, J., & Corrigan, D. (2018). Augmented reality; engaging readers in and beyond the text United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). Cardiff, Wales.

    Carabott, K., Kirkby, J., & Corrigan, D. (2018). Becoming literacy teachers: two stories of emerging practice. United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). Cardiff, Wales

    Creely, E., Carabott, K., Lyons, D., & Southcott, J. (2018). Doing Phenomenological Inquiry in education: possibilities, provocations and affordances. Australian Education Research Association. Sydney, Australia

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2017). Embedding ICT into teacher education. IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education. Ireland

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2016). Synergies in a third space: Digital literacy classes taught by both professional and academic staff. Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA), National Conference. Ballarat, Australia

    Carabott, K., & McLeod, A. (2016). Creating Tech Savvy Teachers – Increasing pre-service teachers’ digital self-efficacy. Asian Conference on Technology in Classrooms (ACTC). Kobe, Japan

    Carabott, K., McLeod, A., Lofhelem, K., & Schultz K. (2015). Creating Tech-Savvy Teachers

    Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA), National Conference. Darwin, Australia

    Carabott, K. (2014). Switch On, Plug In, Power Up: using digital resources for authentic learning. Museum Australia Education. Sydney, Australia

    Carabott, K. (2013). iPads and their implications for speaking and listening in the classroom. Australian Literacy Education Association (ALEA), State-wide Conference. Melbourne, Australia

    Carabott, K. (2013.) i-Pads supporting oral language development: The benefits and the disadvantages. Australian Literacy Education Association (ALEA), National Conference. Brisbane, Australia

    White, S., Goff, W., Carabott, K., & Davies, K. (2012). Reshaping teacher education curriculum to provide better futures for all students. Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA), National Conference. Adelaide, Australia

    Carabott, K., & Goff, W. (2012). Building teacher capacity through sustainable work embedded professional development. Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA), National Conference. Adelaide, Australia