School of Education

Associate Professor Anna Fletcher

Position: Director Industry Cooperation, Institute of Education, Arts and Community
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Building 2S, Room 116
Phone: 5122 8012
Email: a.fletcher@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Charles Darwin University -2016
  • Master of Education - Charles Darwin University - 2006
  • Bachelor of Education - Stockholm University - 1996

Biography

Associate Professor Anna Fletcher is the Director of Industry Cooperation in the Institute of Education, Arts and Community at Federation University Australia. As Director, she leads the Institute’s collaboration with industry, the community, business and government to establish genuine partnerships built on shared goals in the form of research linkages, industry linkages, short courses and exchange projects. A partnership with the Institute of Education, Arts and Community provides connections to the Institute’s research expertise, access to professional development, and opportunities to work with or mentor our students.

Anna’s provision of future-focused high-quality learning opportunities for students has been recognised in awards such as the Australian Awards of University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2020), Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Federation University Australia (2017); and the Faculty of Education Individual Award: Teaching Excellence, Charles Sturt University, 2015.

Expertise

Dr Anna Fletcher is internationally recognised for her research which describes, implements and theorises effective classroom assessment applications to promote student voice, student agency and self-regulated learning. Her publications address: 1) student agency, achievement and self-efficacy within classroom assessment; 2) practitioner research and teachers’ capacity building; and 3) the role of education to build human capital in place-based contexts. She has successfully won, led, and project managed funded projects to a value of 300K AUD, resulting in projects being completed within budget and on time. Since 2017, Anna’s contribution to Initial Teacher Education and research at national level has been manifested through her work on the consortia of Australian universities developing and implementing the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA); and by co-convening the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) Assessment and Measurement Special Interest Group. At international level, Anna works closely with Scandinavian researchers, school leaders and entrepreneurs on a funded (780K AUD) multidisciplinary secondary school development project.

Teaching

  • Higher Degree Research – PhD supervision
  • Bachelor of Education courses - Transition to the Profession

Service

Anna’s service experiences and interests include:

  • Guest speaking engagements
  • Examining PhD theses
  • Serving on Boards/panels of professional associations

Research

Anna’s research interests involve:

  • Student agency, achievement, and self-efficacy within classroom assessment
  • Practitioner research and teachers’ capacity building
  • Education for building human capital in place-based contexts

Publications

Book chapters

Fletcher, A.(2022 in press).Children’s self-assessment plans to inform teaching and provide summative data. In C. McLachlan, T. McLaughlin, S. Cherrington & K. Aspden (Eds.) Data systems in early childhood settings: Theory and practice. Springer.

Fletcher, A. (2019). An invited outsider or an enriched insider? Challenging contextual knowledge as a critical friend researcher. In M. Green, S. Plowright, & N. F. Johnson (Eds.), Educational researchers and the regional university: Agents of regional-global transformation (pp. 75-92). Singapore: Springer.

Fletcher, A.(2018). Assessment to develop students’ strategies and competence as learners. In M. Barnes, M. Gindidis & S. Phillipson (Eds.), Evidence-based learning and teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Milton Park: Routledge

Glowrey, C., Fletcher, A., Green, M, Levy, S., Plunkett, M. (in press). “A possible me? Inspiring learning among regional young people for the future World of Work”. In J. Burke, S. Weuffen, A. Goriss-Hunter & M. Plunkett (Eds.) Challenging mainstream discourses in diverse education communities: working towards a sustainable global future. Springer.

Refereed journal articles

Ekman, R., Fletcher, A., Giota, J., Eriksson, A., Thomas, B., & Bååthe, F. (2022). A Flourishing Brain in the 21st Century: A Scoping Review of the Impact of Developing Good Habits for Mind, Brain, Well-Being, and Learning. Mind, Brain, and Education, 16(1), 13-23.

Fletcher, A. & Wennergren, A-C. (2021). Uncovering missing links in collegial learning conversations. Fosrkning og Forandring [Research and Change], 4(1), 41-58.https://doi.org/10.23865/fof.v4.2147

Fletcher, A. (2021). Australia’s National Assessment Programme rubrics: An impetus for self-assessment? Educational Research, 63(1), 43-64.

Fletcher, A. (2018). Classroom assessment as a reciprocal practice to develop students’ agency: A social cognitive perspective. Assessment Matters, 12, 34-57. doi:https://doi.org/10.18296/am.0032

Fletcher, A. K (2018). Help seeking: agentic learners initiating feedback. Educational Review, 70(4), 389-408. doi:10.1080/00131911.2017.1340871

Fletcher, A. K. (2017). The Testing and Learning Revolution: The Future of Assessment in Education. Studies in Continuing Education, 1-2, [online article] doi:10.1080/0158037X.2017.1384624

Fletcher, A. K. (2016). Exceeding expectations: scaffolding agentic engagement through assessment as learning. Educational Research, 58(4), 400-419. doi:10.1080/00131881.2016.1235909

Fletcher, A., & Shaw, G. (2012). How does student-directed assessment affect learning? Using assessment as a learning process. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 6(3), 245-263. doi:10.5172/mra.2012.6.3.245

Fletcher, A., & Shaw, G. (2011). How voice-recognition software presents a useful transcription tool for qualitative and mixed methods researchers. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5(2), 200-206. doi:10.5172/mra.2011.5.2.200

Grants

Year Project titleFunder$Output
2021 Possible Me Pilot Study: Inspiring Learning with the World of Work Experiences

Team: Anna Fletcher (CI), Stuart Levy, Cheryl Glowrey, Monica Green & Claire McLachlan

Latrobe Valley Authority, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria $132,400 Status report Dec 2021
2021 LIV [LIFE] - Lärande för Insikt om Välmående [Learning for Insights into Wellbeing]

Team: Neuroforum & Kattegatt Gymnasitet (CI), Fredrik Bååthe, Ann Christine Wennergren, Anna Fletcher, Frank Wedding, Henrik Böcklin & Linda Bellvik

Swedish Inheritance Fund 5,000,000 SEK

(780,000 AUD)

Workshop with principals Jan 2022

Journal article: 2021

2021 Benchmarking Report of the use of Performance descriptors used in senior secondary certificate courses in national jurisdictions

Investigators: Jenene Burke (CI), Anna Fletcher & Alison Lugg.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) $5,000 Report Jun 2021
2021 The Sustainable Development Goals across Gippsland’s primary and secondary schools.

Team: Monica Green (CI), Andrew O’Loughlin, Anna Fletcher, Bryce Magnussen, Keir Reeves

Federation University Cross-School Research Group $7,000  
2020 Overcoming Barriers: Pre-emptive Digital Literacy Support using a Paper-Based Resource’

Team: Bryce Magnusson (CI), Anna Fletcher, David Waldron, Ellen Sabo, Ana Larsen

Federation University Cross-School Research Group $7,300 Journal article (under review)
2020 Possible Me: Inspiring Learning with the World of Work Experiences

Team: Anna Fletcher (CI), Cheryl Glowrey, Margaret Plunkett, Stuart Levy & Monica Green

Latrobe Valley Authority, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria $49,300 Community Fact sheets (n=5)

Literature review (2020)

Book chapter (Springer)

2019 Title: Broadening Horizons: Modelling for the Future Interim Business (Strategic) Plan 2020-2025

Source:

Team: Damian Morgan (CI), Shoaib Riaz, Sisira Colombage, Anna Fletcher, Christina Lee, Leigh Kennedy & Claire McLachlan.

Latrobe Valley Authority, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria $30,000 Consultation workshop: Sep 2019

Progress reports: 4 (Oct-Nov)

Interim report: Nov 2019

Final report: Nov 2019

2017 Regional pedagogies of Internet use and self-development pilot project

Team: Nicola Johnson (CI), Monica Green & Anna Fletcher

Federation University RSP Research Services, DVC (Research & Innovation) $16,900 Consultation Workshop: July 2017

Final Report: Dec 2017

2016-2017 Teachers’ Capacity Building

Investigator: Anna Fletcher (CI)

N/A Unfunded Journal article: 2021

Book chapter: 2019

Conference papers: 2018

2016-2017 Evaluation of The Smith Family's Lakes Entrance Schools and Community Hub (LESCH)

Team: Nicola Johnson (CI), Margaret Plunkett, Anna Fletcher (project manager) & Cheryl Glowrey

The Smith Family $45,000 Final report: Oct 2017

Interim Report: Dec 2016

2016 The DOSSPA-FedUni Partnership Project: A regional secondary schools’ literacy network.

Team: Cheryl Glowrey & Anna Fletcher

Faculty of Education and Arts Small Grant, Federation University $3,000 Stakeholder Report: 2016
2008-2015 Student-Directed Assessment

(PhD research)

Investigator: Anna Fletcher (CI)

Fee-waiver scholarship, PhD student funding, Charles Darwin University $ 3,000 Chapters: 2018, 2022

Journal articles: 2021,2018a, b, 2016, 2012, 2011

Conference papers: 2019, 2018, 2016, 2016, 2012a, b, c

Thesis: 2015

Reports

Burke, J., Fletcher, A. & Lugg, A. (2021). Benchmarking Report of selected National Jurisdictions. Prepared for Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Fletcher, A., Plunkett, M., Glowrey, C., Levy, S. & Green, M. (2020). Possible Me: Inspiring Learning with the World of Work Experiences (A review of the literature) for Dept of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria (Latrobe Valley Authority).

Morgan, D., Riaz, S., Colombage, S. Fletcher, A., Lee, C., Kennedy, L. and McLachlan, C. (2019). Broadening Horizons: Modelling for the Future Project Report Complementing the Business (Strategic) Plan 2020-2025. For Dept of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria (Latrobe Valley Authority).

Morgan, D., Riaz, S., Colombage, S. Fletcher, A., Lee, C., Kennedy, L. and McLachlan, C. (2019). Broadening Horizons: Modelling for the Future Interim Business (Strategic) Plan 2020-2025. For Dept of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria (Latrobe Valley  Authority).

Glowrey, C., Plowright, S. & Fletcher, A. (2017). The DOSSPA Secondary Literacy Network 2016 Research Project Report.

Johnson, N. F., Plunkett, M., Fletcher, A., Glowrey, C. & Holcombe, W. (2017). Final Report: Evaluation of Lakes Entrance School and Community Hub (LESCH).

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.

Refereed conference proceedings

Brandenburg, R., Fletcher  A., Goriss-Hunter , A., Griffiths, K., Holcombe W., Van der Smee, C., Schneider, K.  (July 2021). “More than marking and moderation”: A Self-Study of Teacher Educator learning through engaging with Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment’. Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, 7-9 July 2021.

Fletcher, A. (2019, December). A socially-just NAPLAN spin-off: Self-assessment to develop students’ creativity and learning competence. Presentation to AARE Conference, Brisbane, 1-4 December.

Fletcher, A. (2018, December). Initiate, not wait: Students’ help-seeking as flipped feedback. Presentation to AARE Conference, Sydney, 1-4 December.

Fletcher, A. & Wennergren, A-C. (2018, December). Pitfalls and possibilities: collegial conversations about students learning as a reflection of teaching impact. Presentation to AARE Conference, Sydney, 1-4 December.

Fletcher, A. (2016, December). Assessment as a student-driven, reciprocal practice: a recalibrated, social cognitive perspective. Paper presented at The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Melbourne, 27 Nov-1 December.

Fletcher, A. (2016, September). Engaging students with assessment as learning: scaffolding classroom practice to build students’ self-efficacy and agentic engagement. Paper presented at the Research and Innovation in Classroom Assessment (RICA), International Perspectives, Brisbane, 21-23 September.

Plowright, S., Glowrey, C., Green, M., Fletcher A., Harrison, D., Plunkett, M., Emmett, N. & Johnson, N. (2016, December). Reimagining and transforming identity as rural researchers and educators: A (con)textual fugue. Paper presented at The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Melbourne, 27 Nov-1 Dec.

Fletcher, A. (2012, December). Using Student-Directed Assessment as a learning process -a mixed methods study. Paper presented at The Joint Australian Association of Educational Research (AARE) and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Sydney, Australia

Fletcher, A. (2012, October). How is students’ creativity in writing affected by student-directed assessment? Paper presented at The Fourth Asian Conference on Education, Osaka, Japan.

Fletcher, A. (2012, April). Using Student-Directed Assessment as a Learning Process. Paper presented at the 34th Language Testing Colloquium, Princeton, USA.

Patents

Fletcher, A. I. K. (2006). Autograph. Australia Patent No. 2006100630. I. P. Australia.

Other research details

Fletcher, A. (2015). Student-Directed Assessment as a learning process for primary students: A mixed-methods study. (Doctor of Philosophy Thesis), Charles Darwin University, Australia. Retrieved from https://ris.cdu.edu.au/ws/portalfiles/portal/22701104/Thesis_CDU_50323_Fletcher_A.pdf

Awards

2020

Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Assessment Criteria: Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

Citation Title: For leading and implementing innovative, research-led approaches that enhance Education students’ ability to make discerning pedagogical choices, as members of a Community of Practice

2017

Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Citation: ‘For outstanding and sustained implementation of research-led approaches to assessment design, coordination and development of teaching resources that promote enhanced learning’. Federation University

2015

Faculty of Education Individual Award: Teaching Excellence

Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University

Associations

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)