School of Education

Dr Anna Fletcher

Position: Associate Dean Teaching Quality 
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Building 2S, Room 108
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

Teaching

Programs

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
  • Master of Education Studies

Courses

  • Analysis and Inquiry: Reading and Framing the Research (EDMED 7038)
  • Curriculum and Assessment and Reporting (EDBED 3027)
  • Teacher as researcher (EDBED4109)

Biography

Dr Anna Fletcher is the Associate Dean Teaching Quality in the School of Education at Federation University Australia. She works closely with schools locally and internationally in her work as a teacher educator and assessment researcher. Her provision of future-focused high-quality learning opportunities for students has been recognised in awards such as the Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Federation University, 2017; and the Faculty of Education Individual Award: Teaching Excellence, Charles Sturt University, 2015.

Anna represents Federation University on the National consortium of sixteen universities developing and implementing the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA). She is a highly active researcher with funded projects at regional level, who has instigated local, regional, and international research partnerships.

Areas of expertise

Dr Anna Fletcher’s research describes, implements and theorises effective classroom assessment applications to promote student voice, student agency and self-regulated learning. Her research specialises on student agency within the forethought phase of assessment as learning, with an aligned focus on teachers’ capacity building in formative assessment.

Anna’s publications address three areas: 1) student agency, achievement and self-efficacy within classroom assessment from a perspective of social cognitive theory; 2) practitioner research and teachers’ capacity building; and 3) the role of education to build human capital in place-based contexts.

Anna has successfully led, and project managed a number of funded mixed-methods projects into teachers’ capacity building and place-based regional development through education, resulting in projects being completed within budget and on time. As convenor of the AARE Assessment and Measurement SIG and as a member of the Federation University research groups PeCALE and AIRTE (Assessment, Impact and Reflection in Teacher Education) she welcomes collaboration across institutions. As a native Swedish speaker, Anna works closely with Scandinavian universities in her research.

Research interests

Anna’s research interests are:

  • Formative assessment
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Competence
  • Agency and self-efficacy
  • International curricula

Supervision

Present doctoral students:

Wendy Holcombe (Federation University) - " Reframing Inclusion through the lens of Educational Permaculture” - Associate Supervisor

Ana Larsen (Federation University): “Student identity and self-efficacy: An exploration of the student experience in university support programs.” – Associate Supervisor

Completed masters students:

Rishi Prasad (Federation University) - “How does the use of GeoGebra in teaching Geometry and Trigonometry in Year 9 influence student understanding of relation mathematical concepts” – Associate Supervisor

Joanne Heeps (Federation University) - “What is the lived experience of adopting the use of a learning management system for TAFE teachers in the Business and Services Course Area” – Principal Supervisor

Publications

Book chapters

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

Refereed journal articles

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

Research Grants

YearProject titleFunder$Output
2020

Possible Me: Inspiring Learning with the World of Work Experience. Synthesis of global research, policy and practice to inform project development.

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

Latrobe Valley Authority, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria.$49,337

Final literature review: June 2020

Interim review: April 2020

Consultation workshops:

March, June 2020

Community fact sheets

2019

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

Investigators: 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

Final report: Nov 2019

Interim report: Oct 2019

Progress reports: n= 4 (Oct-Nov)

Consultation workshop: Sep 2019

2017

Regional pedagogies of Internet use and self development pilot project

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

Federation University RSP Research Services, DVC (Research & Innovation)$16,868

Final Report: Dec 2017

Consultation Workshop: July 2017

2016-2017

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

Investigators: 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

Teachers’ Capacity Building

Investigator: Anna Fletcher (CI)

N/ANil

Book chapter: 2019

Conference papers: 2018

2016

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

Investigators: Cheryl Glowrey & Anna Fletcher

Faculty of Education and Arts Small Grant, Federation University$3,000Stakeholder 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

Articles: 2018a, 2018b, 2016, 2012, 2011

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

Thesis: 2015

Reports

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

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://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:50323

Awards

2017 -  Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: ‘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)