School of Education

Dr Anna Fletcher

Position: Associate Dean Teaching Quality 
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Building 2S, Room 108
Phone: 5122 8012


Doctor of Philosophy - Charles Darwin University -2016

Master of Education - Charles Darwin University - 2006

Bachelor of Education - Stockholm University - 1996



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


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


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 Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Federation University, 2017; and Faculty of Education Individual Award: Teaching Excellence, Charles Sturt University, 2015.

Anna represents Federation University on the National consortium of thirteen 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. She was instrumental in developing the University’s Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Learner Engagement (PeCALE) Research Focus Area. Since 2019, she co-convenes the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Special Interest Group in Assessment and Measurement.

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 ATE (Assessment and impact in initial Teacher Education) she welcomes collaboration across institutions. As a native Swedish speaker, Anna works closely with Scandinavian universities in her research.

Research interests

Anna convenes the Faculty Research Focus area of Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Learner Engagement (PeCALE). Her research interests are:

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


Present doctoral students:

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


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:

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


Investigators:  Damian Morgan, Shoaib Riaz, Sisira Colombage, Anna Fletcher, Christina Lee, Leigh Kennedy & Claire McLachlan.
Title: Broadening Horizons: Modelling for the Future Interim Business (Strategic) Plan 2020-2025
Source: Latrobe Valley Authority
Amount: $30,000

Investigators: Nicola Johnson, Monica Green & Anna Fletcher
Title: Regional pedagogies of Internet use and self development pilot project
Source: FedUni RSP Research Services, DVC (Research & Innovation) portfolio
Amount: $16,868

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

Investigators: Cheryl Glowrey, Anna Fletcher
Title: The DOSSPA-FedUni Partnership Project: A regional secondary schools’ literacy network.
Source: Faculty of Education and Arts Small Grant, Federation University
Amount: $3,000


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 (2016). Assessment as a student-driven, reciprocal practice: a recalibrated, social cognitive perspective. Peer-reviewed paper presented at The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual International Conference, 27 Nov-1 Dec, 2016, Melbourne

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

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

Fletcher, A. (2012). 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). 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). Using student-directed assessment as a learning process. Paper presented at The 34th Language Testing Colloquium, Princeton, USA.

Fletcher, A. (2011). How does student-directed assessment impact on student learning: Using assessment as learning. Paper presented at the School of Education, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Fletcher, A. (2011) How to identify students for enrichment programs. Paper presented at the Northern Territory Association for the Education of Gifted and Talented (NTAEGT) annual meeting, Charles Darwin University, Australia


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


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


  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)