Dr Helen Harper

Senior research officer


PhD, University of Queensland, 2002; Graduate Diploma of Primary Education, Charles Darwin University, 2005; Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, Royal Society of the Arts, 1988; Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), 1986; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland, 1983.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor for PhD


Darwin – Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


After completing doctoral studies in anthropological linguistics, Helen studied primary education and worked as a teacher educator, specialising in approaches to teaching language and literacy.

Helen’s main research interests relate to how classrooms operate and how children learn to read and use language, particularly in more challenging settings. She is also interested in education systems as a whole, the relationships between the structure of those systems and the ways that teaching and learning get carried out, and the potential of research to engender change in educational settings. Helen’s preference is to research collaboratively with teachers.


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