Journal articles

Refereed research journal articles by topic

Research methods

  • Mackenzie, N.M., & Ling, L.M. (2009). The research journey – A “Lonely Planet” approach. Issues in Educational Research, 19(1), 48-60.
  • Mackenzie, N.M., & Knipe, S. (2006). Research dilemmas: Paradigms, methods and methodology. Issues in Educational Research, 16(2), 193-205. [Frequently cited paper – 2132 citations 25/01/21]

Draw, Talk, Write and Share

  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2022) Multimodal text creation from day 1 with Draw, Talk, Write, Share. The California Reader (TCR) 55(1), 9-14.
  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2022). Finding out what they know and can do with DTWS. Practical Literacy: the early and primary years, 27(1)

The teaching and learning of writing

  • Scull, J.A., Mackenzie, N.M., & Bowles, T. (2020). Assessing early writing: A six-factor model to inform assessment and teaching, Educational Research for Policy and Practice.
  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2018) Handwriting and keyboarding: skills for writing, South Australian Department for Education,
  • Mackenzie, N.M., &Petriwskyj, A. (2017). Understanding and supporting young writers: opening the school gate. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(2), 78-87.
  • Mackenzie, N.M., Scull J., & Bowles, T.(2015). Writing over time: An analysis of texts created by Year One students. Australian Educational Researcher, 42(5) 568-593DOI 10.1007/s13384-015-0189-9 [one of 5 finalists in the Springer/AER Best Paper Award for 2015]
  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2014). Teaching early writers: Teachers’ responses to a young child’s writing sample. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 37(3), 182-191. [Most popular paper accessed through Informit in 2015; Included in VEYLDF, 2016]
  • Mackenzie, N.M., & Hemmings, B. (2014). Predictors of success with writing in the first year of school. Issues in Educational Research, 24(1),41-54.
  • Mackenzie, N.M., Scull, J., & Munsie, L. (2013). Analysing writing: the development of a tool for use in the early years of schooling. Issues in Educational Research, 23(3),375-391.
  • Mackenzie, N.M., & Veresov, N.(2013). How drawing can support writing acquisition: text construction in early writing from a Vygotskian perspective. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(4), 22-29.
  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2011). From drawing to writing: What happens when you shift teaching priorities in the first six months of school? Australian Journal of Language & Literacy, 34(3), 322-340. [Included in VEYLDF, 2016.]
  • Mackenzie, N.M., Hemmings, B., & Kay, R. (2011). How does teaching experience affect attitudes towards literacy learning and teaching in the early years? Issues in Educational Research 21(3), 281-293.
  • Mackenzie, N.M (2009).Becoming a writer: Language use and ‘scaffolding’ writing in the first six months of formal schooling. Journal of Reading Writing & Literacy, 4(2), 46-63.
  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2008). Becoming a writer: can we predict how children will engage with the writing process at school entry? The Journal of Reading, Writing & Literacy, 3(1), 1-18.

Teacher morale

  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2007). Teacher morale: more complex than we think? Australian Educational Researcher, 34(1), 89-104.

Teaching excellence awards

  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2007). Teaching excellence awards: an apple for the teacher? Australian Journal of Education, 51(2), 190-204.

Working above standards

  • Mackenzie, N.M., Danaia, L., MacDonald, A., & Metcalf, D.D. (2019). “Working above standard in literacy and numeracy in primary school”. Issues in Educational Research, 29(2), 485-501.


  • Daffern, T., Mackenzie, N.M. (2019), The challenges of learning and teaching English spelling: Insights from eight Australian students and their teachers. Literacy. 54(3), 99-110.
  • Daffern, T., Mackenzie, N.M., & Hemmings, B. (2017). Testing spelling: How does a dictation method measure up to a proofreading and editing format? Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 40(1),28-45.
  • Daffern, T., Mackenzie, N.M., & Hemmings, B. (2015). The development of a spelling assessment informed by Triple Word Form Theory. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 38(2), 72-82.

Early childhood literacy

  • McFarland, L., Mackenzie, N.M. & Thompson, N. (2018), Early Literacy in Children under Three: Perspectives of Early Childhood Educators and Parents. New Zealand International Early Childhood Research Journal, (21)2, 45-58.
  • Verdon, S., Mackenzie, N.M., McLeod, S., Davidson, C., Masso, S., Verdon, L., & Edwards-Groves, C. (2017). Assessment of children as effective communicators in early childhood education and care: A literature review. Melbourne: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • Guo, K., & Mackenzie, N.M. (2015). Signs and codes in early childhood settings: an investigation of children’s drawing and second language learning. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(2), 78-86.

Teaching professional development/learning

  • Ling, L. & Mackenzie, N.M. (2015). An Australian perspective on teacher professional development in supercomplex times.Psychology, Society, and Education, 7(3), 264-278.
  • Mackenzie, N.M. (2005). An Apple for the Teacher? In M. Cooper (Ed), Teacher Education: Local and Global. Refereed Proceedings of the Annual Australian Teacher Education conference, Gold Coast.
  • Ling, L., & Mackenzie, N.M. (2001). The professional development of teachers in Australia. In M. Killeavy (Ed), European Journal of Teacher Education, 24(2), 87-98.
  • Mackenzie, N.M., (2000). ‘Professional development: lawnmower or turbine?’ In K.R. Byrne, & M. Garofalo (Eds), Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 23rd Annual Conference, Limerick, 1998 selected papers, Limerick, Ireland


  • Educational Transitions and Change Research Group. (2011). Transition to school: Position statement. Albury-Wodonga: Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education, Charles Sturt University. Co-author of this statement.
  • Hyndman, B., & Mackenzie, N.M. (2018). Eight things that should be included in screen guidelines for students. The Conversation, 1-4.

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