Ilana Snyder

Emeritus Prof

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Ilana is an emeritus professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her academic background is in English and literacy education. Ilana's research focuses on the changes to social and cultural practices associated with the use of digital media in everyday life, but especially in educational contexts.

Ilana has written on a number of pressing issues, including the need for critical digital literacy to negotiate the rapidly changing literacy landscape. She has carried out funded research for the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Carrick Institute and the National Council for Vocational Research (NCVER).

Her particular contribution has been in the production of books that have influenced how teachers and teacher educators think about the changes to literacy practices associated with digital technologies and the implications for education. These books include Hypertext and Teachers and Technoliteracy which she co-authored with Colin Lankshear and Bill Green. In The Literacy Wars she examined the volatile debates that surround literacy education in Australia. Her edited books include Page to Screen, Silicon Literacies and Doing Literacy Online which she co-edited with Catherine Beavis. Several books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.


Research area keywords

  • literary education
  • critical literacy
  • digital literacies
  • literacy and disadvantage
  • critical digital literary practices

Projects 2001 2012

Research Output 1996 2016

Research approaches to the study of literacy, learning, and technology

Snyder, I. A. & Tour, E., 2016, Research methods in language and education. King, K., Lai, Y-J. & May, S. (eds.). 3 ed. Springer, p. 1-13 13 p. (Encyclopedia of Language and Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Discourses of 'curation' in digital times

Snyder, I. A., 2015, Discourse and Digital Practices: Doing Discourse Analysis in the Digital Age. Jones, R. H., Chik, A. & Hafner, C. A. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 209 - 225 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Social media for collaborative learning: a review of school literature

Henderson, M., Snyder, I. A. & Beale, D., 2013, In : Australian Educational Computing. 28, 2, p. 1 - 15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A modern PhD: Doctoral education in Australian universities in digital times

Snyder, I. A. & Beale, D., 2012, The SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. Andrews, R., Borg, E., Davis, S. B., Domingo, M. & England, J. (eds.). London United Kingdom: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 409 - 426 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Giving research students a 'Second Life'

Phillips, M., Tour, E., Henderson, M. & Snyder, I. A., 2012, Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Peterson, J., Lee, O., Islam, T. & Piscioneri, M. (eds.). 1 ed. New York United States of America: Nova Science Publishers, p. 143 - 159 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review