Dr Jenny Martin

Senior Lecturer
Teacher Education

Areas of expertise: initial teacher education; continuing professional development for teachers and education leaders;science curriculum and pedagogy; professional practice in education; discursive psychology

Phone 03 9953 3296

Email jenny.martin@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1460-4441

Dr Jenny Martin is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and education researcher. Her research program is concerned with the development of teacher professionalism and student agency for the wellbeing of individuals and the planet and extends to science education, education for sustainability, initial teacher education, teacher professional learning and pedagogical leadership. She is currently full-time Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Learning-rich Leadership for Quality Improvement in Early Education, concerned with transformative practice and pedagogical leadership in early childhood contexts. Her expertise includes applications of cultural psychology to education research, and associated methodologies including developmental work research, action research, participatory ethnography, discourse analysis and video-based research design. Jenny was awarded the Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Award in 2017.

Jenny is also a Victorian Institute of Teaching registered teacher. Early in her career, Jenny taught in secondary schools and later worked as Scientist in Residence at primary schools as well as a Professional Development Leader for the Victorian Department of Education. Her work as a teacher educator began in 2002 at The University of Melbourne and at ACU. Jenny began full time work at ACU in 2012 and now has a continuing position as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Curriculum vitae

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  • Martin, J. (under review). Identity projects: A model for effective teacher professional learning from cultural historical psychology. In C. van der Veen, W. Wardekker, & B. van Oers, (Eds.) Supporting the good teacher. The role of agency in teacher education. (pp. xx-xx). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Martin, J., Xu, L. H. & Seah, L. H. (In Press). Discourse analysis and multimodal meaning making in a science classroom: Meta-analytic insights from three theoretical perspectives. Research in Science Education.
  • Martin, J., Nuttall, J., Henderson, L., Wood, E. (2020). Educational Leaders and the project of professionalisation in early childhood education in Australia. International Journal of Educational Research 101, 1-15. DOI 10.1016/j.ijer.2020.101559
  • Martin, J. (2019). Researching teacher agency in elementary school science using positioning theory and grammar of agency. Journal of Science Teacher Education. DOI 10.1080/1046560X.2019.1666628
  • Martin, J. (2019). Primary teacher agency: Employing interactive ethnography to overcome “reluctance” to teach science. Research in Science Education 49(5): 1279-1299. DOI 10.1007/s11165-017-9654-y
  • Martin, J. & Carter, L. (2018). “Finding ways to fill the void”: Preservice teachers struggling with their own consumption. In G. Reis, M. P. Mueller, R. A. Luther, L. Siveres & R. Oliveira (Eds) Sociocultural Perspectives on Youth Ethical Consumerism. (pp. 19-32). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-65608-3_2
  • Martin, J. Keast, S., & Anders, L. (2017). Becoming professionally agentic: researching pedagogical reasoning in initial teacher education. In J. Nuttall, A. Kostogriz, M. Jones, and J. Martin (Eds.) Teacher Education Policy and Practice – Evidence of Impact, Impact of Evidence. (pp. 67-82). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-4133-4
  • Martin J. (2016). The grammar of agency: Studying possibilities for student agency in science classroom discourse. Learning Culture and Social Interaction, 10: 40-49. DOI 10.1016/j.lcsi.2016.01.003
  • Martin J. & Carter, L. (2015). Preservice teacher agency concerning education for sustainability (EfS): A discursive psychological approach. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 52(4): 560–573. DOI 10.1002/tea.21217
  • Arnold [now Martin], J. & Clarke, D.J. (2014). What is agency? Perspectives in science education research. International Journal of Science Education 36(5): 735-754. DOI 10.1080/09500693.2013.825066


  • Learning-rich leadership for quality improvement in early education
  • 2018-2019 CI on Principals as STEM Leaders, $2.6m
  • 2015 CI on The Ethics of Care: An Exploration of teaching and Learning in Science. $40,000

Accolades and awards

  • Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Award 2017

Appointments and affiliations

  • Research Fellow, Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, 2018-
  • Senior Lecture in Science Education and Education Studies, National School of Education, Australian Catholic University, 2020 –
  • Lecture in Science Education and Education Studies, National School of Education, Australian Catholic University, 2012-2019
  • Co-convenor of the Sociocultural and Activity Theory Special Interest Group for Australian Association for Education Research

Editorial roles

  • Lead Guest Editor, Special Issue 10, Learning Culture and Social Interaction
  • Editor, Teacher Education Policy and Practice – Evidence of Impact, Impact of Evidence

International journal review panel

  • Studies in Science Education
  • Research in Science Education
  • Learning, Culture and Social Interaction
  • Cultural Studies in Science Education
  • Australian Education Researcher
  • The New Educator
  • Teacher Educator


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