Laura Scholes is an Associate Professor of Gender and Literacies at the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education. Her research focuses on the influence of gender, social class and geographical location on primary school students' literacy experiences and literate outcomes. Laura has produced over 80 scholarly works including her sole-authored 2018 monograph by Routledge, Boys, masculinities and reading: Gender identity and literacy as social practice. She has published research in journals that include the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Gender and Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education.
Laura was awarded a prestigious 3-year Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) in 2017 by the Australian Research Council to investigate how to challenge masculinities associated with boys' failure in reading (DE 170100990). As part of this program of work she is implementing mixed methods to identify the multiplicity of influences on boys' masculine reading identities and pedagogies to improve disadvantaged boys' reading outcomes.