Dr Gary Woolley

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Dr Gary Woolley


Teaching areas

  • EDU202 Dimensions of Learner Engagement
  • EDU402 Professional Learning: Pedagogies of Inclusive Practice
  • EDU602 Engaging Diverse Learners

Research areas

  • reading comprehension
  • learning difficulties
  • inclusion and diversity
  • english as a second language


Gary Woolley has over 40 years experience as a teacher and lecturer in education. He has broad experience working in public and private schools, consultancies, and not-for-profit sector, where he still contributes some of his time on a pro-bono basis.

Gary’s research and teaching interests are literacy, reading comprehension, English as a Second Language, and learning difficulties. In 2006 he won a Carrick Institute Citation for Teaching and Learning. His commitment to research has won him the 2007 Tertiary Student Award from Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA). In 2011 and 2012, he was awarded an Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award for his contribution to the research activities of Griffith University.

His work in recent years has centred on teacher professional development and the design of literacy programs to promote effective literacy teaching and learning in the primary and secondary classroom. His recent book, ‘Reading Comprehension: Assisting Children with Reading Difficulties’ has established his expertise and has had excellent reviews. In 2013, he was invited to speak at the 18th Lindamood-Bell International Conference at Anaheim, California.

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