Elaine is a lecturer within Academic Support & Development. Before coming to VU in 2012, she was employed as a Language and Academic skills Advisor (LAS) at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she worked with international and domestic students in transition literacy.
Elaine is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the College of Education, due for completion in 2014. She is also a reviewer for the Association for Qualitative Research journal.
Research and presentations
Speight-Burton, E. Panelist (2012) ‘Academia: The Opera’: (performance ethnography). Presented at Embodying Good Research – What counts and Who decides? Charles Darwin University.
Speight-Burton, E. (2012) ‘Marginal matters: Narrative, identity and subjectivity in a university of excellence’. Paper presented at Embodying Good Research – What counts and Who decides? Charles Darwin University.
Speight-Burton, E. (2011) ‘ALL on-line? Insights, reflections and teaching in an e-environment’ Paper presented at Association of Academic language and Learning (AALL-NSW) Symposium, University of Canberra, Canberra.
Speight-Burton, E. (2010) ‘Collaboration between Sociology and LASLilydale’ Paper presented at Association of Academic Language and Learning (AALL-NSW) Symposium, Australian National University, Canberra.
Speight-Burton, E., & M. Schneider, (2010) ‘Guaranteed entry, transition and academic literacy’. Paper presented at ALTAR Symposium: ‘Language in the disciplines’, Swinburne University of Technology.
Moore, T. & E. Speight Burton (2010) ‘The joys of genre: Developing students’ written communication skills’. Presentation at FHEL Learning and Teaching Seminar, Swinburne University of Technology.
Elaine collaborates with teaching staff and students in the Colleges of Education and Sport & Exercise Science.
Australian Association of Academic Language and Learning (ALL)
Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)
OLT teaching award for embedding of academic literacy skills
Ballantyne, G., A. Lyon, C. MacIntosh, T. Moore, & E. Speight-Burton were recipients on an OLT teaching citation in 2012. The citation was awarded for “an innovative collaboration between sociology and Lab staff to develop a model for the embedding of academic literacy skills across programs”.
Areas of expertise
- Alternative methodologies
- Critical inquiry
- Embedding academic literacy skills