Maya Gunawardena


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PhD projects

Critical thinking, Teacher Education, Applied Linguistics


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Personal profile


Maya is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Canberra. She formerly worked as a lecturer in the Learning and Teaching Group at UNSW Canberra for almost five years. She has 30 years teaching experience in diverse teaching contexts including teacher education in Australia and overseas, HDR research training, teaching humanities, design technology, TESOL and academic literacy. Maya also currently works as an education consultant. She researches and publishes in the fields of teacher education, applied linguistics, higher degree research training and literacy teaching.


Available to supervise HDR research in teacher education and community studies 

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, PhD, University of Canberra

Award Date: 25 Mar 2011

Master, Lancaster University

Award Date: 8 May 2005

Open University of Sri Lanka

Award Date: 20 Jan 2002

Master, University of Kelaniya

Award Date: 31 Dec 2001

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Research Output

  • 6 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Pedagogies for scaffolding thinking in ESL: Integrating first principles of learning

GUNAWARDENA, M., 26 Jun 2019, Thinking Skills and Creativity in Second Language Education: Case Studies from International Perspectives. Li, L. (ed.). 1 ed. Oxon, UK: Routledge, p. 42-57 16 p. (Research on Teaching Thinking and Creativity).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • The proof of the pudding … analysing student written texts for evidence of a successful literacy intervention

    GUNAWARDENA, M., DEVEREUX, L., WILSON, K. & Kylie, A., 2018, In : Journal of Academic Language and Learning. 12, 1, p. 239-253 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Scaffolding thinking in ESL lessons: Negotiating challenges

    Gunawardena, M., Sooriyampola, M. & Walisundara, N., 1 Jun 2017, In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 24, p. 279-285 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Teaching Academic Literacy in Disciplinary Contexts: Insights and Implications from a Discourse Study

    GUNAWARDENA, M., Ranawake, G. & Wilson, K., 2017, In : International Journal of Learning and Teaching. 3, 3, p. 222-225 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Implications of Literacy Teaching Models

    GUNAWARDENA, M., 2017, In : International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies. 5, 1, p. 94-100 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
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