Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Developing the multimodal language of emotions of low SES primary students


Disadvantaged students need to develop the multimodal language resources to express emotion for social and economic success, but research shows that teachers are not equipped to teach these new requirements of the Australian Curriculum. This project aims to broaden the range of meaning-making resources for students to communicate emotions across multiple modes (e.g. speech. writing, image) and media. It unites a consortium of schools, visual media experts, and policy makers to address this contemporary problem. The outcomes will include innovative approaches to strengthen students’ language skills for emotional expression and wellbeing, and e-learning resources accessible to teachers and students statewide.


  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, $191,722 (Administered by Queensland University of Technology)



Research problem

The aims are as follows:

  1. To develop new approaches for strengthening low SES students’ language of emotions across multiple modes and media.
  2. To document the students’ language of emotions across modes and media in response to Aim 1.