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Research Interests:

Improving literacy outcomes preschool to adulthood, struggling readers, community and workplace literacy,  technology and literacy, improving literacy opportunities for Indigenous learners, curriculum change, evaluation of literacy programs and initiatives in workplaces, schools and communities; improving literacy teaching, literacy interventions and auditing literacy needs.

Current Research:

​Literacy intervention in the middle years and secondary schools

Improving reading outcomes and literacy engagement in Indigenous communities

Improving literacy outcomes for disengaged and disinterested           secondary students

Teaching of reading K-12

Literacy interventions

Workplace literacy

Literacy teaching in juvenile justice settings

Writing -- motivating writers -- Power in the Pen

Funded Research

I have received research funding from numerous sources including US and Australian Federal and State Governments, Departments of Education, Employment and Training, Department of School Education, international and private organisations and universities.  The following are some of the research projects I have completed.


U-CAN READ (Donation), 2011, $14,000, 2010

Evaluation of ACT Field Officers Program, 2010, ACT DET, $20,000

Family Literacy Review, 2009, DEWR, $14,000.

Read English on the Web, 2009, DEWR $50,000.

Evaulation of Accelerated Literacy in the Northern Territory,2007. Research Fellow CDU.

No Child Left Behind. Kentucky Reading First Evaluation. 2000-2006.  $1.5mill. US per year for 6 years.

Early Reading Incentive Grant. 2006. $60,000. CCLD Kentucky, US.

Evaulation of Reading Recovery, 2005. $30,000. CCLD Kentucky, US.

Read on the Web. 2004-2005. $60,000. Council on Post Secondary Education, KY US.

Kentucky Adult Educator's Literacy Institute (KAELI), $34,000, Council on Post Secondary Education, KY. US. 

Celebration of Federation Grant, Australian Federal Government. 2000. $25 000


Exemplary Literacy Practices In Year 7.  1999. External researcher for major project funded as part of the Innovation and Best Practice Project (University of Sydney)

NSW Research Node

Lowe, K. 1999.  UWS mentoring scheme $6000

Evaluating Constructivist Science Programs In Secondary School
Aubusson, P. Watson, K. & Lowe, K. 1997.
Department of School Education and Australian Science Foundation. $20 000

Literacy and Youth: Investigating Literacy in Correctional Institutions
Cairney T. & Lowe, K. 1997.
Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET) Projects of National Significance in Literacy. $89,900

Literacy in the Transition Years
Cairney, T. & Lowe, K. 1995. DEET Funded Project of National Significance $ 136,000

Developing Partnership: The Home, School And Community Interface.
Cairney, T., Munsie, L. &  Lowe, K. 1993-1995. DEET Projects of National Significance under the Language and Literacy Policy competitive grants scheme. $ 135,000


  • Doctor of Philosophy Indiana University USA 1993
  • Master of Education (Honours) University of Wollongong 1989
  • Master of Studies in Education University of Wollongong 1987
  • Bachelor of Education Mitchell CAE 1985
  • Diploma in Reading and Language Riverina CAE 1982
  • Diploma in Teaching Riverina CAE 1975
  • Teacher’s Certificate NSW Department of Education 1977


Recent Initiatives

  • I-Read: Literacy intervention for the middle years and secondary schools

  • U-CAN READ: Literacy Intervention Years 3-10

  • Boys, blokes and books (Literacy for boys and their dads)

  • Nudge and nurture (Literacy for Prechool-year 2 parents)

  • Read together, Learn Together (Literacy support for parents of students in Year 2)

  • Project CLaim (Literacy intervention for disengaged and disinterested secondary students.)

  • Website for Indigenous parents on “How to help children with reading and writing” in conjunction with Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Education and NT Libraries.

  • Read on the Web

  • Literacy on the Street – preservice teachers working with the community  


  • Lowe, K. Literacy and technology.

NSW Department of Education.

  • Lowe, K. Parents and literacy education.

NSW Department of Education.

Television Appearances

Kids and books. ACT Stateline October 2010


  • International Reading Association

  • NCTE


  • Australia Literacy Educators Association



  • Golden Key International Honor Society, Honory Member 2011

 Recognition - Contribution to literacy and community involvement


  • National Finalist: Lecturer of the Year 2009  The Sun & Unijobs



  • Dissertation of the Year Award
    University of Wollongong (Australia)
    Master of Education (Honors) by research:
    Effectiveness of Tinted Lenses in Overcoming Reading Disability                                      

  • Outstanding Work in the Field of Educational Research
    Certificate of Merit: NSW Institute for Educational Research
    Masters of Studies in Education: Origins of Reading Failure