Key Publications

During my academic career I have published over 300 books, articles, reports and papers. In summary, I have authored:

‚ÄĘ10 Books (including 4 with international publishers, one in Spanish language edition)¬†

‚ÄĘ22 Monographs (including 8 major publications published by government bodies or professional associations)

‚ÄĘ22 Research reports or occasional papers (including 12 major research reports)

‚ÄĘ165 Journal Articles/Book Chapters

‚ÄĘ162 Written Conference papers (including 62 international conference papers, and 44 invited Keynote/Plenary presentations)

Below are selected key publications (if you wish to see all my publications click here)

Cairney, T.H. (1988). The Influence of Intertextuality Upon Reading and Writing of Children Aged 6-12 Years. Paper presented at the 12th World Reading Congress, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 5-8 July.

Cairney, T.H. (1990). Intertextuality: Infectious echoes from the past, The Reading Teacher, Vol. 43, No. 7, pp 478-485.

Cairney, T.H. (1990). Teaching reading comprehension: Meaning makers at work. Milton Keynes (UK): Open University Press.

Cairney, T.H. (1992) Stirring the cauldron: Fostering the development of students’ intertextual histories, Language Arts, Vol. 69, No. 6.

Cairney, T.H., Lowe, K., McKenzie, P. & Petrakis, D. (1993) Literacy & Youth: Empowering young people as they leave institutional care, Canberra: DETYA.

Cairney, T.H., Lowe, K. & Sproats, E. (1994). Literacy in Transition: An evaluation of literacy practices in upper primary and junior secondary schools РVols 1-2. Canberra: Department of Employment, Education & Training.

Cairney, T.H. (1994). Family Literacy: Moving towards new partnerships in education. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Vol. 17, No. 4.

Cairney, T.H., L. Munsie & Lowe, K. (1994) Developing partnerships: The home, school and community interface, Vol 1 & 2, Department of Employment Education & Training: Canberra  

Cairney, T.H. (1995). Beyond Tokenism: Parents as partners in literacy. Portsmouth (NH): Heinemann.

Cairney, T.H. (1995). Pathways to Literacy. London: Cassell. 

Cairney, T.H. (1998). La Experiencia de la Universidad de Sidney (Nepean), Australia. In S. Malo & A.V. Jiminez (Eds). A Calidad en la Educacion Superior en Mexico: Una comparacion internacional. Mexico City: Miguel Angel Porrua, pp 489-510.

Cairney, T.H. & Ruge, J. (1998). Community literacy practices and schooling Vols 1 & 2. Sydney: DETYA.

Cairney, T.H. (2000). Beyond the Classroom Walls: The rediscovery of the family and community as partners in education. Educational Review. Vol. 52, no. 2, pp 163-174.

Cairney, T.H. (2002). Bridging home and school literacy: In search of transformative approaches to curriculum. Early Child Development and Care. Vol. 172, 2, pp 153-172.

Cairney, T.H. & Ashton, J. (2003). Three families, multiple discourses: Examining differences in the literacy practices of home and school. Linguistics and Education. Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 303-345.

Cairney, T.H. (2003). Literacy in family life. In N.Hall, Larson & J. Marsh (Eds). Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy, London: SAGE Publications.

Cairney, T.H. (2004). ¬†Literature and life: How text can shape lives and build communities of interest and belonging.¬†Proceedings of the 2004 Australian Literacy Educators’ conference, Sydney, 4-7 July.

Cairney, T.H. (2005). Literacy diversity: Understanding and responding to the textual tapestries of home, school and community. In J. Anderson, M. Kendrick, T. Rogers & S. Smythe (Eds), Portraits of literacy across families, communities and schools: Intersections and tensions, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc, Publishers, pp 41-61.

Louden, W., Rohl, M., Barratt-Pugh, C., Brown, C., Cairney, T.H., Elderfield, J., House, H., Meiers, M., Rivalland, J. & Rowe, K. (2005). ‘In¬†Teachers’ Hands: Effective Literacy Teaching Practices in the Early Years of Schooling’,¬†Australian Journal of Language and Literacy¬†Australian Journal of Language & Literacy,¬†28, 3, pp. 181-252

Louden, W., Rohl, M., Barratt-Pugh, C., Brown, C., Cairney, T., Elderfield, J., House, H., Meiers, M., Rivalland, J. & Rowe, K. (2005). In teachers’ hands: effective literacy teaching practices in the early years of schooling. Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs: Canberra

Cairney. T.H (2006). Literature Foreword In G. Winch, R.R. Johnston, M. Holliday, L. Ljungdahl & P. March (Eds). Literacy: Reading, writing, and children’s literature. 3rd Edition, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp xvi-xix

Cairney, T.H. (2008). Community literacy practices and education. In B. Street (Ed), Encyclopedia of Language and Education, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Cairney, T.H. (2009). Theorizing home literacy practices and mainstream schooling. In G. Li (Ed), Multicultural Families, Home Literacies, and Mainstream Schooling  SUNY Press.

Cairney, T.H. (2010). The Power of Story: How Literature Can Teach, Enrich and Transform. International Journal of the Book, Vol. 8, pp 1-11

Cairney, T.H. (2011). The place of literature in an increasingly virtual world Publishing Research Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp 113-125.

Cairney, T.H. (2011). Teaching Reading Comprehension: Meaning Makers at Work, 5th Edition. (Ense√Īanza de la comprensi√≥n lectora), Spanish language version, Madrid: Ediciones Morata.

Cairney, T.H., Cowling, B. & Jensen M.J. (2011). New Perspectives on Anglican Education: Reconsidering Purpose and Plotting a Future Direction. Sydney: Anglican Education Commission.

Cairney, T.H. (2011). ‚ÄėThe Power of Story: How Literature Can Teach, Enrich and Transform‚Äô. International Journal of the Book, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp 37-48.

Cairney, T.H. (2011).¬†‘The place of literature in an increasingly virtual world’.¬†Publishing Research Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp 113-125.

Cairney, T.H. (2011). ‚ÄėStorytelling & Life: The place of stories in Christian Formation‚Äô. Case, No. 30, pp 3-8

Cairney, T.H. (2012). Pedagogy, Formation and the Kingdom of God. Case Magazine, No. 31, pp 3-8.

Cairney, T.H9780567378675. & Starling, D. (2014), Theology and the Future: Evangelical Assertions and Explorations, London: Bloomsbury.

Cairney, T.H. (2015), ‚ÄėFamily literacy research: Key trends and policy implications‚Äô, In Bridie Raban & Janet Scull (Eds), Literacy Research for Practice: Building an Australian evidence-base for teaching in the early years, Eleanor Curtain.

Cairney, T.H. (2016). ‚ÄėApplying the ‚Äėwhy‚Äô question to Christian involvement in Education‚Äô, International Journal of Christianity in Education, Vol. 20 No. 1, 2-6

Cairney, T.H. (2017), ‚ÄėCommunity Literacy Practices and Education: Australia‚Äô, In B. Street (Ed), Encyclopaedia of Language and Education, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 3rd Edition

Cairney, T.H. (In Press), Pedagogy & Education for Life (forthcoming 2017) Wipf & Stock (USA)


Cairney, T.H. (1991). Planning Literature-based Programs: Getting into ‚ÄėMisery Guts‚Äô, The Literature Base, October 1991, pp8-11

Cairney, T.H. (2009). Preparing young writers for the transition to school. Practically Primary, February.

Cairney, T.H. (2010).  Developing Comprehension: learning to Make Meaning. e:lit Update 013, Primary English Teaching Association: Sydney



Cairney, T.H. & Speak, G. (2000). Developing a ‚ÄėSmart City‚Äô: Understanding information technology capacity and establishing an agenda for change.¬†Sydney: Department of Employment, Workplace Relations & Small Business.

Cairney, T.H., Lee, R. & Artup, B. (2002). Transforming Penrith’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Node into an Innovation Precinct, Vols 1 & 2. Department of Transport and Regional Services: Sydney.

Cairney, T.H., Sommerlad, E. & Owen, C. (2002). The Knowledge Based Economy: Implications for Vocational Education and Training: A Review of the Literature.  Sydney: NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training.

Belcher, R., Cairney, T.H,, English, B., Fischer, J. & Harding, S. (2002). Greater Involvement and Interaction Between Industry and Higher Education. Melbourne: Business Higher Education Roundtable.

Cairney, T.H., Lee, R. & Artup, B. (2002). Understanding the information communication and technology needs of the Hunter and Central Coast regions, Vol.1. NSW Department of Information Technology & Management: Sydney


Cairney, T.H. (2004). The challenge of refurbishment: A discussion of issues, problems and ideas when embarking on a building program. Paper presented to the joint NZTEAP & AHAUCHI Conference, Dunedin, 30th August to 2nd September.

Cairney, T.H. (2005). The challenges for residential accommodation in a changing higher education environment: Keeping an eye on the wind (and Nelson). Address to the 2005 AHAUCHI Conference, Sydney, 25-29 September

Cairney, T.H. (2009). Racism on Campus. Southern Cross, 27 July, pp 18-19.

Cairney, T.H. (2011). Regaining our Voice in the Secular University Commencement Address to St Mark’s Theological Centre, Canberra, 1st March, 2011


New College formed the Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education (CASE) in 2002. I served as its Interim Director until the appointment of Dr Greg Clarke as its Director in 2003. I returned to the role (part-time) as Director of the Centre in May 2007.

The Centre is attempting to bring biblical frameworks to our understanding of everyday issues. Using Christian faith and understanding as the basis of argument, CASE provides a Christian perspective on matters of relevance to all people. It attempts to engage people of all persuasions in dialogue, debate and discussion concerning contemporary issues of broad interest. For more information please visit the CASE website. My latest publications for CASE follow.

Cairney, T.H. (2003). Reconnecting faith and scholarship Case Magazine, Spring, pp.4-5.

Cairney, T.H. (2003). A just reform? Commonwealth changes to higher education under a Christian microscope. Case Magazine, Summer.

Cairney, T.H. (2004). Training too hard? The use and abuse of the Bible in educational theory. Case Magazine, Spring

Cairney, T.H. (2007). The Role Of Fathers: Aligning biblical wisdom and research Case Magazine, 12, pp 10-15.

Cairney, T.H. (2008). Truth and the Internet, Case Magazine 15

Cairney, T.H. (2009). God in the City, Case Magazine, 18, pp 3-5.

Cairney, T.H. (2011). Storytelling and Life: The place of stories in Christian Formation  Case Magazine, No. 30, pp 3-8

Cairney, T.H. (2012). Pedagogy, Formation and the Kingdom of God. Case Magazine, No. 31, pp 3-8.