Prof Andrea Nolan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor In Education (Early Childhood)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Diploma of Teaching, State College of Victoria, 1978
Bachelor of Education, Inst. of Early Childhd Dvlpmt, 1982
Master of Education, Deakin University, 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2000

Contact

a.nolan@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73435

Biography

Andrea Nolan is Professor of Education (Early Childhood) in the School of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has had extensive experience teaching in early childhood education settings as well as in primary schools, and has taught in the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and University sectors, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as supervision of higher degree research students. She has conducted research in both schools and preschools and has worked on a number of State, National and international projects concerning literacy development, program evaluation, and professional learning for teachers. Andrea was a member of the ‘Best Start’ State-wide Evaluation Team, a Victorian Government initiative that saw a major injection of funds into the early childhood years to develop initiatives to support the education, health and welfare of young children and their families. Recent projects include a large scale longitudinal study that aims to identify factors including the role of the teacher, home-life and child characteristics, which are positively associated with high outcomes in literacy in the first year of schooling; a study focusing on resilient students, families, schools & interagency collaboration in disadvantaged communities; an evaluation of teacher induction and  mentoring in New Zealand; a state-wide program focusing on mentoring new to the profession and professionally isolated early childhood teachers across Victoria, and the development and trialing of a NSW Transition to School Statement.

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Research interests

Andrea's personal research interests include exploring the use of mentoring within the early childhood field, early childhood pedagogy, literacy and the use of reflective practice as a way to enhance teachers’ professional growth.

 

HDR supervisory theses titles

  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and young children’s learning: Classroom teachers’ perspectives and practices
  • Young children’s resilience and the impact on mother’s strategies
  • Effective family partnerships in early childhood education and care – an investigation of the nature of interactions between educators and parents
  • Mentoring in early childhood/primary pre-service teacher education: the Kinda Kinder Program
  • Problematising 'quality' in early childhood education and care policy reform in Australia
  • Enabling environments in early childhood education and care: The relational space
  • Children's educational experiences during war times: A Narrative Inquiry
  • Game changer or least valuable player? The shifting professional identity of minimally qualified educators in early childhood education and care
  • Implementing family/school partnerships: A case study in Victorian primary schools
  • Supporting parent-child relationships in early childhood to improve children's development
  • Children at risk of school exclusion: the role of NDPT within the support system
  • Engaging with the Early Years Learning Framework

Affiliations

ECA - Early Childhood Australia

AARE - Australian Association for Research in Education

AGECS - The Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

ARACY - Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

ISEI - International Society on Early Intervention

VECRC - Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium
 

Knowledge areas

  • Early childhood workforce development including professional learning, reflective practice and mentoring
  • Early literacy
  • Early childhood pedagogy
  • Interprofessional practice

Projects

2015 Making a Difference for Young Gifted and Talented Learners. Department of Education and Training (Vic). $49,250.

2013 – 2014 Development and trial of a ‘Transition to School’ statement. NSW Department of Education and Communities. $196,317.
2012 - 2014 Evaluation of the Guidelines for Induction and Mentor Teachers: a Three Year Longitudinal Study. Teachers Council, New Zealand. $596,540.
2011 - 2013 State-wide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Vic). $1,300,000.
2010 – 2012 Interagency Collaboration Supporting Resilient Students, Families, Schools in Disadvantaged Communities. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. $406,857.
2010 Strategic Professional Development: Online Learning Communities for Rural & Remote Early Childhood Educators. Internal Research Grant University of New England. $4915.
2010 - 2011 Outcomes and Indicators of a Positive Start to School: Development of Framework and Tools. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Vic). $144,071.
2009 Outcomes of a Positive Start to School. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Vic). $39,600.
2009 Exploring an Innovative Kindergarten Model, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria. $9,990.
2008 - 2009 Developing and Sustaining Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care Professionals. Australian Learning and Teaching Council. $148,151.
2008 Supporting  Early  Childhood  Early  Career  Teachers:  Recommendations, Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies, Victoria. $11,500.
2007 - 2011 The Young Learner’s Project, the Australian Scholarships Group. $500,000
2007 - 2008 Exploring and Enhancing Levels of Reflection in Pre-service Early Childhood Teachers, self-funded.
2005 Using Guided Reflection to Assist Pre-service Teachers to analyse their Developing Perceptions of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education Staff Competitive Research Grant, The University of Melbourne. $1,561.
2004 Perspectives on Mentoring in Early Childhood Settings, Faculty of Education Staff Competitive Research Grant, The University of Melbourne. $1,630.
2004 Professional Partnership Network Project. Department of Family and Community Services. $177,000.
2003 - 2006 Evaluation of Best Start, Department of Human Services, Victoria. $473,795.

Publications

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2015

Just another meeting?: Investigating mentoring for early childhood teachers in Victoria

Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 40-48, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, , C1

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2014

Family strategies to support and develop resilience in early childhood

Prof Ann Taket, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 34, pp. 289-300, Early Years, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Supporting resilience in early years classrooms: the role of the teacher

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Ann Taket, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 595-608, Teachers and teaching: theory and practice, Abingdon, England, C1

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Integrated practice in the early years in Australia: The assumptions, omissions and contradictions of policy reform

Kym Macfarlane, Prof Andrea Nolan, Jennifer Cartmel

(2014), Vol. Online, pp. 1-14, Journal of early childhood research, London, Eng., C1

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2013

Where to from here? Career choices of pre-service teachers undertaking a dual early childhood / primary qualification

Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Liz Rouse

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 1-10, Australian journal of teacher education, Katoomba, N. S. W., C1

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Expectations of mentoring in a time of change : views of new and professionally isolated early childhood teachers in Victoria, Australia

Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey, Iris Dumenden

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 161-171, Early years: an international research journal, Abingdon, England, C1

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Research in early childhood

Prof Andrea Nolan, Kym Macfarlane, Jennifer Cartmel

(2013), Thousand Oaks, California, A1-1

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The early years: reconnecting families with preschool education

Prof Andrea Nolan

(2013), pp. 55-70, Engaging the disengaged : inclusive approaches to teaching the least advantaged, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

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Looking to the future: producing transdisciplinary professionals for leadership in early childhood settings

Jennifer Cartmel, Kym Macfarlane, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 337-340, Early years : an international research journal, Abingdon, England, C1

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Young learners : interpreting literacy practice in the preschool years

Janet Scull, Prof Andrea Nolan, Bridie Raban

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 38-47, Australian journal of language and literacy, Adelaide, S. A., C1-1

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Contemporary paradigms of rural teaching : the significance of place

Dr Nicole Catherine Green, Genevieve Noone, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 91-115, Australian and international journal of rural education, Wembley, W. A., C1-1

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2012

Early peer play interactions of resilient children living in disadvantaged communities

Ms Siobhan Casey, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Prof Ann Taket, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 311-323, International journal of play, Abingdon, England, C1

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Young learners: mapping the beliefs and practices of preschool teachers in relation to early literacy development

Robert Brown, Janet Scull, Prof Andrea Nolan, Birdie Raban, Jan Deans

(2012), Vol. 39, pp. 313-331, Australian educational researcher, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Thinking about practice in integrated children’s services: considering transdisciplinarity

Prof Andrea Nolan, Jennifer Cartmel, Kym Macfarlane

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 94-99, Children Australia, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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2009

The effect of an area-based intervention on breastfeeding rates in Victoria, Australia

A/Prof Margaret Kelaher, David Dunt, Mr Peter Feldman, Prof Andrea Nolan, Bridie Raban

(2009), Vol. 90, pp. 89-93, Health policy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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The effects of an area-based intervention on the uptake of maternal and child health assessments in Australia : a community trial

A/Prof Margaret Kelaher, David Dunt, Mr Peter Feldman, Prof Andrea Nolan, Bridie Raban

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1-7, BMC health services research, London, England, C1

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2008

Shared learning : a collaborative approach for supporting pre-service teacher's reflective practice

Kay Margetts, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 61-68, Australian research in early childhood education, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Encouraging the reflection process in undergraduate teachers using guided reflection

Prof Andrea Nolan

(2008), Vol. 33, pp. 31-36, Australian journal of early childhood, Deakin, A.C.T., C1

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2007

Building capacity: strategic professional development for early childhood practitioners

Bridie Raban, Prof Andrea Nolan, Manjula Waniganayake, Prof Christine Ure, Robert Brown, Jan Deans

(2007), South Melbourne, Vic., A1-1

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Shared learning: reflecting on practice using a collaborative approach

Kay Margetts, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 61-68, Australian research in early childhood education, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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2006

Young children as active learners

Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Anna Kilderry, Roslyn O'Grady

(2006), Watson, A.C.T., A1-1

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2005

Fields of practice as discursive projects

Karen Noble, Kym Macfarlane, Dr Anna Kilderry, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2005), pp. 2-10, Circles of change: challenging orthodoxy in pracitioner supervision, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., B1-1

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Developing skills of thinking otherwise and critical reflection

Kym Macfarlane, Karen Noble, Dr Anna Kilderry, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2005), pp. 11-20, Circles of change: challenging orthodoxy in pracitioner supervision, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., B1-1

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Reading practices experienced by preschool children in areas of disadvantage

Bridie Raban, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2005), Vol. 3, pp. 289-298, Journal of early childhood research, London, England, C1-1

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Evaluating a strategic approach to professional development through guided reflection

Prof Andrea Nolan, Bridie Raban, Manjula Waniganayake

(2005), Vol. 6, pp. 221-230, Reflective practice, London, England, C1-1

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Empowering practitioners to critically examine their current practice

Bridie Raban, Prof Andrea Nolan, Manjula Waniganayake, Prof Christine Ure, Jan Deans, Robert Brown

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 1-16, Australian research in early childhood education, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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2004

Multiple ways of knowing and seeing: reflections on the renewed vigour in early childhood research

Dr Anna Kilderry, Prof Andrea Nolan, Karen Noble

(2004), Vol. 29, pp. 24-28, Australian journal of early childhood, Australia, C1-1

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