Dr Liz Rouse



Lecturer Early Childhood Education


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Diploma in Special Education, Inst. of Early Childhd Dvlpmt, 1981
Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University, 1989
Master of Education, Victoria Univ. of Technology, 2008
Doctor of Education, Victoria Univ. of Technology, 2015


+61 3 924 46754

Career highlights

2012 - Recipient Pro-Vice Chancellor's teaching Excellence Award - Catagory - Excellence in Team Teaching

Research interests

Early Childhood Curriculum and pedagogy
Partnerships across early childhood education
Infant and toddler curriculum and learning
Learning spaces in early childhood education and care

Outdoor learning spaces in early years education
Language and literacy in under threes
Leadership and professional practice

Pedagogical leadership



Member - International Network of Scholars (INET) - Centre for School Family and Community Partnerships, John Hopkins University
Member - Implementation Committee Learning and Development Advisory Group for the Early Learning and Development Framework 0-8
Founding member Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium
Board member - Extended Families Victoria
Australian Teacher Education Association
Australian Association for Research in Education
Early Childhood Australia
Victorian Institute of Teachers
Australian Literacy Educators Association
Community Child Care
Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange

Knowledge areas

Early childhood development

Teaching and Asssessment in early childhood contexts

Infants and toddler development and learning

Outdoor learning spaces

Leadership and management in early childhood contexts

Pedagogical leadership

Building Partnerships with families and communities


Rouse E & Beehan, J (2012) Report of the findings from the DEECD Pilot State-wide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers, Melbourne convention and Exhibition Centre, August 2012

Rouse E & Thompson L (2012) Being, belonging and becoming - One Family Day Care Schemes response to building professional practice. Paper presented at the 2012 International family Day care Conference, Brisbane,July, 2012

Rouse, E (2012) Family Centred Practice: What does it look like and how do I do it? Paper presented to the Early Childhhod Education -Together We Grow Conference, Caulfield Racecourse, June 2012

Laming, M & Rouse E (2012) Caring and sharing team-teaching and team learning in a first year education program. Poster Presentation, First Year in Higher Education conference, Brisbane, June 2012

Rouse, E., & Morrissey, A. M. (2011). The role of the teacher in infant/toddler programs does the infant/toddler practicum support Pathways pre-service teachers to bridge the education and care divide? Paper presented at the 2011 Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, 3-6 July, 2011, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Nolan A & Rouse E (2011) Where to from here? Career choices of pre-service teachers undertaking a dual early childhood / primary qualification. Paper presented at the 2011 Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, 3-6 July, 2011, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rouse, E., & Morrissey, A. M. (2011). BECE Pathways students experience of the Infant/Toddler practicum: A pilot study. Paper presented to the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium, 17th June, 2011, Victoria University, City Campus, Melbourne, Australia.

Morrissey, A. M. & Rouse E (2011). Investigating BECE Students perspectives of the infant/toddler placement to inform pre-service teacher preparation. Paper presented at The 2011 Early Childhood Research Symposium @ Deakin University: Early Childhood Education: Policies and Practices, 13th January, 2011, the Deakin Management Centre, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Vic. Australia.

Professional activities

Discipline Co-ordinator - Early Childhood Education
Member Faculty of Arts and Education Academic Advisory Board
Masters of Teaching Early Childhood Internship Advisory Committee
Selection Officer - Masters of Teaching (EC Strand)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Course Advisory Committee
Bachelor Early Childhood Education Re-accreditation Committee
Working Party -BECE @ DAYD submission process
Steering Committee - Developing Academic Literacies within your Course Curriculum Project


Deakin University - Faculty of Arts & Education
Pro Vic Chancellor's Faculty teaching Excellence Award - Category: Excellence in Team Teaching (2012)


Chief Investigator DEECD - Pilot statewide professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers (2011-2014)

Chief Investigator 2013 -2014 Early Years Education in the Primary Years Programme (PYP): Implementation Strategies and Programme Outcomes

Chief investigator - Greening Child care Outdoor Learning Spaces

Chief Investigator 2011-2012 Student perspectives on their infant/toddler practicum

Chief Investigator 2012 - The Harbour Outdoors - How it works for children and educators


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The role of the educational leader in long day care – how do they perceive their role?

Dr Liz Rouse, Mrs Gail Spradbury

(2016), Vol. 186, pp. 497-508, Early child development and care, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Social presence – connecting pre-service teachers as learners using a blended learning model

Mrs Rosemarie Garner, Dr Liz Rouse

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 25-36, Student success, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Making learning visible – parents perceptions of children's learning outdoors

Dr Liz Rouse

(2016), Vol. 186, pp. 612-623, Early child development and care, Oxford, Eng., C1


The power of play: preparing international higher education students for practicum

A/Prof Dawn Joseph, Dr Liz Rouse

(2016), pp. 137-145, HERDSA 2016 : The Shape of Higher Education : Proceedings of the 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference, Hammondville, N.S.W., E1


Mixed-age grouping in early childhood – creating the outdoor learning environment

Dr Liz Rouse

(2015), Vol. 185, pp. 742-751, Early Child Development and Care, London, Eng., C1


Mentoring and reflective practice: transforming practice through reflexive thinking

Dr Liz Rouse

(2015), pp. 25-38, Mentoring in early childhood education: a compilation of thinking, pedagogy and practice, Wellington, New Zealand, B1


How do early childhood teachers understand and support the needs of young English language Learners

Ms Carolina Cabezas, Dr Liz Rouse

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 57-78, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, Korea, C1


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


Problematic placement : pathways pre-service teachers’ perspectives on their infant/toddler placement

Dr Liz Rouse, Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Mark Rahimi

(2012), Vol. 32, pp. 87-98, Early years : an international journal of research and development, Abingdon, England, C1


Family-centred practice : empowerment, self-efficacy, and challenges for practitioners in early childhood education and care

Dr Liz Rouse

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 17-26, Contemporary issues in early childhood, Oxford, England, C1


Partnerships in early childhood education and care : empowering parents or empowering practitioners

Dr Liz Rouse

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 14-25, Global studies of childhood, Oxford, England, C1