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Members of the Early Childhood Education discipline group are engaged in dialogue and inquiry into a range of aspects, issues and practice in the field of early childhood education. They are all committed to exploring and researching the importance of positive high quality early childhood experiences on children's learning, development and sense of wellbeing. A key focus of the members of this group is professional practice and the professional identity of early childhood educators, for building critically reflective and committed early childhood teachers. The members of this team hold to the ideal that all children and families are entitled to experience an early childhood education that gives them access to rich experiences that build their individual capacity.
A key feature of the work of people in this team is their commitment to establishing strong collaborative partnerships with early childhood educators across the sector, as well as with other professionals working with children and families. This is for the purposes of sustained shared thinking to create professional dialogue that informs policy and practice, at a state level as well as nationally and internationally. Members of the team are involved in a range of projects with in partnerships with government and industry partners as well as colleagues for other universities. They are committed to the view that academic researchers, teacher educators and practising teachers are co-equals in their ownership of the professional knowledge that informs and sustains the profession.
The group welcomes enquiries from future HDR candidates, schools and the industry and business sector.
We invite you to contact any of our staff to discuss future collaborations.