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Prof Andrea Nolan

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Position

Professor In Education (Early Childhood)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

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

Biography

Andrea is Professor of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. She is a member of Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre (SRC) – Research for Educational Impact (REDI) and a deputy-leader of the Children, Young People and their Communities research strand within the SRC. Andrea is the founder and Chair of the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium (VECRC), a group of 83 cross-disciplinary researchers from a number of Victorian universities who come together to support research capacity in early childhood. 


Andrea has worked on a number of State, National and international projects concerning literacy development, program evaluation, and the professional learning of teachers/educators. Since 2007, Andrea has produced a significant body of research focusing on the capabilities of the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce with a specific interest in the professional learning of educators and their practice. She has researched the impact of the current Australian reform agenda on professional identities and educator practice, mentoring, inter-professional work, and reflective practice. 


Currently she is using the capability approach and Bourdieusian theory to draw out implications for the professional learning of the ECEC workforce. This work has been reviewed as making a valuable contribution to the discourse of ECEC professionalism and professional learning internationally. A significant concentration of her most recent research and publications (since 2011) explores the concept of mentoring and how this can be harnessed to enhance professional learning for the ECEC sector. This work received international recognition when she was invited by the New Zealand Teacher Council (2012-2014) to contribute to the development of their own models for teacher induction and mentoring, and to present two public lectures, in successive years, at SEGI University in Malaysia (2013, 2014).

 

Educator practice has been a complementary theme to her research where she has focused on young children’s language and literacy development, transition to school practices, and practice that improves outcomes for children and families experiencing disadvantage. Andrea have acted as Chief Investigator on a number of projects that have influenced early childhood practice. The reputation of her work relating to teacher practice is demonstrated by an invitation to contribute a chapter to an international handbook on the philosophies and theories of Early Childhood Education and Care (2016) – one of two Australian researchers invited, and an entry into the Springer Encyclopaedia of Teacher Education (2019). Coupled with this was her commissioned contribution to the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s (ACECQA) Educational Leader resource (2019) to be used by all children’s services leaders throughout Australia.


Of particular note is that Andrea is a recipient of three ARC grants, and has been successful in attracting over $6,000,000 in research funding since 2003.

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Research interests

Andrea's personal research interests include exploring the capability of the Early Childhood Education and Care workforce, mentoring, the professional learning of teachers, early childhood pedagogy, literacy and the use of reflective practice as a way to enhance teachers’ professional growth.

 

HDR supervisory theses titles

  • Interrelational complexities and embodied lived experiences of teaching with/in/through disabilities in the early childhood workplace: A self-study
  • Perceptions and practices of teachers from early childhood education and compulsory school education in the transition to school process
  • Identifying and facilitating young children's resilience in action within early childhood education and care
  • Effective family partnerships in early childhood education and care – an investigation of the nature of interactions between educators and parents
  • Development and efficacy of the Teacher's Optimal Relationship Approach (TORA)
  • 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
  • Children's Agency: Exploring early childhood educator-child interactions
  • Children's educational experiences during times of conflict: A Narrative Inquiry
  • Towards inclusive workforce development: Socio-economic diversity in the Australian early childhood workforce and its implications for practice
  • Family school partnerships within an era of reform
  • 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

AGECS - The Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

OMEP Australia

ISEI - International Society on Early Intervention

VECRC - Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium
 

Knowledge areas

  • Early childhood workforce capabilities including professional learning
  • Transition to school
  • Early language and literacy learning
  • Early childhood pedagogy
  • Inter-professional practice

Projects

2020- 2021 A pedagogical continuous improvement framework for the Wyndham early childhood education and care workforce. Wydnham Council. $36,200.

 

2020-2024 Young children in digital society: An online tool for service provision. ARC LP190100387. $556,000.

 

2019-2021 Supporting oral language development (SOLD). Department of Education and Training (Victoria). 

 

2019-2021 Early childhood professional practice practice partnership. Department of Education and Training (Victoria). $232,250.

 

2018 - 2022 All Play Learn. Department of Education and Training (Victoria). $1,937,700.

 

2018 - 2019 Culture change in early childhood education and practice in long day care. Association of Graduates of Early Childhood Studies (AGECS). $12,500.

 

2017 - 2022 A best practice framework for playgroups-in-schools. ARC LP160101759. $336,000.

 

2017 Reflective practice project. Wyndgam Council. $11,400.

 

2016 - 2017 Transition to school practice review. Department of Education and Training (Victoria). $128,920.

 

2015 - 2016 Thinking differently about practice: Developmental play. State Primary School. $13,400.

 

2015 - 2017 Early childhood educators as agents in improving intergenerational educational outcomes. ARC DP150104534. $546,632.


2015  Teacher talk in the early years: Building children’s oral language for literacy – Pilot study. Wyndham Best Start Grant. $10,000.


2015   Young children's internet cognition. Australian Catholic University Research Fund. $17,729.


2015  Cyber-safety education in early childhood. auDA Foundation. $15,217.

 

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.

 

2007 - 2011 The Young Learner’s Project, the Australian Scholarships Group. $500,000.

 

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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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Interagency collaborations supporting resilient students, families, schools in disadvantaged communities

Prof Jillian Blackmore, Prof Ann Taket, Prof Chris Hickey, Prof Bernie Marshall, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Emeritus Professor Rob Carter

ARC_DUAPAI2 ARC_Deakin University Australian Postgraduate Award Industry Second, ARC_DUAPAI ARC_Deakin University Australian Postgraduate Award Industry, ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2 APAI

  • 2013: $7,731
  • 2012: $78,756
  • 2011: $142,964
  • 2010: $137,190
  • 2009: $73,929

EC educators as agents in improving intergenerational educational outcomes

Stephen Lamb, Prof Roger Slee, Prof Andrea Nolan

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $2,500
  • 2016: $2,500
  • 2015: $2,500

Young children in digital society: An Online Tool for service provision

Prof Susan Edwards, Prof Leon Straker, Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Michael Henderson, Prof Susan Grieshaber, Dr Andi Salamon, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr kate Highfield

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $10,404
  • 2020: $7,507

Other Public Sector Funding

Interagency collaborations supporting resilient students, families, schools in disadvantaged communities

Prof Jillian Blackmore, Prof Ann Taket, Prof Chris Hickey, Prof Bernie Marshall, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Emeritus Professor Rob Carter

  • 2012: $25,000
  • 2011: $25,000
  • 2010: $115,000

Pilot statewide professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Sarah Ohi, Ms Louise Laskey, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2015: $188,450
  • 2013: $64,200
  • 2011: $64,200

NSW Transition to School

Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anna Kilderry

  • 2014: $126,629

Teacher talk in pre-school and early years of schooling classrooms: Building language and literacy in children from vulnerable communities - PILOT

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Louise Paatsch

  • 2014: $9,090

Making a difference for Young Gifted & Talented Children module

Dr Anne Grant, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2016: $25,716
  • 2015: $48,302

Thinking differently about practice: Developmental Play

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Louise Paatsch

  • 2017: $17,147
  • 2016: $7,636
  • 2015: $8,181

Transition: A Positive Start to School ¿ State-wide PL Delivery

A/Prof Liz Rouse, Prof Christine Ure, Prof Andrea Nolan, Mrs Rosemarie Garner, Dr Maria Nicholas

  • 2018: $99,619
  • 2017: $967,012
  • 2016: $199,239

Support for children and families at risk of experiencing vulnerability in early years transitions: Practice review

Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anna Kilderry

  • 2017: $90,935
  • 2016: $35,160

Wyndham Reflective Practice Research Project

Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Karen Guo

  • 2017: $10,335

Supporting Oral Language Development (SOLD)

Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2021: $97,076
  • 2019: $14,400

Early Childhood Professional Practice Partnerships.

Dr Natalie Robertson, Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Prof Louise Paatsch, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Dr Deb Moore

  • 2021: $232,252
  • 2019: $232,252

A 'Pedagogical Continuous Improvement Framework' for the Wyndham ECEC Workforce

Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2021: $4,614
  • 2020: $31,583

Deakin University - Professional Learning and Best Practice Resources to Support Differentiated Play-Based / Inquiry Learning for Foundation Teachers 2021.

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Louise Paatsch, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Dr Virginia Kinnear, Dr Natalie Robertson, Ms Naomi David, Dr Kim Davies, Dr Deb Moore

  • 2021: $201,068

Teachers deliberating practice: The Aurora School project

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Natalie Robertson

  • 2021: $24,734

Industry and Other Funding

Enabling environments for early childhood education and care: the relational space

Ms Caroline Scott, Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anna Kilderry, Prof Helen Skouteris

  • 2017: $25,849
  • 2016: $25,849
  • 2015: $25,849

Building Early Language and Literacy

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Bridie Raban

  • 2016: $19,675

Building the capabilities of early childhood educators - A communities of learning approach

Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Heidi Bergmeier, Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2017: $16,666
  • 2016: $16,666

Goodstart Early Learning Professional Learning Module

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Bridie Raban

  • 2017: $28,660

Cultural Change in Early Childhood Education and Practice

Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey

  • 2018: $11,417

Supporting Oral Language Development (SOLD)

Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Andrea Nolan

  • 2021: $26,100
  • 2019: $57,600

20-098B Disability Resources ¿ Teacher Standards

Prof Nicole Rinehart, Dr Ana Mantilla, Prof Jane McGillivray, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Nicole Downes, Dr Jordan Vincent

  • 2021: $5,945
  • 2020: $53,512

Cottage by the Sea-Where Young People Matter: Mentor Program

Prof Louise Paatsch, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen, Dr Sarah Healy

  • 2021: $14,998

Supervisions

Executive Supervisor
2020

Caroline Scott

Thesis entitled: Children's agency: Exploring early childhood educator-child interactions

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2016

Elise May Hunkin

Thesis entitled: Problematising Quality Reform Policy in Australian Early Childhood Education and Care

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2021

Gillian Baxter

Thesis entitled: Family School Partnerships within an Era of Reform

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2018

Amanda O'Connor

Thesis entitled: Early childhood educators supporting parent-child relationships

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology