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A/Prof. Anne-Marie Morrissey

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Education (Early Childhood)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Research interests

The role of play in learning and development.
Quality in childcare.
Learning and development birth-to-three years.
Learning environments
Natural outdoor learning spaces for children
Young gifted children

Affiliations

ECA - Early Childhood Australia
EECERA - European Early Childhood Education and Research Association

AGECS -Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

VECRC - Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium

Teaching interests

Master of Teaching Early Childhood 

Master of Teaching Primary/Early Childhood

Units taught

ECE761 Understanding early childhood pedagogy, curricula and programs

EPR713/EPR743 Reflecting on practice in professional experience

Knowledge areas

Early childhood education

Play and play-based learning

Outdoor learning environments

Giftedness in early childhood

Quality in early education and care programs

Programs for children under 3-years

Conferences

Morrissey, A. M., Chao, E., & Rouse, E. (2016). Going outside: How four Early Years programmes in Singapore and Melbourne use their outdoor spaces. IBEC Conference 2016 May 22nd-24th, Kent State Univesity, Kent, Ohio.

Nolan, A., & Morrissey, A. M. (2014). Mentoring the early childhood workforce: Belonging, being and becoming. AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference 30th November-4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Morrissey, A. M., Rouse, E., & Chao, E. (2014). Responses of PYP Early years programmes in Australia and Singapore to parental concerns around early literacy. AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference 30th November-4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Morrissey, A. M., Rouse, E., Wishart, L., Scott, C., & Gillies, L. (2014). The babies' yard: Issues and challenges of researching a green transformation. AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference 30th November-4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Morrissey, A. M. (2013). Giftedness in the first two years: A study of infants and toddlers in play. Giftedness in early childhood: Insights for research and practice. Conference held on October 11th 2013, Deakin University melbourne City Centre, Melbourne.

Morrissey, A. M., Nolan, A., & Rouse, E. J. (2012). Digital literacies in early childhood settings: New textual landscapes and learning sites. 2012 CREFI Invited Symposium: Digital Literacies in the Early Years. Deakin University City Campus, Melbourne, Australia.

Morrissey, A. M. (2012). Mentoring to support quality. Australian Education Union K-6 Education Conference, August 17-18th, 2012. Abbotsford, Vic. Australia. 

Nolan, A., Morrissey, A. M., Dumenden, I. (2012). The pilot state-wide mentoring program for early childhood teachers: Practicalities and possibilities. Kindergarten parents Victoria 2012 Early Childhood Education Conference, 1-2 June, 2012, Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.

Morrissey, A. M. (2011). Maternal scaffolding of analogy and metacognition in the early pretend play of gifted children. Paper presented at the Childrens Play, Storytelling and Pretence Conference, 4-16 July, 2011, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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.

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. (2011). Investigating BECE Students perspectives of the infant/toddler placment 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

Member,  Department of Education and Training Gifted and Talented Education Expert Reference Group

Fellowship Advisory Committee, Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

Member, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority's Early Years Learning and Development Advisory Group


 

Media appearances

 'Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond'. Robertson, N., Morrissey A. M., & Rouse, E. Article published in The Conversation.

https://theconversation.com/play-based-learning-can-set-your-child-up-for-success-at-school-and-beyond-91393

Projects

2018 Cultural change in early childhood education and practice. Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies $11, 417

2017 Kindergarten outdoor spaces: play, wellbeing and perspectives. (with Kinders Together) REDI Industry Collaboration Development Grant $10,000

2015-2016 Professonal development programme for early childhood and early years primary educators: Making a Difference for Young Gifted and Talented Children (with the Bastow Institute). Department of Education and Training (Victoria) $74,018

2014-2015 Investigating the use of IELTS in Determining Employment, Migration and Professional Registration Outcomes in Healthcare and Early Childhood Education in Australia. IELTS $64,803

2014-2015 Research and evaluation of the re-development of a rural childcare outdoor  playspace. (with Fleming's Nursery)

2014-2015 Ballarat KinderGardens Project: The Research, Evaluation and Professional Development components.  Forest Hill Foundation $18,000

2013-2014 Early Years Education in the Primary Years Programme (PYP): Implementation Strategies and Programme Outcomes. International Baccalaureate Organisation $44, 586

2013 Greening Childcare Learning Spaces (with Mission Australia). Funding  from Horticulture Innovation Australia and Fleming's Nursery $25,000

2013 Development of online resource for DEECD "Making a Difference for  Young Gifted and Talented Children'.  Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria) $27,500

2012 'The Harbour' Outdoors: How it Works for Children and Staff (with Gowrie Victoria)

2011-2015 Pilot Statewide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers (CI) (Deakin/VU partnership, Funded by DEECD $1,300,000).

2011-2012 Student perspectives on their birth-to-two placement (Deakin grant)

Publications

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2022

Re-imagining outdoor playspaces: an unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 lockdown

Deborah Moore, Anne-Marie Morrissey, Mary Jeavons

(2022), Vol. 32, pp. 57-83, Children, Youth and Environments, Boulder, CO., C1

journal article
2021

The Young Gifted Learner: What We Know and Implications for Early Educational Practice

Anne Grant, Anne-Marie Morrissey

(2021), pp. 129-150, Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Asia-Pacific, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

'I feel like I'm getting sad there': early childhood outdoor playspaces as places for children's wellbeing

D Moore, A Morrissey, N Robertson

(2021), Vol. 191, pp. 933-951, Early Child Development and Care, C1

journal article

In whose best interests? Regulating childcare environments in Australia

A Morrissey, D Moore

(2021), Vol. 46, pp. 370-382, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, C1

journal article
2020

Childhood outdoor environments: places for play, learning and wellbeing

Anne-Marie Morrissey, Llewellyn Wishart, Debra Moore

(2020), pp. 52-75, Strong foundations: evidence informing practice in early childhood education and care, Camberwell, Vic., B1

book chapter

From boats to bushes: environmental elements supportive of children's sociodramatic play outdoors

N Robertson, A Morrissey, D Moore

(2020), Vol. 18, pp. 234-246, Children's geographies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Traditional vs naturalised design: a comparison of affordances and physical activity in two preschool playscapes

L Wishart, C Cabezas-Benalcázar, A Morrissey, V Versace

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 1031-1049, Landscape Research, C1

journal article
2018

Authentic teaching assessment in graduate teacher education: Becomings of pedagogical artistry and leadership

J Moss, A Morrissey

(2018), pp. 107-114, Art, artists and pedagogy: philosophy and the arts in education, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter
2017

Making a difference: a report on educators learning to plan for young gifted children

A Morrissey, A Grant

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 16-28, Australasian journal of gifted education, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

A comparison of sociodramatic play processes of preschoolers in a naturalized and a traditional outdoor space

A Morrissey, C Scott, M Rahimi

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 177-197, International journal of play, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

Investigating the use of IELTS in determining employment, migration and professional registration outcomes in healthcare and early chidlhood education in Australia

C Gribble, J Blackmore, A Morrissey, T Capic

(2016), A6

research report/technical paper
2015

Mentoring Australian early childhood teachers: belonging, being and becoming

A Nolan, A Morrissey

(2015), pp. 237-249, Mentoring in early childhood education: a compilation of thinking, pedagogy and practice, Wellington, New Zealand, B1

book chapter

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

A Nolan, A Morrissey

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

journal article

Infant and toddler responses to a redesign of their childcare outdoor play space

A Morrissey, C Scott, L Wishart

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 29-56, Children, youth and environments, Boulder, Colo., C1

journal article
2014

Scaffolding, analysis and materials: contributing factors in an unexpected finding of advanced infant/toddler pretend play?

A Morrissey

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 195-213, Journal of Early Childhood Research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Harbour outdoors: Investigating how children and educators engage with the outdoor learning space at the Harbour Family and Children's Centre

E Rouse, L Wishart, A Morrissey, C Scott

(2014), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2013

Calm active and focused : children's responses to an organic outdoor learning environment

S Nedovic, A Morrissey

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 281-295, Learning environments research, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

A Nolan, A Morrissey, I Dumenden

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

journal article

Teachers' perceptions of their abilities to be educational leaders in Victorian childcare settings

M Grarock, A Morrissey

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 4-12, Australasian journal of early childhood, Watson, ACT, C1

journal article

Early years education in the primary years programme (PYP): Implementation strategies and programme outcomes : interim report

A Morrissey, L Rouse, B Doig, J Moss, E Chao

(2013), The Hague, The Netherlands, A6

research report/technical paper
2012

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

L Rouse, A Morrissey, M Rahimi

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

journal article

Young gifted children

A Morrissey

(2012), Albert Park, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers : December 2012 report

A Nolan, A Morrissey, J Beahan, I Dumenden

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Mentoring for early childhood teachers: research report 2012

A Nolan, A Morrissey, I Dumenden

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers: July 2012 report

A Nolan, A Morrissey, J Beahan, I Dumenden

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2011

Maternal scaffolding of analogy and metacognition in the early pretence of gifted children.

A Morrissey

(2011), Vol. 77, pp. 351-366, Exceptional children, Arlington, Va., C1-1

journal article

Pilot professional mentoring program for early childhood teachers progress report

A Nolan, A Morrissey, J Beahan, I Dumenden

(2011), Melbourne, Vic, A6-1

research report/technical paper
2009

Mother and toddler activity in the zone of proximal development for pretend play as a predictor of higher child IQ

A Morrissey, M Brown

(2009), Vol. 53, pp. 106-120, Gifted child quarterly, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article
2003

Pretend play and maternal scaffolding : comparisons of toddlers with advanced development, typical development, and hearing impairment

M Morelock, P Brown, A Morrissey

(2003), Vol. 26, pp. 41-51, Roeper review, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

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

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria University Linkage Coll grant

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

Evaluation of the National Partnerships (Teacher, Quality, Supply and Retention) Initiatives for the Victorian school workforce

Prof Brenton Doecke, Prof Russell Tytler, Adj/Prof Christine Halse, Dr Brian Doig, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Damian Blake, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Coral Campbell, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Wendy Kortman, Mr Alan Marshall, Ms Barbara Preston, Dr Jodie Kline, Dr Glenn Auld, A/Prof Linda Hobbs

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2013: $190,500
  • 2012: $25,500
  • 2011: $52,800

Development of Resourse Booklet for Early Childhood Professionals - Gifted and Talented Children ('The Booklet')

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2013: $22,700

Making a difference for Young Gifted & Talented Children module

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

DETVic Tender - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2016: $25,716
  • 2015: $48,302

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

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2021: $232,252
  • 2019: $232,252

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

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2021: $240,442

Participation in 2021 National Quality Framework (NQF) Approved Learning Framework (ALFs) update.

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, A/Prof Liz Rouse

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

  • 2022: $1,711
  • 2021: $6,847

Early Childhood Professional Practice Partnerships.

Dr Natalie Robertson, Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Nicole Downes, Dr Llewellyn Wishart

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $231,604

Industry and Other Funding

Early Years Education in the Primary Years Program PYP Implementation Strategies and Program

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Brian Doig, A/Prof Liz Rouse

International Baccalaureate Organization

  • 2014: $4,458
  • 2013: $40,128

Investigating the use of IELTS in determining employment, migration and professional registration outcomes in healthcare and early childhood education in Australia

Prof Jill Blackmore, Dr Cate Gribble, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

  • 2015: $12,960
  • 2014: $51,843

The Ballarat KinderGardens Project: The research, evaluation and professional development components - Forrest Hill application

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Dr Llewellyn Wishart, Prof Julianne Moss

Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

  • 2014: $18,000

Cultural Change in Early Childhood Education and Practice

Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey

Association of Graduates of Early Childhood Studies

  • 2018: $11,417

Design Guide for Victorian Early Childhood Settings

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Deb Moore

Colab Architects Pty Ltd

  • 2019: $8,984

Supervisions

Executive Supervisor
2016

Dewi Mulia

Thesis entitled: The role of play in teaching English as a foreign language in early childhood settings in Indonesia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2016

Natalie Elizabeth Robertson

Thesis entitled: Children's Play: An Analysis of Involvement in Dramatic Play

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education