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A/Prof. Bonnie Yim

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Dean, International & Engagement

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Office of the Exec Dean A&E

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

b.yim@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72659

Biography

Associate Professor Bonnie Yim is the Associate Dean (International & Engagement) of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. Bonnie’s research interests include teacher education, child development, curriculum development and evaluation, cross-cultural studies, and engagement in learning. She is an active researcher and has published widely in these areas. Her research is framed by teacher professionalism, mixed-method analysis and sociocultural theories. Bonnie has been conducting joint-research with the University of South Australia, RMIT, the Chor Hang Educational Research Institute (CHERI) in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Christian Service (HKCS) and NTUC First Campus in Singapore. Bonnie is also an early years consultant in Australia, Singapore, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

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Research interests

  • Mixed method research approach
  • Data mining
  • Early childhood education and policy
  • Ecological systems theories
  • Attachment theories
  • Sociocultural theories
  • Child development
  • Teacher education and professionalism
  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Cross-cultural and comparative research
  • Citizenship and migration
  • Play in early childhood education
  • Music education
  • Quality of early childhood education
  • Learning engagement of young children

Units taught

Unit Chair:

  • EDX701 Research Design Development and Method

Research paper supervisor:

  • EDX703 Research Paper A
  • EDX704 Research Paper B

PhD - Higher Degree by Research Program

Conferences

Three most recent:

  • Ebbeck, M., Yim, H. Y. B., Ho, S. Y., & Sharma, M. (2021). Continuity of care: Primary caregiving in Singapore. Paper presented at the 21st Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Online/New Zealand.
  • Yim, H. Y. B. (7 Aug 2020). Teacher education during COVID-19. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris [UPSI] & Deakin University Webinar Series. Online/Malaysia.
  • Yim, H. Y. B., Ebbeck, M., Warrier, S., & Goh, M. L. M. (2019). Early childhood teachers’ views and teaching practices in outdoor play with young children in Singapore. Paper presented at the 20th Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA), Taiwan.

Awards

2018 - Faculty Partnership & International Award - Partnership Development, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

2013 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnership, BECE-DAYD Project Team, Deakin University

2013 - Faculty Internationalisation Award, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

2010 - Best Collaborative Research Project, Industry Partnership Study with SEED Singapore, UniSA

2008 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Transnational Teaching Team, UniSA

Projects

  • Quality curriculum for infants and toddlers (birth to 3 years)
  • Engagement in learning
  • COVID-19 Influences on the quality of curriculum in Singapore 
  • Inclusive quality (IQ) preschool 
  • Learning through play
  • Intergenerational bonds
  • Preparing teachers to assist children who are caught in disasters
  • Work-based early childhood settings 
  • Leadership in early childhood education in Singapore
  • Measurement of quality of early childhood settings by using ECERS & ITERS
  • Play-based learning in China
  • Music curriculum practices in early childhood education
  • Equity and diversity in early childhood education

Publications

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2022

Continuity of Care: Primary Caregiving in Singapore

M Ebbeck, H Yim, S Ho, M Sharma

(2022), Vol. 50, pp. 291-300, Early Childhood Education Journal, C1

journal article

Group Music Activities in Chinese Kindergartens: Children's Engagement and Teacher Perspectives

N Robertson, H Yim, L Paatsch

(2022), Vol. 16, pp. 49-72, Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, Seoul, Republic of Korea, C1

journal article
2020

Connections between children's involvement in dramatic play and the quality of early childhood environments

N Robertson, B Yim, L Paatsch

(2020), Vol. 190, pp. 376-389, Early child development and care, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Preparing children for an uncertain future: the role of the early childhood teacher

M Ebbeck, H Yim, T Wei

(2020), Vol. 41, pp. 223-240, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, C1

journal article
2019

Early Childhood Teachers' Views and Teaching Practices in Outdoor Play with Young Children in Singapore

M Ebbeck, H Yim, S Warrier

(2019), Vol. 47, pp. 265-273, Early Childhood Education Journal, C1

journal article
2016

Parental engagement in music with young children: a cross-cultural study

H Yim, M Ebbeck

(2016), pp. 93-104, Multidisciplinary research perspectives in education: shared experiences from Australia & China, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Urban play spaces for children

H Yim, L Lee

(2016), pp. 250-269, Play in early childhood education: learning in diverse contexts, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

Singaporean Parents' Views of Their Young Children's Access and Use of Technological Devices

M Ebbeck, H Yim, Y Chan, M Goh

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 127-134, Early Childhood Education Journal, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

A view through the long lens: pre-service teachers' perceptions of multi-campus course delivery

B Walker-Gibbs, L Paatsch, J Moles, H Yim, T Redpath

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-10, Journal of university teaching and learning practice, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2015

Assessment of student development and learning in IB PYP schools

D Toe, J Lang, L Paatsch, H Yim, W Jobling, B Doig, G Aranda

(2015), Geneva, Switzerland, A6

research report/technical paper
2014

Play materials

M Ebbeck, H Yim, L Lee

(2014), pp. 272-286, Health and wellbeing in childhood, Port Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

A study of children's musical preference: A data mining approach

H Yim, Y Boo, M Ebbeck

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 21-34, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Katoomba, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2013

Play-based learning

M Ebbeck, H Yim, L Lee

(2013), pp. 185-200, Teaching early years : curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, Sydney, N. S. W., B1

book chapter

Preservation of confucian values in early childhood education : a study of experts' and educators' views

H Yim, L Lee, M Ebbeck

(2013), Vol. 7, pp. 51-68, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, Seoul, Korea, C1

journal article

A content analysis of early childhood teachers' theoretical and practical experiences with infants and toddlers in Australian teacher education programs

S Garvis, N Lemon, D Pendergast, H Yim

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 25-36, Australian journal of teacher education, Katoomba, N. S. W., C1

journal article
2012

Measuring children's involvement as an indicator of curriculum effectiveness : a curriculum evaluation of a selected child study centre in Singapore

M Ebbeck, P Winter, S Russo, H Yim, G Teo-Zuzarted, M Goh

(2012), Vol. 182, pp. 609-619, Early child development and care, Oxon, England, C1

journal article

Changing children's chances : Can Australia learn from Nordic countries?

A Scott, S Janson, S Goldfeld, D Brennan, P Whiteford, F Andrews, R Cassells, M Horn, M Leuenberger, P Markham, R Robinson, H Yim

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

research report/technical paper
2011

Confucianism and early childhood education : a study of young children's responses to traditional Chinese festival stories

H Yim, L Lee, M Ebbeck

(2011), Vol. 181, pp. 287-303, Early child development and care, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article

Early childhood teachers' professional development in music : a cross-cultural study

H Yim, M Ebbeck

(2011), Vol. 36, pp. 74-81, Australasian journal of early childhood, Watson, A.C.T., C1

journal article

Encouraging a culture of research in practicing teachers in Singapore

M Ebbeck, Y Chan, H Yim

(2011), Vol. 39, pp. 355-364, Early childhood education journal, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

journal article
2010

Play and cultural transition

H Yim, L Lee, M Ebbeck

(2010), pp. 254-269, Play in early childhood education : learning in diverse contexts, South Melbourne, Vic, B1

book chapter

Belonging, being, and becoming : challenges for children in transition

M Ebbeck, H Yim, L Lee

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 103-117, Diaspora, indigenous, and minority education, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article
2009

Rethinking attachment : fostering positive relationships between infants, toddlers and their primary caregivers

M Ebbeck, H Yim

(2009), Vol. 179, pp. 899-909, Early child development and care, Oxon, England, C1-1

journal article

A pathway to enhancing professionalism: building a bridge between TAFE and university early childhood qualifications

V Whitington, M Ebbeck, A Diamond, H Yim

(2009), Vol. 34, pp. 27-35, Australasian journal of early childhood, Watson, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

Children's preferences for group musical activities in child care centres : a cross-cultural study

H Yim, M Ebbeck

(2009), Vol. 37, pp. 103-111, Early childhood education journal, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2008

Fostering relationships between infants, toddlers and their primary caregivers in child care centres in Australia

M Ebbeck, H Yim

(2008), pp. 159-177, Enduring bonds : the significance of interpersonal relationships in young children's lives, London, England, B1-1

book chapter

Music, in early childhood education : teachers' levels of confidence and happiness

M Ebbeck, H Yim, L Lee

(2008), pp. 22-30, Australian journal of music education, Parkville, Vic., C1-1

journal article
2007

Exposing young children to music through the production and presentation of music-appreciation television programs

H Yim

(2007), Vol. 32, pp. 12-17, Australian journal of early childhood, Watson, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

A Rasch analysis of the teachers music confidence scale

H Yim, S Abd-El-Fattah, L Lee

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 260-269, International education journal, Australia, C1-1

journal article
2006

Transitions between TAFESA and UniSA : teaching & learning issues

M Ebbeck, V Whitington, A Diamond, M Thornton, S Dahlenburg, P Blaikie, H Yim

(2006), [Adelaide, South Australia], A6-1

research report/technical paper
2005

A study of the effectiveness of music appreciation TV programs for young children in Hong Kong

H Yim

(2005), Vol. 37, pp. 59-66, International journal of early childhood, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Inclusive Practices for Children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds in Early Childhood Education Settings in Victoria and Sichuan: An Exploration of Opportunities for Improved Lear

A/Prof Indika Liyanage, Dr Laura Gurney, A/Prof Bonnie Yim, Dr Natalie Robertson

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2017: $25,000

Industry and Other Funding

International Baccalaureate: Assessment of Student' Aged 3-12 for Development and Learning

Prof Dianne Toe, A/Prof Bonnie Yim, A/Prof Josephine Lang, Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Brian Doig, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr George Aranda

International Baccalaureate Organization - Switzerland

  • 2015: $36,586
  • 2014: $17,577

Inclusive Practices for Children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds in Early Childhood Education Settings in Victoria and Sichuan: An Exploration of Opportunities for Improved Lear

A/Prof Indika Liyanage, Dr Laura Gurney, A/Prof Bonnie Yim, Dr Natalie Robertson

Sichuan Normal University

  • 2017: $22,727

Quality curriculum for under-3s: A case study in Hong Kong

A/Prof Bonnie Yim, Prof Louise Paatsch

Hong Kong Christian Service

  • 2022: $22,975
  • 2018: $22,963

Babies and bosses: A case study of work-based early childhood settings in Hong Kong.

A/Prof Bonnie Yim, Prof Louise Paatsch

Hong Kong Christian Service

  • 2022: $28,125
  • 2018: $28,113

A Follow Through Study of the relationships-Based Curriculum: Measuring Children's Outcomes in their Early Years.

A/Prof Bonnie Yim

NTUC First Campus Co-operative Limited

  • 2021: $22,758
  • 2020: $22,021
  • 2019: $30,487

Jockey Club Inclusive Quality Preschool Project

A/Prof Bonnie Yim

Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

  • 2022: $50,881

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2022

Shirley Soh

Thesis entitled: Leadership in Early Childhood Education in Singapore

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2017

Nicole Downes

Thesis entitled: An investigation of educator-child relationships and wellbeing of under 3-year-olds

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2016

Natalie Elizabeth Robertson

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Executive Supervisor
2020

Ting Wei

Thesis entitled: An Investigation in the Quality of Selected Kindergartens in China

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Co-supervisor
2020

Jingsi Mao

Thesis entitled: The Children Companion Project: Supporting Left-behind Children in Rural China

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2020

Maria Nicholas

Thesis entitled: Mothers' interactions with two-year-olds when reading printed and electronic texts

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education