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Dr Natalie Robertson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Natalie Robertson is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Deakin University. Natalie has an overarching interest in teacher practice and professionalism of early childhood education. This interest, alongside her passion for children's play contributes to her teaching and learning at Deakin University as the Unit Chair and lecturer in units delivering curriculum and pedagogy, professional practice and teacher inquiry.

Through her research into teacher practice, Natalie has developed a strong interest in early childhood workforce issues, including the attraction, preperation and retention of teachers. Her work in this area is visible in her current projects with the Victorian Department of Education and Training that deliver the Early Childhood Professional Practice Partnerships (ECPPP) project and the Innovate ITE program: Accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Natalie's has worked on projects nationally and internationally that are focussed on play-based learning in early childhood education.

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Research interests

Natalie's field of research is positioned in early childhood education. Her specific interests in this field include;

  • Play based teaching and learning
  • Attraction and retention of the workforce
  • Early childhood teacher education

Teaching interests

Natalie is the Unit Chair and lecturer in units focused on early childhood curriculum and pedagogy knowledge, professional practice and teacher inquiry

Knowledge areas

  • Children's dramatic play
  • Play based curriculum and pedagogy in early childhood
  • Professional practice in early childhood

Conferences

Keynote Presentations:

Robertson, N. (2018). A case study of dramatic play in two preschools in China. Paper presented at the 85th Anniversary Yew Chung - Yew Wah Conference, Hong Kong.

Conference Presentations:

Robertson, N., Morrissey, AM., & Moore, D. (2019). Multiple methodologies examining multiple perspectives on outdoor playspaces. Paper Presentation at the 2019 Australian Journal of Early Childhood Research Symposium, Australian Catholic University.

Robertson, N. (2017). Teacher’s perspectives of child rights curriculum. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association 27th Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Robertson, N. (2015). Children’s play: An analysis of the complexity of children’s dramatic play skills. Paper presented at Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association 16th Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.


Robertson, N. & Downes, N. (2015). Respect, reflect relate: A tool to assess children’s involvement in dramatic play. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association 25th Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Publications

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2022

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
2021

'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
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

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

"That's what you want to do as a teacher, make a difference, let the child be, have high expectations": Stories of becoming, being and un-becoming an early childhood teacher

J Ciuciu, N Robertson

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 79-95, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, C1

journal article
2016

Building a model of support for preschool children with speech and language disorders

N Robertson, S Ohi

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 173-181, Journal of education and learning, Toronto, Ont., C1

journal article

The complexity of preschool children's dramatic play behaviour and play styles in Australia: a mixed methods study

N Robertson

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 71-92, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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

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

Accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education for diploma qualified educators ("Accelerated BECE") student cohorts

Prof Damian Blake, Dr Natalie Robertson, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Ms Naomi David, Mrs Rosemarie Garner

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $564,000
  • 2021: $1,120,000

Teachers deliberating practice: The Aurora School project

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Natalie Robertson

Aurora School

  • 2022: $89,797
  • 2021: $24,734

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

Deakin University Early Childhood Innovative Initial Teacher Education Program: Accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Dr Natalie Robertson, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Mandy Cooke

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $522,000

Industry and Other 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

Sichuan Normal University

  • 2017: $22,727

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report