Sarah Ohi’s research is encompassed by the overarching theme of the Power of Language and Literacy (discourse) and her publications are nested in three main areas under this; Early Years Literacy, Teacher Learning and Policy. Although Sarah’s research focuses upon many important aspects of Early Years Literacy, her main emphasis is upon the power of words and the impact of discourse and the development of concepts in Literacy Education settings. This is evident in her most recent work focusing upon issues associated with building Intercultural Understanding through literature and literacy. The second research area is that of Teacher Learning involving a focus on ensuring that pre- service, in-service teachers and Early Childhood Educators establish firm foundational knowledge of Early Years Literacy development. Furthermore, she interested in the affordances that technology offers to engage in Teacher’s Professional Learning. This has resulted in the development of rich partnerships with early childhood centres, schools and the winning of government research tenders. Finally, Sarah’s research encompasses a focus upon Early Years policy and the way in which it is subject to political change and is continually evolving. Sarah contributes to Deakin’s LIVE 2020 agenda by continuing to transform IDEAS into innovative research, as an individual and collaborative, leading team member.
New Technologies and Literacy Pedagogical Practices in the Early Years
The Transition of Pre-school children into the Primary School
Building effective partnerships between teachers, parents and children.
The operation of the Research-Policy-Praxis Nexus.
Improving Higher Education
Improving On-line learning, Teaching and Research
Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years (Early Childhood & Primary)
Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments
2015-18 The Melbourne Group
2011-18 Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium
2011-18 The Language, Literacies and Learning Teaching and Research Group
2011-12 The Early Childhood Research, Emerging Research group
2018- 2019 Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation Department of Education and Training (DET), Victoria. Walker-Gibbs,B., Ure,C.,Gallant,A., Thomas,M.,Rowe,E., Messer,R., Ohi,S., Mooney,A., Arnold,J., Hope-Rowe, G., O'Keefe, P., Harvie,K.,Peters,J., Broadhead,K., Chaur, K., Moncrieff,K.& Sanders,K.
2013-2015 The Intercultural Understanding in Primary & Secondary Schools Project,Halse,C(CI),Mansouri,F,Arrowsmith,C(RMIT),Moss,J.,Paradies,Y., Arber,R,Charles,C.,Cloonan,A.,Nida,D.(UWS),Ohi,S.,O’Mara,J.,Priest,N.(MU).The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant www.interculturalunderstanding.org
2013 The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, Literature Review, DEECD, Vic. Kostogriz,A. (CI), Vale,C. (CI), Auld,G., Blake,D., Bragg,L., Ohi,S., Ollis,T., O’Mara,J., Paatsch,L., Williams, G.
2012 Implications of the restructuring of Early Childhood Education for Teacher Professional Development, Ohi,S. & Yim,B.
2011-2013 Pilot Statewide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers (Deakin/VU partnership, Funded by DEECD). Nolan, A., Morrissey,A., Aitken, J., Doig,B., Hamm,C., Hunt,J., Laskey,L.,Ohi,S.,Rouse,L.
2011-2012 Developing Essential Language and Literacy Tools for Early Childhood Education, Deakin University. Ohi,S.
2010-2012 Investigating the Role of Early childhood Teachers in the Research Policy Praxis Nexus; A focus upon Language and Literacy in Early Childhood.Ohi,S.
2010 Enhancing On-line Teaching and Learning through Research.Ohi,S.
2010 A Day in the Life of an Early Childhood Educator.Ohi,S.
S Ohi, Joanne O'Mara, Ruth Arber, Catherine Hartung, Gary Shaw, Christine Halse
(2019), Vol. 18, pp. 234-247, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1
Gulsah Ozturk, Sarah Ohi
(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 393-406, Journal of early childhood research, London, Eng., C1
A Cloonan, B Fox, S Ohi, C Halse
(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 131-144, Teaching education, London, Eng., C1
N Robertson, S Ohi
(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 173-181, Journal of education and learning, Toronto, Ont., C1
(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 1008-1018, Creative education, Irvine, California, C1
A Cloonan, J O?Mara, S Ohi
(2014), pp. 83-98, Becoming a teacher of language and literacy, Port Melbourne, Vic., B1
C McLachlan, T Nicholson, R Fielding-Barnsley, L Merce, S Ohi
(2012), pp. 1-332, Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Issues, Challenges and Solutions, A1
(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 1-6, International journal of instructional technology and distance learning, Pittsburgh, Pa., C1
(2008), Vol. 52, pp. 95-109, Australian journal of education, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1
(2007), Vol. 32, pp. 1-14, Australian journal of teacher education, Graylands, W.A., C1-1
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, Dr Liz Rouse, Prof Andrea Nolan
- 2015: $188,450
- 2013: $64,200
- 2011: $64,200
Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review
A/Prof Colleen Vale, Prof Damian Blake, Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Trace Ollis, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Sarah Ohi, Dr Gaye Williams
- 2013: $54,420
Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.
A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Christine Ure, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Emma Rowe, Mr Ray Messer, Dr Sarah Ohi, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Gaelene Hope-Rowe, Dr Peter O'Keefe, Mrs Kate Harvie, Mrs Jacqui Peters, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Brandi Fox, Dr Kerri Garrard
- 2019: $244,037
- 2018: $182,564
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
Thesis entitled: Mathematically-rich Interactions in Early Childhood Centres
Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education