Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Valerie Tillett

Research

The focus of my study at this time is to investigate early childhood educators' sense of belongingness and intention to stay in the early childhood education and care profession. My Masters' study (2015) which investigated early childhood educators' understandings of belonging, suggests that educators' sense of belonging, may impact on educators' wellbeing. Given the growing evidence that educator well-being impacts on early childhood educators' intention to stay in the profession (Cummings, 2016) this is a topic of significance to the profession and has the potential to make a valuable contribution for future policy development to identify possible (of any) influences or interventions to sustain the ECEC workforce.

Why I chose CSU

I have been a CSU student from many years and also worked as a research assistant on a RIPPLE/ARC project where I became further interested in doing a PhD focusing on Early Childhood Education and Care.

Publications

Tillett, V., & Wong, S. (in press 2017). The diversity of 'belonging': An investigative case study into what early childhood educators understand about 'belonging'.

Tillett, V., & Wong, S. (2016). The diversity of 'belonging': An investigative case study into what early childhood educators understand about 'belonging'. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Research Association. Dublin, Ireland, August 31- September 3.

Tillett, V. (2016). The complexities and possibilities of 'belonging' in early childhood. paper presented at the "What is the link between Pedagogy & Practice: Why do we need a Pedagogy..?" Samaritans Foundation Conference, Newcastle, NSW, 3rd August.