Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Sue Dockett

Professor Sue Dockett

B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed(Hons), PhD (Sydney)

More details about Sue Dockett's research on the Educational Transitions: Continuity and Change website.

Sue Dockett started her career as an early childhood educator working in both prior-to-school and early years of school settings. She joined the University of Western Sydney in 1988 and took up the position of Professor, Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University in 2007. She has been involved in a wide range of teaching and research. Much of this relates to educational transitions and the expectations, experiences and perspectives of all involved. Sue's current research also encompasses young children's perspectives of school and community, noticing young children's mathematics, ethical tensions in rights-based participatory research with children and young people, curriculum continuity as children start school, and the experiences of starting school for families with complex support needs. Sue's work has been published widely, both nationally and internationally.

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Funded research projects have included:

2013-2015 Continuity and change in curriculum and pedagogies as children start school S. Dockett & B. Perry Australian Research Council
2013-2014 Continuity of learning through effective transition to school S. Dockett & B. Perry DEEWR
2012-2014 An ecological study of school transition and the early years of school for Aboriginal children in an urban community L. Kemp. S. Dockett, R. Grace, R. Perry, E. Comino, L. Jackson Pulver, & M. Haswell Australian Research Council.
2012-2013 Integrating Preschool with the First Years of School S. Dockett, B. Perry, & B. Clarke South Australian Department of Education and Child Development
2010-2013 Staying On At School M. Vickers, K. Barker, B. Perry, S. Dockett, & M. Hyam ARC Linkage with NSW DET
2010-2012 Effective Family Engagement S. Dockett & B. Perry Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
2010-2012 Early childhood home visiting: Outcomes at 4 years and the transition to school E. Harris, C. McMahon, G. Vimpani. T. Anderson, S. Matthey, V. Schmied, S. Dockett, B. Perry ARC Discovery
2010 Issues paper on readiness for school for Indigenous children S. Dockett, B. Perry, & E. Kearney Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

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Sue's major teaching responsibilities relate to research and research supervision. Sue currently supervises 8 doctoral candidates.

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Sue is actively involved in national and international early childhood and research communities. Since 2008, she has been the co-chair of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Transitions Special Interest Group.

Sue is a member of the editorial boards of Early Childhood Research in Practice and the International Journal of Early Years Education.

Sue has been a member of the NSW Board of Studies, now the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, since 1994. She is also a member of the BOSTES Primary Curriculum Committee and the Quality Teaching Council in NSW.

Sue is a regular reviewer for a wide range of Australasian and International journals.

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  • Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Petriwskyj, A. (Eds.) (2014). Transitions to school: International research, policy and practice. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Lillemyr, O., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (Eds.) (2013). Varied perspectives on play and learning: Theory and research on early years education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Book Chapters

  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2014). Research to policy: Transition to School Position Statement. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A. Petriwskyj, (Eds.), Transitions to school - International research, policy and practice (pp. 277-294). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dockett, S., Petriwskyj, A., & Perry, B. (2014). Theorising transition: Shifts and tensions. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A. Petriwskyj, (Eds.), Transitions to school - International research, policy and practice (pp. 1-18). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (2013). Reflecting on young children's mathematics learning. In L. English & J. Mulligan (Eds.), Reconceptualising early mathematics learning (pp. 149-161). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dockett, S., Lillemyr, O., & Perry, B. (2013). Play and learning in early years education: International perspectives. In O. Lillemyr, S. Dockett, & B. Perry (Eds.), Varied perspectives on play and learning: Theory and research on early years education (pp. 1-8). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2013). Families and the transition to school. In K. Margetts & A. Kienig (Eds), International perspectives on transitions to school: Reconceptualising beliefs, policy and practice (pp. 111-121). London: Routledge.
  • MacDonald, A., Davies, N., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2012). Early childhood mathematics education. In B. Perry, T. Lowrie, T. Logan, A. MacDonald, & J. Greenlees (Ed.), Research in mathematics education in Australasia: 2008-2011 (pp. 169-192). Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Harley, E. (2012). The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the Australian Curriculum – Mathematics: Linking educators' practice through pedagogical inquiry questions. In B. Atweh, M. Goos, R. Jorgensen, & D. Siemon (Eds.), Engaging the Australian Curriculum Mathematics: Perspectives from the field (pp. 153-174). Adelaide, South Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Retrieved from
  • Dockett, S., Einarsdóttir, J., & Perry, B. (2011). Balancing methodologies and methods in researching with young children. In D. Harcourt, B. Perry & T. Waller (Eds.), Researching young children's perspectives: Ethics  and dilemmas of educational research with children (pp. 68-81). Milton Park, Oxon: Routledge.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Kearney, E., McIntosh, L., Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Clayton, K. (2014). Building positive relationships with Indigenous children, families and communities: Learning at the cultural interface. Critical Studies in Education. doi: 10.1080/17508487.2014.914963.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2013). Trends and tensions: Australian and international research about starting school. International Journal of Early Years Education. 21(2-3), 163-177. DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2013.832943
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2013). Siblings and buddies: Providing expert advice about starting school. International Journal of Early Years Education, 21(4), 348-361.
  • Dockett, S., Einarsdóttir, J., & Perry, B. (2012). Young children's decisions about research participation: Opting out. International Journal of Early Years Education, DOI:10.1080/09669760.2012.715405
  • Dockett, S., Kearney, E., & Perry, B. (2012). Recognizing young children's understandings and experiences of community, International Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 257-305.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2012). "In Kindy you don't get taught": Continuity and change as children start school. Frontiers of Education in China, 7(1), 5-32. DOI: 10.3868/s110-001-012-0002-8
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2012). Family transitions as children start school. Family Matters, 90, 57-67.
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2012). Promoting children's informed assent in research participation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2012.66289
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2011). Starting school with special needs: Issues for families with complex support needs as their children start school. Exceptionality Education International, 21(2), 45-61.
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (2011). 'How 'bout we have a celebration?' Advice from children on starting school. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 19(3), 375-388.

View full publication list on the CSU Research Output database (CRO)

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