Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Libbey Murray

Dr Libbey Murray

BEd EC (Hons), PhD CSU

Dr Libbey Murray is the Associate Head of School - Assessment. Dr Murray has taught on the Dubbo campus since 2008. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through CSU, and taught in primary schools in Central West New South Wales. Dr Murray teaches a range of subjects both on campus and via distance to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research interests include examining children's social and emotional adjustment to kindergarten, transition to and readiness for formal schooling, child stress and anxiety, the teacher-child relationship, parent-teacher relationships, and quality teaching and learning environments. Dr Murray is interested in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and in particular, working with children to examine issues of concern for them as they make the transition to formal schooling. She has recently undertaken analyses using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to examine academic and social trajectories for young children prior to school, and issues surrounding parent-teacher communication and parent involvement, and in other research, uses in-depth analyses of children's drawings to examine their relationship with teachers across the first year of school.

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Dr Libbey Murray's major areas of interest include:

  • Social and emotional development of children
  • Transition and adjustment to formal schooling
  • School readiness
  • Parent-teacher relationships
  • Child stress and anxiety
  • Child coping
  • Quality Teaching and Quality Learning Environments

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  • Pedagogy in Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Educational Research
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Relationships in Early Childhood

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Current membership in professional associations:

  • CSU Excellence in Research in Early Years Education Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
  • Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE)
  • Australian Research Alliance for Young Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Investigating Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care (IQECEC) Research Group CSU
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

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Journal articles

  • McFarland, L., Murray, E., & Phillipson, S. (2016). Student–teacher relationships and student self-concept: Relations with teacher and student gender. Australian Journal of Education. doi: 10.1177/0004944115626426
  • Wang, C., Hatzigianni, M., Shahaeian, A., Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2016). The combined effects of teacher-child and peer relationships on children's social-emotional adjustment. Journal of School Psychology59, 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp. 2016.09.003
  • Brabazon, T., & Murray, E. (2015). I think she's decided to be a manager now: Women, management and leadership in the knowledge factory. Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, 3-4, 28-53.
  • Harrison, L. J., & Murray, E. (2015). Stress, Coping and Wellbeing in Kindergarten: Children's Perspectives on Personal, Interpersonal and Institutional Challenges of School. International Journal of Education and Care, 47, 79–103. doi: 10.1007/s13158-014-0127-4.
  • Murray, E., McFarland-Piazza, L., & Harrison, L. J. (2014). Changing patterns of parent–teacher communication and parent involvement from preschool to school. Early Child Development and Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2014.975223.
  • Harrison, L. J., & Murray, E. (2014). Assessing young children's perceptions of the day-to-day challenges of the first year of school using a pictorial measure. International Journal of Early Childhood. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13158-014-0127-4.
  • Wong, S., Murray, E., Rivalland, C., Monk, H., McFarland-Piazza, L., & Daniel, G. (2013). Relationships matter: Some benefits, challenges and tensions associated with forming a collaborative educational researcher group. Australian Educational Researcher. doi: 10.1007/s13384-013-0127-7.
  • Owens, K., Doolan, P., Bennet, M., Paraides, P., Logan, P., Jannok Nutti, Y., Murray, L., Taylor, P. (2012). Continuities in education: Pedagogical perspectives and the role of Elders in education for Indigenous students. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15(1), pp. 20-40.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2011). The influence of being ready to learn on children's early school literacy and numeracy achievement. Educational Psychology, 31(5), 529-545. doi: 10.1080/01443410.2011.573771
  • Owens, K., Paraides, P., Jannok Nutti, Y., Johansson, G., Bennet, M., Doolan, P., Peckham, R., Hill, J., Doolan, F., O'Sullivan, D., Murray, L., et al. (2011). Cultural horizons for mathematics. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 23, 253–274. doi: 10.1007/s13394-011-0014-3
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. (2005). Children's Perspectives on their First Year of School: Introducing a New Pictorial Measure of School Stress. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 13(1), pp. 111-127.

Book Chapters

  • Daniel, G., Wang, C., Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (in press). School Choice and Parent Involvement among Australian Children Starting School. InB. Perry, S. Dockett & A. Petriwskyj (Eds.), Transition to School: International Research, Policy and Practice (2nd ed.). Springer.
  • Murray, E. (2014). Multiple influences on children's transition to school. In B. Perry, S. Dockett & A. Petriwskyj (Eds.), Transition to School: International Research, Policy and Practice, 9, 47-59. Springer.
  • Harrison, L. J., & Murray, E. (2012). Education and care: The interconnections among family, child care, and educational settings. In J. Bowes, R. Grace & K. Hodge. Children, families and communities: Contexts and consequences (4th Ed). (pp. 117-141). Melbourne: OUP.

Research Reports

  • Wang, C., Cumming, T., Murray, E., Dwyer, J., & Harrison, L. J. (2017). The preschool experience of children in disadvantaged communities: Tracking progress towards school readiness. Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. (2004, December). Perspectives of "Big School": Kindergarten Children's Response to The Pictorial Measure of School Stress. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, available online http://aare.edu.au/04pap/mur04985.pdf
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. (2004). Adjusting to school: The Development and Validation of a Pictorial Measure of School Stress. In S. Dockett & B. Perry (Eds.) Proceedings of the Continuity and Change: Transitions in Education Conference.

Conference Presentations

  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2012, August). Examining student-teacher relationships over the first year of school through an analysis of children's drawings of themselves and their teachers. European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Biennial Conference, Oporto, Portugal.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2012, August). Using the Pictorial Measure of School Stress and Wellbeing to elicit children's perspectives on the demands of the first year of school. European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Biennial Conference, Oporto, Portugal.
  • Murray, E., Harrison, L. J., & Trapolini, T. (2012). Change and stability in teacher-student relationship quality over the first year of school: A comparison of teachers' and children's perspectives. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Biennial Conference, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Murray, E. (2010, November-December). What makes a difference for children's early learning? Longitudinal influences of child, family and pre-Year 1 classroom factors on children's mathematics and literacy achievement. Poster presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), International Educational Research Conference, Making A Difference: Celebrating 40 Years of Educational Research, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Murray, E., Harrison, L. J., & Neilsen-Hewitt, C. (2010, November-December). Structural and process approaches to measuring quality in the early years of school. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), International Educational Research Conference, Making A Difference: Celebrating 40 Years of Educational Research, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Murray, E. (2010). Theoretical foundations and practical implications of transitions research. Paper presented to the Transition to School Conference, Albury, Australia.
  • Harrison, L. J., & Murray, E. (2009, November). Pedagogical practices in Pre-Year 1 and outcomes for children's learning: Are there longitudinal effects? Poster presented at FaHCSIA and ARACY Longitudinal Studies Workshop, Canberra, Australia.
  • Murray, E. (2008, December). Transition to school: Community Connections. Paper presented to the Indigenous Education Forum, Charles Sturt University, Dubbo, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2008, November-December). Assessing Quality in the kindergarten classroom: Associations between features of the learning environment and children's adjustment in their first year of school. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), International Educational Research Conference, Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Murray, E. (2008, November). Transition to School. Paper presented at the Early Childhood Education Conference, Charles Sturt University, Dubbo, Australia.
  • Murray, E. (2008, July). Examining the ecology of the kindergarten classroom: Associations between social climate and student-teacher relationships. Paper to be presented as part of the symposium on Multiple perspectives on the ways that schools systems and classroom environments impact student-teacher relationship quality, International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Biennial Conference, Wurzburg, Germany.
  • Harrison, L.J., & Murray, E. (2008, July). Multiple perspectives on the ways that schools systems and classroom environments impact student-teacher relationship quality. Symposium to be presented the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Biennial Conference, Wurzburg, Germany.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2007, July). Examining Children's Perspectives on the First Year of School Using the Pictorial Measure of School Stress and Wellbeing, Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2006, July). Boys and Girls Adjusting to the First Year of School: Matching Children's Feelings about the Teacher with Teacher's Reports of Relationship Quality, Paper presented as part of a symposium at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Murray, E. (2005, April). The Pictorial Measure of School Stress: Preliminary Associations Between Teacher and Child Ratings of School Adjustment, Paper presented at the NSW Institute for Educational Research Postgraduate Student Research Conference, Macquarie University, Ryde, NSW, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2005, April). Introducing the Pictorial Measure of School Stress:A New Measure of School Adjustment, Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2005, January). Children's Perspectives on their First Year of School: Responses to the Pictorial Measure of School Stress, Paper presented at the Australian Research in Early Childhood Education 13th Annual Conference, Monash University, Frankston VIC, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2004, November-December). Perspectives of "Big School":
    Kindergarten Children's Response to The Pictorial Measure of School Stress, Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, International Educational Research Conference: Doing the Public GoodPositioning Education Research, University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2004, July). The Design and Use of a Pictorial Measure to
    Examine Children's Perceptions of School as Stressful, Paper presented at the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) 5th Annual International Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2004, January). Adjusting to School: The Development and
    Validation of a Pictorial Measure of School Stress, Paper presented at the Australian Research in Early Childhood Education (ARECE) 12th Annual Conference, Monash University, Frankston VIC, Australia.
  • Murray, E., & Harrison, L. J. (2003, November). Adjusting to School: The Development and
    Validation of a Pictorial Measure of School Stress, Paper presented at Continuity and Change: Transitions in Education International Conference, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Professional Publications

  • Murray, E. (2009). Assessment of Early Learning: A Review of the use of the Who Am I? in Australia. Learning Difficulties Australia Bulletin, 41(1), pp. 20-21.

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