Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Helen Logan

Dr Helen Logan

Dip.Teach, B.Ed, G.Dip (Spec.Ed), G.Dip (TESOL), M.Ed (With Distinction), PhD

Helen Logan is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She joined the University in 2005 at the Albury-Wodonga campus and was appointed to the Bathurst campus in 2012. Helen has over 20 years experience teaching and leading early childhood programs in a range of early childhood education and care services, TAFE colleges and NSW primary schools. Helen is involved in developing and delivering lectures and tutorials for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) and the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years).

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Helen's research interests are concerned with quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC). This interest includes a focus on ECEC history and policy. Her doctoral research focused on constructions of quality in Australian early childhood education and care policy between 1972 and 2009. Helen was awarded a PhD in 2017 and is available for supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students interested in issues concerned with quality, history and policy in ECEC.

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In 2017, Helen is teaching students who are studying:

  • Leading Early Childhood
  • Pedagogy of Relationships

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Helen is a member of:

  • Early Childhood Australia
  • Community Child Care Co-operative NSW
  • Research Committee for the School of Teacher Education

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PhD Thesis

  • Logan, H. (2017). Constructions of meanings of quality in Australian early childhood education and care policy [1972 – 2009]. (Doctoral thesis). Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Book Chapters

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Logan, H. (2017). Tensions in constructions of quality in Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy history European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. Advance online publication. DOI:10.1080/1350293X.2017.1331063
  • Logan, H., Press, F., & Sumsion, J. (2016). The shaping of Australian early childhood education and care: What can we learn from a critical juncture? Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41(1), 64-71.
  • Logan, H., Sumsion, J., & Press, F. (2015). The Council of Australian Government Reforms [2007-2013]: A critical juncture in Australian early childhood education and care policy? International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 9(1), 1-16. DOI: 10.1186/s40723-015-0011-1
  • Logan, H., Sumsion, J., & Press, F. (2014). Uncovering hidden dimensions of Australian early childhood policy history: Insights from interviews with policy 'elites'. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 22(5), 711-722. DOI:10.1080/1350293X.2014.969086
  • Logan, H., Sumsion, J., & Press, F. (2013). The Child Care Act 1972: A critical juncture in Australian ECEC and the emergence of 'quality'. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(4), 84-91.
  • Logan, H., Press, F., & Sumsion, J. (2012). The quality imperative: Tracing the rise of 'quality' in Australian early childhood education and care policy. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(3), 4-13.
  • Logan, H., & Sumsion, J. (2010). Early childhood teachers' understandings of and provision for quality. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 35(3), 42-50.
  • Zevenbergen, R., & Logan, H. (2008). Computer use by preschool children: Rethinking practice as digital natives come to preschool. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 33(1), 37-44.
  • Logan, H. (2008). Digital natives come to preschool: Rethinking practice. Every Child, 14(4), 2 .

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Logan, H. (2017). Mind your own business: Struggles to retain meanings of quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy. Symposium presented at the European Early Childhood Research Association Conference, August 29 - September 1, Bologna.
  • Logan, H. (2015). The long thread of quality: Tensions in constructions of quality in ECEC policy history. Symposium presented at the European Early Childhood Research Association Conference, September 7 – 10, Barcelona.
  • Logan, H. (2014). Constructions of quality in Australian Early Childhood Education and Care policy. Poster presentation at the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) Whole of Network meeting, February 3 – 6, Melbourne.
  • Logan, H. (2013). The formation of a critical juncture in Australian early childhood policy: Drawing on multiple approaches to historical policy analysis. Research and Graduate Studies Faculty Forum, Bathurst,September 23 – 25, 2013.
  • Logan, H.  (2012). Problematising historical research: Guarding against the dangers of presentism. Research and Graduate Studies Faculty Forum, Wagga Wagga, August 20 – 22, 2012.
  • Logan, H. (2011). Crossing boundaries over time: The rise of the concept of quality in Australian ECEC policy between 1972 and 2009. Symposium session 4 presentation, AARE conference, Hobart, TAS.
  • Logan, H. (2010). Historical perspectives on constructions of quality in Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC). Symposium session 3 presentation at the annual AARE conference, Melbourne, VIC.
  • Logan, H. (2009). Using metaphor to explore early childhood teachers' understandings of, and provision for quality. Investigating Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care: Professional and practitioner perspectives. Symposium, presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Strasbourg, France.
  • Logan, H. (2008). Investigating quality in early childhood education and care (Part 2): Developing a mosaic of research evidence. Symposium 64 presented at the annual AARE conference, Brisbane, QLD.
  • Logan, H., & Zevenbergen, R. (2008). Digital natives come to preschool: Rethinking practice. Early Childhood Australia (ECA) biennial conference, Canberra, ACT.

Professional Publications

  • Logan, H. (2008). Digital natives come to preschool: Rethinking practice. Every Child, 14(4), 2.

Book Reviews

  • Logan, H. (2016).Campbell-Barr, V., and Leeson, C. (2016). Quality and leadership in the early years. Research, theory and practice. London: Sage. In Global Studies of Childhood. Prepublished December 5, 2016, DOI:10.1177/2043610616680951
  • Logan, H. (2007). Keesing-Styles, L and Hedges, H (Eds)(2007).Theorising early childhood practice: Emerging dialogues.Castle Hill: Pademelon Press. In Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8(2), pp.175-176.

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