Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Shukla Sikder

Dr Shukla Sikder

Shukla is an associate lecturer and researcher in the School of Teacher Education. Shukla was awarded her PhD on early childhood science education from Monash University in 2016. Dr Shukla Sikder has specialist expertise in early childhood science, technology, and play-based pedagogy. Shukla has almost 12 years of multicultural experience of teaching and research in early childhood, primary and higher education in Australia, Singapore, and Bangladesh.

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Dr Sikder's current research interests include: science learning through play and everyday practices across home and education settings; digital technology as an innovative way of teaching and learning; children's learning and development (birth to eight) through play; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

PhD research

Shukla's PhD research looked at Infants-toddlers' (10-36 months) development of scientific concepts through everyday activities as part of family practices. Her PhD studies were supervised by Professor Marilyn Fleer, Monash University, Australia.

Value/ Funder: A$234,500 (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relation, Australian Endeavour Postgraduate Award, year 2011-2015).

Grants and Awards

  • MacDonald, A., Highfield, K., Danaia, L., & Sikder, S. (2017-2019). Evaluation of the Little Scientists Program: Research in Practice. Little Scientists/Froebel Australia Ltd, $82,771.
  • Monash Education Research Community (MERC) Publication Award (A$ 500).
  • Monash University Postgraduate Research Travel Grant (A$ 3000).
  • Monash University Faculty Research Fund (A$ 1000).

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  • Member of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA)
  • Member of the International Society for Cultural-historical and Activity Research (ISCAR)
  • Alumni Member of Australian Endeavour Postgraduate Award
  • Alumni Member of University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Book chapters

  • Sikder, S. (2017). Relations of dynamic aspects of motives in infant-toddler's play: Enhance Small Science learning experience. In L. Li, G. Quinones, & A. Ridgway (Eds.), Studying Babies and Toddlers: Cultural Worlds and Transitory Relationships. Dordrecht Springer.
  • Sikder, S. & Banu, A. (in press). Early Childhood Care and Education in Bangladesh: A Review of Policies, Practices and Research. In M. Fleer & B. Van Oers (eds.), International Handbook of Early childhood Education and Development. Dordrecht Springer.

Refereed Articles

  • Sikder, S., & Fleer, M. (2015). Small science: Infants and toddlers experiencing science in everyday family life. Research in Science Education. 45 (3), pp 445-464. doi: 10.1007/s11165-014-9431-0.
  • Sikder, S. (2015). Social situation of development: Parents perspectives on infants-toddlers' concept formation in science. Early Child Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2015.1018241
  • Sikder, S., & Fleer, M. (accepted). The relations between ideal and real forms of small science: Conscious collaboration among parents and infants-toddlers. Cultural Studies of Science Education.

PhD Thesis

  • Sikder, S. (2016). Infant-toddler (10 to 36 months) development of scientific concepts through everyday activities as part of family practice. (Thesis including Published works). Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Conference Presentations

  • Sikder, S. (2015, July). Motives for developing small Science concept formation in infant-toddler life. Paper presented at Symposium Presentation, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association  (PECERA), Sydney, Australia.
  • Sikder, S. (2014, September). Conscious collaboration among parents and infants-toddlers for developing small science concepts in everyday life. Paper presented at Symposium Presentation, International Society for Culture and Activity Research Congress (ISCAR), Sydney, Australia.
  • Sikder, S. (2014, July). Infants and toddlers experiencing science in everyday family life. Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference 2014, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Sikder, S. (2014, July). Small science in Infants-toddlers everyday family life. Paper presented at Monash Education Research Conference (MERC), Monash University, Australia.
  • Sikder, S. (2013, August). What are the scientific concepts in everyday life of Toddlers? Toddler's everyday play and learning of scientific concepts are dialectically related. Paper presented at European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Sikder, S. (2012, November). "How is knowledge created through practice?" Toddlers' development of scientific concepts through play activities as part of everyday family practices. Poster session presented at The World Association of lesson studies, International Conference, Singapore.
  • Sikder, S. (2012, July). Bridging scientific concepts and play activities in everyday family practices: A case study of toddlers through the cultural-historical perspective. Paper presented at Monash Education Research (MERC) Conference, Australia.

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