Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Sandie (Sandra) Wong

Associate Professor Sandie (Sandra) Wong

BEd (ECEC Hons) (Macquarie Uni), PhD (Macquarie Uni)

Dr Sandie Wong (BEd [ECE][Hons1], PhD, RN) has worked as an academic, manager, researcher, evaluator, educator, consultant and nurse, within a range of early childhood, academic and health organisations. Sandie's research is driven by a concern with the role early childhood education has in ameliorating disadvantage and reducing marginalisation both contemporaneously and historically. She is committed to using collaborative, strengths-based approaches to evaluation and research, supporting practitioner enquiry and bridging the gap between research and early childhood practices. She has an on-going interest in historicising early childhood through history of the present and oral history methodologies. Her current work is investigating: inter-professional practices, early childhood educators' work and well-being and the history of early childhood in Australia and internationally. Sandie is CI on an ARC Linkage Grant: Exemplary early childhood educators at work: A multi-level investigation [LP160100532]. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with Goodstart Early Learning.

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  • Integrated Early Childhood Services
  • Inter-professional Practices
  • Early Childhood Workforce
  • Early Childhood Educator Well-being
  • History of Early Childhood
  • Evaluation

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Sandie is committed to lifelong learning, particularly as it pertains to professional development of early childhood professionals. Her approach to teaching is to work with students to assist them to recognise and develop their knowledge, strengths and capacities, and to develop an appreciation of diverse perspectives. Sandie currently supervises doctoral students.

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Books

  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2016). Gowrie New South Wales: Celebrating 75 years. Sydney: Gowrie NSW. [commissioned book 67 pages].
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2015). 'As the twig is bent': A celebration of 120 years of KU Children's Services. Sydney: KU Children's Services. Sydney: KU Children's Services. NSW. [commissioned book 55 pages].
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2013). Early Childhood Australia: A voice for children for 75 years. Canberra: Early Childhood Australia. [commissioned book 124 pages].

Book Chapters

  • Wong, S., & Harrison, L. (2016). Research about and with children, families and communities. In K. Hodge & R. Grace (Eds.), Children, families and communities: Contexts and consequences (5th ed) (pp.26 -50).Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [invited chapter].
  • Wong, S., & Logan, H. (2016). Play in early childhood: An historical perspective. In T. Brabazon (Ed.), Play: A theory of learning and change (pp.7 – 26). Cham: Springer.
  • Wong, S., & Press, F. (2016). The development of early childhood education and care in Australia. In J. Ailwood, W. Boyd, & M. Theobald, Early childhood education and care in Australia (pp.13-33). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. [invited chapter]
  • Cumming, T., & Wong, S. (2014). Changing and sustaining transdisciplinary practice through research partnerships. In P. Gibbs, (Ed.), A transdisciplinarity study of higher education and professional identity(pp.25-40). The Netherlands: Springer Verlag. [invited chapter]
  • Wong, S. (2014). Collaborating for inclusion. In K. Cologon (Ed.), Inclusive education in the early years (pp.189-209). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [invited chapter]
  • Harrison, L., & Wong, S. (2012). Research about and with children, families and communities. In J. Bowes & R. Grace (Eds.), Children, families and communities: Contexts and consequences (4th ed., pp. 17–35). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [invited chapter]
  • Sumsion, J., Press, F., & Wong, S. (2012). Theorizing integrated service provision in Australia: Policies, philosophies, practices. In J. Duncan & S. Te One (Eds.), Comparative early childhood education services: International perspectives (pp. 33-55). New York: Palgrave MacMillan. [invited chapter]
  • Wong, S. (2005). Familial, social and cultural contexts for child development. In A. Talay-Ongan & E. Ap (Eds.), Child development and teaching young children (pp. 7–36). Sydney: Thompson. [invited chapter]

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Wong, S., & Press, F. (2017). Inter-professional work in early childhood education and care services to support children with additional needs: Two approaches. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. Published online May 5th, 2017. doi.org/10.1080/19404158.2017.1322994
  • Tillet, V., & Wong, S., (Accepted for publication in 2018). The diversity of 'belonging': An investigative case study into what early childhood educators understand about 'belonging'. European Early Childhood Education Journal, 26(1)
  • Verdon, S., Wong, S., & McLeod, S. (2016). Shared knowledge and mutual respect: Enhancing culturally competent practice through collaboration with families and communities. Child Language and Teaching Therapy (32), 205-221. DOI: 10.1177/0265659015620254.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wong, S. (2015). Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse children with speech, language and communication needs: Overarching principles, individual approaches. Journal of Communication Disorders, 10(58), 74 – 90.
  • Payler, J., Georgeson, J., & Wong, S. (2016). Young children shaping interprofessional practice in early years settings: Towards a conceptual framework for understanding experiences and participation. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 8, (22-24). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2015.09.003
  • Wong, S., Harrison, L. J., Gibson, M., Press, F., Sumsion, J., & Woods, A. (2015). The construction of a taxonomy of early childhood educators' work. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(3), online. Retrieved from http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/australasian-journal-early-childhood/index-abstracts/ajec-vol-40-no-3-september-2015-2/the-construction-of-a-taxonomy-of-early-childhood-educators-work/
  • Press, F., Wong, S., & Gibson, M. (2015). Understanding who cares: Creating the evidence to address the long-standing policy problem of staff shortages in early childhood education and care. Journal of Family Studies, 21(1), 87-100. doi: 10.1080/13229400.2015.1020990
  • Cumming, T., Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2015). Rethinking early childhood workforce sustainability in the context of Australia's early childhood education and care reforms. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 9, (2). doi:10.1007/s40723-015-0005-z
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wong, S. (2015). Reconceptualizing practice with multilingual children with speech sound disorders: People, practicalities and policy. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 50(1), 48-62. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.1211
  • Cumming, T., Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2014). Early childhood practice and refrains of complexity. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 35(1), 80-95. doi: 10.1080/09575146.2014.937796
  • Fenton, A., Walsh, K., Wong, S., & Cumming, T. (2014). Using strengths-based approaches in early childhood child and family services. International Journal of Early Childhood 47(1), 27-52.doi: 10.1007/s13158-014-0115-
  • Turunen, T. A., Wong, S., Bristol, L., & Ho, S. Y. (2014). Developing 'the wings to really fly': The experiences of four post-doctoral research fellows within an Australian university      faculty of education. Education Research International [ID 217974]. doi: 10.1155/2014/21797
  • Wong, S., & Turner, K. (2014). Constructions of social inclusion within Australian early childhood education and care policy documents. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 15(1), 54–68. http://cie.sagepub.com/content/15/1/54
  • Wong, S., Whiteford, C., Rivalland, C., & Harrison, L. (2014). Utilisation of early childhood education and care services in a nationally representative sample of Australian children: A focus on disadvantage. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(2), 60–69. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA374099441&v=2.1&u=csu_au&it=r&p=EAIM&sw=w&asid=43987d8d425cca0864c1be68325c635b
  • Wong, S., Murray, E., Rivalland, C., Monk, H., Piazza-McFarland, L., & Daniel, G. (2014). Relationships matter: Some benefits, challenges and tensions associated with forming a collaborative educational researcher group. Australian Educational Researcher, 41(3), 243-259. doi: 10.1007/s13384-013-0127-7
  • Cumming, T., Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2013). Reading between the lines: An interpretative meta-analysis of ways early childhood educators negotiate discourses and subjectivities informing practice. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(3), 224-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2013.14.3.223
  • Wong, S. (2013). A 'humanatarian idea': Using an historical lens to reflect on social justice in early childhood and care. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Social Justice: Special Edition, 14(4), 311–323. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2013.14.4.311
  • Wong, S. & Sumsion, J.(2013). Integrated early years services: A thematic literature review. Early Years an International Research Journal, 33(1), 1–13. doi: 10.1080/09575146.2013.841129
  • Wong, S., & Press, F. (2012). Integrated services in Australian early childhood education and care: What can we learn from our past? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 47(2), 153–173. Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=168332818361455;res=IELHSS
  • Wong, S., Sumsion, J., & Press, F. (2012). Early childhood professionals and inter-professional work in integrated early childhood services in Australia. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(1), 81-88. Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=216896027650458;res=IELHSS
  • Cumming, T., & Wong, S. (2012). Professionals don't play: Challenges for early childhood educators working in a transdisciplinary early intervention team. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(1), 127–135. Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=217026458449265;res=IELHSS
  • Press, F., Wong, S., & Sumsion, J. (2012). Child-centred, family-centred, decentred: Positioning children as rights-holders in early childhood program collaborations. Global Studies of Childhood, 2(1), 26–37. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/gsch.2012.2.1.26
  • Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2011) Interrogating 'belonging' in Belonging, Being and Becoming: An Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 12(1), 28-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2011.12.1.28
  • Wong, S., & Cumming, T. (2010). 'Family day care is for normal kids': Facilitators and barriers to the inclusion of children with disabilities in family day care. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 35(3), 4–12. Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=007858409294846;res=IELHSS  (ISSN: 1836-9391)
  • Wong, S. (2008). Tales from the frontline: The experiences of early childhood practitioners working with an 'embedded' research team. Evaluation and Program Planning, 32, 99-108. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2008.10.003
  • Wong, S. (2007). Looking back and moving forward: Historicising the social construction of early childhood education and care as national work. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Special Edition, 8(2), 144–156. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2007.8.2.144

Conference Papers Non-Refereed

Invited Presentations (all/some expenses paid)
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2014). Inter-professional collaboration for children and their families in early childhood services: What does it achieve? What does it take?
  • Presentation to NZ Integrated Services Forum: University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 18th February, 2016.
  • Wong, S. (2014). Supporting integrated work: How thinking in sustainable ways might help us: Invited presentation at The Educators' Conference, Brisbane, September 5.
  • Wong, S. (2014). Supporting integrated work: How thinking in sustainable ways might help us: Invited presentation at The Educators' Conference, Sydney, June 21.
  • Wong, S. (2013). Creating integrated services: Can thinking in sustainable ways help us? Invited Keynote Address to Children's Services Central and Inclusion Support and Professional Support Program Integrated Services Symposium, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, July.
  • Wong, S. & Press, F. (2013). Supporting professional learning in an integrated context: A resource for Early Childhood Leaders. Wheels in Motion, the West Australian Early Childhood Education and Care Conference, Perth, October 26.
  • Wong, S., & Press, F. (2013). Professional development and integrated service delivery projects. Invited presentation at Child Australia WA ECEC Research Symposium, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, Perth, October 25.
  • Wong, S. (2011). Putting children at the centre of responses to domestic violence. Invited Keynote presentation to Healthy Family and Communities Forum, Cobar, November 1.

Conference Presentations

  • Tillett, V., & Wong, S. (2016). The diversity of 'belonging': An investigative case study into what early childhood educators understand about 'belonging'. Paper presented at European Early Childhood Research Association. Individual Presentation. August 31- September 3, Dublin, Ireland,
  • Press, F., Wong, S., Harrsion, L., & Gibson, M. (2016). Understanding who cares. Paper presented at Early Childhood Australia Conference, July 6 - 8, Darwin.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S. & Wong, S. (2016). Six Principles of Culturally Competent Practice: Enhancing families' engagement in speech and language therapy. International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, August, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Wong, S. & Press, F. (2016). Time to support pro-social skills in early childhood education services. Paper Presented as part of a Symposium Social development in early childhoodat OMEP Conference, July 6 - 8, Seoul, South Korea
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2016). All in a day's work: Making visible the complexity of early childhood work.Paper Presented at OMEP Conference, July 6 - 8, Seoul, South Korea
  • Wong, S. (2015). Presentation to OMEP commending the adoption of a resolution on the rights of asylum seeking children: Calling for the cessation of their mandatory detention. Paper presented to the OMEP World Assembly, Washington, 27 August – 1 August.
  • Wong, S., Press, F., & Fry, T. (2015). The National Community Hubs Program: A process evaluation of a program aimed at supporting recently arrived migrant and refugee families with young children. Paper presented at the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Sydney, Australia, 24 – 26 July.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wong, S. (May, 2015).Overarching principles, individual approaches: The provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate speech pathology services to diverse populations. Paper accepted for presentation at Speech Pathology Australia Conference in Canberra, Australia.
  • Wong, S., Murray, E., Rivalland, C., Monk, H., Piazza-McFarland, L., & Daniel, G. (2014). Relationships matter: Some benefits, challenges and tensions associated with forming a collaborative educational researcher group. Poster presentation at Australian Association for Research in Education, 30 November – 4 December, Brisbane.
  • Wong, S., & Turner, K. (2014). Leading the development of an inter-professional autism specific early childhood education and care service. Paper presented at the ISCAR: International Society for Cultural and Activity Research Congress, 29 September- 3 October, Sydney.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wong, S. (2014).Imagining new possibilities for embracing cultural and linguistic diversity in children with communication difficulties. Paper presented at ISCAR: International Society for Cultural and Activity Research Congress, 29 September – 3 August, Sydney, Australia.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wong, S. (2014).Using CHAT to explore speech-language pathology practices from around the world with culturally and linguistically diverse children. Dialogue paper presented at ISCAR: International Society for Cultural and Activity Research Congress PhD Day, 29 September – 3 August, Sydney, Australia
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2014). Early Childhood Australia: A voice for children for 75 years. Paper presented at Early Childhood Australia Conference, 4 – 7 September, Melbourne.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wong, S. (2014).Investigating speech and language therapists' practices in diverse contexts: People, practicalities and policy. Paper presented at ProPEL: Professional Practice, Education and Learning International Conference, 25 – 27 June, Stirling, Scotland.
  • Wong, S., Whiteford, C., Rivalland, C., & Harrison, L. (2013) Identifying the cumulative effects of disadvantage on children's utilisation of ECEC through the application of a Disadvantage Index. In L. Harrison,. & S. Walker (Convenors), Symposium: Educational Contexts: Vulnerability, Access and Learning Outcomes. Paper from the Growing Up in Australia and Footprints in Time LSAC and LSIC Research Conference, 13-15 November, Melbourne.
  • Verdon, S., McLeod, S. & Wong, S. (2013). Supporting multilingual children with speech sound disorders: People, practicalities and policy. Paper presented at the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Conference, 27 August, Turin Italy.
  • Bristol, L., Wong, S., Turunen, T. A., & Ho, S., Y. (2012). What's in a post- doctoral research fellowship? Discursive framework in a faculty of education. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, Non Satis Scire: To know is not enough, Vancouver.
  • Cumming, T., Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2012, April). Always in transition? Australian early childhood teachers' experiences of negotiating 'identity'. In J. Clandinin (Chair), Negotiating identities in the transitions of early career teachers: International perspectives. Symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, April 13-17.
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2012). Embedding values into practice in collaborative programs. Invited paper presented at National Symposium, Early Childhood Development an Emerging Profession, Adelaide, September 24-25.
  • Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2012). Reflections on the research and policy literature about integrated services: Gaps and future directions. Invited paper presented at the AARE Early Childhood SIG Symposium on Integrated Services, Melbourne, May 21.
  • Wong, S., Press, F., & Sumsion, J. (2012). Positioning children as right's holders within inter-professional teams: The role of early childhood education professionals. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, Manchester, England, 4 – 6 September 2012.
  • Wong, S., & Turner, K. (2012). Leading into inter-professional practice: A collaborative enquiry into leadership during the establishment of an interdisciplinary autism specific early childhood education service. Paper presented at the ProPEL International Conference Professions and Professional Learning in Troubling Times: Emerging Practices and Transgressive Knowledges, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, May 9-11.
  • Press, F., & Wong, S. (2011). Researching partnerships between professionals and families: Paper presented at Early Childhood Australia Conference: Together we grow – achieving sustainable practices, Melbourne, 3 - 4 June.
  • Wong, S., & Barrett, J. (2010). Women's work: Collecting the voices, holding the story: SDN Children's Services' Archive oral history project. Paper presented at Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society Conference, Wagga Wagga, 5 - December, 2010.
  • Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2010). Interrogating 'belonging' in the Early Years Learning Framework. Paper presented as part of the Symposium Multiple Perspectives on Quality in ECEC: Curriculum Perspectives at the Australian Association of Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, 29 November - 2 December.
  • Wong, S., & Bland, E. (2010). Learning and teaching art in early childhood: An historical reflection. Paper presented at Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 17th annual conference, Frankston, Victoria, January 19 – 21.
  • NB: 32 conference presentations prior to commencing at CSU not included

Creative Works

  • Wong, S. (2010). Beautiful, bright and artistic. An exhibition of child and student teacher art at the 75th Anniversary of the Nursery School Teacher College, Sydney.

Reports

Commissioned Reports and Knowledge Translation Documents
  • Wong, S. (2017). Goodstart Practice Guide Evaluation: Findings from an educator survey using the Stages of Concern Questionnaire. Goodstart Early Learning: Brisbane. [69 pages].
  • Wong, S., & Cumming, T. (2016). Report on the evaluation of the Bathurst Child & Family Network Building Child-safe, Child-friendly Communities Initiative. Charles Sturt University. [46 pages].
  • Press, F., Harrison, L., Wong, S., McArdle, F., Gibson, M. (2016). Excellence in ECEC: A literature review for C&K Queensland [50 pages].
  • Wong, S., Press, F., & Cumming, T. (2016). Supporting and sustaining inter-professional practice at the Infants' Home Final Report [30 pages].
  • Press, F., Wong, S., & Wangmann, J. (2015). Blue Mountains Stronger Families Alliance (BMSFA): A qualitative evlauation [28 pages].
  • Wong, S., Press, F., & Cumming, T. (2015). Report on the Pilot Evaluation of the National Community Hubs Program [93 pages].
  • Wong, S., Press, F., & Cumming, T. (2015). Discussion Paper for the Development of an Outcomes Evaluation Framework for the National Community Hubs Program [35 pages]. Retrieved from http://www.communityhubs.org.au/contents/resources/Final_Discussion_Paper_NCHP_June_2015.pdf
  • Press, F., Wong, S., Woods, A., Miller, M., Rivalland, C., & Sumsion, J.(2015). Independent evaluation of the National Community Hubs Program [49 pages]. Retrieved from http://www.communityhubs.org.au/contents/resources/CSU_Independent_Evaluation_of_NCHP_Report_2015.pdf
  • Wong, S., & Turner, K. (2014). Leading into interprofessional practice. Sydney: SDN Children's Services [20 pages].
  • Wong, S., & Press, F. (2013). The art of integration: Attracting and retaining staff in integrated early childhood services. The Infants' Home Ashfield [20 pages]. Retrieved from http://www.theinfantshome.org.au/site/assets/files/1009/the_art_of_integration_--_may_2013.pdf
  • Wong, S., & Press, F. (2012). The art of integration. Sydney: The Infants' Home Ashfield [36 pages]
  • Wong, S., Press, F., Sumsion, J., & Hard, L. (2012). Collaborative practice in Victorian early years services: 10 project sites. Melbourne: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development [42 pages]. Retrieved from https://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/earlylearning/collaborativepraceyservices.pdf
  • Wong, S., Press, F., & Sumsion, J. (2012) Supporting professional development in integrated early childhood services: A resource for leaders developed for the Professional Support Coordinators Alliance (PSCA) [30 pages]. View here.
  • Press, F., Wong, S., Sumsion, J. (2012). Share your story. Department of Department for Education, & Child Development South Australia [58 pages]. [PDF]
  • Harrison, L., Sumsion, J., Press, F., Wong, S., Fordham, L., & Goodfellow, J. (2011). A shared early childhood development research agenda: Key research gaps 2010–2015. Research report commissioned by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth for the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations [153 pages]. Retrieved from http://www.deewr.gov.au/Earlychildhood/Resources/Documents/ASharedECDResearchAgenda.pdf
  • Press, F., Sumsion, J., & Wong, S. (2010). Integrated early years provision: A report for the Professional Support Coordinators Alliance [87 pages].

NB: 10 reports prior to commencing at CSU not included.

Other Publications

Professional Publications
  • Singer, E., & Wong, S. (2017). Pedagogische visie van Malaguzzi. De Wereld van het Jonge Kind. [The world of the young child]. Feb, p. 28-32.
  • Wong, S. (2016). Takling the complex issue of workforce shortage. Bedrock, 21(1), 9. http://www.ieu.asn.au/media/180086/bedrock__1_2016_lr.pdf
  • Wong, S., & Turner, K. (2008). SDN Child and Family Resource Centre. Promising Practice Profile. Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies. Retrieved from https://www3.aifs.gov.au/institute/cafcappp/ppp/profiles/pppdocs/la_sdn.pdf
  • Wong, S., & Waterford, S. (2008). SDN Partnerships with Parents Program Promising Practice Profile. Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies. Retrieved from https://www3.aifs.gov.au/institute/cafcappp/ppp/profiles/pppdocs/la_pwp.pdf
  • Wong, S., Turner, K., & Robinson, K. (2008). Key ingredients for running a successful toy library. Every Child, 14(11), 22–23.
  • Cumming, T., Forder, A., & Wong, S. (2008). Inclusion in family day care. Jigsaw, 48, 19–20.
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