BSc(Agr) (Hons), MSc McGill, DipT (EC) MCAE, MEd Syd, PhD Macq
Linda Harrison is Associate Dean-Research and Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University. She is an early childhood educator and researcher with varied interests and expertise, most particularly in large-scale longitudinal studies and the development of innovative methodologies for studying children's lives, experiences, and perspectives as they move into and through early childhood settings and schools. Linda is a Chief Investigator on seven Australian Research Council grants (two current), an Honorary Fellow with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Community Child Health Research Group and an invited member of the Goodstart Early Learning Thought Leaders Group, the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Statistics and Evaluation, NSW Department of Education, and the Australian Government Review of Longitudinal Data Architecture for the National Centre for Longitudinal Data
Previously, Linda led one of three research programs in the Excellence in Research in Early Years Education Collaborative Research Network, a three-year (2011-2014) research capacity building program for 70 staff and doctoral students at Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology, and Monash University, funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.. She was a key contributor to the Australian government-funded Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, and co-led the development and trial of Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia for the Australian Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, and the Council of Australian Governments.
Since taking up her appointment at CSU in 2000, Linda and her research colleagues have been awarded two ARC Discovery grants and five ARC Linkage grants. Linda has also attracted significant funding through external government and competitive research contracts and consultancies. These include: the development and national trial of Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia; the evaluation of the Inquiry to Implementation Project for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and an evaluation of centre-based processes in engaging with the National Quality Framework for Goodstart Early Learning. Linda has also had a long-standing involvement with the design of the 16-year Longitudinal Study of Australian Children which is funded by the Australian government Department of Social Services in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Linda's research interests centre on:
Infants' and toddlers' experiences of child care
Quality in early childhood services
The long-term impact of communication difficulties in early childhood
Promotion of child mental health in child care services
The use and impact of multiple and changeable child care on child outcomes
Attachment relationships with educators in early childhood settings
Linda is also known for her work in developing innovative methodologies for the study of early childhood settings and children's wellbeing. These include:
Time Use Diary for Infant Toddler Childcare, a research tool for observing children's experiences throughout the childcare day
Random Time Sampling Time Use Diary, a Smartphone app for early childhood educators to record their working day
The Pictorial Measure of School Stress and Wellbeing
Supervision of Higher Degree Research Students
Linda is currently supervising four PhD students whose research is exploring babies' interactions with other infants in childcare, children's speech acquisition in North Viet Nam , and movement curriculum in outdoor play for preschoolers. She has successfully supervised four early childhood PhD graduates and two PhD/EdD nurse education graduates.
Linda was co-leader (with colleague Prof Jennifer Sumsion) of the national consortium led by Charles Sturt University that was awarded the tender to develop and trial Belonging, Being and Becoming: the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. The model we developed to facilitate successful cross sectoral collaboration, discussion and debate within the Consortium, which comprised academics universities, representatives of peak early childhood organisations, employer groups, practitioners and consultants, proved highly effective in working with government representatives and the wider early childhood community.
This model has been applied in the subsequent establishment of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Early Years Learning and Development Network (EYLDN), which in 2012 became the Early Years Chapter. The ARACY Early Years Chapter is principally designed to encourage collaborative partnership across researchers, academics, practitioners, professional organizations, government and non-government agencies, and advocate for the importance of early childhood.
Linda is an active member of national and international early childhood organisations, and is a committed participant at their annual and biennial conferences and meetings. She is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Early Childhood and acts as a reviewer for journals such as the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, The Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, Educational Psychology, and several others. Linda is a grant reviewer for the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Linda Harrison has published, as a sole author, co-author or Editor, 11 scholarly books/monographs, 26 research-based book chapters, 65 refereed journal articles, and 10 research reports and conference papers, reflecting a record of effective cross-disciplinary collaborations in research and publishing. She also produces knowledge translational work for a broad professional and policy audience, and presents at professional conferences.
A selection of recent and seminal work is included below: