Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Louise Hard

Associate Professor Louise Hard

DipT (EC), IECD, BEd S.Aust C.A.E., MEd (QUT), Ed D (QUT)

Profile

Dr Louise Hard is currently the Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University. In this role she supports the work of the Executive Dean and a range of faculty projects working closely with heads of school.

Prior to this role Louise was the Associate Dean (Courses) in the Faculty of Business where she led major faculty projects around online course innovation, course renewals and credit. Louise was the Head of the Murray School of Education and also worked as a Senior Lecturer teaching subjects in leadership and management, wellness and wellbeing. Louise has acted as Head of Campus, Dean of the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Business. Prior to joining the University sector, Louise worked as an Early Childhood Teacher and Director in various states of Australia.

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Position

In her role as Deputy Dean Louise works closely with heads of school to support the Faculty and University initiatives. She provides support to the Executive Dean and assumes responsibility for this position in the Dean’s absence.

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Research and Teaching

Dr Hard's doctoral work focused on the understanding and enactment of leadership in the field of early childhood.  Her thesis is available at:

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/16213/

Her research focuses on the areas of leadership and management and more recently in the implications of this activity to the development of online learning in higher education.

  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Leadership in ECEC services

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Professional Activities

Memberships
  • Society for the study of Symbolic Interaction
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Early Childhood Australia (ECA)

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Selected Publications

  • Hard, L; Press, F, and Gibson, M. (2013) Doing social justice in early childhood: The potential of leadership.  Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, special edition, vol 14(4), Dec.
  • O'Gorman, L and Hard, L. (2013).  Playing the game: Enacting leadership through the introduction of the Preparatory Year in Queensland.  Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 38 (3), Sept.
  • Hard, L and Jonsdottir, A. H. (2013) Leadership is not a dirty word:  Exploring and embracing leadership in ECEC.  Eurpoean Early Childhood Education Research Journal.  Volume 21 (3), August.
  • Wong, S, Press, F., Sumsion,J, & Hard, L. (2012).  Collaborative Practice in Victorian Early Years Services: 10 project sites.  Report http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/earlylearning/collaborativepraceyservices.pdf
  • Hard, L. (2008). Understanding leadership enactment in early childhood education and care. Saarbrücken: VDM.
  • Hard, L., & O'Gorman, L. (2007). Push Me or Pull You? An opportunity for early childhood leadership in the implementation of Queensland 's Early Years Curriculum. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol.8, No 1.
    http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Hard,_Louise.html
  • Hard, L. (2006). Horizontal violence in early childhood education and care: Implications for leadership enactment. Australian Journal of Early Childhood . Vol.31 No.3
    http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/australian_journal_of_early_childhood/ajec_index_
    abstracts/horizontal_violence_in_early_childhood_education_and_care.html
  • Hard, L (2005): Would the leaders in Early Childhood Education and Care please step forward? Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. Vol. 12, (1)
  • Knipe, S., Rafferty, J., & Hard, L. (2004). Perceptions of reality: Meeting the challenges of establishing a new teaching degree. ATEA July
  • Rafferty, J & Hard, L. (2004). Reality Bites: Tensions and challenges in redefining transitional education. Refereed publication from Continuity and Change: Educational Transitions International Conference, Sydney. November.
  • Hard, L, Tayler, C. & Danby, S (2004). Leadership in early childhood education and care: It's not about being the boss. In Performing Research:Theories, Methods and Practice. Ed, E, McWilliam, S, Danby & J, Knight. Post Pressed: Flaxton, Qld. Pp:397-408.
  • Hard, L. (2004). How is leadership understood in early childhood education and care? vol. 11, (1). Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education.
  • Hard, L. (2001). Investigating leadership in early childhood education and care in Australia . In Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices . Eds, P. Singh & E. McWilliam , Post Pressed: Flaxton Qld. Pp. 177-190.
  • Hard, L. (1997). Rural parents' perceptions and values and how they may contribute to a more contextually based early childhood program. Education In Rural Australia , vol. 7 (1), pp 27- 35.
    http://www.nexus.edu.au/TeachStud/arera/INDEX.HTM
  • Hard, L. and Walker, C. (1997) Student Supervision - The Experiences of Early childhood Educators and Occupational Therapists. In A. Yarrow and J. Millwater (eds). Practical Experiences in Professional Education Research Monograph: No 2 .. Brisbane , QUT Publications, pp. 151-165.
  • Hard, L. and Taffe. R.(1995). Problem Based Learning: The experience for early childhood students in the BEd (Early Childhood) at Charles Sturt University . In Research and development in problem based learning, Vol 3, assessment and evaluation, (eds) P. Little, M. Ostwald & G. Ryan. The Australian Problem Based Learning Network, University of Newcastle : Newcastle , NSW. pp 195-209.
Professional Publications
  • Hard, L. (2009) Why is bullying an issue in the early childhood workforce? Every Child, Vol. 15, No.2. p.24-25
    http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/every_child_magazine/every_child_index/why_is_
    bullying_an_issue_in_the_early_childhood_workforce.html
  • Ireland , L & Hard, L. (2007) Curriculum: A work in progress. Rattler. Issue 81, Autumn. pp20-23
  • Hard, L. (2003). What does it mean to be a leader in early childhood education and care? Perspectives on Educational Leadership . vol. 13, No. 8. ACEL.
  • Hard, L. (2001). Administration and Management in Early Childhood. EEB404 .Open Learning Institute, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga. New South Wales.
  • Hard, L., Macmillan, A. & Ortlipp, M. (2000). Towards a More Dialogic Early Childhood Community. Rattler . Summer.
  • Hard, L and Kelly, D. (2000). Creating Opportunities for Parents in School Communities. "Not Another Sausage Sizzle!" Catholic School Studies . May,Vol.73, No. 1.
  • Hard, L. (1999) Wellness and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Contexts. Open Learning Institute, Charles Sturt University , Albury, Bathurst , Wagga Wagga. New South Wales.
  • Hard, L. (1998). Wild Things in Early Literacy. A review of current issues for under 5's literacy education. Country Children's Services Conference , Canberra , June. pp. 24-36.
Book Chapters
  • 2016 (accepted): Carole Hunter, Louise Hard, and Fiona Douglas. Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience, to be published by IGI Global. Humanising Learning for All: Considerations for Large Scale Online Design Initiatives.

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