The FOAE Early Childhood Research Group conducts research focusing on children (birth-eight years) and pedagogy, profession, and curriculum in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings (e.g., preschools, family day care, playgroups and integrated child and family programs), and the early years of school.
This group brings together a critical mass of early childhoodresearchers (academics, HDR students, research assistants), with the aim of building research capacity, establishing or expanding collaborations and networks, and supporting funding application success. The group also aims to cultivate a positive collegial environment that will help develop the full potential of researchers at all stages of their careers.
The Early Childhood Research group builds on existing research strengths in FOAE that include:
Children: Speech, language and literacy, including in diverse cultural, linguistic and geographical contexts; children’s inclusion and participation; infants and toddlers; child emotional, social and cognitive development, resilience and complex needs; children’s participation in research.
Pedagogy: Family-school partnerships; relationships; learning readiness and transition to school.
Profession: Early childhood educator well-being; workforce sustainability; quality; policy; leadership; professional development, interprofessional collaboration.
Curriculum: STEM education in ECE; arts and technology.
Reflecting this expertise, CSU has recently earned an ERA rating of “above world standard” for Field of Research 1301 Education Systems, which encompasses: early childhood education; and 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy, which encompasses: creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy, curriculum and pedagogy theory and development, mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy.
Early Childhoodresearch in FOAE is aligned to CSU’s goals of developing “Resilient People” and “Flourishing Communities”. The group uses a wide and innovative range of theoretical and methodological approaches, influenced by the members’ different disciplinary expertise.
Chair Early Childhood Research Group
Senior Lecturer with the School of Teacher Education
Deputy Chair Early Childhood Research Group
Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition
Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Academic Lead – Sessional Staff Support SOE & SOTE
Associate Head of School & Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology
Associate Head of School & Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Associate Head of School of Education, Senior Lecturer
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