Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Linda Mahony

Dr Linda Mahony

DipT; BEd; EdD; GCTE; GCULM

Dr Linda Mahony has over 30 years experience in early years education. She is a leader in her field of research and has presented at seminars and lectures related to her research interests both nationally and internationally in schools, Universities, and at conferences.

Her field of research links closely with her vast classroom experience and her in-depth insight into the lived experiences of teachers. Her research predominantly focuses on teacher pedagogy and teaching practice that promotes wellbeing and learning.

Her particular interests are teachers’ pedagogical practices with children and families experiencing parental separation and divorce and other family disruption; pre-service teacher experiences straddling multiple policies during practicum placement; social emotional learning and wellbeing; and English, language and literacy.

Linda is accredited as a Principal and co-supervisor of Masters and PhD students.

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Since completing a Doctorate in Education, Linda has been University lecturing in Education with a particular focus on early years and primary school aged children. She is highly competent in teaching and learning related activities, and applies evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching. Linda provides high quality flexible learning experiences centred on engaging learners to enable students to achieve success and have the knowledge, skills, and values they need to be effective contributors to society. Her teaching is derived from research and practice and is informed by a sound knowledge of the discipline and how students learn, effective interpersonal communication skills and ability to help students overcome problems in learning. Linda is an experienced and accredited teacher.

Her tertiary teaching expertise across early childhood and primary sectors includes:

  • Family Studies and Disability
  • English, language and literacy
  • Early years mathematics
  • Early years science
  • Play in the early years
  • Child development
  • Professional experience placement
  • Wellness and wellbeing in the early years
  • The Arts (early years and primary)

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Linda’s research interests include children and families, equity and inclusion, teacher knowledge and thinking, and how teachers’ knowledge and thinking informs practice. She has presented at national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars on topics related to her research interests and teaching expertise.

Linda has:

  • had the privilege of working with teachers to develop an understanding of their pedagogical practices for working with children and families experiencing parental separation and divorce and other challenging family circumstances with the aim to promote wellbeing and learning for children and families.
  • explored how teachers and other adults can use pedagogical tools such as children’s picture books to support children and families during, what may be, unsettling family and life events.
  • worked with parents of children who have experienced parental separation and divorce to explore their perceptions of the collaboration and communication with their children’s teachers and schools so that they can work together to promoting wellbeing and learning.
  • worked with initial teacher education students to explore their experiences of working across prior-to-school and school sectors on practicum placements.
  • worked with employers to explore their perspectives of how well prepared initial teacher education graduates are for the workforce, and explored what employers consider should go in an initial teacher education degree.

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Linda has been an editorial intern with the Australia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education (APJTE). Linda has been copy editor for the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) journal Practical Literacy: The early and primary years and from 2017 through 2019 was co-editor of this journal. Linda reviews for many academic journals.

Linda serves on Local Council (2014-current) and National Council of the Australian Literacy Association  (2016-2018) promoting the teaching and learning of literacy and providing a voice and professional learning experiences for its members and the wider literacy community.

Linda is a member of several professional associations including: Early Childhood Australia, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, and the Primary English Teachers Association Australia.

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