CFRC Newsletter - September 2015

CFRC Newsletter - September 2015

Strengthening families and communities through volunteering

Rebekah GraceDr Rebekah Grace has received a donation from a private philanthropist for $1.34M to support her research project 'Strengthening Families and Communities through Volunteering'.

This donation follows an earlier donation of $205,000 which was used to support a pilot study. The project explores the effectiveness of volunteer home visiting in supporting positive outcomes for vulnerable families and is being conducted in collaboration with the Translational Research and Social Innovation Unit at Western Sydney University and three NGOs: Save the Children, The Benevolent Society and Karitane. It is a landmark study in that this will be

  1. the first effectiveness trial (RCT) of volunteer home visiting to be conducted in Australia,
  2. the largest trial of volunteer home visiting to be conducted worldwide,
  3. the first trial in the world to focus on outcomes for both the families and the volunteers who support them, and
  4. the first time an analysis of social return on investment has been conducted with a volunteer home visiting program. It is an exciting project, made even more exciting by the amazing level of support that has come from a very generous philanthropist with a strong commitment to helping Australian children and families in difficult circumstances.

VCF Pilot Study Report

  • Infants and Toddlers

    Infants and Toddler: Practice pedagogy & research conference

    The Children and Families Research Centre, in collaboration with Gowrie NSW were proud to hold the inaugural Infants and Toddlers: practice, pedagogy and Research conference in Sydney on the 25th-26th of September. The conference brought together practicing early childhood educators and national and interactions infant-toddler researchers with the aim of enhancing the...

  • Dr Wayne Warburton

    Voted the Australian Psycological Society Psychology Lecturer of the year

    Dr Wayne Warburton was one of four 2015 APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Psychology Lecturer[s] of the Year Award winners as voted by students at your university, Macquarie University.

  • Professor Jacqueline Hayden

    CFRC Joins Human Rights Commission Reference Group

    Professor Jacqueline Hayden has been selected by the Australian Human Rights Commission to join a national reference group for the project entitled  ​​Cultural diversity and racial prejudice in early childhood. The reference group will meet over the next year to advise on the development of information and training resources as part of the National Anti-Racism Strategy.  The launch of the developed resources is scheduled for 2016.

Child development, resilience and capacity

Child Fund Aust NZCFRC members Kathy Cologon, Jacqueline Hayden, Fay Hadley and Zinnia Mevawalla presented a one-day
workshop to staff from Child Fund Australia and Child Fund New Zealand, August 2015

Findings from longitudinal studies, globalisation of the field and the realisation that research needs to take account of culture and context has contributed to reconceptualising development studies in terms of interacting relational and ecological systems. These movements, combined with technical advances in neuroimaging and molecular genetics, have significantly changed our ideas about human development, including the impetus for the development of resilience and capabilities.

A team from CFRC was commissioned to develop and present a one-day workshop to international staff and project officers from Child Fund Australia and Child Fund New Zealand. The topic included current understandings about human development and behaviour with a focus on implications for children experiencing under-resourced and fragile conditions in diverse contexts. The workshop was built around the Molecular–Social-Environmental (MSE) framework, which illuminates the cascading influence of epigenetics, social interactions and environmental conditions on human development and behaviour. Participants were challenged to explore their own ideas about vulnerability, resilience, inclusion and exclusion and consider how critical consciousness and concepts of social justice are facilitated in young children and youth.

Graduations

R WalshRosalind Walsh graduated on 17 September with a Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for her PhD thesis entitled "Catering for the Needs of Intellectually Gifted Children in Early Childhood: Development and Evaluation of Questioning Strategies to Elicit Higher Order Thinking".

Rosalind was supervised by Professor Jennifer Bowes, Dr Coral Kemp and Dr Kerry Hodge from the CFRC. Rosalind is a finalist in the Macquarie University Research Awards in the Category of Excellence in Higher Degree Research - Social Sciences, Business and Humanities. Find out more…

Bronwen Wade-LeeuwenBronwen Wade-Leeuwen graduated on the 17 September.  Her thesis entitled: Out of the Shadows: Fostering Creativity in pre-service art teachers in creative arts programs” Bronwen was supervised by Dr Neil Harrision, Associate Professor Alma Fleet and Emeritus Professor Alan Rice.  Find out more…

Researcher of the week

Researcher of the Week (12 June 2015).  Dr Kelly Baird from IEC and Associate member of the Children and Families Research Centre. Kelly is an Early Career Researcher who has just completed her PhD. Read more...

Researcher of the Week (10 July 2015).  Dr Alice Chik from Education and a Full member of the Children and Families Research Centre. Alice's expertise is in language and literacy. Read more...

Researcher of the Week (31 July 2015). Dr Yeshe Colliver from IEC and a Full member of the Children and Families Research Centre. Yeshe is an early career researcher and lecturer with experience in the early childhood prac program. Read more...

Researcher of the Week (7 August 2015). Dr Kathy Cologon from IEC and a Full member of the Children and Families Research Centre. Kathy lectures and conducts research in inclusive education. Read more...

Visiting Scholars

Professor Marika Veisson

Professor Marika VeissonProfessor Veisson, is the Head , Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Estonia. During her visit, she will share findings of the cross-cultural study investigating the professionalism of early childhood educators – preschool teachers and principals (equivalent of centre directors in Australia) from four European countries who are partners in this study.

CFRC Seminar Series 2015: Professionalism of preschool teachers in cross-cultural contexts, Monday 23 November 2015.

Associate Professor Annie Savard

Annie Savard Associate Professor Annie Savard visited the Institute of Early Childhood from McGill University in Montreal, Canada from the 10 - 15 July 2015. In her colloquium on the 14 July she presented some background to Educational Research in Canada and focus on her current mathematics education research, with the topic How to support elementary school students’ access to mathematics when solving additive word problems.

Bulletin Board

Appointments

Sheila Degotardi was appointed to the editorial board of ‘The First Years: NZ Journal of Infant-toddler Education’.

Fay Hadley was appointed Chair of Publications Committee for Early Childhood Australia and convened a meeting with the committee in Canberra 10-11 August.

Maria Hatzigianni was appointed adjunct member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (2015-2018).

Kate Highfield was appointed editor of LiveWires as part of Early Childhood Australia’s Digital Business Kit (January, 2015).

Saskia Kohnen . Has been selected as Visiting Scholar to the European Masters in Clinical Linguistics at Potsdam University, Germany (July, 2015).

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen was appointed Associate Editor of The Diversity Collection "Dialogues of Diversity." The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 15Issue 2, June 2015. Online Journal. http://ijdc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.242/prod.69

Manjula Waniganayake

was appointed to the Early Childhood Australia’s Project Steering Committee on “Start Early”: Family Violence Prevention. (August, 2015)

Books

Jones, R. H., Chik, A., & Hafner, C.A. (Eds.) (2015). Discourse and digital practices: Doing discourse analysis in the digital age. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Chik, A. (2015). Creativity and technology in second-language learning and teaching. In R. H. Jones & J. C. Richards (Eds.), Creativity in language teaching: Perspectives from research and practice (pp. 180 – 195). London: Routledge.

Chik, A. (2015). English language teaching apps: Reconceptualising learners, parents and teachers. In E. Dixon & M. Thomas (Eds.), Researching language learner interaction online: From social media to MOOCs (pp. 29 – 44). CALICO Monograph Series 13. San Marcos, TX: CALICO.

Chik, A. (2015). Popular culture and digital worlds. In J. Rowsell & K. Pahl (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of literacy studies (pp. 339 – 353). London: Routledge.

Chik, A. (2015). Recreational language learning and digital practices: Positioning and repositioning. In R. H. Jones, A. Chik, & C.A. Hafner (Eds.), Discourse and digital practices: Doing discourse analysis in the digital age (pp. 112 – 129). London: Routledge.

Jones, R. H., Chik, A., & Hafner, C. A. (2015). Introduction: Discourse analysis and digital practices. In R. H. Jones, A. Chik & C. A. Hafner (Eds.), Discourse and digital practices: Doing discourse analysis in the digital age (pp. 1 – 17). London: Routledge.

Owens, K., & Highfield, K. (2015). Visuospatial reasoning in contexts with digital technology. In K. Owens (Ed.) Visuospatial reasoning (pp. 275 – 289). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Papic, M. M., Mulligan, J. T., Highfield, K., McKay-Tempest. J., & Garrett, D. (2015). The impact of a patterns and early algebra program on children’s learning in transition to school in Australian Indigenous communities. In B. Perry, A. Gervasoni, & A. MacDonald (Eds.). Mathematics and transition to school: International perspectives (Chapter 4).New York: Springer.

Prot, S., Anderson, C. A., Gentile, D. A., Warburton, W. A., Saleem, M., Groves, C. L., & Brown, S. C. (2015). Media as agents of socialization. In J. E. Grusec & P. D. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of socialisation: Theory and research (2nd Edition, pp. 276-300). New York: The Guilford Press.

Warburton, W. A. (2015). The study of aggressive behaviour. In E. Handsley, C. MacDougall, & M. Rich (Eds.), Children’s well-being in the media age (pp. 166-187). Sydney: The Federation Press.

Warburton, W. A., & Anderson, C. A. (2015). Social psychological study of aggression. In J. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopaedia of social and behavioral sciences (2nd Edition, pp. 295-299). Oxford: Elsevier.

Journal Articles

Armstrong, A., Donohue, C., & Highfield, K. (2015). Technology integration: Defining what is appropriate for young children. Exchange, 225, pp. 28 – 33.

Cheeseman, S., Press, F., & Sumsion, J. (2015). An encounter with 'sayings' of curriculum: Levinas and the formalisation of infants' learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(8), 822-832.

Cheeseman, S., Sumsion, J., & Press, F. (2015). Infants of the productivity agenda. Learning from birth or waiting to learn? Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(3), 38-45.

Davis, B., Torr, J., & Degotardi, S. (2015). Infants and toddlers: How visible are they in the Early Years Learning Framework? International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy,9(12). doi: 10.1186/s40723-015-0014-y

Davis, B., & Degotardi, S. (2015). Educators’ understandings of, and support for, infant peer relationships in early childhood settings. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 13, 64-78.  doi: 10.1177/1476718X1453860

Hadley, F., Waniganayake, M., & Shepherd, W. (2015). Contemporary practice in professional learning and development of early childhood educators in Australia: Reflections on what works and why. Professional Development in Education, 41(2), 187-202. doi: 10.1080/19415257.2014.986818

Hafner, C.A., Chik, A., & Jones, R. H. (2015). Digital literacies and language learning. Language Learning & Technology, 19(3), 2-8.

Highfield K., & Papic, M. (2015). Riding the wave of social networking in the context of preservice teacher education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 15(3). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/vol15/iss3/currentpractice/article1.cfm

Hoyte, F., Torr, J., & Degotardi, S. (2015). Creating pretence and sharing friendship: Modal expressions in children’s play. International Journal of Early Years Education, 23, 17-30. doi: 10.1080/09669760.2014.992867

Hoyte, F., Torr, J., & Degotardi, S. (online first). What is it all about: Topic choices in young children’s play. International Journal of Play. doi: 10.1080/21594937.2015.1060566

Little, H. (2015). Mothers’ beliefs about risk and risk-taking in children’s outdoor play. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 15(1), 24-39. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2013.842178

Little, H. (2015). Promoting risk-taking and physically challenging play in Australian early childhood settings in a changing regulatory environment. Journal of Early Childhood Research, online first. doi: 10.1177/1476718X15579743

Luecke, A. K., Orue, I., Riva, P., Strasburger, V. C., Volpato, C., & Warburton, W. A. (2015). Consensus on media violence effects: Comment on Bushman et al. 2014. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 4, 215–221. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000063

Peel, R., & Hadley, F. (2015). Why is the outdoor environment in our school as important as the indoor classrooms? Every Child, 21(3), pp. 6-7.

Sims, M., & Waniganayake, M. (2015). The role of staff in quality improvement in early childhood. Journal of Education and Training Studies. 3(5), 187-194. doi:10.11114/jets.v3i5.942

Stevenson, M., Hedberg, J., Highfield, K. & Diao, M. (2015) Visualizing Solutions: Apps as Cognitive Stepping‑Stones in the Learning Process.  Electronic Journal of e-Learning (EJEL) 13, 5 pp. 365‑378

Yoong, T., McKenzie, A., & Grace, R. (accepted 15 Feb 2015). Developmental screening tests: Questioning the role of the ADST and ASQ in the screening process. Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing.

Zhang, K., Djonov, E., & Torr, J. (2015). Reading and reinterpreting picture books on children’s television: Implications for young children’s narrative literacy. Children’s Literature in Education. doi: 10.1007/s10583-015-9259-x

Published Conference Proceedings

Savard, A., & Highfield, K. (2015) Teachers’ talk about robotics: Where is the mathematics? In M. Marshman, V. Geiger, & A. Bennison (Eds.). Mathematics education in the margins (Proceedings of the 38th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), pp. 540–546. Sunshine Coast: MERGA.

Presentations in Australia

Amigo, M. (2015, October). Children’s rights. Workshop presented for PACE International partners within the OLT grant Classrooms of Many Cultures. MGSM, Macquarie University.

Cheeseman, S. (2015, July). Curriculum for infants: Beyond notions of development. Paper presented at the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Conference,Sydney.

Cheeseman, S. (2015, August). Opportunities for knowledge sharing across educational settings. Featured speaker at the Talking Transition conference of the NSW Department of Education, Sydney.

Cheeseman, S. (2015, August). Leadership in ECEC. Paper presented at the NSW Education ECEC Directorate Assessors conference, Parramatta, NSW.

Cheeseman, S. (2015, September) Infants’ encounters with curriculum: The benediction as invitation. Keynote address at the Gowrie NSW and Institute of Early Childhood Macquarie University Infants and Toddlers: Practice, Pedagogy and Research conference, Sydney.

Chik, A. (September 19, 2015). ‘Learning from the neighbourhood’ and ‘Draw and tell: How do you learn?’ Paper presented at the conference of the NSW Federation of Community Languages School, University of Sydney.

Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., & Grace, R. (2015, September-October). Negotiating with adult gatekeepers in research with disadvantaged/marginalised children. Paper presented at theEarly Start conference, University of Wollongong.

Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., & Grace, R. (2015,September-October). Influences in the social worlds of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Paper presented at the Early Start conference, University of Wollongong.

Colliver, Y. J. (2015, September-October). Learning through play: Australian educators’ perspectives and the Early Years Learning Framework. Paper presented at the Early Start conference, University of Wollongong.

Colliver, Y. J (2015, July). Young children's perspectives on their learning through play. Paper presented at the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association conference, Sydney.

Colliver, Y. J (2015, July). Child's play? Researching young children's perspectives. Paper presented at the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association conference, Sydney. SAME OR DIFFERENT PAPERS?

Cologon, K. (2015, July). Better together: Inclusion and early intervention, addressing ableism and models of disability in working towards inclusive approaches to early intervention. Keynote paper presented at the 2015 Lifestart conference, Sydney.

Cologon, K. (2015, July). "Everyone wants to be welcome, to have friends, to have a place": Family experiences of inclusion in the early years. Paper presented at the 2015 Inclusive Education Summit, Victoria Institute, Melbourne.

Cologon, K. (2015, August). 'Vulnerability' and 'resilience': Social and environmental risk factors, diverse and disrupted contexts. Presentation for ChildFund Australia and Child Fund New Zealand, Sydney

Cologon, K. (2015, August). Reading development in children with Down syndrome: Understanding the research. Paper presented to the ACT Down Syndrome Association, Canberra.

Comino, E., Kemp, L., Grace, R., Knight, J., & Wright, D. (2015, July). The Gudaga Study: An example of evolving research partnership with an urban Aboriginal community. Paper presented at the Primary Health Care Research conference, Adelaide.

Comino, E., Knight, J., Wright, D., & Grace, R. (2015, September). Describing the developmental progress of Aboriginal preschool children in an urban environment: The Gudaga Study. Paper presented at the Population Health Congress,Hobart.

De Gioia K. (2015, August). Exploring 'entitlement' for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds transitioning into school. Paper presented at the Talking Transition conference of the NSW Department of Education, Sydney.

De Gioia, K. (2015, February–September). Transition to school: Research and strategies to support your families. Presentations arranged by Catholic and Independent primary schools, prior to school settings and local government councils for families of children starting school 2016, across metropolitan Sydney

Degotardi, S. (2015, September-October). The quality and quantity of educators’ talk to infants during mealtimes: Opportunities lost and gained. Paper presented at the Early Start conference, University of Wollongong.

Djonov, E., Stenglin, M., & Torr, J. (July 2015). “Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Ready? One, two, three…”: A multimodal, social semiotic analysis of sessions for babies and toddlers at public libraries. Paper presented at the conference of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, Sydney.

Djonov, E. (2015, October). Visual-verbal relations and orientation in the design and use of websites for children. Invited seminar presentation for the Systemic Functional Research Students Seminar Series, Sydney University.

Grace, R., & Smith, H. (2015, May). Mobilising communities to support vulnerable families and build inclusive care networks: The Volunteer Family Connect home visiting program. Paper presented at the Child Aware Approaches conference, Melbourne.

Hadley, F., & Hayden, J. (2015, July). Preschool access in Vanuatu: High quality provision in hard to reach populations. Paper presented at the conference of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, Sydney.

Hatzigianni, M. (2015, September). A transformative perspective in the use of technology in early childhood education. Paper presented at the Early Start Conference, University of Wollongong.

Hayden, J., Hadley, F., Cologon, C., & Mevawalla, Z. (2015, August). Child development, resilience and capacity.  A systems approach. Workshop presented for Child Fund Australia, Sydney.

Kohnen, S. (2015, August). Dyslexia: Causes, assessment and treatment directions. Invited Presentation at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

Kohnen, S. (2015, August). Dyslexia: Causes, assessment and treatment directions. Invited Presentation at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Little, H. (2015, July). Affordances for risk-taking and physically challenging play in Australian early childhood education settings in a changing regulatory environment.  Paper presented at the conference of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, Sydney.

Mackenzie, M., Cologon, K., & Fenech, M. (2015, September). Approaching inclusive early childhood education from a social relational understanding of disability. Paper presented at the Early Start conference, University of Wollongong. 

Magaliou, M., & Hatzigianni, M. (2015, July). Do...Re…Mi…ICT: Playing with music in early childhood education. Paper presented at the conference of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, Sydney.

Swit, C. (2015, September). Preschool Children's Use of Aggression and Socio-Psychological Outcomes Paper presented at the Early Start Conference at the University of Wollongong.

Vungthong, S., Djonov, E., & Torr, J.(2015, July). Images as a resource for supporting vocabulary learning: A multimodal analysis of Thai EFL tablet apps for primary school children. Paper presented at the conference of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, Sydney.

Waniganayake, M. (2015, October). Informing, influencing and inspiring research on early childhood leadership. Keynote paper presented at the Research Symposium of Community Childcare Cooperative, Sydney

International  Presentations

Cheeseman, S. (2015, September). Quality curriculum for babies: beyond notions of benevolence. Paper presented at the conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

De Gioia, K. (2015, September). Journeys of change: Experiences of transition into prior to school settings for immigrant and refugee families. Paper presented at the conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

De Gioia, K., Fleet, A., Madden, L., & Semann, A. (2015, September). Educational change at the borders: through the lens of situated social learning. Paper presented at the conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

Djonov, E. (2015, September). The potential of the shared reading of a picture book in traditional vs. interactive app format to support preschool children’s literacy: A critical multimodal exploration. Paper presented at the conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

Hadley, F. (2015, September). Connecting with families: Reconceptualising partnerships in child care centres. Paper presented at conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

Hadley, F., & Hayden, J.  (2015, September). Making preschool relevant: Meeting the needs of children in difficult contexts: A case study. Paper presented at the conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

Hatzigianni, M., Gregoriadis, A., & Fleer, M. (2015, September). Computer use and associations with socio-emotional outcomes in the longitudinal study of Australian children.Paper presented at the conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain.

Hodge, K. (2015, August). A supported playgroup for families with young gifted children: Parents’ and facilitators’ perspectives. Paper presented at the 21stconference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Odense, Denmark.

Hodge, K. (2015, August). Gifted children prior to school: What do their educators believe and do regarding their education? Paper presented at the 21st conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Odense, Denmark.

Larrosa, L., Barrós Pérez, S., Barrós Pérez, C., Amigó, M., & Drubra, M. (2015, September). “Percepción diferencial de la relación familia-escuela y las relaciones dentro del centro educativo de alumnos de familias españolas e inmigrantes y su relación con los resultados escolares” in Comunicaciones del I Congreso Iberoamericano de Salud y Bienestar, Universidad de A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain.

McMaugh, A., Grace, R., Cowling, S., Bowes, J., Warburton, W., & Gibson, F. (2015, May). Exploring processes of change for families at high risk: Can parenting interventions reduce child abuse potential and facilitate conceptual change? Paper presented at the conference of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington DC.

Sims, M., & Waniganayake, M. (2015, October).Nice ladies as neoliberal leaders in early childhood: critique or compliance? Paper presented at the 11th Early Childhood Convention, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Swit, C., McMaugh, A., & Warburton, W. (2015, March). The influence of teacher and parent behavioural interventions on children’s use of relational aggression in an Australian preschool sample. In J. Ostrov and K. Kamper (Chairs) Relational aggression and relational victimization during early childhood: Multiple methods and informants in three countries. Symposium presented at the conference of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.

Swit, C., McMaugh, A., & Warburton, W. (2015, March). Australian teachers’ and parents’ beliefs and intervention responses to relational and physical aggression during early childhood. Paper presented at the conference of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.

Wade-Leeuwen, B, (2015, July). Touching creativity: Intercultural studio-based workshops for pre-service art teachers. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on the Arts In Society and the Arts in Society, London, UK.

Wade-Leeuwen, B., Harrison, N., Fleet, A., & Rice, A. (2015, July). Moku-chi approach: The role of intercultural studio-based workshops for pre-service art teachers. Proceedings of the tenth International Conference on the Arts In Society and the Arts in Society, London University.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015, July). The reformer's brush: Intercultural creative and arts-based inquiry approaches to teacher education. Paper presented at the conference of the International Society for Education Through Art, Lisbon, Portugal.

Wade-Leeuwen, B,, & Harrison, N., (2015, July).Progressive Arts Education Provisions in Higher Education and Across the Curriculum. Paper presented at the 22nd International Conference on Learning and the Learner Knowledge Community, Madrid, Spain.

Whittaker, E., Papic, M., & Warburton, W. (2015, September). The ‘new’ homeless: A mixed methods examination of single mothers’ homelessness and housing pathways in Australia. Paper presented at the 10th European Research Conference on Homelessness, Dublin, Ireland.

Zhang, K., & Djonov, E. (2015, July). Exploring the telecinematic transformation of narrative picture books in a TV program for children: A multimodal social semiotic contribution to early literacy research.Paper presented at the14th International Pragmatics Association Conference, Antwerp, Belgium.

Grants

Cologon, K. (2015-2016). Children who experience disability: Ensuring equity for all. The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development.

De Gioia, K., & Waniganayake, M. (2015). Building the evidence for maintaining and supporting cultural identity among children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in foster care. Macquarie University Enterprise Partnership Scheme and Settlement Services International.

De Gioia, K., Degotardi, S., & Papic, M. (2015). Rethinking the role of museums in the lives of children and families. Macquarie University Partnership Seeding Grants.

De Gioia, K., Lane, R., & Highfield, K. (2015). 21st century teachers: Creating capacity for accreditation using mobile and tablet technology. Macquarie University Innovation and Scholarship Program.

De Gioia, K., Semann & Slattery, & Fleet, A. (2015). Transition: A Positive Start to School. Supporting reciprocal visits by educators. Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Nickels, L., Croot, K., Kohnen, S., Krajenbrink. T., Taylor, C., & Savage, G (2015). Treating spelling problems in primary progressive aphasia: Informing theory of impairment and supporting ongoing communication. ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2016).

Siraj, I.. Lysaght, P., Cheeseman, S., & Kingston. D. (2015). Quality Interactions Study (QIS). University of Wollongong and NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Donations

Grace, R. (2015-2016). Strengthening families and communities through volunteering - Volunteer Family Connect (VFC). Good Beginnings Australia ($205,000).

Grace, R. (2015-2018).Strengthening families and communities through volunteering - Volunteer Family Connect (VFC). Private donor ($1.34M).

Media Mentions

Cologon, K. (2015, August 13). Inclusive education means all children are included in every way, not just in theory. The Conversationhttps://theconversation.com/inclusive-education-means-all-children-are-included-in-every-way-not-just-in-theory-45237

Hayden, J. (2015, October 23). Quoted in the NewDaily. This is the best age to send your child to school" October 24, 2015
http://m.thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/10/23/best-age-send-kid-school/

Highfield, K. (2015, October 9 & 12). Radio interviews for Kinderling’s Digital Playground. Available at: https://www.kinderling.com.au/kinderling-conversation/topics/family-life/digital-playground

Warburton, W. A. (2015, June 11). Appeared in video story for online magazine, Baby Steps, discussing the value of co-viewing television for language acquisition.

Other

Degotardi, S. (2015). Relationship based pedagogies with babies and toddlers: Issues for teaching and implications for learning. TACTYC Occasional Paper 7, www.tactyc.org.uk.

Marsh, S., & Waniganayake, M. (2015). Exposing and exploring the potential for greater connections between early childhood and school education. In M. Waniganayake,J. Rodd, & L. Gibbs, (Eds.). (2015). Thinking and learning about leadership: Early childhood research from Australia, Finland and Norway. Research Monograph #2. Sydney: Community Child Care Cooperative NSW.

Millar-Powell, N., & Warburton, W. (2015). Families parent education program: An evaluation. Report produced for Fusion Australia.

Rodd, J., Waniganayake, M., & Gibbs, L.(2015). Thinking and learning about leadership in early childhood – An orientation. In M. Waniganayake,J. Rodd, & L. Gibbs, (Eds.). Thinking and learning about leadership: Early childhood research from Australia, Finland and Norway. Research Monograph #2. Sydney: Community Child Care Cooperative NSW.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015). Special themed issue of Australian Art Education drawing from papers presented at the World Alliance for Arts Education Summit held at Griffith University, November 2014. http://www.arteducation.org.au/index.php/journals

Waniganayake, M., & Gibbs, L. (2015). Early childhood landscape in Australia and a reflective overview on Finland and Norway. In M. Waniganayake,J. Rodd, & L. Gibbs, (Eds.). (2015). Thinking and learning about leadership: Early childhood research from Australia, Finland and Norway. Research Monograph #2. Sydney: Community Child Care Cooperative NSW.

Waniganayake, M., Rodd, J. & Gibbs, L. (Eds.). (2015). Thinking and learning about leadership: Early childhood research from Australia, Finland and Norway. Research Monograph #2. Sydney: Community Child Care Cooperative NSW.

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