07:20am Friday 20 October 2017

Forging the future of early childhood research

The universities are part of a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) in Early Years Education and include Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. Their task is to build research capacity in the upcoming generation of early and mid-career academics.

The CRN’s QUT co-director, Professor Sue Grieshaber from QUT’s School of Early Childhood, said their goal was to build an innovative model for growing and renewing the Early Years Education (EYE) workforce.

“We want to develop productive researchers so we can create a critical mass of early- and mid-career academics with high-level research performance,” she said.

“To do this we need to build internationally recognised research strength in EYE to undertake interdisciplinary, national research in three areas:

  • children’s development, learning and well-being in the early years
  • early years curriculum, pedagogy and professional practice
  • social justice, access, inclusion and policy (including provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities; integrated services; and in rural and remote communities).”

Professor Grieshaber said the researchers were working on developing a new model to increase research capacity in the areas of research skills, supervision, leadership and administration.

“We need to find and develop Australia’s future early childhood research leaders and help them acquire skills to supervise innovative postgraduate research using a variety of methodological approaches that lead to cutting-edge research,” she said.

“By building research capacity we hope to generate increased publication output, more early childhood academics with PhDs, and success in large grant applications.

“Our intent is to transform the EYE research landscape by broadening it into a national, collaborative research network with partners in industry, government, employers and other universities.”
Media contact: Niki Widdowson, QUT media officer, 07 3138 2999 or n.widdowson@qut.edu.au


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