Dr Jessie Jovanovic

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.15)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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Prior to working in tertiary education, I worked in Long Day Childcare services both as an unqualified and qualified childcare educator in Adelaide. It has shaped my continued passion for the complex relational work performed in prior-to-school settings.

I currently lead the Early Childhood discipline. Acknowledging the classed and gendered histories of the discipline, our aim is to work collaboratively with our teaching and learning communities to explore critical pedagogies with an agentive, democratic-participation focus.

My research interests include:

  • pedagogical practices with very young children;
  • the workplace worth and wellbeing of early childhood educators; and,
  • interdisciplinary, participatory action research methods.
Qualifications
PhD Education (University of South Australia)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with First Class Honours (University of South Australia)
Honours, awards and grants

2020/21 Kerrie Mackey-Smith (1st CI), Jessie Jovanovic and Amy Hamilton (2nd CIs) were awarded a Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant for the project "Multimodal storytelling for life: Building literacies and numeracies for agentive futures". ($87,317)

2018/19 Kerrie Mackey-Smith (1st CI), Jessie Jovanovic and Nicola Yelland (2nd CIs) received an IPS grant for the project "Multi-modal childhoods: Emerging literacies and re-Learning for achievement in remote communities" in partnership with the Department of Education and Apple (Australia). ($50,000)

2017 Flinders Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant "Risky business and knowledge partners: A pilot learning initiative for socialised personal learning" with Associate Professor Jane Haggis (CI) and Dr Antonella Strambi ($11,971)

2017 Flinders Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant "Innovation practices for initial teacher education through the use of situational judegment tests" with Professor Lindsey Conner (CI) and colleagues ($11,666)

2016 National Award for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - Early Childhood Team

2015 Vice-Challcellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching "For developing and sustaining a pedagogical approach that engages and re-positions pre-service teachers by synthesising theory and practice, and embeds inquiry-based workplace experience in both individual topics and whole-of-course design"

2015 EHL Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching “For developing & sustaining a pedagogical approach that engages & re-positions pre-service teachers by synthesising theory & practice through inquiry-based workplace experience in both individual topics & across-course design”

2014 Office of Teaching and Learning "Developing a national interdisciplinary educational framework for professionals working with children in the early years" ($220, 000)

2014 Flinders University, Faculty of Education, Humanities & Law, Large Grant. "Childcare educators' understandings of early communication development & attachment" ($10,000)

2014 Faculty Scholar for the Faculty of Education, Humanities & Law ($10,000)

Key responsibilities

I am Post-Graduate Coordinator for our suite of Early Childhood Studies offerings, and am responsible for providing teaching and learning support for our shared educational community.

If you are working in the sector, please contact me for a chat. We seek to support and extend contemporary early years practice by partnering with colleagues, sites and services to actively contribute to children's learning, site priorities, and practitioner-led research.

Teaching interests
  • Child development
  • Infants'/toddlers' early learning
  • Social-emotional literacy
  • Educational philosophy
  • Professional experience
Topic coordinator
EDUC2421 Literacy and Numeracy Birth-to-Four
Topic lecturer
EDUC1120 Teaching and Educational Contexts
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Social-Emotional Learning (1), Preschoolers' gender performivity (1)
Associate supervisor: Language learning (1), Health & Wellbeing (2)
Expert for media contact
Childcare
Development
Teaching
Children's learning & development (0-3 years)
Long Day Childcare
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Childcare
  • Development
  • Teaching
Interests
  • Children's learning & development (0-3 years)
  • Long Day Childcare
Further information

Jessie works part-time, Mondays-to-Wednesday

Find full-text links to Jessie's research papers and reports on Flinders Commons

Mobile: 0419 859 044

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