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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:
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)
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.
Reviewer for Child Care in Practice, Early Years: An International Research Journal, Qualitative Research Journal, and Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub webinar: Where to start when using Australian Early Development Census data in your setting
Consultancy available related to:
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