Nicola is Professor of Early Childhood Studies in the College of Education, Psychology & Social Work. Over the last decade her research and teaching has been related to the use of new technologies in educational and community contexts. This has involved projects that have investigate the innovative learning of children as well as a broader consideration of the ways in which new technologies can impact on the pedagogies that teachers use and the curriculum in schools. Her multidisciplinary research focus has enabled her to work with early childhood, primary and middle school teachers to enhance the ways in which new technologies can be incorporated into learning ecologies to make them more vibrant and relevant to the lives of children and excite their learning so that learning outcomes are improved. Nicola is the founding editor of two international journals, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and Global Studies of Childhood.
Cert. Ed (Exeter), B.Ed (Hons) Exeter, Grad Dip Computing (SACAE), M.Ed (Flinders University) PhD (University of Queensland).
Nicola has been a visiting scholar at the University of Exeter, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The National Institute of Education (Singapore, The University of Illinios (Urbana Champaign) and the Technical Education Research Center (TERC) in Cambridge, MA
Nicola teaches in the Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate programs, supervises graduate students in their research work and teaches in the Doctor of Education. She is currently the CI on an ARC Discovery Project entitled: Global Childhoods: Lifeworlds and educational success in Australia and Asia
Nicola's research interests are related to the innovative uses of new technologies by teachers and learners. She currently has an ARC Discovery Project entitled: Global Childhoods: Lifeworlds and educational success in Australia and Asia. Nicola is also working with DECD (SA) on a transitions project around STEM education in the preschool to school years.
Nicola has been a member of the ARC expert committee in Education and Human Society for the Research Excellence in Australia (ERA) quality audit and is the founding editor of two international research journals; Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and Global Studies of Childhood.
Nicola teaches in the early childhood and primary education programs in the area of curriculum and pedagogies and also in Doctoral programs in research methods and the use of new technologies in education.