Professor Nicola Yelland

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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).

Honours, awards and grants

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

Key responsibilities

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

Teaching interests

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.

Topic coordinator
EDUC9222 Research in Play & Pedagogies
Topic lecturer
EDUC9222 Researching play and pedagogies
Supervisory interests
Curriculum initiatives in teaching
Early childhood education
Evaluation of new technologies
Pedagogical innovation
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Education (2)