Ms Rachael Hedger


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Rachael is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Flinders University. She is Programme Co-ordinator for the Early Childhood Undergraduate Education degrees and Academic Professional Experience Co-ordinator for Early Childhood. Rachael also co-ordinates and teaches the Early Childhood Play, Learning and Development topics.

Prior to working at Flinders University, Rachael was Preschool Room Leader in a Long Day Childcare service. She has also taught in primary schools, both in Australia and in the UK. Prior to emigrating to Australia, Rachael taught in several primary schools and nurseries, teaching Preschool and Reception - Year 6. She also has prior experience of working in Special Education and Montessori centres.

Rachael is a PhD candidate, researching children's scientific drawings and their impact on science learning.

Over recent years, Rachael has collaborated with the DfE and Catholic Education on several STEM projects, focussing on children's STEM learning through play-based inquiry. These projects have focussed on Professional Development for Early Years Educators and enhanced STEM teaching in South Australia.

Rachael is dedicated to student success and works to ensure that the Early Childhood Pre-Service Teachers at Flinders University feel well supported, informed and confident in their studies as they work to educate confident and capable young children in the 21st century.


PhD Candidate (Deakin University - current).

BA (HONS) Primary Education (University of Winchester, UK).

BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Bournemouth and Poole College, UK).

Key responsibilities
  • Programme Co-ordinator Early Childhood (undergraduate).
  • Academic Professional Experience Co-ordinator Early Childhood.
  • Co-ordinator EDUC1221, EDUC1225, EDUC2324, EDUC2424, EDUC3528, EDUC3640, EDUC4740, EDUC9222, EDUC9130, EDUC9231, EDUC9304.
  • University Liaison.
  • Education Building room 4.34
Topic coordinator
EDUC1225 Professional Experience: Year1
EDUC9231 Professional Experience 1
EDUC3640 Professional Experience: Year 3b
EDUC1221 Play, Learning and Development
EDUC2324 Professional Experience: Year 2a
EDUC2424 Professional Experience: Year 2b
EDUC3528 Professional Experience: Year 3a
EDUC4740 Professional Experience: Final Assessment
EDUC9130 Professional Experience: An Introduction
EDUC9304 Professional Experience: Final Assessment
EDUC9222 Researching Play and Pedagogies

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