Dr Andrew's research and teaching is located within the sociology of education, and focuses on the field of early childhood education. Their key interests are around how this field is shaped by social class, gender, sexuality and other dimensions of inequality. Theoretically, they locate their work within materialist and poststructuralist feminist paradigms, and draw on work by critical scholars across the disciplines of sociology, education, critical psychology and gender studies. As a tertiary educator, Yarrow seeks to encourage early childhood teachers to draw on critical pedagogical approaches, which understand power as a key dimension in the classroom, shaping all education relationships and processes in small and large ways.They have recently published a book – The Sociology of Early Childhood: Young children’s lives and worlds – through Routledge, to support educators in understanding these complex and persistent educational inequalities.
Early childhood education
My focus for teaching is around sociological approaches to early childhood education, and understanding and using critical pedagogies. Education has the potential to reshape the world when it engages with issues of social justice, and prioritises the needs of the least advantaged students, knowing that this is most critical area of need.
I have served on the Public Education Advisory Committee, set up by the Minister for Education to promote the democratic and socially sustainable advantages of a robust public education system, from early childhood through to secondary schooling.
I have been on the advisory committee of two DECD projects in South Australia, one on children's outdoor play spaces, and the other around engaging more meaningfully with families.
I am a member of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Early Childhood Australia (ECA), the American Education Research Association (AERA), and Gender and Education (GEA). I am a co-convenor of the Genders and Sexualities thematic group, in TASA. I helped establish the Early Childhood Workforce Research Working Group, which coordinates the activities of early childhood researchers addressing issues relating to work in the early childhood sector.
I am an active member of the Flinders Ally network, which supports LGBT+ staff and students, and a member of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team, working on accreditation for this gender-equity initiative across the university sector.