Associate Professor Louise Phillips is the Chair of Initial Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education. She is a professional storyteller and early childhood teacher with more than 30 years of experience working with children across various settings, more recently as a researcher and tertiary educator.
With Ngugi and Wakka Wakka Professor Tracey Bunda, Louise has forged scholarship of storying as methodology (Research through with and as storying, Routledge) and is currently a CI on Beyond global discourses of data: Storying learning in marginalised schools (Australian Research Council DP210100832). Louise is also an international leader on research on young children’s citizenship, one of the few Australians to have received a major grant from the highly prestigious USA Spencer Foundation.
From 2014 to 2018, Louise was Convenor of the Australian Association of Research in Education Qualitative Research Methodologies Special Interest Group. And from 2014 to 2017 Louise was Co-editor of Practical Literacy: the early and primary years, one of the three Australian Literacy Educators Association journals.
Louise has supervised nine Ph.D. students to completion, four Masters theses and three honours students across education and museum studies. Louise is available for supervision on topics aligned with social justice, story, participatory rights and arts-based methodologies.
Louise is a Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her innovative and passionate approach to teaching, with careful attention to diverse modalities. Louise has taught across early childhood, arts and literacy education in HE since 2006. At present Louise teaches in the Doctor of Education program.