Dean's Keynote Series: Sept 2020. Building a new legacy: Supporting women in research, led by Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer, Dr Glykeria Fragkiadaki and Dr Prabhat Rai, 'Building a new legacy: Supporting women in research' - click here to view recording

The ARC has consistently reported an under representation of women in receiving research awards.  It is timely to have a discussion about the legacy we have inherited and the intergenerational poverty of research funds. In this zoom presentation we will showcase how our Conceptual PlayLab in the Faculty of Education at Monash University is disrupting this legacy and building opportunities for supporting women in research ( This session will be a shared dialogue. We invite you to express your ideas and models of practice that you have found to be successful for generating new ways of working to support women in research.

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer holds the Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education and Development at Monash University, Australia. She was awarded the 2018 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council and was a former President of the International Society of Cultural-historical Activity Research (ISCAR). Additionally, she holds the positions of an honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education, University of Oxford, and a second professor position in the KINDKNOW Centre, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and has been bestowed the title of Honorary professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. She was presented with the 2019 Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Outstanding leadership in university-business collaboration.

Dr Glykeria Fragkiadaki is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. Glykeria’s research aims to gain deeper insight into young children’s concept formation and engagement, learning and development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The concepts of children’s play, imagination, and creativity in STEM have a critical role in her work. Apart from an academic background at European Universities, Glykeria has extensive teaching experience as an Early Childhood Educator and Director. She has also acted as ΟΜΕΡ’s Patras Local Committee Secretary in Greece. She has also been a tutor to several Professional Development Programs for Early Childhood Educators. Her research work has been published in several international journals and book chapters as well as presented in international and national conferences.

Dr Prabhat Rai holds a senior early childhood position in the Conceptual PlayLab. He has worked extensively with rural and remote communities in the past, leading course development, and recently engaging with playgroups in rural and city communities in Australia. He has an expansive set of leadership experience. As a Felix Scholar his PhD research from the Oxford University, UK and subsequently his research and engagement work as an academic at Ambedkar University Delhi and Ministry of Human Resource Development in India and more recently at Monash University has focused on multi-age teaching and learning models in early and primary years.

Time for Q and A will follow our keynote presentation, and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Date: 29 September

Time: 3.30-5.00pm

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer, Dr Glykeria Fragkiadaki and Dr Prabhat Rai

Date and time

From: 03:30 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2020 To: 05:00 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2020