Early Years Research Lab Launch
Join us for the official launch of the Early Years Research Lab
We look forward to welcoming you to the official launch of the Early Years Research Lab in the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University.
The Early Years Research lab represents the Faculty of Education’s research strength in early years research, and the early years workforce. Our vision is to work with research end-users and ECEC professionals to reduce educational inequalities and promote positive outcomes for all young children through universal and equitable access to and experience of quality early childhood education and care (ECEC).
Date: 11 November 2022
Title: Reflections on quality improvement within early childhood education, with speaker, Professor Susanne Garvis, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Griffith University
Across the globe, many governments are focusing on preschool quality as a way to improve entrenched inequalities and reduce social disadvantage and segregation. This has led to leveraging structural and process quality mechanisms to support quality improvement work with young children. In this presentation, international perspectives on quality improvement across the field of early childhood education and care are shared, also highlighting cultural and contextual understandings. Drawing on research from numerous countries, important insights are shown into policy and practice for early childhood teaching, teacher education and professional learning. This includes a greater focus on the importance of interactions and relationships with young children.
Professor Susanne Garvis is a professor of early education at Griffith University. She is an internationally renowned early childhood education expert within policy, quality and learning. Susanne has worked with various governments, professional organisations and NGOs across the world where her research has informed teacher education, policy development and professional learning. Her most recent contribution to policy was a large scale meta-analysis showing how bachelor qualified teachers enhances quality in the early childhood sector. She is a mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) researcher with extensive experience in narrative (story constellations) and arts-based research. Her focus is on supporting voice, experience and wellbeing within research.
Susanne has extensive research, teaching and leadership experience in early childhood education and teacher education in higher education in Australia and Sweden. She has previously been a Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and a guest professor at Stockholm University (Sweden). She has been Director of the Centre for Educational Sciences and Teacher Education at Gothenburg University, comprising seven faculties and over 80 doctoral students and supervisors. In Sweden, Susanne was the leader of the government funded Nordic Early Childhood Research Group with over 50 members from across the Scandinavian region. The group had a specific focus on researching Nordic childhoods, learning and family.
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The Early Years Research Lab (EYRL) represents the Faculty of Education’s research strength in early years research, and the early years workforce. Our vision is to work with research end-users and ECEC professionals to reduce educational inequalities and promote positive outcomes for all young children through universal and equitable access to and experience of quality early childhood education and care (ECEC). Find out more about EYRL.
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