I am delighted to welcome two more staff to the School of Education this year.
Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips joins us on a three-year contract on February 3 as Program Manager of GD204, the new Grad Dip in Early Childhood Education. Formerly a kindergarten teacher, Jeanette comes to us from the University of Waikato, where she held a number of roles. Jeanette’s interests include formative assessment, early childhood learning environments, leadership, social justice and family empowerment and educational policy. Jeanette’s 2018 article Explicit pedagogy for transforming habitus: Early childhood teachers as mediators of affordances for parents, published in the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies will give you a taste of her work.
Also joining us is Anamika Devi, filling in this year while Elise is on parental leave. Anamika has considerable experience as an early childhood educator. She worked with us in 2019 as a sessional staff member. She has also worked at the University of Melbourne, VU and Monash. Her research and teaching interests focus on play and pedagogy in diverse cultural context, theories in early childhood development, adult support in children’s learning and development in different settings, intentional teaching, STEM, and cultural-historical perspectives on play. Anamika is a member of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) and Early Childhood Australia (ECA). You can read more about Anamika’s work in her recent book chapter with Marilyn Fleer and Liang Li – Transition between child-initiated imaginative play and teacher-initiated activity: an analysis of children’s motives and teachers’ pedagogical demands in a preschool context
I know you will join me in welcoming both Jeanette and Anamika.