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Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education Academic Lead, University of Canberra

Kate Highfield is an associate professor from the University of Canberra. After working as a teacher for over a decade Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool in learning and play, with young children, parents and educators. Kate researches with and consults for organisations such as ABC Kids and a number of Early Childhood education providers and organisations such as Early Childhood Australia.


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, University of Canberra
  • 2022–2023
    Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of School (ACT and regional NSW), Australian Catholic University


  • 2012 
    Macquarie University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Early Childhood Australia
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Children and Media Australia
  • Children's Media Association
  • National Association of Education and Young Children