Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, University of New England

Marg is a Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education team within the School of Education.

In a previous role, she worked as an Educational Partnership Broker, creating partnerships through school, business and community that had a learning outcome for birth to 25 year olds. She also taught at the New England Conservatorium of Music running early childhood music and movement classes.

Previously Marg ran a music tuition business 'Moree Music' for seven years. This included council early intervention contracts, instrumental tuition, early childhood music, movement and language programs, infants and primary school bands with community involvement.

Marg has taught in adult education colleges, preschools, childcare, infants, primary and high schools in NSW, Tasmania and the Northern Territory in the creative arts and literacy. Marg is passionate about the effects of movement, dance and music on early childhood development and the impact of wellbeing, family life, nutrition and exercise on children.

Qualifications
Doctor of Philosophy (Examiners: Professor Anne Farrell, Professor Jennifer Sumsion, Doctor Wendy Boyd)
Masters Learning Innovation (Early Childhood)
Graduate Certificate of Language Education (ESL)
Graduate Diploma of Education (Music)
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music)

Teaching Areas
Early Childhood
Families, communication and speech development, literacy, digital literacy, critical literacy, health, nutrition and wellbeing
Creative Arts, especially performing arts at all levels, integrated learning

Research Interests
Marg's current research interests are about programming and resourcing parents and educators to build resilience and understanding in 2-5 year olds from Australian Defence Force (ADF) families. The programs are to assist them with parental separation during deployment and training and when the parents return with injuries and mental health conditions. She also researchers professionalism in early childhood, creative arts education in early childhood and she also works with Dr Jo Bird in researching early childhood technologies.

Publications
Rogers, M., Bird, J., & Sims, M. (2019). Using the media arts to digitally supprt young children's family and cultural narratives. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1), 1-16. http://artinearlychildhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ARTEC_2019_Research_Journal_1_Article_3_Rogers_Bird_Sims.pdf

Rogers, M. (2019). Recommendations from the findings on young children from Australian Defence Force (ADF) families: A report for policy makers, family and social workers, ADF REDLOs and educators. Armidale, Australia, University of New England. 10.25952/5da7f25514091 Accessed from https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27664

Rogers, M. (2019). Effective partnerships with families who have a parent who works away. Linking research to the practice of education, 3(2), 7-10. Retrieved from https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/284151/UNE-Newsletter-Volume-3-Issue-2_final.pdf

Rogers, M. (2019). Harnessing the power of cultural health narratives when working with parents of young children. Children Australia, 44(3), 105-109. doi:10.1017/cha.2019.22

Rogers, M., Bird, J., Roberts, R., & Donald, T. (2018). Waiting for Daddy: Rose's story (Version 1.1). [Mobile application software]. Apple Store: Apple Incorporated. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roses-story/id1439753804?ls=1&mt=8

Rogers, M. (2018). Waiting for Daddy: Rose's story (M. Fussell Ed.). Canberra, Australia: Defence Community Organisation, Department of Defence. http://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Books/Roses-Story.pdf

'Waiting for Daddy', 'Now that I am big' and 'Liam's story' are research-based storybooks for young children, with research information in the back for parents, educators and family workers. It was produced from research data and findings as part of a PhD study entitled 'Young children's experiences and understandings of parental deployment within an Australian Defence Force family'. The eBook is available free to parents, children, educators and family workers in partnership with the Defence Community Organisation and the Department of Defence in the hope to make research accessible to the public and create impact from research.

Rogers, M. (2018). Now that I am big: Anthony's story (M. Fussell Ed.). Canberra, Australia: Defence Community Organisation, Department of Defence. http://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Books/Anthonys-Story.pdf

Bird, J., & Rogers, M. (2018). Utilising the digital play framework to support early childhood educators and children’s learning. School of Education Research Newsletter, 2, 2-5. Linking research to the practice of education, 2(2), 2-5. https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/229192/Volume-2-Issue-2.pdf

Rogers, M. (2018). Listening to children’s voices through art: Communicating experiences and understandings in Mosaic research. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1), 1-19. http://artinearlychildhood.org/journals/2018/ARTEC_2018_Research_Journal_1_Article_5_Roger.pdf

Rogers, M. (2017). Empowering children through the creative arts: Is it possible to access the voice of 2-5 year olds? Linking research to the practice of education, 1, 2-3. https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/172003/soe_newsletterv1.2.pdf

Rogers-Baber, M. (2017). Protective factors in families: Themes from a socio-ecological study of Australian Defence Force families experiencing parental deployment. SAGE Open Access, 7(2). doi:10.1177/2158244017706711. Available from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244017706711

Rogers, M. (2017). Young children's understanding and experiences of parental deployment within an Australian Defence Force family. School of Education. Armidale, Australia, University of New England. Doctor of Philosophy. 10.13140/RG.2.2.26497.61281 Accessed from https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27661

Baber, M. (2016). Narrative, Acculturation and Ritual: Themes from a Socio-ecological Study of Australian Defence Force Families Experiencing Parental Deployment. Children Australia, 41(2), 141-153. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2016.8

Baber, M., Fussell, M., & Porter, K. (2015). Liam's story: So why do I wear Dad's medals? (S. Feez Ed.). Mt. Victoria, Australia: Pademelon Press. ISBN 9781876138431. https://www.pademelonpress.com.au/liam-s-story-so-why-do-i-wear-dad-s-medals.html

Grants

2019 The Ian Potter Foundation education grant. ‘Program development to support young children from ADF families, their parents and educators’ (Rogers, Bird, Harrington & Serow). Total of grant: $100,000.00 for a 3-year project.

2017 University of New England School of Education Research Funding within the ePedagogy and eLearning group. ‘App creation as a research output and an eLearning and ePedagogical tool for early childhood’ (Rogers & Bird). Total of grant: $1530.00

2017 University of New England School of Education Research Funding within the ePedagogy and eLearning group. ‘Digital Play Framework (DPF) intervention’ (Bird & Rogers). Total of grant: $1523.82

2016 University of New England School of Education Research Funding within the ePedagogy and eLearning group. ‘Exploring educators use of technologies in early childhood settings’ (Bird & Rogers). Total of grant: $1505.00

2015 University of New England School of Education Research Funding within the Education and Impact on Student Learning group. ‘Linking pre-service education with school expectations’ (Feez, Fussell, Porter & Baber [Rogers]). Total of grant: $1968.63

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, University of New England
  • 2011–2013
    Educational Partnership Broker, Careers Network Incorporated
  • 2004–2010
    Director and owner, Moree Music

Education

  • 2017 
    University of New England, PhD
  • 2008 
    Queensland University of Technology, Masters Learning Innovation (Early Childhood Education)

Publications

  • 2019
    Harnessing the power of cultural health narratives when working with parents of young children, Children Australia, 44(3), 105-109. doi:10.1017/cha.2019.22
  • 2019
    Effective partnerships with families who have a parent who works away, Linking research to the practice of education, 3(2), 7-10. Retrieved from https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/284151/UNE-Newsletter-Volume-3-Issue-2_final.pdf
  • 2019
    Recommendations from the findings on young children from Australian Defence Force (ADF) families: A report for policy makers, family and social workers, ADF REDLOs and educators, Armidale, Australia, University of New England. 10.25952/5da7f25514091 Accessed from https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27664
  • 2018
    Waiting for Daddy: Rose's story (Version 1.1). [Mobile application software], Apple Store: Apple Incorporated. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roses-story/id1439753804?ls=1&mt=8 (free to download on ipad - research based digital app)
  • 2018
    Now that I am big: Anthony's story, Canberra, Australia: Defence Community Organisation, Department of Defence. http://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Books/Anthonys-Story.pdf
  • 2018
    Waiting for Daddy: Rose's story, Canberra, Australia: Defence Community Organisation, Department of Defence. http://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Books/Roses-Story.pdf
  • 2018
    Listening to children’s voices through art: Communicating experiences and understandings in Mosaic research, International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1), 1-19.
  • 2018
    Utilising the digital play framework to support early childhood educators and children’s learning, Linking research to the practice of education, 2(2), 2-5. https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/229192/Volume-2-Issue-2.pdf
  • 2017
    Protective factors in families: Themes from a socio-ecological study of Australian Defence Force families experiencing parental deployment, SAGE Open Access, 7(2). doi:10.1177/2158244017706711. Available from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244017706711
  • 2017
    Empowering children through the creative arts: Is it possible to access the voice of 2-5 year olds?, Linking research to the practice of education, 1, 2-3. https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/172003/soe_newsletterv1.2.pdf
  • 2017
    Young children's understanding and experiences of parental deployment within an Australian Defence Force family, School of Education. Armidale, Australia, University of New England. Doctor of Philosophy. 10.13140/RG.2.2.26497.61281 Accessed from https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27661
  • 2016
    Narrative, Acculturation and Ritual: Themes from a Socio-ecological Study of Australian Defence Force Families Experiencing Parental Deployment, Children Australia, 41(2), 141-153. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2016.8
  • 2015
    Liam's story: So why do I wear Dad's medals?, Mt. Victoria, Australia: Pademelon Press. ISBN 9781876138431. https://www.pademelonpress.com.au/liam-s-story-so-why-do-i-wear-dad-s-medals.html

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Program development to support young children from ADF families, their parents and educators
    Role:
    Project Officer (lead)
    Funding Source:
    The Ian Potter Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)

Research Areas

  • Early Childhood Education (Excl. Maori) (130102)