Margie Rogers is a Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education team within the School of Education at the University of New England, Australia.
Narrative research, the Mosaic approach, mixed methods
Margie is the lead researcher in a project called Early Childhood Defence Programs that is funded by The Ian Potter Foundation and the University of New England. The project aims to create research-based programs and resources for parents, family workers and educators to better support young children from Australian military families (www.ecdefenceprograms.com).
As a children’s author, Margie has written a series of children’s eBooks that are part of the program. The research-based books are designed to assist them with parental separation during deployment, training and relocation and other stresses in defence family life. The books contain practical ways to improve children’s understanding of the transitions that happen in their families and how to not only survive but thrive.
Margie has written other eBooks to support children from military families on how to deal with the changes and emotional upheavals when parents return home from deployment with injuries and mental health conditions.
She also researches the effects of narrative, ritual and acculturation, childhood immunisation, professionalism in early childhood, creative arts education in early childhood and the use of early childhood technologies.
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 Margie 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.
Margie 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.
Doctor of Philosophy (Examiners: Professor Anne Farrell, Professor Jennifer Sumsion, Associate Professor Wendy Boyd)
Masters Learning Innovation (Early Childhood)
Graduate Certificate of Language Education (ESL)
Graduate Diploma of Education (Music)
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music)
Families, communication and speech development, literacy, digital literacy, critical literacy, health, nutrition and wellbeing, creative arts (especially performing arts at all levels), integrated learning