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Associate Professor, Flinders University

Susan is the Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood programs at Flinders University. Prior to her 2006 Flinders appointment as Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, Susan worked at Edith Cowan University (2000-2006) leading the development of a Bachelor of Education specifically designed to develop continuity between the early and primary years.

Susan's experience includes teaching and leadership at local, state and national levels in her work as a District Coordinator, School Principal, Curriculum Manager and President of the Junior Primary Principals' Association of South Australia.

Her work as School Principal in a large suburban integrated early childhood program has been researched and documented in research reports including '100 Children Go to School' (1998, Hill et al). Her educational leadership and teaching within the university context focuses on social justice and repositioning children in the learning process as a way of achieving more equitable outcomes in early childhood education.


  • 2006–2013
    Senior Lecturer, Flinders University
  • 2001–2006
    Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan Univeristy


  • 2008 
    University of South Australia, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1981 
    University of South Australia, Bachelor of Education


  • 2013
    Investigating Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy through a Three Way Collaboration. , Curriculum Perspectives
  • 2011
    The Australian Early Years Learning Framework: learning what?, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
  • 2010
    Novice teachers' work: constructing 'different' children?, Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
  • 2009
    'Wellbeing' and the 'normal child', Curriculum Perspectives
  • 2003
    Ethical research with children: Practices and possibilities., Australian Research in Early Childhood Education
  • 2003
    Why Don't You Get a Life? , Early Childhood Development and Care
  • 2001
    Children learning to read: Not quite so simple!, Every Child

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Combined childcare and preschool: What level of participation is needed to improve school readiness for disadvantaged children
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation

Research Areas

  • Education Systems (1301)