Masterclasses & Workshops

Masterclasses & Workshops


Masterclasses will strengthen people’s research capabilities and offer new aspects on the methodology of an instrument.

Masterclass 1:
‘What can you hear?’ Using the LENA system to research children’s direct experience with their language environment

Associate Professor Sheila Degotardi Sheila Degotardi (Macquarie University)
Thursday, 28th September, 9:45am – 11:15am

In this session, information about the LENA (Language Environment Analysis) System - a data processing system that permits the collection and analysis of high-resolution audio recordings to assess features of children’s talk and auditory environment. It will provide an overview of the system, including its strengths and limitations for the research.

Masterclass 2:
Quality indicators for inclusive and effective early childhood education and care: the European CARE-project

Professor Paul Leseman Paul Leseman (Utrecht University)
Thursday, 28th September, 3:15pm – 4:45pm

This presentation will discuss the framework and highlight some of the studies underlying it, in particular the survey among parents and educators, the secondary analysis of five large scale longitudinal datasets on quality and outcomes, and the observational in-depth study of good practices across Europe.

Masterclass 3:
Longitudinal studies within early childhood research

Associate Professor Kenneth Poon Kenneth Poon (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Friday, 29th September, 9:45am – 11:15am

In this masterclass, the types and applications of longitudinal studies would be discussed and illustrated with examples of longitudinal studies conducted at the National Institute of Education. The applications of longitudinal studies within the field of early childhood research will be explored and the potential alongside the pitfalls of employing this methodology.

Masterclass 4:
Understanding and using the Movement Environmental Rating Scale (MOVERS - ages 2-6) to assess the quality of physical and movement play quality in the ECEC environment

Professor Iram Siraj Professor Anthony Okely Iram Siraj (UCL Institute of Education and University of Wollongong), Anthony Okely (University of Wollongong)
Friday, 29th September, 11:45am – 1:15pm

This masterclass will start with the rationale and theoretical underpinnings for the development of this scale. Participants (useful for both researchers and practitioners interesting in raising quality) will be introduced to how the physical domain of learning links not just to fine and gross motor skills but also complements social and cognitive development.

Masterclass 5:
Working in indigenous communities

Associate Professor Sally Peters Vanessa Paki Sally Peters (University of Waikato), Vanessa Paki (University of Waikato)
Thursday, 28th September, 11:45pm – 1:15pm

In this master class, Vanessa Paki and Sally Peters will share experiences of research partnerships working with Māori communities in New Zealand and explore the possibilities and challenges when indigenous researchers and communities include non-indigenous researchers. Principle and strategies for such work will be discussed and insights from a five-country project will contextualize our New Zealand experiences.

Further details to come.


Workshops are targeted at practitioners and will have practical implications for practitioners to take away.

Workshop 1:
Doing the same but differently – how to incorporate physical activity into everyday learning experience in early childhood and education care settings

Rachel Jones Fay Gowers Rachel Jones (University of Wollongong), Fay Gowers (University of Wollongong)
Wednesday, 27th September, 9:00am – 11:00am

This workshop will challenge educators to explore alternate pedagogy practices within ECEC settings and will inspire educators to provide physical activity learning experiences in unique and innovative ways.

Workshop 2:
Children’s Learning Spaces

Martha Johnson Martha Johnson (University of Wollongong)
Wednesday, 27th September, 9:00am – 11:00am

This workshop will explore the development of both physical and digital environments, enabling educators and parents to best support children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

Workshop 3:

Associate Professor Sally Peters Sally Peters (University of Waikato)
Wednesday, 27th September, 11:30am – 1:30pm

This workshop is designed to deepen understandings of transition experiences for children and their families as children move within and between ECE settings and school. It draws on a number of research studies to discuss and explore strategies to enhance transition practices and support children’s learning as they engage in new contexts.

Further details to come.

Workshop 4:
The place of code-breaking in emergent literacy practices: Lessons from TRANSLIT

Associate Professor Pauline Jones Associate Professor Lisa Kervin Pauline Jones (University of Wollongong), Lisa Kervin (University of Wollongong)
Wednesday, 27th September, 11:30am – 1:30pm

This workshop addresses the demands on educators to teach code-breaking literacy practices to our youngest children. Responding to these demands, we look to the recent data we have captured in preschool contexts to illustrate the diverse and inspirational practices educators enact.

Workshop 5:
Working with under-threes in early education and care settings: how relationships support babies’ and toddlers’ emotional wellbeing and foster a sense of belonging

Professor Linda Harrison Professor Marc de Rosnay Linda Harrison (Charles Sturt University), Marc de Rosnay (University of Wollongong)
Wednesday, 27th September, 11:30am – 1:30pm

This workshop will highlight the ways that relationships and interactions with familiar adults and other children support babies’, toddlers’ and two-year-olds’ emotional wellbeing. It will be co-presented by Linda Harrison and Marc de Rosnay, who will draw on video and narrative observations collected in under-3s education and care settings,

Workshop 6:
Powerful and playful literacy learning with digital technologies

Associate Professor Lisa Kervin Lisa Kervin (University of Wollongong)
Wednesday, 27th September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

This workshop looks to the increased availability of digital technologies in many children’s lives and considers how these might be used in ways that encourage and support literacy development. Using recent data collected from young children, ways children engage with technology as they learn to read, write, listen and communicate will be examined. Throughout the workshop we will examine and critique affordances of apps, websites and devices in connection with work samples from children. In doing so, pedagogical interactions using technology to support children’s literacy development will be identified.

Workshop 7:
SLEEP: Sleep learning for Early Education Professionals

Professor Karen Thorpe Sleep in Early Childhood Research Group Karen Thorpe (University of Queensland), Sleep in Early Childhood Research Group (Queensland University of Technology)
Wednesday, 27th September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

SLEEP is a professional learning opportunity aimed at supporting the early childhood education and care sector to promote healthy sleep development in young children. SLEEP sessions are designed for leaders within ECEC peak organisations and will build knowledge and capacity to support member services and educators to ensure quality sleep practices.

Workshop 8:
Engaging with families: a relational-invitational approach

Annette Michaux Catherine Murphy Annette Michaux (Parenting Research Centre), Catherine Murphy (Parenting Research Centre)
Wednesday, 27th September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

This workshop is designed to help participants better understand the social and psychological context of parental help seeking, and better navigate the complexities of working with parents and carers to enhance outcomes for their children. It will draw on early work the Parenting Research Centre is doing for the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training on developing and implementing a Practice Model for Working with Parents in ECEC settings.

Last reviewed: 25 September, 2017