Dr Sue Elliott

Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, School of Education

Sue Elliott

Phone: +61 2 6773 5087

Email: sue.elliott@une.edu.au

Biography

Sue is a member of the Early Childhood Education team within the School of Education.

Qualifications

Dip. KTC, B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc., Ed. D.

Memberships

Australian Association for Environmental Education, Early Childhood Special Interest Group, Convenor 2003-15
Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Member 2001-14
Environmental Education in Early Childhood Vic Inc, Founding Convenor 1992-2000, Awarded Life Membership 2000.
New South Wales Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (NSW ECEEN), Awarded Life Membership 2012.
Play Australia, Board member 2002-2012 and Member, 2002-15.

Consultancy Interests

Project team leader for NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Environmental Trust (OEH ET) funded project with NSW Early Childhood Education for Sustainability entitled ‘Investigating early childhood education and care services environmental education programs’ 2014.

Project Reference Group member for Seedlings, a 3-year early childhood services sustainability project across five Victorian councils 2012-2014.

External consultant for the Queensland University of Technology and Lone Pine Sanctuary, Brisbane, multi-disciplinary and sustainable approach to a childcare centre development 2013-2014.Previous consultancies with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Melbourne Aquarium, Museum Victoria and Zoos Victoria to provide educator training, outdoor design advice and early childhood program development.

Teaching Areas

Early childhood education philosophy and practice
Curriculum and pedagogy
Science education
Education for sustainability

Research Interests

Design, play and pedagogy in outdoor learning environments including nature based playspaces and Australian adaptations of forest preschool approaches
Education for sustainability in early childhood settings from systems theory and critical theory perspectives
Action research methodologies with practitioners to facilitate change

Current Projects:

Associate Investigator: ARC funded study with Dr Helen Skouteris Deakin University entitled ‘Promoting healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula: Addressing the Ben10™ problem’.
Co- Investigator:  Collaborative study with Dr Kym Simoncini University of Canberra and Assoc. Prof. Victoria Carr University of Cincinnati entitled ‘Community engagement in the redevelopment of a PNG school playground: Participatory research in design, construction, play and learning’ located at Koiari Park Adventist Primary School, Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea.

Publications

Books

Young, T. & Elliott, S. (2014). Ways of thinking, acting and relating about sustainability. Deakin West, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Elliott, S. (2014). Sustainability and the Early Years Learning Framework. Mt Victoria, NSW: Pademelon

Davis, J. & Elliott, S. (Eds.)(2014). Research in early childhood education for sustainability: International perspectives and provocations. London: Routledge.

Elliott, S., Edwards, S., Davis, J. & Cutter-McKenzie, A. (Eds.) (2013). Best of sustainability: Research, theory and practice. Deakin West, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Elliott, S. (Ed.) (2008). The outdoor playspace: Naturally. Sydney: Pademelon Press.

Davis, J. & Elliott, S. (2004). Early childhood environmental education: Making it mainstream.Canberra: Early Childhood Australia.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (2003). Early childhood resource book. Melbourne: Royal Botanic Gardens.

Elliott, S. & Young, T. (2003). Just discover: Connecting children and the natural world. Croydon, Victoria: Tertiary Press.

Elliott, S. & Emmett, S. (1997). Snails live in houses too: Environmental education for the early years (2nd ed.), Melbourne, RMIT Publishing.

Book chapters

Quinn, F., Elliott, S., Taylor, N. & Littledyke, M. (in press) (2nd Ed.) Education for Sustainability in primary science education. In Taylor, N., Quinn, F. & Eames, C. (Eds.) Education for sustainability in the primary school curriculum. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense

Kennelly, J. & Elliott, S. (in press) (2nd Ed.) Sustainable gardening across the curriculum: Making it happen. In Taylor, N., Quinn, F. & Eames, C. (Eds.) Education for sustainability in the primary school curriculum. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense

Elliott, S. (2015). Children and the natural world. In J. Davis (Ed.) Sustainability and young children (2nd ed.)(pp. 32-54). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Davis, J. & Elliott, S. (2014). An orientation to early childhood education for sustainability and research-framing the text. In J. Davis & S. Elliott (Eds.) Research in early childhood education for sustainability: International perspectives and provocations. (pp.1-17). London: Routledge.

Elliott, S. (2014). Early childhood education for sustainability and natural outdoor playspaces: Researching change and theorizing about interfaces. In J. Davis & S. Elliott (Eds.) Research in early childhood education for sustainability: International perspectives and provocations. (pp. 127-142). London: Routledge.

Elliott, S. (2013). Play in nature: Bush Kinder in Australia. In S. Knight (ed.), International perspectives on forest school: Natural spaces to play and learn, London: Sage.

Elliott, S. (2010). Children and the natural world. In J. Davis (Ed.) Sustainability and young children. Melbourne: Cambridge.

Elliott, S. & Young, T. (2005). Environmental education. In E. Dau (Ed.) Taking the early childhood curriculum outdoors. Croydon, Victoria: Tertiary Press.

Elliott, S. (2004). Environmental education and improvisation. In S. Crook (Ed.) Just Improvise. Croydon, Victoria: Tertiary Press.

Elliott, S. & Young, T. (2003). Just Investigate: Creative Science and Technology Experiences for Young Children. Croydon, Victoria: Tertiary Press.

Elliott, S. & Young, T. (2003). Just discover: Connecting children and the natural world. Croydon, Victoria: Tertiary Press.

Journal Articles

Elliott, S. & Young, T. (in press). Nature by default in early childhood environmental education? Australian Journal of Environmental Education.

Elliott, S. & Chancellor, B. (2014). From Forest Preschool to Bush Kinder: An inspirational approach to preschool provision in Australia. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 39 (4), 45-53.

Elliott, S. & Davis, J. (2009). Exploring the resistance: An Australian perspective on educating for sustainability in early childhood. International Journal of Early Childhood. 41, (2), 65-77.

Practitioner articles

Elliott, S. (in press). Food for thought, Everychild.

Elliott, S. (2014). How high was Humpy Dumpty? Everychild, 20(4), 6-7.

Elliott, S. (2014). Sustainability as the norm in times of global transition. Everychild, 20(1), 10-11.

Young, T. & Elliott, S. (2013). Provocations for outdoor learning environments. PLP e-Newsletter No.59.  Deakin West, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Young, T. & Elliott, S. (2013). Provisions for outdoor learning environments. PLP e-Newsletter No.60. Deakin West, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Elliott, S. (2013). Exploring sustainability. CCCNSW, Rattler, 115, 22-24.

Elliott, S. & Chancellor, B. (2013). Bush kinder journey: Westgarth Bush Kinder pilot program. Everychild, 19(2), 14-15.

Elliott, S. (2011). Going green in early childhood. FDC Australia Jigsaw, 59, 15-16.

Elliott, S. (2010). Natural playspaces. Community Child Care Victoria, HBC. Term 1, 11-14.

Elliott, S. (2010). Essential not optional: Education for sustainability in early childhood centres. Childcare Information Exchange. March/April 32 (2), 34-37.

Elliott, S. (2008). Risk and challenge: Essential elements to outdoor playspaces. Everychild, 14(2), 12-13.

Elliott, S. (2007). Action across Australia, working towards a sustainable future. Everychild,  13(1).

Elliott, S. & Smith, A. (2005). Bugs Bugs Bugs! Resource Kit for Melbourne Museum Early Learning Program. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne Museum.

Elliott, S. & Davis, J. (2004). Mud pies and daisy chains: Connecting young children and nature. Everychild, 10(4), 4–5.

The Cancer Council Australia (2003). Be SunSmart Play SunSmart. Carlton, Victoria: The Cancer Council Victoria.

Project Reports

Elliott, S., McCrea, N., Newsome, L. & Gaul, J. (2014 unpublished).Project Investigating early childhood education and care services environmental education programs: Final Report. Sydney: NSW OEH ET & NSW ECEEN.

Elliott, S., McCrea, N., Newsome, L. & Gaul, J. (2014 unpublished).Project Investigating early childhood education and care services environmental education programs: Portfolio of activities. Sydney: NSW OEH ET & NSW ECEEN.

Elliott, S. & Chancellor, B. (2012). Bush kinder: An evaluative study. Westgarth, Victoria: Commissioned and published by Westgarth Kindergarten Bush Kinder Sub-committee.

Smith, K., Wheeler, L. Guevara, J. R., Gough, A. & Fein, J. (2012). Conversations on school-community learning partnerships for sustainability: A guidebook. Bundoora, Victoria: RMIT University. (ARC funded study, author/contributor)

Wilks, A., Nyland, B., Chancellor, B. & Elliott, S. (2008). Analysis of curriculum/learning frameworks for the early years: Literature review (birth to 8).  East Melbourne, Victoria: Commissioned by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority.

Brown, A. & Elliott, S. (2004). Review of sun protection policies and practices in Victorian SunSmart accredited early childhood centres. Carlton, Victoria: The Cancer Council Victoria.

NSW EPA (2003). Patches of green early childhood environmental education in Australia: Scope, status and direction. Sydney: NSW EPA. (Principal author)

Theses

Elliott, S. (2012). Sustainable outdoor playspaces in early childhood settings: Investigating perceptions, facilitating change and generating theory. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales.

Elliott, S. (1983). Interactions of transposonsTN504STR and TN80AMP with DNA molecules in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa PAO. Unpublished master’s thesis, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria.

Awards

The Early Childhood Australia Doctoral Thesis Award, awarded September 2014.

Editorial roles

Consulting editor for the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education launched October 2012 by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Selected Presentations

Gowrie Regional Conference, March 2015, Tamworth. Keynote address entitled ‘The Critical Decade: Thinking, Acting and Relating for Sustainable Early Childhood Communities’.

North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, October 2014, Ottawa, Canada. Papers entitled ‘Transformative journeys: Creating sustainable early childhood communities’ and ‘Australian Bush Kinder: Connecting children, families and educators with nature’.

 OMEP Conference, July 2013, Shanghai, China. International Symposium entitled ‘Early childhood education for sustainability in the Asia-Pacific: A cornerstone of quality’.

Early Childhood Australia Conference, October 2012, Perth, Australia. Invited lecture ‘Mapping transformative journeys in education for sustainability: Insights from early childhood case studies’ and paper presented ‘A Bush Kinder Journey’.

World Environmental Education Congress, July 2011, Brisbane, Australia. Paper entitled ‘Nested triangles: A theoretical framework for creating transformative journeys in early childhood education for sustainability’.

OMEP Conference 2010, Gothenberg University, Gothenberg Sweden, August 10-13. Papers entitled ‘Theorising the interface: Natural playspaces and sustainability’ and ‘Baby steps for a greener future: a partnership for sustainability’.

Australasian Narrative Inquiry Conference, July 2009, Armidale, Australia. Paper entitled ‘Tracks of transformation: Narrating a centre’s journey’.

European Early Childhood Education Research Association, September 2008, Stavanger, Norway. International Symposium entitled ‘Shifting the paradigm from nature study to education for sustainability: Research perspectives from down under’.

International Play Association Conference 2008, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, January 8-11. Paper entitled ‘Natural Playspaces: Contexts for education for sustainability in Australian early childhood centres’.

North American Association for Environmental Education Conference 2007, Virginia Beach Convention Centre, Virginia, USA. Paper entitled ‘Early childhood: A new horizon in education for sustainability in Australia’.Australasian Early Years Education for Sustainability Inaugural Conference 2006, Christchurch College of Education Christchurch, New Zealand. Keynote address entitled ‘Pathways to a Sustainable Future’.

Australasian Early Years Education for Sustainability Inaugural Conference 2006, Christchurch College of Education Christchurch, New Zealand. Keynote address entitled ‘Pathways to a Sustainable Future’.