Dr Marg Rogers
Lecturer, Early Childhood Education - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education
Phone: +61 2 6773 2218
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 7 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.
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)
Families, communication and speech development, literacy, digital literacy, critical literacy, health, nutrition and wellbeing
Creative Arts, especially performing arts at all levels, integrated learning
I am currently working with a special topic student exploring the impact of family trauma on children
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.
Conference presentations at UNE:
- UNE Compassion, a timely feeling (ARC Centre of excellence for the History of Emotions) - 2019, Armidale. Social justice and agency: Utilising very young children's voices to enact change and influence policies'.
- UNE Postgraduate Research Conference - 2018, Armidale. 'Young children's understanding of parental deployment within an Australian Defence Force (ADF) family'. Awarded Speaker of the Day (Day 2).
- UNE Postgraduate Conference – 2017 ‘Results: What are young children’s experiences of parental deployment within an ADF family?’
- UNE Postgraduate Conference – 2016 ‘Methodology: Listening to children’s voices using Mosaic research'
Other conference presentations:
- AARE Australian Association for Researchers in Education 2019 Brisbane ‘Enhancing the Mosaic research approach: The importance of other voices’
- EECERA European Early Childhood Council of Educational Researchers Association conference 2020 Thessaloniki, Greece 'Contextualised, not neoliberalised professionalism in early childhood education and care' within the symposium 'Quality and ECEC professionalism in a neoliberal context' (symposium chair and presenter).
- ISEI International Society on Early Intervention 2019 Sydney 'Let the children dance: The effect of music, dance, movement and creative arts language programs on a migrant, refugee and low SES transition class'.
- IECA International Early Childhood Art 2019 Wellington, New Zealand ‘Media arts: Supporting family and cultural narratives digitally’ (with Professor Margaret Sims and Dr Jo Bird)
- IECA International Early Childhood Art 2019 Wellington, New Zealand ‘Workshop: Incorporating animal movements into movements and recording them through the media arts’
- Gender in Education Association 2018 Newcastle ‘Tell me a tale: Narratives from the university sexual assault pile’
- AARE Australian Association for Researchers in Education 2018 Sydney 'Harnessing the power of cultural health narratives when working with parents of young children'
- AARE Australian Association for Researchers in Education 2018 Sydney ‘Is there an app for that?’ (with Dr Jo Bird)
- OMEP Early Childhood Europe 2018 Prague, Czech Republic 'Children’s agency: Digital storytelling in action'
- AARE Australian Association for Researchers in Education 2017 Melbourne 'Resourcing and supporting young children's understandings of parental deployment within an ADF family'
- AARE Australian Association for Researchers in Education 2017 Melbourne 'Exploring educators' perceptions and future visions of technologies in early childhood settings' (with Jo Bird)
- IECA International Early Childhood Art 2017 Paro, Bhutan ‘Listening to children’s voices through art: Mosaic research’
- IECA International Early Childhood Art 2017 Paro, Bhutan ‘Workshop: Workshop: Integrating nature, movement, dance and visual art’
- Early Childhood Australia 2016 Darwin ‘Supportive and effective partnerships with families when a parent works away from home’
Grants, Awards and Funding
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
Rogers, M., & Boyd, W. (2020). Meddling with Mosaic: Reflections and adaptations European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. doi:10.1080/1350293X.2020.1817236
Rogers, M. (2020). Recommendations to support young children from Australian military families: A report for policy makers, family and social workers and educators Journal of Management Policy and Practices, 21(2), 1-26. doi:https://doi.org/10.33423/jmpp.v21i2
Rogers, M., & Bird, J. (2020). Children’s agency: Developing a digital app to voice family narratives. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 6(2), 129-137. doi:10.3138/jmvfh-2019-0022
Rogers, M., Sims, M., Bird, J., & Elliott, S. (2020). Organisational narratives vs the lived neoliberal reality: Tales from a regional university. Australian Universities' Review, 62(2). Retrieved from http://www.aur.org.au/article/Organisational-narratives-vs-the-lived-neoliberal-reality%3A-Tales-from-a-regional-university-%28AUR-62-01%29-21824
Rogers, M., Bird, J., & Sims, M. (2019). Using the media arts to digitally support 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). How to support children whose parent works away for long periods. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/children-need-support-when-a-parents-work-takes-them-away-from-the-family-home-125641
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. 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
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
Research Fellow, New England Institute of Healthcare Research (NEIHR)
Reviewing and editing
Policies in Future Education (SAGE Journals) (reviewer)
Australian Journal of Education (reviewer)
Oxford University Press (textbooks) (reviewer)
School of Education Research Newsletter (UNE) (assistant editor)
As a consultant, Marg has run workshops, in-services and training sessions for educators and families in a number of education settings.
School of Education Facebook page: 'We were still young parents grasping at straws' https://www.facebook.com/2255412777823124/posts/3097378050293255/?d=n
EduResearch Matters Blog: Early childhood help for children of deployed military personnel https://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=5156
The Conversation: How to support children whose parent works away for long periods http://theconversation.com/how-to-support-children-whose-parent-works-away-for-long-periods-125641
TuneFM Radio blog and interview recording: Helping young children cope with extended parental absences https://www.tunefm.net/2019/12/13/helping-young-children-cope-with-extended-parental-absences/
The Sector: UNE Early childhood researcher creates resources to support with pain of deployment https://thesector.com.au/2019/09/26/une-early-childhood-researcher-creates-resources-to-support-with-pain-of-deployment/
Defence Connect: University of New England to help military families cope with deployment stress https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/key-enablers/4819-university-of-new-england-to-help-military-families-cope-with-deployment-stress
2019 Music, dance and movement classes for the Transition class at Armidale Family Support, supported playgroups
2019 Board Member, Armidale Family Support
2018 Music, dance and movement classes for the Transition class at Drummond Primary School including refugee children
2017 Drum Sergeant and Committee member, Armidale Pipe Band
2012-2017 Tenor drummer, Armidale Pipe Band
2014-16 Board Member, Armidale and District Family Day Care
2003-2010 Director and Conductor, managing volunteer parents and community members, event management, arranging music, resourcing, fundraising, writing grant applications, Moree Public School and Community Band
2002-04 President Parents and Friends, Grace Lutheran Preschool Moree
2004 State Representative for conferences, P&C Moree Primary School
2004 Member, Moree Bursary Committee (Music)
2003 Public Officer - Management Committee, Grace Lutheran Preschool
2000 Committee Member, Tennant Creek Toy Library
1999-2000 Craft and Social Coordinator, Tennant Creek Playgroup