My research focuses on early childhood education, particularly the intersection of child development and learning with curriculum and pedagogy. I also have expertise regarding Indigenous Australian early childhood education (teacher professional learning, the role of culture in curriculum and pedagogy).
Dr Karen L Martin is an Associate Professor within the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Karen has over 15 years’ experience as a teacher/director in early childhood education in Queensland. Karen was recently invited to present on the findings of research from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children to the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. She has over 20 years experience in the university sector, first in Indigenous Studies and since 2008, in early childhood education. Since coming to Griffith University in 2012, Karen has written, convened and taught courses in the Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood; Master: Early Childhood Education; Graduate Diploma: Early Childhood and Graduate Certificate: Early Childhood.
Karen has delivered presentations at my forums, seminars and conferences in Queensland, Australia and internationally. Recent highlights include:
Karen has developed professional development programs for educators of young Indigenous Australian children at the centre level, to regional, state and national levels. This was interspersed with writing curriculum and developing policy for various industry partners.
Karen's research expertise include early childhood education; aboriginal knowledge; aboriginal early childhood; aboriginal studies pedagogy and curriculum; and aboriginal research methodology. Karen's recent research highlights include:
Year: 2016 Publisher: Pademelon Press
Year: 2016 Book: Children's play in early childhood education: facilitating learning in diverse contexts (2nd Edition) (pp201-214).
Year: 2016-17 Research Partner: Education Horizons Research Grant
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