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Growing readers and writers in fun, creative, and innovative ways will help prepare young children for the future

Dr Michelle Neumann is a Lecturer in the field of early childhood, computer, and science education at Griffith University. Prior to joining the School of Educational and Professional Studies, Michelle was a post-doctoral research fellow with the Griffith Institute for Educational Research. Michelle’s research interests are in early childhood education particularly in the fields of emergent literacy development, parent-child interactions, home environment, and the use of touch screen tablets to foster digital literacy skills. Michelle has launched an iTunes app  titled "emergent literacy assessment app (ELAa)" focused on providing the early foundations of reading and writing. The app was featured in an ABC News article "New app boosts children's learning in a week" and Michelle was recently interviewed on ABC Gold Coast radio about the app. The radio interview can be listened to here.

Dr Michelle Neumann

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Early Childhood Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy Development
  • Science Education
  • Digital Literacy

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

  • Is mother-child environmental print referencing related to emergent literacy? Presentation held at the International Symposium: Twentieth Annual Meeting, Society of the Scientific Study of Reading. Hong Kong
  • Is there a relationship between touch screen tablet use and emergent literacy skills in young children? Reading and Spelling: Development, Disorders and Remediation for Applied Settings Conference. Macquarie University, Sydney

Industry Experience

Michelle holds professional memberships with the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading as well the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, and Queensland College of Teachers. She has had over 10 years’ experience working as a primary and secondary school teacher with Education Queensland. During her PhD candidature Michelle worked closely with preschool children, parents, and educators in childcare centres across southeast QLD where she conducted her early literacy programs. Michelle was recently awarded a 2016 Griffith University New Researcher Grant valued at $20,000 for a family literacy project. 

Research Expertise

Michelle has conducted most of her research in early childhood settings and has research expertise in using a multi-method approach that incorporates qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis combined with observational and intervention-based experimental studies. Michelle has developed an Emergent Literacy Assessment app for the iPad, published a book, a number of book chapters, and several research articles in national and international peer reviewed journals.

Recent Publications

· (2018). Maternal Scaffolding of Preschoolers Writing Using Tablet and Paper-Pencil Tasks: Relations With Emergent Literacy Skills. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 32(1), 67–80.

· Neumann, M., Merchant, G., & Burnett, C. (2018). Young children and tablets: the views of parents and teachers. Early Child Development and Care, 1–12.

· Neumann, M. (2017). Parent scaffolding of young childrens use of touch screen tablets. Early Child Development and Care, 1–11.

· Neumann, M., & Neumann, D. (2017). The use of touch-screen tablets at home and pre-school to foster emergent literacy. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 17(2), 203–220.

· Neumann, M. (2016). A socioeconomic comparison of emergent literacy and home literacy in Australian preschoolers. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 24(4), 555–566.

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