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Professor Ann Farrell

Faculty of Education,
Early Childhood

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Name
Professor Ann Farrell
Position(s)
Head, School of Early Childhood
Faculty of Education,
Early Childhood
Discipline *
Education Systems, Other Law and Legal Studies, Sociology
Phone
+61 7 3138 3603
Fax
+61 7 3138 3989
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Honorary Doctorate (Goteborg University), PhD (University of Queensland), MEdSt (University of Queensland), BEdSt (University of Queensland), DipT(EC) (Brisbane Kind T.C.)

Professional memberships
and associations

Advisory panels/committees

  • Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) Board, Minister’s Nominee (2016 onwards)
  • European Union, Erasmus Mundis International Review Panel, Masters of Early Childhood (2016)
  • Early Childhood Australia, Publications Committee (2016 onwards)
  • Australian Aid Program Education Panel, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2015 onwards)
  • Malardalen University (Sweden), International Research Review Panel (2014)
  • Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), appointment to Expert Panel (Teacher Education: Early Childhood) (2013 onwards)
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa), Corporate Review Panel, Early Childhood Education Courses (2013)
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Forum, Ministerial Appointment to sector-wide consultative body established to inform the implementation of Queensland’s early childhood reform agenda (2009-2010)
  • Office of Higher Education, Ministerial Appointment to Review Panel, Queensland Department of Education and Training

Professional bodies

  • World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP)
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Australasian Bioethics Association
  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Australian Alliance for Children and Youth
  • Higher Education Research & Development Society Australasia
  • Australian College of Educators
  • Early Childhood Australia
Keywords

Child Rights to Participation and Protection, Early Childood Education and Care: Policy and Practice, Early Childhood Teacher Education, Researching with Young Children, Globalisation, Intercultural Learning and Teaching, Research Ethics, Children's Health and Wellbeing, Mixed Method, Evaluation and Policy Research, Diversity in the Early Years

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Ann Farrell is Professor and Head of the School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education, QUT:

  • Earned PhD from The University of Queensland (1996). Her comparative international study of children and their mothers in prisons (United Kingdom, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria) generated prison reform for children and families impacted by incarceration
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Gothenburg University (Sweden) (2012) for international leadership in early childhood research
  • Professional experience as an early childhood teacher in rural and urban Australia and British Columbia (1976-1989); and Preschool Adviser with Creche and Kindergarten Association  (C&K) QLD (1990)
  • International authority in Early Childhood Education and Care research and advocacy  evidenced in more than 100 scholarly publications, $6m in research funding and invited presentations to academic and professional audiences in 25 countries
  • Collaborative Australian Research Council  (ARC) research into teachers reporting suspected child sexual abuse led to legislative change in Queensland and her ARC research into integrated child and family services  provided impetus to Australia’s national ‘hubs’ initiatives
  • Expertise in research ethics, children’s rights to protection and participation, childhood and families studies, children in the legal and criminal justice systems, researching with young children, Early Childhood Education and Care, early childhood teacher education, globalization and diversity
  • Appointed as Minister’s Nominee to Board of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), Australia’s national body supporting the National Quality Framework for of ECEC (2016)
  • Invited member of the Collaborative Research Network “Excellence in Research in Early Years Education” involving QUT, Charles Sturt University (lead) and Monash University and funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (2011-2015) $5.3M
  • Led  six-university consortium for international mobility involving 54 students and 36 staff in “Intercultural dialogue for global leadership and citizenship in early childhood education” (2010-2014), funded by the European Union and Australia’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, with QUT (Australian leader), Charles Sturt University, Monash University, Gothenburg University (EU leader), University College of Northern Denmark and University of East London.
  • Appointed to the  Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Expert Panel (Teacher Education: Early Childhood) (2013)
  • Ministerial Appointee to the Early Childhood Education and Care Forum, a sector-wide consultative body for Towards Q2. Tomorrow’s Queensland; and Ministerial Appointee to the Office of Higher Education Review Panel, Department of Education, Training and Employment (Queensland)
  • International review panels at University of Pretoria (South Africa)  (2013) and Malardarlen University (Sweden)  (2014)
  • ARC International Reader (IntReader), contributing special early years expertise in assessing ARC grants and collaborative bids between the ARC and the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council. She serves as an External Assessor for the NHMRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and South Africa’s National Research Foundation, Reviews and Evaluation Directorate
  • Recognized by Department of Education, Training  and Employment (Qld) as an expert in research, academic and evaluation services
This information has been contributed by Professor Ann Farrell.

Teaching

Professor Farrell’s teaching expertise spans undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, with expertise in:

  • Early childhood education and care: Curriculum policy and practice
  • Young children, families and communities
  • Research ethics

Professor Farrell has supervised 12 doctorates to completion:

  • graduates are represented in academic positions in Brunei, New South Wales and Queensland
  • four graduates are members of the professoriate in their respective universities
  • two graduates hold senior executive positions, one  in Canberra and one in a national education organization

Professor Farrell’s international cohort-teaching spans:

  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • United Kingdom

Professor Farrell’s highlights in international teaching include:

  • Jiangsu International Foundation for Education Excellence (JIFEE), China – course design, leadership and teaching in a large-scale professional development program for >1800 early childhood teachers (2012-2015); devoted approximately 4 weeks per year of face-to-face teaching with cohorts of 120 teachers at Hongwen College, Suzhou (2012-2015)
  • International Master of Early Childhood, Gothenburg University, Sweden  & Oslo Akerhus University College, Norway  (2015)
  • “Enhancing sustainable leadership for quality Early Childhood Education teacher training in Indonesia” – course design, team leadership and teaching 16 fellows from Indonesia Directorate of Development for Early Childhood in Australian Awards Fellowship program, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (2015-2016)
  • “Intercultural dialogue for global leadership and citizenship in early childhood education”, funded by the European Union and Australia’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research –  course design, leadership and teaching in a six-university consortium providing  international mobility for 54 students and 33 staff. Consortium members: QUT (Australian lead), Charles Sturt University, Monash University, Gothenburg University (EU lead), University College of Northern Denmark and University of East London (2011-2014)
This information has been contributed by Professor Ann Farrell.

Experience

Professor Farrell experience includes:

  • University Superviser of preservice teachers undertaking field experience in Early Childhood Education and Care contexts, within teacher education programs accredited with Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
  • International Reader for the Australian Research Council and specialist early years expertise in assessing ARC and collaborative ARC/ESRC (UK) bids
  • Expert reviewer for Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), Reviews and Evaluation Directorate
  • Expert in research, academic ad evaluation services, Department of Education, Training and Employment QLD
  • Invited  member of international meeting on “Global Clinical Pediatric Trials” with the National Institute of Health/Food and Drug Administration, Washington DC (2009)
  • Ministerial Appointee to Queensland’s Early Childhood Education and Care Forum and to the Office of Higher Education, Review Panel, Queensland Department of Education and Training QLD
This information has been contributed by Professor Ann Farrell.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Honorary Doctorate awarded by Gothenburg University for international leadership in early childhood research
Type
Membership of a Statutory Committee
Reference year
2016
Details
Appointed as the Minister's Nominee to the Board of the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), Australia's national body supporting the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (2016 onwards)
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2016
Details
Appointment to International Review Panel, Erasmus Mundis International Masters of Early Childhood (Malta, Ireland, Sweden & Norway)
Type
Editor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
2016
Details
Lead editor of the "Sage Handbook of Early Childhood Research" (2016) published by Sage Publications London. Co-editors are Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Centre; and Professor E. Kay M. Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh. She is also lead editor of "Diversity in the Early Years. Intercultural Learning and Teaching" (2016) published by Oxford University Press. Her co-editor is Professor Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson, UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development and Professor of Early childhood Education at Gothenburg University, Sweden.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2015
Details
Appointed AUSAID Expert (GRM International) for expert services provided under the Education Resource Facility (Global) 20014-2015
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2014
Details
Member of Research Review Panel, Malardalen University, Vasteras, Sweden (2014), review of social sciences research
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence "Team Award" for international leadership of early childhood teacher program with Jiangsu International Foundation for Education Excellence, China
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2013
Details
Member, Corporate Review Panel University of Pretoria (2013), review of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Research
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2013
Details
Appointment to Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), appointment to Expert Panel (Teacher Education: Early Childhood) (2013 onwards)
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2014
Details
Professor Farrell was part of an invitation-only working meeting reviewing the ethical conduct of global clinical trials involving children, hosted by the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, Washington DC.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Promoting Protective Feeding Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Follow Up of a Successful Obesity Prevention Program Commencing in Infancy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1021065
Start year
2012
Keywords
Obesity, Prevention, Feeding Practices, Infant, Child Health, Randomised Trial
Title
Positive Feeding Practices and Food Preferences in Very Early Childhood - A Primary Care Obesity Prevention Strategy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
426704
Start year
2008
Keywords
Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Promotion, Community Child Health, Peadiatrics
Title
Teachers' Reporting Child Sexual Abuse: Towards Evidence-based Reform of Law, Policy and Practice
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0664847
Start year
2006
Keywords
Mandatory reporting laws, Child sexual abuse, Conforming with law, Teachers and schools, Detection and reporting, Negligence.
Title
Risky Spaces: Children Experiencing Governance Across School, Home and Community Sites
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0452493
Start year
2004
Keywords
Childhood Researching Children Sociology of Childhood
Title
Child Care and Family Services Hubs Impact Study in Rural and Regional Communities.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0347765
Start year
2004
Keywords
Families, Early Childhood Education, Rural Services, Social Capital, Children's Services, Indicators.

Supervision