- Associate Professor Susan Irvine
- Associate Professor
Faculty of Education,
Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
- Discipline *
- Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
- Early Childhood Australia
- Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
- Queensland Children’s Services Alliance
child and family policy, early childhood curriculum, integrated child and family services, professional learning in ECEC, promotion, prevention and early intervention, quality standards in ECEC
Dr Susan Irvine is an early childhood professional with over 25 years experience working in early childhood education and care (ECEC), and more recently child and family support.
Susan started her career as a kindergarten teacher, and has worked in ECEC, in direct service delivery, child and family policy and higher education, in Australia and overseas.
Susan completed her PhD in 2005, investigating parent views and experiences of their role in ECEC, and winning the inaugual QUT Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Award.
She maintains a passion for practice-based research. Current research interests include:
- promotion, prevention and early intervention in the early years
- parent participation in ECEC
- quality standards in ECEC
- integrated child and family services
- professional learning in ECEC.
From 2007 – 2010, Susan held the position of CEO of The Gowrie (Qld) Inc., translating theory into practice. Notable achievements included:
- leading trials of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline
- developing and gaining funding for a new integrated kindergarten model embedded within long day care
- leading the establishment of an integrated child and family support service.
She recently returned to QUT where she now works as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood.
Susan continues to play an active role in current National Quality Reforms, and has participated in reference groups for the National Quality Standards, and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.
Susan’s teaching experience spans a range of ECEC settings (e.g. kindergarten, early primary and child care), Vocational Education and Training and HIgher Education. Recent focus areas have included:
- promotion, prevention and early intervention in ECEC
- inclusive practices in ECEC
- quality standards in ECEC
- early childhood curriculum, in particular, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline
Better career pathways in ECEC is also an ongoing interest, with particular emphasis on career planning and improved articulation between Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education.
Susan also maintains an interest in inservice education. Recent highlights have included involvement in an ECEC action research project, and leading a series of professional conversations about the Early Years Learning Framework, both in collaboration with the Queensland Health and Community Services Workforce Council.
Susan maintains particular expertise in the area of child and family policy. She has held positions on a number of state and national policy advisory committees, most recently including Stakeholder Reference Groups for the National Quality Framework and the Technical Advisory Committee for the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.
She has a proven track record in collaborative research and practice projects with both government and non-government agencies. Recent consultancies include:
- Review of the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme: Guidelines for Central Governing Bodies and Kindergarten Services (with Farrell and O’Gorman, QUT, in collaboration with the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care).
- Family Participation in Child Care Project (QUT with the Queensland Health and Community Services Workforce Council – HCSWC)
- Review of the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme: Guidelines for Long Day Care Services (with Farrell, QUT in collaboration with the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care).
- Professional Conversations on the Early Years Learning Framework - developing a general learning plan and supporting resources for 14 conversation groups across the State and facilitating one conversation (QUT with HCSWC).
- Moving with Young Children - statewide workshops for educators to promote physical activity and wellbeing in the early years (with Gowrie and the Department of Communities).
- The Social and Emotional Early Development Strategy (with Gowrie, HCSWC and Queensland Health).
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.