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- Dr Amanda McFadden
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- Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
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- Identifiers and profiles
Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
- Board of Director – Lady Gowrie Qld
- Growth and Innovation Sub-committee member Lady Gowrie QLD
- Early Childhood Australia Early Childhood Intervention Australia
- Early Childhood Australia Qld Branch Associate Executive Member
- Early Career Educators Engaging Educators (Sub-committee of Early Childhood Australia QLD)
- QUT Early Childhood Alumni Committee member
early childhood education, child care, inclusive practice, early years of schooling, professional practice of educators
Amanda is a lecturer in the School of Early Childhood. Amanda’s key teaching and research areas include:
- the professional practice of early childhood teachers
- inclusive practices in the early years
- engaging with families and communities
- the experiences of preservice teachers
- transdisciplinary research
Amanda has 20 years experience working predominantly in the prior to school sector in a range of early childhood contexts including long day care, family day care, and kindergarten programs.
Amanda’s doctoral research focused on the experiences of teachers working with children with a disability in the early years of school. This research contributed to deeper understandings of inclusive practices and the levels of support needed for classroom teachers in the early years of schooling.
Amanda aims to share her diverse early childhood professional experiences with preservice teachers with a focus on exploring the nexus between theory and professional practice. Amanda has a strong focus on the effective preparation of preservice teachers on field experience. Amanda has taught in a diverse range of undergraduate units across Kelvin Grove and Caboolture campuses including the capstone early childhood units and currently is coordinator of the capstone education conference, the Stepping Out Conference.
Other units Amanda has taught in include the following:
- EAB005 – Inclusion in Early Childhood
- EAB511 – Early Childhood Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives
- EAB513 – Partnerships with Families and Communities
- EDB013 – Early Childhood Field Studies 3: Inclusion and Diversity
- EDB174 – Stepping Out/ Making Connections
- EDB175 – Internship
Amanda currently holds a non-paid director’s position on Lady Gowrie Qld’s Board of Management. She is a founding member of the Educators Engaging Educators Sub-committee of the Qld Branch of Early Childhood Australia. Amanda is currently working on a joint research project with educators from a large early learning centre on parental views of the implementation and use of a digital documentation portal in early childhood. As lead for a team of transdisciplinary researchers Amanda is also investigating pedagogically appropriate ways to embed information literacy into early childhood contexts. Amanda writes for a number of professional early childhood publications to engage with educators about their work in early childhood education and care. A number of these professional publications are joint authored with colleagues from the early childhood education and care field.
- Miller MG, McFadden AT, Heirdsfield AM, (2016) Preparing culturally and linguistically diverse preservice Early Childhood teachers for field experience, Student Success p33-42
- McFadden AT, Smeaton KF, (2016) Amplifying student learning through volunteering: The experiences of students volunteering in a community literature festival, Proceedings of the 2016 Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success (STARS) Conference p1-10
- Whiteford CM, McFadden AT, (2015) Educators of change, The Spoke: Early Childhood Australia's Blog
- McFadden AT, Whiteford C, (2015) Infant education and care: Why is education often overlooked?, Cascades p16-17
- Nguyen T, McFadden AT, Tangen DJ, Beutel DA, (2013) Video-stimulated recall interviews in qualitative research, Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) p1-10