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    Dr Libby Lee-Hammond
    Bachelor of Education (QUT), Ph.D.(QUT)

    Associate Professor

    About me

    I have been a member of the academic staff at Murdoch since 2000 and have developed the early childhood courses here since their inception. Prior to that I worked at QUT in Brisbane in the School of Early Childhood and at the Centre for Mathematics and Science Education. Whilst employed as a tutor and research assistant at QUT I also assisted in the implementation of an enrichment program for very young gifted children on campus. This program gave rise to my PhD titled “Teachers’ conceptions of gifted young children: Perspectives through the lens of gender”. My supervisors were Dr Jim Watters and Dr Jillian Brannock.

    I have been involved in many research projects and consultancies related to early childhood education and children and family services. My ongoing involvement in research with Aboriginal communities has been a highlight of this work and continues to drive my research and community service. I am passionate about research that is unreservedly directed towards social justice.

    My research also focusses on outdoor play learning in the early years. I co-edited the International Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning published by SAGE in 2017.  I am a member of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, The World Organisation for Early Childhood and Early Childhood Australia.

    I have an ongoing interest in technology and creativity in education and encourage students to integrate these into their learning and teaching programs.

    Teaching area

    I currently teach early childhood curriculum, critical pedagogy in the early years and principles and practices of early childhood education.

    Research areas

    Early childhood education

    Aboriginal early years

    School Transition

    Outdoor Learning

    Critical pedagogy

    Current projects

    I am currently involved in an international research project with researchers from Linnaeus University in Sweden. This project focusses on pedagogical documentation in Sweden and Australia and the ways early childhood educators develop curriculum alongside children and families.

    I am also finalising a research project funded by the Froebel Trust (UK) with my colleague Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett. This project investigates outdoor learning on Country as a pedagogical approach to improve Aboriginal children’s wellbeing and creativity.

    Awards and grants


    2015 (Nominated)

    Association Montessori Internationale nomination for 

    UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 

    2014 (Winner with Hesterman, Knaus and Vajda)

    Organisation mondiale pour l’éducation (World Organisation for Early Childhood)

    World Project Prize for Equality for Sustainabiltity for the project “What’s in your refrigerator? Children’s views on equality, work, money and access to food. Presented in Cork, Ireland at World Conference. 

    2013 (Winner with Jackson-Barrett, Yavu-Kama and Kickett-Tucker)

    Western Australian Department for Local Government and Communities

    Children’s Week Communities Award Metropolitan for the project “Curriculum and Community in the Early Years Aboriginal Education.”

    2011 Nominated for Murdoch University Excellence in Teaching Award

    2004  Nominated for Murdoch University Excellence in Teaching Award

    1997 Australian Postgraduate Award (Doctoral Stipend) and Queensland University of Technology Vice Chancellors Award (Doctoral Stipend)


    Awarding Body Date   Project Role Amount ($AUD)


    WANSLEA 2018 Developing approaches to learning in the outdoors: Professional action learning project with childcare leaders and early years educators Chief Investigator with Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett 3000
    Playgroups WA 2016-2017 Investigating the efficacy of Aboriginal Supported Playgroups in the Wheatbelt, WA Chief Investigator with Dr. Sandra Hesterman Probono
    Froebel Trust UK 2017 On Country Learning:  Promoting remote Australian Aboriginal children’s wellbeing and creativity through outdoor learning


    Chief Investigator with Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett 37,000
    Public Education



    2013 Connecting culture, curriculum and community in early years outdoor learning. (Aboriginal Education) Chief Investigator with

    Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett and Dr. Cheryl Kickett-Tucker


    World Vision Solomon Islands 2012




    Makira Early Childhood Development Program Evaluation: Solomon Islands


    Temotu Early Childhood Development Program Evaluation: Solomon Islands


    Co-Director with Andrew McConney


    Co-Director with Andrew McConney





    DEEWR 2011 Parent and Community Engagement Project


    Project Director 180,000
    Department for Communities WA 2011-2013 Solid Beginnings: Aboriginal playgroups in Western Australia


    Project Director 60,000
    Catholic Education Office of Western Australia 2009


    Unlocking Gifts and Talents through the use of ICT in early childhood settings


    Chief Consultant




    Beananging Kwuurt Institute


    2008- 2009


    Feasibility Study for the Development of a Children and Families Centre at the site of the former Sister Kate’s Children’s Home Chief Consultant




    DEST & Aboriginal Education and Training Council 2006-2008


    Community and School working together for improved Indigenous student learning outcomes: The Mungullah East Carnarvon Primary School Project Project Director with Dr Corinne Reid as co-investigator


    The Le@rning Federation Field Review 2003-2004 The Le@rning Federation Field Review Early Childhood Consultant with Lake, Schibeci, Cummings, Phillips and Lowe 176,532.
    Australian Research Council   Industry Linkage Grant 2003


    A pedagogy for multiliteracies in early childhood education.


    With Industry partners IBM, ANSN, Global Multimedia, Dept. of Education WA, DET NSW, Vic. Schools Innovations Commission and others.

    First Chief Investigator

    With Yelland (RMIT) and Harrison (UWS), O’Rourke (ANSN)







    Australian Research Council   Industry Linkage Grant 2002-2004 Enhancing the content and experience of Interactive Children’s Television


    With Industry Partners Australian Broadcasting Commission, Channel 9, Nickolodeon and Department of Education and Training Western Australia.


    Chief Investigator with Varan, Turk, Broderick, Richardson and Innes. 391,439
    DEST 2002 Project to investigate learning outcomes of distance education students in the early years of schooling Consultant (consortium)


    With Yelland and Dole RMIT

    Australian National Schools Network 2002


    Australian National Schools Network and IBM National Program Implementation Project Director 78 180
    Pilbara Public Health Unit 2002 Rewriting Canning Stock Route Challenge Materials in line with the Curriculum Framework Early Childhood Consultant

    with Williams

    Education Department of Western Australia 2001 Facilitation of Action Research: Discovering Democracy Program


    Early Childhood Consultant

    With Martin and Robison

    Murdoch University 2001 Gifted Young Children in Australia: policies, practices and parent perceptions Chief Investigator 7,000
    DETYA 2001 Project to develop a poster and brochures promoting awareness of the importance of numeracy to parents Early Childhood Consultant

    With Powell


    Department of Education, Western Australia  2001 Design for and implementation of an assessment program for teachers and teacher assistants Project Director

    with McKenzie and Aveling as consultants


    (Plus fee paying students)

    Agriculture WA 2000 Kalgan and Beyond curriculum materials development Early Childhood Consultant

    With Schibeci and Lake



    Events and speaking engagements


    2018  Evidence, research and play-based learning. Early Years Education Society, Perth, Western Australia, August

    2014 Language and culture in early childhood education at the World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP), Cork, Ireland, July.

    2013 Inviting and Including Indigenous Knowledge in Early Years Education at International Conference and Workshop, Guro Formation Forum, Batangas City, Philippines, February.

    2011 Supporting young Aboriginal students in the twenty first century at the Australian International Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, October.


    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    I have supervised six doctoral and one masters student to successful completion. The broad topics of the dissertations include; interactive children’s television, multiliteracies in early childhood education, social and emotional wellbeing for children with language support needs, perceptions and practices of teachers with students who have an ADHD clinical diagnosis, practices of teachers supporting children’s social and emotional development in kindergarten, historical conceptions of ‘the child’ in Western Australian early childhood education and outdoor play and learning.

    I currently have students in Masters and Doctoral programs investigating a diverse range of topics including:

    wellbeing and outdoor learning

    second language acquisition for Indigenous children in the early years in Vietnam,

    play leadership in a climate of standardised testing,

    educational aspirations of children whose parents were institutionalised orphans under the British child migrant scheme,

    cultural competence of educators working with Indigenous children in the early years, and

    the impact of standardised high stakes testing on children’s social and emotional wellbeing.



    Jackson-Barrett, E. & Lee-Hammond, L. (in press) On Country Learning: Improving the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Involvement of Aboriginal Children in Early Childhood. Australian Journal of Teacher Education

    Lee-Hammond L., McConney, A. (2016). The impact of village-based kindergarten on early literacy, numeracy, and school attendance in Solomon Islands. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

    Lee-Hammond, L., Hesterman, S., Knaus, M. (2015). What’s in your refrigerator? Children’s views on equality, work, money and access to food. International Journal of Early Childhood. DOI 10.1007/s13158-015-0150-0

    Lee-Hammond, L. (2013). Integrated services for Aboriginal children and families. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 38 (1). pp. 55-64.

    Yelland, N. Lee, L., O’Rourke, M. & Harrison, C. (2009). Rethinking pathways to print literacy: A multiliteracies perspective. Practically Primary, 14 (1), pp. 4-6.

    Lowe, K., Lee, L., Schibeci, R., Cummings, R., & Phillips, R. (2009). Learning objects and engagement of students in Australian and New Zealand schools. British Journal of Educational Technology Volume 40, Issue 4, July 2009

    Harrison, C. Lee-Hammond, L.,Yelland, N. & O’Rourke, M. (2009). Maximising the moment From Preschool to School: The place of multiliteracies and ICT in the Transition to School. International Journal of Learning. 16 (11). pp. 465-474.

    Down, B. Ditchburn, G. & Lee, L. (2008). Teachers’ ideological discourses and the enactment of citizenship education. Curriculum Perspectives, 28, 3, 1-12.

    Lee, L. & Thompson, A. (2007). Working productively with Indigenous Communities: The Mungullah Best Start Playgroup. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 36, pp. 32-38

    Lee, L. & Wilks, A. (2007). Documenting the early literacy and numeracy practices of home tutors in distance and isolated education in Australia. Australian Journal of Early Childhood 32 (2), pp.28-36.

    Millei, Z. & Lee, L. (2007). ‘Smarten up the Parents’: whose agendas are we serving? Governing Parents and Children Through the Smart Population Foundation Initiative in Australia. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Vol 8 (3).

    Lee, L. and O’Rourke, M. (2006). Information and Communication Technologies: Transforming views of literacies in early childhood settings. Early Years, 26, (1) 49-62.

    Schibeci, R and Lee, L. (2003). “Portrayals of science and scientists, and ‘science for citizenship” Research in Science & Technological Education 21, (2) 177-192

    Lee, L. (2002).Young gifted girls and boys: Perspectives through the lens of gender. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 3(3), 383-399.

    Lee, L. and Bailey, J. (2002). “Rethinking practices for gifted young children: A collaborative action learning project”. Curriculum Perspectives 10, 1-7.

    Lee, L. (2000). Teachers’ conceptions of giftedness: What does it mean for young gifted girls and boys? The Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 9 (2), 24-32.

    Lee, L. (1999). Teachers’ conceptions of gifted and talented young children. High Ability Studies, 10 (2), 183-196.


    Lee-Hammond, L. & Hesterman, S. (accepted). Approaches to early literacy development from a multiliteracies standpoint: A case study of Aboriginal supported playgroups. In D. Whitbread (Ed.), SAGE Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education.

    Lee-Hammond, L. and Colliver, Y. (2017). Indigenous methodologies in education research: Case study of children’s play in Solomon Islands. Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning. London: Sage.

    Lee-Hammond, L. (2017). Belonging in Nature: Spirituality, Indigenous Cultures and Biophilia. Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning. London: Sage.

    Lee-Hammond, L., and Jackson-Barrett, E. (2017). Indigenous Perspectives on outdoor learning environments. In H. Little, S. Elliott & S. Wyver (Eds). Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for Exploration, Discovery and Risk-taking. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

    Lee-Hammond L. (2014). International Perspectives. In T. Waller (Ed.) An introduction to early childhood. London: Sage.

    Lee-Hammond, L., and Jackson-Barrett, E. (2013) Aboriginal children’s participation and engagement in Bush School. In S. Knight (Ed.), International Perspectives on Forest School: Natural Spaces to Play and Learn (pp. 131-145) London: Sage

    Lee-Hammond, L. (2012). Big expectations for little kids. In B. Down and J. Smyth. (Eds.) Critical Voices in Teacher Education: Teaching for Social Justice in Conservative Times. Springer.

    Lee, L. (2006). Curriculum in early childhood in Australia. In R. New & M Cochran (Eds.). Early Childhood Education. Vol 3. pp. 894-897, Westport,CT: Greenwood.


    Waller, T., Arlemalm-Hagser, E. Lee-Hammond, L, Lekies, K, Sandseter, E and Wyver, S. (2017) (Eds). International Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning. London: Sage

    Yelland, N. Lee, L., O’Rourke, M. & Harrison, C. (2008). Rethinking learning in early childhood. London: Oxford University Press.