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Institute of Early Childhood

AProf Alma Fleet

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Title: Associate Professor
Email: alma.fleet@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 9872
Fax: +61 2 9850 9836
Office: X5B 272

 

Introduction

Alma Fleet has a long history of engagement in teacher education, both with those currently working with young children in a range of settings and those who are just beginning their professional journeys. In her role as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Early Childhood, she is involved in teaching, research and advocacy across a wide range of issues related to children and the adults who work with them. She works closely with Warawara, Department of Indigenous Studies, in her role as IEC Coorinator of the BTeach(ECS) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Name

Conferred

Research Topic

Meike Mackenzie

2013

Case study of the inclusion of a young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder into a mainstream early childhood setting in Australia

Lisa Deters

2013

Collective Caregiving: Reconceptualising the Role of Early Childhood Development in Emergencies

Rozana Lilley

2014

Experiences of School Choice and Change for Mothers of
Students Diagnosed with Autism

Zinnia Mevawalla

2016

Young Thinkers Without Borders: Critical Consciousness, Social Justice and Resistance - the Experiences of Young Street Children in Mumbai, India

Stacey Campbell

2016

Early Childhood Educators Views About Code Related Literacy Development, Phonics Instruction, and the use of Commercial Phonics Programs

Yany Lopez

2016

The Seesaw dynamic: Conceptualising child participation in a fragile context.
A case study of Cabusao, Philippines

Nanditha Hettitantri

Current

Love, Rights and Solidarity: Facilitating young children's wellbeing in a rebuilding post-conflict context in Sri Lanka

Aliza Salvador

Current

More than just toys: An investigation of the prevalence and use of toys that represent disability

Katie Wright

Current

Reducing barriers to being and doing in early childhood: Participatory action research with early childhood teachers

 

Alma Fleet's research interests include the nature of early childhood teachers' work, early literacy, the practicum in teacher education, reflective practice and the influence of Reggio Emilia in educational settings. Her recent studies concern practitioner enquiry as a change force as well as the professional pathways of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood teachers. Her publication Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation explores pedagogy in a social justice frame and is co-edited with Catherine Patterson and Janet Robertson.

Honours degree supervision

2008: Yona Heyward
Thesis entitled: Finding an early childhood job: an exploratory study into newly graduated early childhood teachers' career decision-making in NSW

2007: Rachel Ash
Thesis entitled: Researching with children: as investigated through children's perceptions of reading

Postgraduate supervision

2007: MEd(Research) Jan Falls (Primary supervisor)
Thesis entitled: Early childhood teachers 'views and provisions for early childhood gifted children

2007: MPhil Christine Baxter (Associate Supervisor)
Thesis entitled: "Making connections" Early childhood teachers re-creating meaning: contextualizing Reggio Emilian pedagogy

2007: MPhil Jenni Burgess (Associate Supervisor)
Thesis entitled: An invitation to change: the engagement of early childhood teachers

 

Community Outreach

Alma Fleet has been involved in a wide range of community-based initiatives, including her past membership on the Board of KU Children's Services and her involvement in educational change projects in prior to school and school settings in the ACT, New South Wales and South Australia. In addition, for over ten years she  collaborated with Janet Robertson (MiaMia Child and Family Centre) to offer a series of conferences "unpacking" ideas from Reggio Emilia in Australian and other contexts, and developing ExhibitOn - panels which celebrate insightful relationships with young children.

Professor Fleet was awarded a Macquarie University award for Community Outreach in 2003.

Publications

Books

Year Link Citation
2006 Fleet, A., Patterson, C, Robertson, J. (Eds.) (2006) Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation. Sydney: Pademelon Press
2006   Fleet, A., Patterson, C., & Robertson, J. (2006). Foam and ferment: Stretching the metaphor. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation. Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2006   Fleet, A., Patterson, C., & Robertson, J. (Eds). (2006). Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation. Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2005   Cassady, B., Fleet, A., Hughes, R., & Kitson-Charleston, R. (2005). Professional pathways of university-qualified Indigenous early childhood teachers: Strengthening national outcomes. Sydney: Macquarie University.

Book Chapters

Year Link Citation
2010 Fasoli, L., Wunungmurra, A., Ecenarro, V., & Fleet, A. (2010). Playing as becoming: Sharing Australian Aboriginal voices on play. In M. Ebbeck & M. Waniganayake (Eds.) Play in early childhood education: Learning in diverse contexts (pp. 215-232). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
2009   Fleet, A & Patterson, C (2009). A timescape: Personal narratives - professional spaces. In S. Edwards and J. Nuttall. (Eds). Professional learning in early childhood education. Rotterdam: Sense. pp9-26.
2008   Fleet, A. (2008) Re-becoming a supervisor: Extending possibilities. Chapter in J.G.Knowles, S. Promislow, and A.L. Cole (Eds.) Creating scholartistry: Imagining the arts-informed thesis or dissertation. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Backalong Books and Toronto, Ontario: Centre for Arts-Informed Research, OISE. pp 261-278.
2007   Fleet, A., & Torr, J. (2007). Literacy assessment: Understanding and recording meaningful data. In L. Makin, C. Jones Diaz & C. McLachlan (Eds.), Literacies in childhood: Changing views, challenging practice. (2nd ed.). (pp.183-200). Sydney: Elsevier.
2006   Fleet A, Patterson C, Robertson J. (2006).'An overview of the terrain: Roadmaps for possible journeys. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson, & J. Robertson, (Eds.). Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation. Sydney: Pademelon Press. (2-22).
2006   Burr, J., Crisafulli, D., Fleet, A., Patterson, C. and Silversides, P. (2006) Tertiary education as a context for creating documentors. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson, & J. Robertson, (Eds.) Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation. Sydney: Pademelon Press. (115-134).
2006   Fleet, A., & Robertson, J. (2006). Exhibit-On: Surprising site for conflict and celebration. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation (pp.331-344). Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2006   Fleet, A., Patterson, C., & Robertson, J. (2006). An overview of the terrain: Roadmaps for possible journeys. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation (pp.1-22). Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2006   Fleet, A., Hammersley, M., Patterson, C., Schillert, L., & Stanke, E. (2006). Five voices: Interrupting the dominant discourse. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation (pp.311-330). Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2006   Fleet, A. (2006). Interrogating diversity. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation (pp.225-246). Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2006   Burr, J., Crisafulli, D., Fleet, A., Patterson, C., & Silversides, P. (2006). Tertiary education as a context for creating documentors. In A. Fleet, C. Patterson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind early childhood pedagogical documentation (pp.115-134). Sydney: Pademelon Press.
2002   Fleet A, Lockwood V. (2002); Authentic literacy Assessment, Makin, Laurie; Jones Diaz, Criss(Ed/s) in Literacies in Early Childhood, pp.135-156, MacLennan & Petty Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia 2002, ISBN 864331622
2001   Fleet A, Patterson C. (2001); Authentic, inclusive and reciprocol communication, Dockett, Sue & Perry Bob(Ed/s) in Beginning school together: Sharing strengths, pp.62-69, Australian Early Childhood Assocation, Canberra. 2001, ISBN 1 875890 52 1
2000   Dickson J, Fleet A, Watt H. (2000); Success or failure in a core university unit: what makes a difference? in Higher Education Research and Development , Vol. 19(1), pp.59-73, Carfax Publishing, Basingstoke, UK 2000, ISSN 0729-4360
     

Journal Articles

Year Link Citation
2009   Burgess, J & Fleet, A. (2009) Frameworks for change: Four recurrent themes for quality in early childhood curriculum initiatives. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 37 (1) pp45 -61.
2009   Fenech, M., Waniganayake, M., & Fleet, A. (2009). More than a shortage of early childhood teachers: Looking beyond the recruitment of university qualified teachers to promote quality early childhood education and care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(2), 199-213.
2009   Burgess, J., & Fleet, A. (2009). Frameworks for change: Four recurrent themes for quality in early childhood curriculum initiatives. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education 37 (1), 45-61.
2007   Fleet, A., Kitson, R., Cassady, B., & Hughes, R. (2007). University-qualified Indigenous early childhood teachers: Voices of resilience. In Australian Journal of Early Childhood 32 (3). 17-25.
2006   Bowes, J., Fleet, A., Maloney, C., & Stamopoulous, E. (2006). Quality assurance of teacher education programs through benchmarking. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 13 (2), 141-150.
2004   Fleet, A., and Robertson, J. (2004). Overlooked curriculum: Seeing everyday possibilities. Research in Practice series, 11 (3). Canberra: Early Childhood Australia.
2003   Hughes, R., Fleet, A., & Nicholls, J. (2003). Both ways learning: The development of an indigenous Bachelor of Teaching. Change: Transformation in Education, a Journal of Theory, Research, Policy and Practice, 6(2), 67-74.
2002   Patterson C, Sumsion J, Cross A, McNaught M, Fleet A, Talay-Ongan A, Burgess C. (2002); Teaching as inquiry: engaging preservice teachers with research in Australian Journal of Early Childhood, Vol. 28 (2) , pp.21-25, Australian Early Childhood Associaton
2002   Patterson C, Fleet A. (2002); Changing approaches to planning: insights into different journeys in Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, Vol. 9, pp.1-10, Australian Early Childhood Research Association, Canberra, Australia 2002, ISSN 1320-664
2000   Fleet A. (2000); Beyond the filing cabinet: making room for research in Teacher Education Quarterly, Vol. 27 (2), pp.89-98, Caddo Gap Press, San Francisco, USA 2000, ISSN 0737-5328
1999   Patterson C, Fleet A. (1999); Multiple realities: Change in the first years of school in Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, Vol. 6 (1), pp.85-97, Australian Early Childhood Research Association, Canberra, Australia 1999, ISSN 13
1999   Locwood V, Fleet A. (1999); Attitudes towards the notion of preparing children for school in Australian Journal of Early Childhood, Vol. 24 (3), pp.18-24, Australian Early Childhood Association, Canberra, Australia 1999, ISSN 03125033

Presentations

Year Link Citation
2009   Fleet, A., Patterson, C., De Gioia, K., O Brien, K., & O'Connor, F. (2009). School based practitioner enquiry as stepping stones to change. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra.
2009   Fleet, A. & Robertson, J. (2009). Conference proceedings from the 9th 'Unpacking' conference ('virtual tenth') Unpacking culture: What shapes young children's education? Thoughts from Australia, New Zealand and Reggio Emilia. July, 2005. Macquarie University.
2009   Fleet, A. & Robertson, J. (2009). Exhibit-on3: Unpacking interpretation. Sydney: Institute of Early Childhood.
2009   Fleet, A, Patterson, C & McCauley, E. (2009) Professional growth through practitioner enquiry. Poster presentation at the NZECERA conference. Wellington, NZ.
2008   Fleet, A. (March, 2008) Portfolios as a metaphor: Which child is represented? Keynote address for the eleventh annual conference: Unpacking Possibilities of Representation. Sydney: IEC Macquarie.
2008   Fleet, A & Kitson, R (November, 2008) White women writing: Complexities of walking in the borderlands. Paper presented at the CEIEC conference, Melbourne.
2008   Fleet, A & Kitson, R (October, 2008) Early childhood Indigenous teachers: Spreading the word. Paper presented at the Early Childhood Australia Bienneial conference, Canberra.
2008   Fleet, A. and Patterson, C. (2008). Educational change in school: A practitioner enquiry project. Santa Maria del Monte, Santa Sabina College.
2005   Cassady, B., Fleet, A., Hughes, R. & Kitson, R. (2005, November). Two way research - beyond getting information. Paper presented at the Australian Research in Education Conference. Sydney.
2005   Fleet, A. Kitson, R. & Burnett, R. (co-researcher) (2005, June). On the road to helping Indigenous children: the professional pathways of university-qualified Indigenous early childhood teachers. Paper presented at the Early Childhood Australia conference Brisbane.
1999   Robertson J, Fleet A. (1999); Unpacking observation and documentation: Experiences from Italy, Sweden and Australia, Janet Robertson and Alma Fleet(Ed/s) in Conference Proceedings, Institute of Early Childhood, Sydney, Australia 1999

Reports

Year Link Citation
2007 Fleet, A., Patterson, C. & Shepherd, W. (2007). A commissioned report for the Barker College Council: Proposal for the Barker College Early Learning Centre. Sydney: Access Macquarie.
2007   Fleet, A. and Patterson, C. (2007). PEPACT 2006: Professional Enquiry Project in the ACT. Final Report. Sydney: Access Macquarie.

Other public output

Year Link Citation
2009 Fleet, A. & Kitson, R. (2009) Advocacy in different domains for Indigenous early childhood teachers. In Every Child 15 (1).
2008   Fleet, A. & Kitson, R. (2008) Indigenous early childhood teacher education: Advocacy in different domains. In educational Research at Macquarie (Eram) 3.
2005   Exhibit-on series- Fleet, A. & Robertson, J. Curators of Exhibit-on2 and accompanying catalogues (2005). Exhibit-on2.
2005   Fleet, A. and Robrtson, J. (Eds)(2005) ExhibitOn2 Catalogue. Provocations-Clarity and confusion: Unpacking interpretation. Sydney: IEC Macquarie.
2002   Fleet, A. & Robertson, J. Curators of Exhibit-on and accompanying catalogues (2002). Exhibit-on Provocations, clarity and confusion. Unpacking interpretation.
1999   Fleet A, Patterson C. (1999); International perspectives on reform in early childhood teacher education: Case studies of Reggio Emilia as a catalyst for change in Putting Children on Top: Issues of Policy and Practice for the New Millennium, Australian E

 

Grants 

External competitive and contract funding

Year Source Title Amount
2009 DEEWR Child Care Services and Publication Sponsorship Scheme, Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care, Canberra. Exhibit-on: Unpacking interpretation $21,487
2008 Catholic Education Office, Archdiocese of Sydney. Collaborative enquiry: Investigating processes that facilitate successful educational change in the first years of school $79,976
2004 Macquarie University External Collaborative Research Grant Professional pathways of university-qualified Indigenous early childhood teachers: Strengthening national outcomes $98,738

Internal competitive funding

Year Source Title Amount
2007 IEC Foundation Grant Indigenous early childhood teachers: Determination, resilience and community building $4,980
2001 Vice-Chancellor's Development Fund Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Strategies in the Bachelor of Teaching Program (0-5): Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specific Program. $58,000

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