Institute of Early Childhood

# Dr Kate Highfield

**Title**: Doctor**Position**: Lecturer**Qualifications**: B Ed (Primary), UTS; M Ed (Early Childhood), Macquarie; PhD, Macquarie.

## Contact Details

## Areas of Expertise

- Educational technology
- Simple robotics
- Mobile technologies
- Mathematics and Science curriculum
- Pedagogy in primary schools

## Profile

Prior to arriving at Macquarie University in 2006, Kate worked as classroom teacher and has spent over ten years teaching Kindergarten to Year Six. Kate is particularly interested in young children's use of technology in learning, problem solving and play. Kate currently lectures in the areas of Technology, Mathematics and Science.

## Research Interests

Broadly Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool in learning and play, with young children, undergraduate students, parents and educators. Under this broad umbrella Kate has worked with teachers in rural and remote settings, parents and children.

Kate's PhD examined young children's technology plan and the use of programmable toys (simple robotics) in the development of early mathematical and meta-cognitive understandings. This work, with preschool and K-2 children, also investigated children's problem solving, gesture and drawn representations of learning.

Kate's current research explores young children's learning and play with technology, with a focus on touch technologies, including mobile devices, Tablets, iPads and smartphones. This work examines digital play, in both home and educational settings, and focuses on the impact of interactive multi-media on learning and play.

## Community Outreach

Kate is committed to high quality and engaging teacher professional development. She presents in a range of professional development forums including conferences, school based sessions and in online professional networks. Through this community outreach Kate's focus is on effective technology integration for learning and problem solving, with a focus on interactive technologies, interactive whiteboards, robotics and online tools.

Kate also acts as a referee for a number of research and professional journals and conferences.

## Publications

## Grants

## Teaching

### Session 1

- ECH335: Young Children's Mathematics, Science and Technology 2
- ECH431: Teaching and Learning Mathematics
- ECHP323: Reflective Practice 3
- ECHE455: Literacy and Numeracy across the Primary Curriculum (Stage 2 and 3)

### Session 2

- ECED827: Learning Through Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Settings
- ECH430: Teaching and Learning Science and Technology
- ECHE455: Literacy and Numeracy across the Primary Curriculum (Stage 2 and 3)
- ECH232: Young Children's Mathematics, Science and Technology 1
- ECHP324: Reflective Practice 4