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Children and Families Research Centre

Rosalind Walsh

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Title: Postgraduate Student
Email: rosalindlee.walsh@students.mq.edu.au
Phone: 02 9850 9337
Fax:  02 9850 9887
Building: X5B, Room: 244

 

Introduction

Rosalind Walsh is a PhD candidate in the Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie Univeristy. 

Rosalind Walsh holds a MEd from UNSW specialising in gifted education. She was the manager of the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at the University of New South Wales for 10 years. Rosalind has worked with teachers around Australia at both primary and secondary levels, as well as teaching in UNSW's preservice teacher training in gifted education for over 10 years. Rosalind is currently undertaking PhD study at Macquarie University researching successful interventions for gifted children in prior to school settings, as well as working in a preschool enrichment program for young gifted children in North-West Sydney through the STaR Association.

PHD TITLE:  Catering for the needs of intellectually gifted children in early childhood settings: Developing successful intervention strategies.

Rosalind is a recipient of a Macquarie University Research Award for Areas and Centres of Excellence scholarship.

Research Interests

Young intellectually gifted children differ from their age peers in terms of their cognitive and socio-affective development. The literature in gifted education contains descriptions of promising curriculum practices in early childhood, but none of these have empirical data evaluating their effectiveness. Furthermore, few early childhood teachers have any specific training in meeting the needs of this group. This study seeks to develop and trial curriculum interventions for gifted children in childcare and preschool settings in disadvantaged areas, and to evaluate their effectiveness. Curriculum interventions, based on Maker's (1986) model of differentiated curriculum, that focus on modifying the content and process for gifted children will be developed and trialed. A single-subject research design will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. Additional measures of social validity will be analysed to determine levels of parent, student and teacher satisfaction with the interventions.

Publications

Journal Articles

Year Link Citation
2013   Walsh, R. L., & Kemp, C. R. (2013). Evaluating interventions for young gifted children using single-subject methodology: A preliminary study, Gifted Child Quarterly, 57(2), 110-120, doi: 10.1177/0016986212466259
2012   Walsh, R. L., Kemp, C. R., Hodge, K. J. & Bowes, J. M. (2012) Searching for evidence-based practice: A review of the research on educational interventions for intellectually gifted children in the early childhood years. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 35(2), 103-128, doi:10.1177/0162353212440610
2010   Walsh, R.L, Hodge, K.J., Bowes, J.M. & Kemp, C.R. (2010) Same age, different page: Overcoming the barriers to catering for young gifted children in prior-to-school settings. International Journal of Early Childhood, 41(2), 43-58
2007   Walsh, R. L. (2007) Helping gifted students make the transition from high school to university. Gifted, 146, 5-7.
2002   Elder, R. L. (2002) Screening for academic talent through above-level testing. In C. Richardson (Ed.) Assessing Gifted and Talented Children. London: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
2000   Elder, R. L. (2000) Procedimientos de Selección, Beneficios de los Programas Breves de Enriquecimiento y de las Búsquedas de Talentos (Selection Processes, Benefits of short term enrichment programs and talent searches). In Bralic, S. and Romagnoli, C. (Eds.) Niños y Jovenes con Talentos: Una educación de calidad para todos. Santiago: Fundación Andes

Conference papers

Year Link Citation
2012   Walsh, R. L. (July, 2012). 'Effective questioning strategies with young gifted children' and 'Overcoming possible barriers for young gifted children in prior-to-school settings'. Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Singapore.
2012   Walsh, R. L. (July, 2012). 'The use of single-subject experimental design with gifted children: Results from a pilot study' and "Evaluating the effectiveness of higher order questioning with preschoolers' Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented Adelaide Conference.

 

Presentations

Presentations

Year Link Citation

International

2012   Walsh, R. L. (July, 2012). 'Effective questioning strategies with young gifted children' and 'Overcoming possible barriers for young gifted children in prior-to-school settings'. Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Singapore.

National

2013   Walsh, R. (July 2013) "Extending Young Gifted Children Using High Order Thinking Techniques" paper presented at the DEC Gifted and Talented Conference: Unleash the Gifted Potential. July 21-23, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
2013   Walsh, R. (August, 2013) Institute of Early Childhood representative for 3 Minute Thesis Competition, Macquarie University.
2013   Walsh, R. (September, 2013) "Higher order questioning with young gifted children". Presentation for staff at Tigger's Honeypot Childcare Centre, UNSW.
2012   Walsh R. L. (August, 2012)  'Supporting young gifted children in early childhood'. Invited presentation for the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) Parenting Course, University of New South Wales.
2012   Walsh, R. L. (July, 2012). 'The use of single-subject experimental design with gifted children: Results from a pilot study' and "Evaluating the effectiveness of higher order questioning with preschoolers' Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented Adelaide Conference.
2012   Walsh R. L. (June, 2012).  'Helping your gifted child make the transition to university"' Invited presentation to Learning Labs Program, Wollongong University.

 

Consultancies

Walsh, R. (July 2013) "Extending Young Gifted Children Using High Order Thinking Techniques" paper presented at the DEC Gifted and Talented Conference: Unleash the Gifted Potential. July 21-23, Darling Harbour, Sydney.