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The transformative powers of children and families 

CFRC_PWTPProfessor Jacqueline Hayden is a contributing author to the book "Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families".

Jacqueline was one of more than 40 distinguished scholars invited to the 15th Ernst Strüngmann Forum in Frankfurt, Germany in order to "assess the role of early child development and familial relationships in the process of peace-building and conflict resolution, and to explore novel approaches to translate science-based knowledge into concrete and sustainable actions within peace building initiatives." The participants included basic scientists as well as experts in early child development, cross-cultural psychology, interfaith dialogue, and peace building from 15 countries.  

The book is a direct outcome of the forum. It reviews the evidence from myriad spheres to illustrate that children and families have the transformative power to promote peace and reduce violence, so they can be "agents of change and agents of peace rather than simply victims of violence". Referring to longitudinal research and to current studies on neurogenetics, the book emphasises the critical importance of experiences in the early years of life. Beneficial effects on brain development, wellbeing and success in adulthood are associated with addressing mental, emotional, nutritional and physical needs from the very beginning of life.

The book stresses the urgent need for "greater efforts to bring winds of change to promote peace", especially with respect to the vision and goals of the Post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

​Several copies of the book are housed in MQ library.

Professor Jacqueline Hayden has been appointed the Foundation Chair of the Early Childhood Advisory Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Professor Jacqueline Hayden

In this role Jacqueline will have a unique opportunity to influence the development of programs for young children and families in refugee camps and other extreme contexts around the globe.

The International Rescue Committee ( has headquarters in New York and works in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. The organisation provides health, education and other services to millions of families who have been caught up in the world's worst humanitarian crises, including active conflict and emergencies.

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Congratulations Dr Kelly Baird & Dr Rozanna Lilley

Kelly Baird and Rozanna Lilley

Dr Kelly Baird

Kelly Baird graduated on the 16 April 2015. Thesis title: Small voices, significant stakeholders: Young children's experiences of program participation and family change during involvement in a parenting program. Read more...


Dr Rozanna Lilley

Rozanna Lilley graduated on the 16 April 2015. Thesis title: Experiences of school choice and change for mothers of students diagnosed with autism. Read more...

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J Goodnow Symposium

Research Symposium in Honour of Emeritus Professor Jacqueline Goodnow
Thursday 23 July 2015



Infants and Toddlers

Infants and Toddlers: Practice, Pedagogy & Research
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 September 2015


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Bio_GordonCDr Camilla Gordon

 Adventures with Science A workshop for Preschool and Primary Educators - Tuesday 23 June 2015

Science is all around us. Science is also for everyone, regardless of age, and if we teach children early, they grow up with a love and understanding of biology and chemistry; geology and meteorology; physics and astronomy. So knowing where the earth came from and that we are all made from the stuff of stars is basic science for us all. Discovering the science in our world is a creative and fun-filled adventure, able to be taught to the youngest child and the oldest adult. Camilla's research places children as very capable and ready for learning, honouring the wonderful intelligence and imagination of the young child.


Dr Katey DeGioiaDr Katey De Gioia

Supporting children & families in the transition to school - Tuesday 11 August 2015

Starting school is one of the many transitions in the lives of children and families. However, sometimes families are worried about what they can do to support their children during this time. This presentation will provide tips and strategies to assist children and families; from sharing the role of children's play in developing lifelong skills to discussing the importance of communication, this session will enable parents to feel confident in what they are doing and provide additional ideas which are part of everyday life in supporting their children in the transition to school.

This session is suitable for families and educators working in the prior to school setting. Educators will be provided with strategies which can be used in their settings and information which can be shared with families.

Dr Fay HadleyDr Fay Hadley

Partnerships with families - Managing the mine field, tensions and opportunities  - Thursday 27 August 2015

Do you find some families harder to develop connections with?

Come along to this workshop to unpack the ways of working with families, negotiating these tensions. Both educators' and families' perspectives will be outlined and strategies for connecting with families will be discussed.


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Jelena van der WalMs Jelena van der Wal February - August 2015

Jelena van der Wal is currently doing her Masters degree in Pedagogical and Educational Sciences (MSc.) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Jelena is housed within the Children and Families Research Centre (Room 226/227) and is an Occupational Trainee working with Dr Rebekah Grace. She is working on research methods to gather young people's perspectives on the strengths, challenges and needs of their local community and is conducting a small research project as part of the requirements for her Masters degree.



Associate Professor Sarah Coyne June - July 2015

Dr. Sarah M. Coyne is an associate professor of human development in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Her research interests involve media, aggression, gender, and child development. She has over 70 publications on these and other topics and is on the board of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) society and is currently serving as an associate editor for Aggressive Behavior. ​She has four young children and lives in Spanish Fork, Utah. Sarah has been awarded a Faculty of Human Sciences Visiting Research Fellowship and will be located in the Children and Families Research centre (Room 236) from 20 June - 31 July 2015.  Sarah will engage, present and participate in workshops and seminars while in the centre.
Workshop: Longitudinal design and data analysis  - Monday 13 July 2015
Colloquium: A fantasy childhood? The effect of Disney princesses and superheroes on Preschool children - Monday 27 July 2015



Professor Joan Grusec July 2015

Joan Grusec is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Joan will be keynote speaker at the Goodnow Symposium on the 23 July 2015 and her talk will be about Parenting and the Development of Children's Prosocial Behaviour. Joan will also be delivering a Free Public Lecture on Tuesday 21 July 2015  on Childrearing Experts: Who to Believe?

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Bulletin Board

Book Chapters

Christie, D., Painter-Brick, C. Behrman, J., Cochrane, J. Dawes, A., Goth, K., Hayden, J., Masten, A., Nasser, I., R., Punamaki, R., & Tomlinson, M. (2014). Healthy human development as a path to peace. In Leckman, J., Painter-Brick, C., & Salah, R. (Eds.), Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families (pp. 273-305). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Degotardi, S. (2015). Mind-mindedness: Forms, features and implications for infant-toddler pedagogy. In S. Robson & S. Quinn (Eds.), Routledge international handbook on young children's thinking and understanding (pp. 179-188). London: Routledge.

Djonov, E., Knox, J., & Zhao, S. (2015). Interpreting websites in educational contexts: A social-semiotic, multimodal approach. In P. Smeyers, D. Bridges, N. C. Burbules, & M. Griffiths (Eds.), International handbook of interpretation in educational research (pp. 315-345). Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9282-0_16

Papic, M. M., Mulligan, J. T., Highfield, K., McKay-Tempest. J., & Garrett, D. (2015). The impact of a patterns and early algebra program on children's learning in transition to school in Australian Indigenous communities. In B. Perry, A. Gervasoni, & A. MacDonald (Eds.). Mathematics and transition to school: International perspectives (Chapter 14). NY: Springer.

Prot, S., Anderson, C. A., Gentile, D. A., Warburton, W. A., Saleem, M., Groves, C. L., & Brown, S. C. (2015). Media as agents of socialization. In J. E. Grusec & P. D. Hastings [Eds.], Handbook of socialisation: Theory and research (2nd ed., pp. 276-300). NY: The Guilford Press.

Warburton, W. A., & Anderson, C. A. (2015). Social psychological study of aggression. In J. Wright [Ed.], International encyclopaedia of social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed., pp. 295-299). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Journal articles

Cologon, K., & D'Alessio, S. (2015). Dall'ideologia alla pratica scolastica: Facilitatori per lo sviluppo dell'educazione inclusiva nei contesti scolastici italiani. In R. Vianello & S. Di Nuovo, Quale scuola inclusiva in Italia? (pp.189-208). Trento, Italy: Erickson.

Davis, B., & Degotardi, S.  (2015). Educators' understandings of, and support for, infant peer relationships in early childhood settings. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 13 (1), 64-78. Doi: 10.1177/1476718X1453860

Deeba, F., & Rapee, R. M. (2015). Evaluation of an innovative intervention for traumatized children from a low resourced country. Mental Health & Prevention. doi:

Deeba, F., & Rapee, R. M. (2015). Prevalence of traumatic events and risk for psychological symptoms among community and at-risk children and adolescents from Bangladesh. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/camh.12093

Hadley, F & Andrews, R. (2015). "Because uni is totally different than what you do at TAFE": protective strategies and provisions for diploma students traversing their first professional experience placement at university".Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 43(3), p 262-276.

Hadley, F., Waniganayake, M., & Shepherd, W. (2015). Contemporary practice in professional learning and development of early childhood educators in Australia: Reflections on what works and why. Professional Development in Education, 41(2), 187-202. doi: 10.1080/19415257.2014.986818

Hoyte, F., Torr, J. ,& Degotardi, S. (2015). Creating pretence and sharing friendship: Modal expressions in children's play. International Journal of Early Years Education, 23(1), 17-30.  doi: 10.1080/09669760.2014.992867

Hoyte, F., Torr, J, ,& Degotardi, S. (in press). What's it all about: Topic choices in young children's play. International Journal of Play.

Hoyte, F., Torr, J., & Degotardi, S. (2014). The language of friendship: Genre in the conversations of preschool children. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 12, 20-34. doi: 10.1177/1476718X13492941

Van Leeuwen, T., & Djonov, E. (2015). Notes towards a semiotics of kinetic typography. Social Semiotics, 25(2), 244-253. doi: 10.1080/10350330.2015.1010324

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015). Generating creativity: Provocations in Visual Arts education. Visual Art and Education. International Journal of the Arts Education10(2[KH1] ).

Yoong, T., McKenzie, A., & Grace, R. (accepted 15 Feb 2015). Developmental screening tests: Questioning the role of the ADST and ASQ in the screening process. Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing.

Zanoni, L., Warburton, W. A., Bussey, K., & McMaugh, A. (2014). Child protection fathers' experiences of childhood, intimate partner violence and parenting. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 91-102.  doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.08.009

Thesis unpublished

Wade-Leeuwen, B (2015). Fostering creativity in pre-service art teachers during teacher education programs (Unpublished doctoral thesis). Macquarie University, Sydney.

Presentations in Australia

Cheeseman, S. (2015, February). If only they could speak! What might babies have to say about their 'best start in life'? Guest Speaker, Gowrie Victoria Annual Stakeholders Meeting.

Cologon, K. (2015, May). Better together: Inclusion and early intervention, addressing ableism and models of disability in working towards inclusive approaches to early intervention. Keynote paper presented at the 26th conference of ECIA NSW, Sydney.

Cologon, K. (2015, March). Reading development in children with Down syndrome: Understanding the research. Keynote paper presented at the Down Syndrome Education Conference, Sydney. 

Cologon, K. (2015). Facilitating inclusive literacy learning: Applying research to practice. Invited paper presented at the Down Syndrome Education Conference, Sydney.

Degotardi, S (2015). Talk with me: Fostering language rich environment in infant-toddler early childhood programs. Paper presented for Down to Earth Practical Solutions, Canberra.

Grace, R., Smith, H., Kemp, L., O'Loughlin, G., Fogg, S.,& Tredoux, J. (2015, May). Mobilising communities to support vulnerable families and build inclusive care networks: The Volunteer Family Connect home visiting program. Paper presented at the Child Aware Approaches Conference, Melbourne.

Hadley, F. (2015, March). Partnerships with families. Paper presented at the conference of Warringah Children's Services, Dee Why.

Hodge, K. (2015, May). "Paint and playdough don't do it for him any more." Meeting the needs of young gifted children (and their parents) in a supported playgroup. Mini-keynote paper presented at the conference of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children, Melbourne.

Hodge, K. (2015, March). Early childhood education for children who are gifted. Paper presented at the conference of University of Technology Sydney Child Care/Gowrie/Macquarie University Campus Life, Sydney.

Sims, M. & Waniganayake, M. (2015, May). "Life as an early childhood leader: what are we and where are we going?". Joint keynote presentation based on an ethno-theatre performance. Sydney

Presentations International

Grace, R., Elcombe, E., Kemp, L., Knight, J., & Comino, E. (2015, May). Bulundidi Gudaga: The impact of epidemiological and intervention research on maternal and child health service policy and program delivery for Australian Aboriginal families in an urban setting and beyond. Paper presented at the conference of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington DC.

McMaugh, A., Grace, R., Bowes, J., Gibson, F., & Warburton, W. (2015, May). Exploring processes of change for families at high risk: Can parenting interventions reduce child abuse potential and facilitate conceptual change? Paper presented at the conference of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington DC.

Papic, M. (2014). Engaging Australian Aboriginal Families in Early Years Education and Health. "Shawane Dagosiwin" - Aboriginal Education Research Forum, Winnipeg, Canada, May 2015.

Swit, C., McMaugh, A., & Warburton, W. (2015, March). The influence of teacher and parent behavioural interventions on children's use of relational aggression in an Australian preschool sample. In J. Ostrov & K. Kamper (Chairs) Relational aggression and relational victimization during early childhood: Multiple methods and informants in three countries. Symposium presented at Society for Research on Child Development conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Swit, C., McMaugh, A., & Warburton, W. (2015, March). Australian teachers' and parents' beliefs and intervention responses to relational and physical aggression during early childhood. Paper presented at the conference of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Wade-Leeuwen, B., Harrison, N., Fleet, A., & Rice, A. (2015, July). Moku-chi Approach: The role of intercultural studio-based workshops for pre-service art teachers. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on the Arts In Society and the Arts in Society Knowledge Community, London.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015, July). The Reformer's Brush: Intercultural creative and arts-based inquiry approaches to teacher education. Paper presented at the Insea conference Risks And Opportunities For Visual Arts Education in Europe, Lisbon, Portugal.


Cologon, K. (2015) Innovations in ECD: Disability and Inclusive Education. Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Early Childhood.  ($5,000)

Cologon, K. (2015). Post-School Transitions and People with Disability. Children with Disability Australia. ($2,200)

Grace, R., & Baird, K. (2015). Reconceptualising the service system from the perspectives of expert children and young people. UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families. ($40,000)

Grace, R., Kemp, L., & Barnes, J. (2015). Strengthening families and communities through volunteering. Good Beginnings Australia. ($205,000)

De Gioia, K., Degotardi, S., & Papic, M. (2015). Rethinking the role of museums in the lives and learning of children and families. MQ Partnership Seeding Grant. ($9,720)

De Gioia, K. & Waniganayake, M. (June, 2015). Settlement Services International project proposal under the Enterprise Partnership Schema Pilot Research grants scheme. Submitted

Warburton, W. (2015). Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Visiting Scholar Scheme to bring A/Prof Sarah Coyne to Australia. ($6,000)

Media Mentions

Cologon, K. 2015 -  Interviewed for the Australian Educator on education of children with autism

Graham, L., Cologon, K., Sweller, N., van Bergen, P., & Walker, S. (2015). EduResearch Matters (AARE blog post):The hit and miss of dealing with disruptive behaviour in schools.

Warbuton, W. A. (2015, April). Featured in story 'Guidelines for good gaming seminar report' in the media magazine, small screen. The story reported on the '10 Tips for Healthy Game Play' resource created with Leon Straker.

Warburton, W. A. (2015, March). Featured in story 'Parents urged to take control of kids gaming' in Adelaide Advertiser. Discussed stereotypes in video games and development of hostile biases

Warburton, W. A. (2015, March). How to be a nice video game nazi
Macquarie University psychologist Wayne Warbuton gives 10 tips for parents to ensure their kids play healthy video games.

Warburton, W. A. (2015, March). Appeared on Leon Byner Show, 5AA Adelaide, to talk about healthy media use.

Warburton, W. A. (2015, March). Macquarie Uni Psychologist's 10 Tips for Kids Screen Time
Macquarie University psychologist Wayne Warburton encourages parents to actually play the video games their kids are playing to keep tabs on time spent on the device as well as levels of violence and inappropriate content.

Warburton, W. A. (2015, Jan).  Youtube: Macquarie PACE video on rural placements.

Waniganayake, M. (2015, May). Interview for article in Sydney Child


Waniganayake, M. (2015, May). Hosting of the 4th National New Frontiers in Early Childhood Leadership Conference, Sydney.

Waniganayake, M. (2015, May). Invitation from Oxford University Press to prepare a second edition of the book by Ebbeck, M. & Waniganayake, M. (eds) (2010). Play in Early Education: Facilitating learning in diverse contexts.


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