Dr Karen Joy McLean - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
Dr Karen McLean (PhD; MEd, BEd; DipTeach) is a Lecturer in Education at Australian Catholic University. Karen's research interests are focused on literacy and technology in the early years of education, including pedagogical approaches, play based learning and digital technologies. Her PhD research explored the symbiotic relationship between literacy and technology in the early years of education. Karen's current research involves examining the role of supported playgroups in schools. Her work in this area explores how school-based playgroups can support the development of community connections for children and families and provide increased opportunities for relevant play-based learning experiences. Other research includes the investigation of stakeholder perspectives on belonging,home learning and children's play through participation in supported playgroups and the exploration of pedagogical approaches to science and literacy in kindergarten.
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- A story of early years educators' experiences of technology and literacy in early years learning environments. (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Children's Literature as a Springboard for Science Learning in the Early Years (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Supported playgroups in schools: stakeholder perspectives on belonging, home learning and young children's play (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Bringing supported playgroups into schools (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
Connecting schools and communities through supported playgroups, in Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(4), 73-80.
Literacy and technology in the early years of education: Looking to the familiar to inform educator practice, in Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(4), 30-41.
Towards a model for 21st century literacy learning in the early years classroom. , in PETAA paper 191
Personalising Learning in Teacher Education through the use of Technology, in Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(1)
Bullying and violence: changing an act of disconnectedness into an act of kindness,, in Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 30 (2)
Technology as a doorway to literacy in the early years of education: access, equity and quality in literacy education. , in National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy Conference Bridging Divides: Ensuring access, equity and quality in literacy and English education 9-12 July, 2009.
Literacy meets technology in the primary school: symbiosis of literacy and technology., in . Future Directions in Literacy: International Conversations Conference 3-6 September, 2007 Publication. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
Stories in ICT Professional Development. Partnerships in ICT Learning. Victorian Report. , in Partnerships in ICT Learning National Project
2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. Connecting Schools and Communities through Supported Playgroups in Schools Project.
2012 Australian Catholic University (ACU) prize for the most outstanding doctoral thesis: A story of early years educators' experiences of technology and literacy in early years learning environments.
2012 Summa Cum Laude for PhD thesis: A story of early years educators' experiences of technology and literacy in early years learning environments.
2012 OLT citation for Contribution to Student Learning: for building community partnerships that provide inspiring contexts for highly successful learning and teaching of primary school literacy education.