Dr Cathie Harrison - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


Early learning including contemporary and international perspectives, early childhood pedagogies, creative arts and multiliteracies; Childhood studies including social justice, giftedness in early childhood, and children's television; Qualitative methodologies including case study, phenomenology, and children's perspectives in research.


Phone :(02) 9701 4151 (Strathfield)
Email :Cathie.Harrison@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Early Learning - pedagogies ; Gifted children in the early years ; Children's play ; Young children and television ; Transition to school ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative ; Children's Perspectives in Research ; Phenomenology ; Case Study ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


Adult mediation of children's television viewing experiences as a catalyst for learning and development: a case study, using Play School, in Early Child Development and Care, 183:1, 17-36.

Take a Look 'Through the Windows' at ABC Play School - Forty five years in a changing media landscape. , in Early Childhood Education, 183(1), 137-148.

Learning Together: An Innovative Parent Education Project to Facilitate Children's Learning, Wellbeing and Resilience., in International Research in Early Childhood Education, 4(1), 35-52.


Australian Play School: Viewing and post-viewing behaviours in young children., in Education Psycholog: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, 32(7), 835-859.

Parenting the Millennium Child: choice, responsibility and playing it safe in uncertain times, in Global Studies of Childhood 2 (4) 302-318.

a??Play School - A catalyst for play? , in The International Journal of Play 1(2) 151-164.


Choices and changes in early childhood education in Australia: A Play School perspective, in Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 36 (1) 36-43.


Children creatively engaging each other, in Exploring Interdisciplinary trends in creativeity & engagement


Opening the dialogue: An exploration of learning stories as a tool for documenting play and learning, in Creativity and the child: interdisciplinary perspectives

Maximising the moment from preschool to school: The place of multiliteracies and ICT in the transition to school, in The International Journal of Learning (print version)


Rethinking Learning in Early Childhood Education


Excellence in television for young children - entertainment, engagement and empowerment, in Australian Journal of Early Childhood (print version)

The introduction of new technologies: new possibilities for early childhood pedagogy, in Australian Journal of Early Childhood (print version)

The Young Gifted Child - Giftedness in Early Childhood: The Search for Complexity and Connection, in Roeper Review


Sharing the lived experiences of children, in Australian Journal of Early Childhood (print version)