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Research Thesis Topic

Families and young children

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Families and young children


Students interested in pursuing a PhD (or Masters) in any topic in the early childhood educational area of families and children are encouraged to contact us. The student’s proposed project may include:
• extensions of Brown’s (2019) work about respectful research with families of young children; or
• explorations in researching with and about ‘non-traditional’ families, broadly defined; or
• innovative utilisation of Brown & Danaher’s (2019) CHE (Connectedness, Humanness, and Empathy) principles in family research; or
• any topic that contributes to the current knowledge base about researching with families and young children and improves the equity of families as partners and not merely participants in research.
The project should privilege the voices of children and their families and relate specifically to a topic of currency in the early years (birth to 8 years). Applicants are encouraged to utilise qualitative approaches and are expected to have:
(1) a background in the field of education, AND,
(2) previous research experience (Honours/Master’s level)
Brown, A. (2019). Respectful research with and about young families – Forging frontiers and methodological considerations. Palgrave Pivot.
Brown, A. & Danaher, P. A. (2019) CHE Principles: Facilitating authentic and dialogical semi-structured interviews in educational research, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 42(1), 76-90, doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2017.1379987

Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • School of education

Field of Research
  • Other Education
  • Specialist Studies in Education

Available Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)

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USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics

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