Doctor Leonie Arthur

Doctor Leonie Arthur

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean'S Unit - School Of Education

Senior Lecturer,
Early Childhood Education (Soe)

Biography

Dr Leonie Arthur has worked at the University of Western in early childhood education for over 20 years. She is currently a senior lecturer in early childhood education and the Director of the Early Childhood Program at UWS. Her teaching and research interests are early literacy learning and early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. She is a co-author of Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings, now in its 6th edition, and co-editor and author of six chapters in Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach.

Leonie's doctoral thesis was titled Responding to Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood and focused on ways that early childhood educators can incorporate children’s family and community literacies in play-based pedagogies. Leonie has been involved in a number of action research and practitioner inquiry projects with early childhood educators in prior to school settings, particularly focusing on early childhood curriculum, as has published in this area. She is a member of the UWS Futuro Infantil Hoy research team investigating sociocultural approaches to curriculum, pedagogical leadership and professional identity in Chile, with a number of forthcoming articles in these areas. Leonie is also a member of the Teachers for a Fair Go research team and the co-author of two chapters in the book Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty. Recent publications also focus on practitioner inquiry.

Leonie has successfully completed a number of funded research projects and reports. She was a co-researcher for the Australian government funded research report Motivation and Engagement of Boys. She was also a researcher and writer on the New South Wales Department of Education and Training and Department of Community Services funded Early Literacy and Social Justice Project that produced the curriculum resource Literacies, Communities and Under Fives and an EdNa funded project that reported on Educational uses of the Internet with Young Children.

Leonie was a member and cluster leader of the consortium that was awarded the tender to write Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and has written a number of publications and conducted professional learning to support practitioners' implementation of the framework. Current research focuses the impact of The Early Years Learning Framework on teachers' professional identities.

Leonie has extensive experience teaching in early childhood settings including long day care, preschool and school in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, including experience working with Aboriginal children and families in Sydney and in a remote community in the Northern Territory. Since working at UWS she has continued to be strongly engaged with the early childhood field through active involvement in professional organisations and is a past president of the NSW branch of Early Childhood Australia NSW and past Chair of The NSW Early Childhood Professional Experience Council.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Arthur.

Qualifications

  • PhDLDEE University of Western Sydney
  • BEd Milperra College of Advanced Education
  • DipEd University of New England
  • BA University of New England
  • MEd University of Sydney

Interests

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Literacy in the Early Years
  • Practitioner Research
  • Professional Identity

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean'S Unit - School Of Education
  • Early Childhood Education (Soe)

Committees

  • UWS Course Quality Committee
  • UWS Senate Education Committee

Contact

Email: L.Arthur@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6329
Mobile:
Location: 4.G.19
BankstownBankstown
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101428 Multiliteracies, 2012
  • 101628 Global Literacies, 2014

Publications

Books

  • Woodrow, C., Newman, L., Staples, K. and Arthur, L. (2015), 'Estrategias de Aprendizaje', : Ediciones de la Junji 9789568347734.
  • Arthur, L., McArdle, F. and Papic, M. (2010), 'Stars are made of glass: children as capable and creative communicators', : Early Childhood Australia Inc 1019211620422.
  • Arthur, L. (2010), 'The early years learning framework: building confident learners', : Early Childhood Australia Inc. 9781921162404.
  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S. and Farmer, S. (2008), 'Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings', : Thomson Learning Australia 0534274943.
  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S. and Farmer, S. (2005), 'Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings', : Thomson 0170111660.

Chapters in Books

  • Arthur, L. and Woodrow, C. (2018), 'Effective pedagogies for enhancing preschoolers' engagement with learning in disadvantaged communities', Resisting Educational Inequality: Reframing Policy and Practice in Schools Serving Vulnerable Communities, Routledge 9781138089303.
  • Arthur, L. and D'warte, J. (2016), 'Diverse languages and dialects', Anti-bias Approach in Early Childhood, MultiVerse Publishing 9780995379503.
  • Aydemir, O., Mourad, F., Arthur, L. and Skattebol, J. (2015), 'Insider Islamic spaces of inquiry : Muslim educators producing new knowledge in Sydney, Australia', Practitioner Research in Early Childhood: International Issues and Perspectives, Sage 9781446295342.
  • Beecher, B. and Arthur, L. (2014), 'Continuity of children's literacy learning between educational settings', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860220.
  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B. and Jones Diaz, C. (2014), 'Utilising popular culture to extend children's literacy', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860220.
  • Arthur, L. and Beecher, B. (2014), 'Pedagogies for extending literacies', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860220.
  • McNaught, M. and Arthur, L. (2014), 'Literacies prior to compulsory schooling', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860220.
  • Ashton, J., Arthur, L. and Beecher, B. (2014), 'Multiliteracies : embracing the multiplicity of experiences called 'literacy'', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860220.
  • Woodrow, C., Arthur, L. and Newman, L. (2014), 'Futuro Infantil Hoy and community capacity building : an international early childhood literacy project', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860220.
  • Arthur, L. and Orlando, J. (2014), 'Enhancing student well-being and connectedness : technology as a resource for community building in the project teachers for a fair go ', Contemporary Issues of Equity in Education, Cambridge Scholars 9781443863322.
  • Arthur, L., Pares, L. and Vozzo, L. (2013), 'Building community through exploring place and sharing control', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Arthur, L., Callow, J., Cole, B., Gilbert, S., Hatton, C., Hertzberg, M., Mooney, M., Munns, G., Nanlohy, P., Orlando, J., Pares, L., Power, A., Sawyer, W., Vozzo, L. and Zammit, K. (2013), 'A new Monday morning and beyond', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Arthur, L. and Hertzberg, M. (2013), 'Culturally responsive pedagogical practices', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Munns, G., Arthur, L., Hertzberg, M., Sawyer, W. and Zammit, K. (2012), 'A fair go for students in poverty : Australia', Changing Schools: Alternative Ways to Make a World of Difference, Routledge 9780415558600.
  • Jones Diaz, C., Beecher, B. and Arthur, L. (2007), 'Children's worlds: globalisation and critical literacy', Literacies in Childhood - Changing Views, Challenging Practice, Elsevier Ltd 9780729537834.
  • Arthur, L. (2005), 'Popular Culture: Views of parents and educators', Popular Culture, New Media and Digital LIteracy in Early Childhood, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Ltd ) 0415335728.
  • Jones Diaz, C., Beecher, B. and Arthur, L. (2002), 'Children's worlds and critical literacy', Literacies in early childhood: Changing views, challenging practice, MacLennan & Petty Pty Ltd 0864331622.
  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B. and Jones Diaz, C. (2001), 'Early Literacy. Congruence and incongruence between homes and early childhood settings', Languages of Learning. Changing communication and changing literacy teaching, Common Ground 1863350551.

Journal Articles

  • Alchin, I., Arthur, L. and Woodrow, C. (2019), 'Evidencing leadership and management challenges in early childhood in Australia', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 44, no 3 , pp 285 - 297.
  • Newman, L., Woodrow, C. and Arthur, L. (2016), 'Visible difference : photostory as capacity building, research and evaluation method', NZ Research in Early Childhood Education, vol 19 , pp 73 - 86.
  • Newman, L., Arthur, L., Staples, K. and Woodrow, C. (2016), 'Recognition of family engagement in young children's literacy learning', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 41, no 1 , pp 73 - 81.
  • Skattebol, J. and Arthur, L. (2014), 'Collaborative practitioner research : opening a third space for local knowledge production', Asia Pacific Journal of Education, .
  • Ortlipp, M., Arthur, L. and Woodrow, C. (2011), 'Discourses of the early years learning framework: Constructing the early childhood professional', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 12, no 1 , pp 56 - 70.
  • Arthur, L. (2010), 'The (draft) english national curriculum : an early childhood perspective', Curriculum Perspectives, vol 30, no 3 , pp 56 - 58.
  • Arthur, L. and Sawyer, W. (2009), 'Robust hope, democracy and early childhood education', Early Years. An International Journal of Research and Development, , pp 163 - 175.
  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Harrison, C. and Morandini, C. (2003), 'Sharing the lived experiences of children', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 28, no 2 , pp 8 - 13.
  • Arthur, L. and Makin, L. (2001), 'High quality early literacy programs', Australian Journal of early Childhood, vol 26, no 2 , pp 14 - 19.
  • Arthur, L. (2001), 'Young children as critical consumers', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, vol 24, no 3 , pp 182 - 194.
  • Downes, T., Arthur, L. and Beecher, B. (2001), 'Effective Learning Environments for Youngh Children Using Digital Resources: An Australian Perspective', Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual (Formerly Journal of Computing in Childhood Education), , pp 139 - 153.

Conference Papers

  • Arthur, L., Ward, K., Cardona, B., Staples, K. and Truong, S. (2015), 'Professional identities : contested discourses', European Early Childhood Education Research Association. Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Other Publications

  • 2012, 'Motivation and Engagement of Boys: Evidence-based Teaching Practices: A Report Submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (Appendices)', Report
  • 2012, 'Motivation and Engagement of Boys: Evidence-based Teaching Practices: A Report Submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (Main Report)', Report

Leonie is a member of the UWS Futuro Infantil Hoy research team investigating sociocultural approaches to curriculum, pedagogical leadership and professional identity in Chile, with a number of forthcoming articles in these areas. Leonie is also a member of the Teachers for a Fair Go research team and the co-author of two chapters in the book Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty.

Leonie's doctoral thesis was titled Responding to Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood and focused on ways that early childhood educators can incorporate children’s family and community literacies in play-based pedagogies. She is also a co-author of Literacies, Communities and Under 5s, based on research in NSW early childhood settings. More recently she has written journal articles and book chapters on popular culture and critical literacy and has contributed six chapters to Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A Social Justice Approach.

Another research interest is practitioner inquiry. Leonie has been involved in a number of action research and practitioner inquiry projects with early childhood educators in prior to school settings, particularly focusing on early childhood curriculum, as has published recently in this area.

Leonie has successfully completed a number of funded research projects and reports. She was a co-researcher for the Australian government funded research report Motivation and Engagement of Boys. She was also a researcher and writer on the New South Wales Department of Education and Training and Department of Community Services funded Early Literacy and Social Justice Project that produced the curriculum resource Literacies, Communities and Under Fives and an EdNa funded project that reported on Educational uses of the Internet with Young Children.

 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Arthur.

Previous Projects

Title: Building leadership capacity through collaborative practitioner research networks
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jennifer Skattebol, Leonie Arthur and Christine Woodrow
Years: 2007-09-12 - 2008-09-11
ID: P0015802
Title: Motivation and engagement of boys: Evidence-based teaching practices
Funder:
  • Department of Education, Science and Training
Western Researchers: Toni Downes, Geoff Munns, Michael Singh, Wayne Sawyer, Robyn Gregson, Anne Power, Leonie Arthur, Shirley Gilbert, Judith Thistleton-Martin and Andrew Martin
Years: 2005-01-01 - 2005-11-01
ID: P0014520
Title: Developing Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Funder:
  • Junta Nacional de Jardines Infantiles
  • Desarrollo y Educacion Incluya Limitada
Western Researchers: Christine Woodrow and Leonie Arthur
Years: 2015-10-02 - 2016-05-31
ID: P00023054
Title: Futuro Infantil Hoy: The Development of Leaders in Early Childhood Education: A sociological study of transnational knowledge exchange - Australia and Chile: Phase 2
Funder:
  • Fundacion Minera Escondida
Western Researchers: Christine Woodrow, Michael Singh, Leonie Arthur and Kerry Staples
Years: 2011-09-12 - 2014-12-15
ID: P00020456

Supervision

Doctor Arthur is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Pedagogical Leadership: A Transformative Cutting Edge
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Exploring the Adult Role in Artistic Development of Preschool Children
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Is it Enough to have Consistent Assessment Validation in the VET Sector to Ensure Consistent Training
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Documentation and Assessment in Early Childhood Settings: Connections between Philosophy and Practice
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Early Multiliteracies: Working with Family Practices, Children's Agency and Critical Dialogue
Field of Research: Education Studies
Thesis Title: The Living Curriculum: A Natural Wonder - Enhancing the Ways in Which Early Childhood Educators Scaffold Young Children's Learning About the Environment by Using Self-Generated Creative Arts Experiences as Core Component of the Early Childhood Program
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Exploring the Role of Theory in Sustainable Early Childhood Professional Learning and Practice
Field of Research:

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