Kelly Johnston


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Kelly Johnston is a lecturer with the Department of Educational Studies. She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate units, specialising in mathematics and technology in early childhood and primary school. Prior to moving to Macquarie University Kelly was engaged in a wide range of roles across the early childhood education sector. This included working as an early childhood teacher and service director in Australia and New Zealand, primary school teaching in the UK and also working in early childhood licensing and accreditation at both a state and federal level.
Kelly’s PhD research focused on the conceptualisations, beliefs and practices of early childhood educators in relation to technology integration within play-based curriculums. It also explored practitioner inquiry as a professional learning strategy to support educators to extend knowledge and integrate technology in socially and culturally relevant ways in their curriculums.
Kelly’s current research projects explore mathematical language, thinking and learning for infants and toddlers.

Education/Academic qualification

Early Childhood Education, Doctor of Philosophy , Macquarie University

Research, Postgraduate Certificate - Research Methods, Macquarie University

Early Childhood Education, Master of Early Childhood, Macquarie University

Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Macquarie University

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Supporting young children as digital citizens: the importance of shared understandings of technology to support integration in play-based learning

Johnston, K., Hadley, F. & Highfield, K., Sep 2018, In : British Journal of Educational Technology. 49, 5, p. 896-910 15 p.

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Transition to school: Integrating technology in an early childhood service to support children's agency

Johnston, K., Highfield, K. & Hadley, F., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Digital Practices in Early Childhood: An International Perspective. Palaiologou, I. & Grey, C. (eds.).

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Technology in outdoor play

Johnston, K. & Highfield, K., 2017, Digital technologies and learning in the early years. Arnott, L. (ed.). London: SAGE Publications, p. 58-68 11 p.

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Traversing the cultural and pedagogical divide: understanding complexities for international students completing school based professional experience

Hadley, F., De Gioia, K., Highfield, K. & Johnston, K., 2011, In : AARE 2011 Conference Proceedings. p. 1-12 12 p.

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