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 technology and digital citizenship for young children, mathematical language, thinking and learning for infants and toddlers, and young children's learning in museum spaces.

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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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2011 2020

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Website contribution
  • 1 Conference paper
learning strategy

Critical but fair: reflections on publishing post-PhD

Johnston, K., 23 Aug 2019, BERA Research Intelligence Magazine , 140, p. 42 1 p.

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Digital technology as a tool to support children and educators as co-learners

Johnston, K., 1 Dec 2019, In : Global studies of childhood. 9, 4, p. 306-317 12 p.

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Research Personnel

Integrating technology to support children's agency and transition to school

Johnston, K., Highfield, K. & Hadley, F., 2019, Early learning in the digital age. Gray, C. & Palaiologou, I. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications, p. 94-108 15 p.

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Sparking knowledge: educators and researchers making a difference together

Johnston, K., 18 Sep 2019, The Spoke -Early Childhood Australia's blog.

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