Rebecca Andrews

Dr

  • 15 Citations
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20052020
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Personal profile

Biography

Rebecca Andrews is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and the Deputy Director of Initial Teacher Education in the Department of Educational Studies. She has extensive experience in early childhood.  

Research:
Rebecca’s primary area of research examines social interactions, emotion knowledge and memory in early childhood. These interactions encompass teacher-child, educator-child and parent-child interactions. 

Her research focuses on:

  • development of autobiographical memory through educator-child reminiscing and future talk
  • what elaborative reminiscing looks like for teachers and educators
  • differences and similarities between parent and teacher reminiscing and future talk
  • how educator-child conversations can enhance children’s understanding and use of temporal and mental state language
  • whether quality educator conversations offer an ameliorating benefit for children not engaged in high quality conversations in other contexts
  • who with, when and why early childhood teachers reminisce with children
  • investigating the benefits of implementing a professional development program focussing on emotive and elabortive reminiscing for early chidhood educators and teachers 

Rebecca is also interested in the student experience in early Professional Experience placements. This led to investigations in the factors impacting on diploma qualified students as they undertook their first professional experience unit as part of a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree. Her research into diploma students’ experiences in Professional Experience has led to the creation and implementation of support strategies for these students in relevant units. Currently Rebecca is investigating the impact of an intervention designed to improve teacher education students’ culturally responsive pedagogy and pedagogical language awareness. Outcomes will inform the design of international placements in teacher education. 

Rebecca is actively recruiting Higher Degree Research students whose projects lie within her areas of research specialisation. Please email Rebecca (rebecca.andrews@mq.edu.au) to discuss potential topics.

Teaching:
Rebecca has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of Advance HE. This Senior Fellowship award reflects the international benchmarking of her leadership in terms of influencing colleagues’ practices, in particular her commitment to mentoring others through reflexive practice in teaching and learning for enhanced student experience.

Currently Rebecca teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate early childhood education programs. Professional Experience (practicum) is an integral component to becoming an early childhood teacher. Rebecca has over a decade of experience convening and teaching Professional Experience units. She is interested in early childhood teacher education including early childhood philosophy and pedagogy as part of the student experience in practicums. Rebecca engages final year students in their last professional experience via the Teaching Performance Assessment and encourages students to activley engage with the Department of Educational Studies' transition to the profession sessions.

She currently convenes in the undergraduate program:

  • EDST2010  Professional Experience 1 Practice of Teaching: Introduction to the Early Childhood Context
  • ECHP4240 Professional Experience 2  Professional Experience 7

She currently convenes in the postgraduate program:

  • ECED6000 Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy
  • ECED8290 Early Childhood Postgraduate Internship

Rebecca is a professionally accredited Early Childhood teacher by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.

Community:
Rebecca is Chair of Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre Advisory Board. 

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2005 2019

Reminiscing and future talk conversations between young children, their early childhood educators and mothers

Andrews, R., Van Bergen, P. & Wyver, S., Oct 2019, In : Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 49, p. 254-268 15 p.

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conversation
childhood
Mothers
educator
dyad
conversation
Language
Mothers
educator
language

Raising the quality of praxis in online mentoring

Kelly, N., Kickbusch, S., Hadley, F., Andrews, R., Wade-Leeuwen, B. & O'Brien, M., 2018, Educating future teachers: innovative perspectives in professional experience. Kriewaldt, J., Ambrosetti, A., Rorrison, D. & Capeness, R. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 123-134 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

mentoring
teacher
community
research project

Reconsidering the communicative space: learning to be

O'Brien, M., Wade-Leeuwen, B., Hadley, F., Andrews, R., Kelly, N. & Kickbusch, S., 2018, Educating future teachers: innovative perspectives in professional experience. Kriewaldt, J., Rorrison, D., Ambrosetti, A. & Capeness, R. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 105-121 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

learning
mentoring
professional experience
teacher
supervision
Open Access
conversation
language
educator
dyad
event

Activities 2005 2017

  • 3 Oral presentation

Educator-child reminiscing presents new memory scaffolding opportunities in long day care centres

Rebecca Andrews (Speaker)
2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Blindness and autism: Issues in diagnosis and assessment

Rebecca Andrews (Speaker)
2005

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

What do your earliest childhood memories say about you?

Rebecca Andrews

28/08/18

1 media contribution

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What do your earliest childhood memories say about you?

Rebecca Andrews

25/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

What do your earliest childhood memories say about you?

Rebecca Andrews

22/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment