Sandie Wong

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Dr Sandie Wong (Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Macquarie University, 2006), Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Hons 1) (Macquarie University, 2000) is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood at the Macquarie School of Education, Macquarie University and currently holds a four-and- half-year Senior Research Fellowship with Goodstart Early Learning. Sandie has worked as an academic, manager, researcher, evaluator, educator, consultant and nurse, within a range of early childhood, academic and health organisations. Her research is driven by a concern with the role early childhood education has in ameliorating disadvantage and reducing marginalisation both contemporaneously and historically. She is committed to working in collaborative, strengths-based ways, with academics from a range of disciplines, early childhood organisations and practitioners, and governments, to lead and support high quality research, evaluation and practitioner enquiry, that contributes to best practice in early childhood. Since 2010, Sandie has been awarded over A$2.7 million in competitive research income grants, to conduct extensive research and evaluations related to early childhood practices (including inter-professional practice); workforce issues (including educator time-use); educator well-being; and the history of early childhood internationally. Her work has been published widely in 53 scholarly publications (40 journal articles; 3 books; 10 book chapters), 45 research reports and knowledge translation documents, and 12 professional publications; and she has presented her work at over 90 peer-reviewed conferences, including 15 keynotes / invited presentations. She is on the Editorial Committee of the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. She has been an international expert reviewer for research proposals for the Croatian Science Foundation and for the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Ministry of Education, Government of Chile, and has acted as an expert witness in Australia. Sandie is President of OMEP Australia (OMEP is the Australian arm of the Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire [OMEP] or the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education).And she has taught extensively at undergraduate and post-graduate levels at Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University, across multiple early childhood subjects. She has supervised two PhD and two masters’ students to graduation and is currently supervising five PhD students and one masters’ students; she has examined five PhD and six Masters’ theses.


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