Sandie Wong

Associate Professor

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Sandie Wong (B Ed [ECE], PhD, RN) joined Macquarie University in July 2018 as an Associate Professor. Sandie has worked as an academic, manager, researcher, evaluator, educator, consultant and nurse, within a range of early childhood, academic and health organisations. Sandie’s 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. She has an on-going interest in historicising early childhood through history of the present and oral history methodologies. Her current work investigates: early childhood practices (including inter-professional practice; workforce issues; educator well-being) and the history of early childhood internationally. Sandie is CI on the ARC Linkage Grant - Exemplary early childhood educators at work: A multi-level investigation (LP160100532). She currently holds a three-year Senior Research Fellowship with Goodstart Early Learning.

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Outputs 2005 2019

Complexity leadership theory: a framework for leading in Australian early childhood education settings

Gibbs, L., Press, F. & Wong, S., 2019, Leadership in early education in times of change: research from five continents. Strehmel, P., Heikka, J., Hujala, E., Rodd, J. & Waniganayake, M. (eds.). Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, p. 173-186 14 p. (Research monograph (International Leadership Research Forum Early Education); no. 3).

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Open Access
Early childhood
Leadership theory

Towards a holistic conceptualisation of early childhood educators' work-related well-being

Cumming, T. & Wong, S., 1 Sep 2019, In : Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 20, 3, p. 265-281 17 p.

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Systems Theory
Empirical Research

Understanding the work of Australian early childhood educators using time-use diary methodology

Harrison, L. J., Wong, S., Press, F., Gibson, M. & Ryan, S., 2019, In : Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 33, 4, p. 521-537 17 p.

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work satisfaction

An investigative case study into early childhood educators’ understanding about ‘belonging’

Tillett, V. & Wong, S., 2018, In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 26, 1, p. 37-49 13 p.

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Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Oral presentation

Convergence of multiple perspectives on achieving optimal early childhood environments for development and learning for children under 3

Linda J. Harrison (Speaker), Jennifer Sumsion (Speaker), Sandra Wong (Speaker), Laura McFarland (Speaker)

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