Sheila Degotardi

Associate Professor

19972022
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Research interests

Sheila Degotardi is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education who specialises in infant-toddler curriculum, pedagogy and learning. Sheila is also the Deputy Head: Research, in the Department of Educational Studies.

Research: Sheila’s primary research area examines the processes of learning and teaching with infants and toddlers in early childhood education centres. She is a lead researcher in the Infant and Toddler Research Group in the Department of Educational Studies.

Sheila supervises Higher Degree Research students and welcomes inquiries from potential candidates whose project interests align with her areas of specialisation. 

Sheila is particularly interested in how very young children’s relationships contribute to their early experiences, and how relationship-based pedagogies are enacted in early childhood centres. This has lead her to investigate the nature of social interactions between children, their educators and peers, to consider how these interactions reflect and contribute towards very young children’s relationships as well as their learning.

Sheila is Chief Investigator on three ARC-funded projects. The first investigates the language environment of infant-toddler early childhood rooms, with the aims of increasing current knowledge about the interaction features that can promote language development and learning. The second project, a collaboration between Macquarie and Sydney Universities, is investigating parents’ understanding of quality and early learning to determine whether these understandings feature in their child-care decision making processes. And the most recent award - 'Language for Learning' will investigate the features of infants' language environment which support or constrain the development of learning-oriented talk.

Teaching: Sheila teaches in the undergraduate and post graduate early childhood programs offered by the Department of Educational studies. She currently convenes:

  • ECHE311: Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Pedagogy.
  • ECED832: Contemporary Approaches to Infant-toddler Theory and Practice

Community: Sheila is currently on the Editorial Boards for the International Journal of Early Years Education and The First Years: New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education. She is active in providing professional learning programs and events for early childhood educators, particularly those working with infants and toddlers.  

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Early Childhood

Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

PhD (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

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Projects 2006 2022

Research Outputs 1997 2019

Educators' use of commanding language to direct infants' behaviour: relationship to educators’ qualifications and implications for language learning opportunities

Hu, J., Torr, J., Degotardi, S. & Han, F., 3 Apr 2019, In : Early Years. 39, 2, p. 190-204 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Infant Behavior
qualification
infant
Language
Learning

Infant educators' beliefs about infant language development in long day care settings

Degotardi, S. & Gill, A., 2019, In : Early Years. 39, 1, p. 97-113 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Language Development
day care
Child Development
infant
educator
Infant Behavior
education center
qualification
infant
childhood

Infant educators' use of pedagogical questioning: relationships with the context of interaction and educators' qualifications

Degotardi, S., Torr, J. & Han, F., 17 Nov 2018, In : Early Education and Development. 29, 8, p. 1004-1018 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

qualification
infant
educator
interaction
childhood

Infants’ experience with ‘near and clear’ educator talk: individual variation and its relationship to indicators of quality

Degotardi, S., Han, F. & Torr, J., 3 Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Early Years Education. 26, 3, p. 278-294 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

infant
educator
early childhood education and care
experience
group size

Press / Media

Early childhood educators regroup after election setback

Sheila Degotardi

27/05/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Early Education Show Podcast- Feature Interview

Sheila Degotardi

17/08/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

A quarter of childcare centres failing on language

Sheila Degotardi

16/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Lack of childcare chatter risks kids' language development

Sheila Degotardi

5/08/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research