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Yeshe is a Lecturer at the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University. He has worked in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings for nearly a decade in multiple cities across the world including Osaka (Japan), Ulsan (South Korea), Wakayama (Japan), Concepcion (Chile), Granada (Spain) and Honiara (Solomon Islands). Through his work and life overseas, he has acquired an interest in natural learning that we have evolved with (e.g., the types we needed in Indigenous cultures). His career has reflected a belief in two premises: that all social problems can be addressed most effectively through education, and that early childhood is the most crucial period in life.


Historical records helped him develop the Following in Our Footsteps intervention, which has demonstrated the effect parents and educators can have on children’s interest in literacy and numeracy in just 4 weeks. By partnering, educators and parents can significantly increase the amount children choose to play with literacy and numeracy in their free play. This can result in greater reading, writing and arithmetic on standardised tests. The intervention shows that adults can get young children more interested in useful learning without depriving them of choice or their human right to play - and this results in real learning.

Opportunities to work with Dr Colliver: Doctor of Philsophy/ Masters of Research.

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Education/Academic qualification

Early Childhood Education, PhD, Australian Catholic University

1 Jan 201118 Sep 2015

Early Childhood Education, Bachelor or Education (hons), Monash University

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Research Outputs

  • Want the kids to help clean up their mess after a day of fun play?

    Colliver, Y., 18 Jun 2020, In : Sydney's child.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A cluster randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase physical activity of preschool-aged children attending early childhood education and care: study protocol for the 'Everybody Energise' trial

    Delaney, T., Jackson, J. K., Jones, J., Hall, A., Dives, A., Wedesweiler, T., Campbell, L., Nathan, N., Romiti, M., Trost, S. G., Lum, M., Colliver, Y., Hernandez, L. & Yoong, S. L., 1 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 21, 14 p., 4275.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    A cultural–historical model to inform culturally responsive pedagogies: case studies of educational practices in Solomon Islands and Australia

    Colliver, Y. & Lee-Hammond, L., 2019, Culture in education and education in culture: tensioned dialogues and creative constructions. Hviid, P. & Märtsin, M. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 79-105 27 p. (Cultural Psychology of Education; vol. 10).

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  • Activities

    • 2 Publication Peer-review
    • 1 Editorial work

    Early Education and Development (Journal)

    Yeshe Colliver (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (Journal)

    Yeshe Colliver (Reviewer)
    16 Dec 201631 Dec 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    Early Child Development and Care (Journal)

    Yeshe Colliver (Member of editorial board)
    1 Dec 201531 Dec 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Press / Media

    Early education

    Yeshe Colliver


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Children’s right to play and its benefits

    Yeshe Colliver


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Chores for children can create a learning experience

    Yeshe Colliver


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Study shows helping around the house is beneficial

    Yeshe Colliver


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research