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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.

Orcid, ResearchGate

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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Projects 2016 2018

Research Outputs 2011 2019

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 journalArticleResearch

Open Access
Preschool Children
Randomized Controlled Trials
South Australia

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).

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

educational practice

Analysis of infant physical activity in the childcare environment: an observational study

Pocovi, N., Colliver, Y., Pacey, V., Liao, J., O'Laco, E., Shepherd, R. B. & Scrivener, K., Nov 2019, In : Infant Behavior and Development. 57, p. 1-9 9 p., 101338.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Observational Studies
Interior Design and Furnishings
Equipment and Supplies

Does Batman™ affect EF because he is benevolent or skilful? The effect of different pretend roles on pre-schoolers’ executive functions

Veraksa, A. N., Gavrilova, M. N., Bukhalenkova, D. А., Almazova, O., Veraksa, N. & Colliver, Y., 29 Aug 2019, In : Early Child Development and Care. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Executive Function
Role Playing
Control Groups
early childhood education and care
teaching content

Activities 2015 2018

  • 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