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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 taking away children’s choice or their right to play - and this results in real learning.

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

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 2016

Development of mobile labs in X5B

Wyver, S., Van Bergen, P., Lockyer, L., Little, H., Degotardi, S., Whiteman, P. & Colliver, Y.


Project: Research

Research Output 2011 2018

Children's learning in Solomon Islands and Australia: Culturally sensitive approaches to education

Colliver, Y. & Lee-Hammond, L. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Culture in Education and education in cultures: Tensioned dialogues and creative fits .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mathematics Teaching
data analysis
Research Ethics
research planning
Research Design

Indigenous methodologies in education research: Case study of children's play in Solomon Islands

Colliver, Y. & Lee-Hammond, L. 2017 The Sage handbook of outdoor play and learning. Waller, T., Ärlemalm-Hagsér, E., Sandseter, E. B. H., Lee-Hammond, L., Lekies, K. & Wyver, S. (eds.). London, England: SAGE Publications, p. 496-510 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2015 2016

  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (Journal)

Colliver, Y. (Reviewer)
16 Dec 201631 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication Peer-review

Early Child Development and Care (Journal)

Colliver, Y. (Member of editorial board)
1 Dec 201531 Dec 2018

Activity: Editorial 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