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Elspeth Stephenson

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Elspeth Stephenson

Program Director, Early Childhood
Lecturer in Teacher Professional Learning

Room A233c, Building A, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3680 (phone)

+61 3 6324 3048 (fax)

Elspeth.Stephenson@utas.edu.au

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Fields of Research

  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • Continuing and Community Education (130101)
  • Special Education and Disability (130312)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
  • Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
  • Community Planning (120501)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Education (139999)
  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Mental Health (111714)

Research Objectives

  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Education and Training Theory and Methodology (939902)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Learner and Learning (930199)
  • Children's/Youth Services and Childcare (940105)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Learner Development (930103)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)
  • Equity and Access to Education (939903)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)

Publications

Total publications

7

Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Nailon D, Beswick K, Stephenson E, 'Professional Learning and Development for Pedagogical Leadership in Family Day Care in Tasmania', What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 261-274. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Nailon D; Beswick K

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2015Nailon D, Emery S, Stephenson E, Thomas D, 'Challenges facing early childhood teachers in literacy education', Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 401-416. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Nailon D; Emery S; Thomas D

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2015Nailon DL, Thomas DP, Emery SG, Stephenson EA, 'Using attitude analysis to explore focused conversations for professional learning and development in early childhood', Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 43-59. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Nailon DL; Thomas DP; Emery SG

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2011Stephenson E, 'Young children's voices: Developing innovative research methods', Children and Childhoods 1: Perspectives, places and practices, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, P Whiteman, K De Gioia (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 137-150. ISBN 9781443834568 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Yost HF, Fan S, Reynolds BF, Stephenson EA, 'Tasmanian early childhood pre-service teachers' perceptions of e-portfolios', Proceedings of the 2014 Hawaii international conference on education, 5 - 8 January 2014, Hawaii, USA, pp. 1. ISSN 1541-5880 (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Yost HF; Fan S; Reynolds BF

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2013Nailon D, Thomas D, Emery S, Stephenson E, Kinnear V, 'Examining focused conversation for leading professional learning and development in early childhood: highlighting the role of evaluative stance', Proceedings of the 2013 Australian Association of Research in Education Conference, 1-5 December 2013, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-16. ISSN 1324-9320 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Nailon D; Thomas D; Emery S; Kinnear V

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Stephenson EA, Rayner CS, Nailon DL, Trimble AJ, Emery S, et al., 'Making Launceston a Child Friendly City: what do children think?', Making Launceston a Child Friendly City: what do children think?, Anglicare Tasmania, Australia (2014) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Rayner CS; Nailon DL; Trimble AJ; Emery S; Dyment JE; Walker D; Getenet ST

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$43,248

Projects

Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Professional Learning (PL): Participant perceptions and evaluations (2019)$5,052
Description
This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of Professional Learning (PL) in early childhood settings, relative to Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). A Qualtrix evaluation tool will be used to gather evaluations at the conclusion of PL sessions. Further Qualtrix surveys will be used 3, 6 and 12 months after the completion of the PL to investigate impact of the PL on teacher practices.
Funding
George Town Child and Family Centre ($5,052)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson EA; Yost HF
Year
2019
Trauma Informed Practice workshop and coaching (2019)$3,120
Description
Delivery of Trauma Informed Practice workshop and coaching sessions to staff and clients at Elanora Children's Centre, Devonport.
Funding
Devonport Child Care Centres Inc ($3,120)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson EA; Yost HF
Year
2019
Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Professional Learning (PL): Participant perceptions and evaluations (2018)$2,076
Description
This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of Professional Learning (PL) in early childhood settings, relative to Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). A Qualtrix evaluation tool will be used to gather evaluations at the conclusion of PL sessions. Further Qualtrix surveys will be used 3, 6 and 12 months after the completion of the PL to investigate impact of the PL on teacher practices.
Funding
Department of Education Tasmania, con ($2,076)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson EA; Yost HF
Year
2018
Improved educational engagement for children with special health care needs (SHCN): testing the user friendliness and validity of instruments for children with SHCN (2018)$12,000
Description
The project aims to generate an enhanced understanding of educational engagement for children and young people with SHCN with both theoretical and practical outcomes.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($12,000)
Scheme
Creativity, Culture & Society Research Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jose KA; Abbott-Chapman J; Stephenson EA
Year
2018
Reducing the impact of intergenerational trauma through collaborative learning. Pilot Study. (2018)$10,000
Description
This pilot project asks What effect does a collaborative approach to learning have on reducing the impact of intergenerational trauma, to explore how Early Childhood Educators, Social Workers and Health Professionals (professionals) collaborate to develop parental capacity for connection, felt-safety and self-regulation, and how these can be applied by both parent and professional when caring for the child. A Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) approach (Purvis et al., 2013) will be piloted in the Ravenswood Child and Family Centre where the impact of intergenerational trauma is recognised. Professionals and parents will be paired to work together in a weekly group situation to learn how to develop the skills identified as critical to the relationship. A mixed-methods approach will be used to analyse the learning journey of each participant. A focus on personal skill development, and evidence of the impact of this learning on the children in their care will inform the research question, and planning for an external research proposal to develop future training approaches (Razuri et al., 2016).
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson EA; Stanford SN; Yost HF; Hay JK; Frey R
Year
2018
Developing a collaborative model to de-privatise and sustain best practice for teachers (2014)$6,000
Description
The aims of this Action Research study are to explore the effectiveness of a collaborative model being implemented in a State Primary School Grade 3 classroom. The outcomes will inform ways in which schools can be organised to maximise outcomes for all stakeholders.
Funding
East Launceston Primary School ($6,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson EA
Year
2014
Making Launceston a Child Friendly City: What do children think? (2013)$5,000
Funding
Anglicare Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson EA; Rayner CS; Nailon DL; Trimble AJ; Emery SG; Dyment JE; Walker D; Getenet ST
Year
2013

Research Supervision

Current

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDPedagogical Leadership in early Childhood Education and Care: Responding to the National Quality Framework (NQF)2013
PhDExploring Pedagogical Approaches to Children's Holistic Development (aged 0-8) in the Australian Context: Lessons for application for the Pakistani context2016
MastersAn Investigation into Tasmanian Teachers' Understanding of How Abuse-related Trauma Affects a Child's Capacity to Learn and Function in a Classroom Environment2017
PhDAssessment of Parental Alienation in Family Law and Child Protection2018
PhDHow can we measure the impact of early years programs? A longitudinal study following the progression of children from kindergarten to year three2019