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3MT winner top of the class

Monday, 23 October 2017

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A researcher who is examining children’s views on learning in early childhood settings has won ECU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Each year early career researchers are challenged to present months or even years of research in just three minutes.

School of Education PhD candidate and former teacher Amelia Ruscoe won the competition, held during ECU’s annual Research Week, with her presentation Children’s perspectives of childhood.

Ms Ruscoe, who lives in Kallaroo, said her research was inspired by a simple question – should we listen to young children’s opinions about education?

“To me the answer is unequivocally yes. A key component of teaching young children is building responsive relationships with them,” she said.

“This got me thinking, if the relationship between child and educator is so important, why do we pay so little attention to a child’s perspective of their early experience of learning?”

“Early childhood educators are influential in shaping the way children approach school, and more broadly, their world. My research will hopefully help put the voices of young children at the centre of discussions about what we believe and what we do as educators”.

2017 ECU 3MT Winners:

1st - Amelia Ruscoe, School of Education: Children’s perceptions of childhood

2nd - Russell Thom, School of Arts and Humanities: Complex wheelchair seating

3rd and People’s Choice Award - Georgios Mavropalias, School of Medical and Health Sciences: Eccentric exercise for clinical populations

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