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Dr Marianne Knaus

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2986, Mobile: 0401 360 896, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO8.225
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2986  
Mobile: 0401 360 896  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.225  


Marianne is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies for the School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Current Teaching

  • ECM4101
  • ECM2260
  • ECM3260
  • IPP1260
  • ECE5197


Marianne has experience working in a wide variety of early childhood settings including preschools, childcare centres and schools in QLD and NSW. As a TAFE teacher, Marianne taught in the Children’s Services programs for 11 years. Marianne was employed at the University of New England in Armidale NSW before moving to Perth, WA.

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire (World Organisation for Early childhood Education of WA) (OMEP)
  • 2012 - West Coast Institute of TAFE (WCIT)
  • Early Childhood Australia (ECA)

Research Interests

  • Mathematics in early childhood
  • Playgroups and transition to formal schooling
  • Play and early learning
  • Poverty and its impact on children and families

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), The University of New England, 2010.
  • B (Bachelor Degree), The University of New England, 2004.
  • Dip (Diploma), Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • Fostering inquiry-based science learning through play in early childhood education,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2015 - 2016,  $21,600.
  • Mathematics education in early childhood settings,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • Development of child and parent centre initiative WA,  Department of Education WA,  Department of Education - Tender,  2012 - 2014,  $45,455.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Knaus, M., (2013), Maths is all around you: Developing mathematical concepts in the early years., 112, Albert Park, VIC, Australia.

Journal Articles

  • Hammond, L., Hesterman, S., Knaus, M., (2015), What?s in your refrigerator? Children?s views on equality, work, money and access to food. International Journal of Early Childhood, 47(3), 367-384, Dordrecht, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s13158-015-0150-0.
  • Knaus, M., Warren, J., (2015), A supported playgroup located on school grounds: Developing family relationships within a school environment to support children?s transition to school. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 18(2015), 20-36, Porirua, New Zealand.
  • Callcott, D., Knaus, M., Warren, J., Wenban, A., (2014), "Network Teach": How a student led organisation supports the transition to university. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(8), 1 - 13, Australia.
  • Knaus, M., (2014), 'Time for Being': Why the Australian Early Years learning Framework opens up new possibilities. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 13(3), 221-235, DOI: 10.1177/1476718X14538601.
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