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Dr Anna Targowska

Anna is a Honorary Academic in Social Science within the School of Arts and Humanities.


  • 1993-1997: tutor (sessional) - Children Studies Commercial Programs - Early Childhood Training Certificate, ECU
  • 1985-1996: Early Childhood Educator, Lady Gowrie Child Centre
  • 1979-1981: Early Childhood Educator (part-time), Lodz-Baluty Pre-school, Poland

Professional Associations

  • Early Childhood Australia (WA State Branch Committee)
  • Community Services, Health & Education Training Council Advisory Group

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2008 - Winner of Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Research Areas and Interests

  • Social inclusion of children and families from disadvantaged groups
  • Integrated children services
  • Curriculum issues
  • Children’s rights
  • Culturally appropriate child care for Indigenous children and families
  • Inclusion of children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Rights of biological children of foster carers
  • Children’s well being


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2006.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Masters Degree in Pedagogics, UNKNOWN, 1979.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development of child and parent centre initiative WA,  Department of Education WA,  Department of Education - Tender,  2012 - 2014,  $45,455.
  • Supporting Children and Young People of Foster Carers,  Wanslea Family Services WA,  Wanslea - Lotterywest Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $71,568.
  • Evaluation of Save the Children's: It takes a Village Multicultural Early Learning Program,  Save the Children Fund WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $27,273.
  • Recent migrant and refugee families' experiences of settling their children into WA children's services.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $21,000.
  • Local evaluation of East Kimberley initiatives for children & families,  Department of Family and Community Services,  Grant,  2005 - 2009,  $83,502.
  • Research of Participation in Organised Sport and Recreation by People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Backgrounds,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2008,  $29,270.
  • Empowering Young Children and Families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds,  Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $15,699.
  • Consultant to Indigenous child care plan tender FACS/05/T432,  Department of Family and Community Services,  Grant,  2005 - 2007,  $361,805.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Targowska, A., Cavazzi, T., Lund, S., (2016), Fostering together – The why and how of involving and supporting biological children of foster carers. Children Australia, 41(1), 29-38, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/cha.2015.17.
  • Targowska, A., Teather, S., Guilfoyle, A., (2015), Optimising children's readiness to learn through mediating social disadvantage: Exploring models of best practice. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(2), 12-19, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc..
  • Sims, M., Targowska, A., Kulisa, J., Teather, S., (2014), Inclusive Services for Children and Families From CaLD Backgrounds in an Australian Context. Sage Open, 4(1), 1-7, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/2158244014525422.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Mills, G., Targowska, A., Teather, S., (2013), I live here too - Jay's story. I live here too - Jay's story, Perth, Australia, Wanslea Family Services.
  • Mills, G., Targowska, A., Teather, S., (2013), I live here too - Rosie's story. I live here too - Rosie's story, Perth, Australia, Wanslea Family Services.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring The Benefits Of Attracting, Recruiting And Retaining Mature Age Employees Up To And Beyond The Traditional Age Of Retirement: Perspectives From Western Australia.
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