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Associate Professor Marianne Knaus

Associate Dean (Early Childhood Studies)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2986
Mobile: 0401 360 896
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.227  

Marianne is an Associate Dean (Early Childhood Studies) within the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • MSC6110 - Mathematics and Technologies for Young Children
  • ECM6130 - Mathematics in the Early Years of School: 5 to 8 Years
  • ECM2260 - Early Childhood Mathematics 1
  • ECM3260 - Early Childhood Mathematics 2
  • ECM4101 - Early Childhood Mathematics
  • IPP1260 - Inquiry in Professional Practice (Child Care)


Marianne is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, WA. She has taught across the education sector in Early Childhood and Tertiary settings in a range of curriculum and content areas. 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. In her current role at ECU Marianne has undertaken teaching in the Mathematics discipline area for Early Childhood with the goal of developing positive mindsets towards Mathematics for pre-service teachers.

Professional associations

  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) State Coordinator for WA
  • Australian Association Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
  • Mathematics Association of Western Australia (MAWA)
  • Australian Early Childhood Teacher Education Network (AECTEN)
  • WA Early Childhood Teacher Education Network
  • North Metropolitan TAFE: Education Advisory Board
  • ECU: Ethics Committee
  • Member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
  • President of World Organisation for Early Childhood Education of WA (OMEP) 2014, 2015

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2018 ECU Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2017 ECU Vice Chancellors Research Engagement Award for the Early Childhood Research Group


  • 2015 Author of the year received from Teaching Solutions, book publishers.
  • 2014 Equality for Sustainability Award received from the World Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire (OMEP: Organisation of Early Childhood).

Research interests

  • Mathematics in Early Childhood
  • STEM
  • Playgroups and transition to formal schooling
  • Play and early learning
  • Children and families


  • Doctor of Philosphy, The University of New England, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), The University of New England, 2004.
  • Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood), Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College, 1977.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Knaus, M., Kirk, G., Roberts, P., Barblett, L., Adkin, B. (2021). Improving assessment accountability in initial teacher education programs through benchmarking. Benchmarking: an international journal, xx(xx), xx.
  • Roberts, P., Barblett, L., Boylan, F., Knaus, M. (2021). Revitalising reflective practice in pre-service teacher education: developing and practicing an effective framework. Reflective Practice, xx(xx), xx.

Journal Articles

  • Barblett, L., Barratt-Pugh, C., Knaus, M., Cooper, T. (2020). Supporting Aboriginal families’ and children’s developing sense of belonging at KindiLink. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 45(4), 309-321.
  • Loxton, J., Cunningham, C., Knaus, M. (2020). An investigation of Early Childhood Staff and Their Transition to the New Western Australian Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(7), 45-59.

Journal Articles

  • Wilson Ali, N., Barratt-Pugh, C., Knaus, M. (2019). Multiple perspectives on attachment theory: Investigating educators' knowledge and understanding. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 215-229.

Journal Articles

  • Jay, J., Knaus, M. (2018). Embedding play-based learning into junior primary (year 1 and 2) curriculum in WA. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43(1), 112-126.
  • Boylan, F., Barblett, L., Knaus, M. (2018). Early childhood teachers' perspectives of growth mindset: Developing agency in children. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(3), 16-24.
  • Roberts, P., Knaus, M. (2018). STEM in early childhood education: Using the inquiry approach to scaffold learning. New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Education, 21(2), 71-84.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Knaus, M., Callcott, D. (2016). The lifestyle of a student-led community of practice in higher education. Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers (423-446). Springer.

Journal Articles

  • Knaus, M., Warren, J., Blaxell, R. (2016). Smoothing the way: Investigating the role of a supported playgroup located at a school. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41(2), 59-68.
  • Barblett, L., Knaus, M., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2016). The pushes and pulls of pedagogy in the early years: Competing knowledges and the erosion of play-based learning. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41(4), 36-43.

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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Knaus, M. (2013). Maths is all around you: Developing mathematical concepts in the early years. Teaching Solutions.

Journal Articles

  • Knaus, M. (2009). Recognising a Child’s Perspective of Time in Daily Practice. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 12(2009), 23-32.

Research Projects

  • Maximising student engagement for learning through teacher and student interactions, Association of Independent Schools of WA, AISWA - Grant, 2019 ‑ 2020, $14,500.
  • ACECQA Quality improvement Research Project, Australian Children's Education Care and Quality Authority, Grant, 2019, $14,955.
  • Evaluation of the KindiLink Pilot for the Department of Education, Department of Education WA, Department of Education - Tender, 2016 ‑ 2018, $100,000.
  • Fostering inquiry-based science learning through play in early childhood education, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016, 2016 ‑ 2017, $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.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, What makes an exemplary infant toddler teacher? Describing exemplary infant toddler teaching in Australian Long Day Care settings

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Mindsets matter: Early childhood educator perceptions of mindset
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Pedagogical leadership: An investigation in the early years of school

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education, An unfamiliar face, an unfamiliar environment: Investigating educators' understanding of their attachment relationships with infants and toddlers in early childhood education and care settings

Co-ordinating Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Early childhood hass matters: An investigation of early childhood staff and their transition to the new Western Australian humanities and social sciences curriculum in 2017
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