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Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh

Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6346
Email: c.barratt_pugh@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML15.317  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1470-0089

Caroline is a Professor of Early Childhood research in the SoEd and Interim CI of the ECU Education Node of the ARC CoE for the Digital Child.

Background

Caroline trained as an early childhood teacher and worked as a teacher and senior advisory teacher for the promotion of multicultural education in Bradford, West Yorkshire (UK) between1978-1987. She was awarded her PhD from The University of Leeds (UK) in December 1990, while working at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) as a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies (Early Childhood). She took up the position of Senior Lecturer (Early Childhood) at Edith Cowan University in 1992 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and appointed as Professor of Early Childhood research at ECU in 2013.

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - ongoing: Curriculum and Assessments Committee, School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Member)
  • 2012 - ongoing: ARC Discovery proposals (Assessor)
  • 2017 - 2020: TKI, CoLab Research Advisory Committee (Chair and member)
  • 2018 - ongoing: Literacy Educators Network WA (Member)
  • 2010 - 2014: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Reviewer)
  • 1993 - ongoing: Early Childhood Australia (Member)
  • 2018 - 2019: Primary English Teaching Association Australia (Member)
  • 1995 - 2005: Australian Literacy Educators' Association (Member).

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 - ECU Vice Chancellor's Staff Award for Engagement in Research.

Research Interests

  • Digital technologies in early childhood
  • Early intervention programs
  • Language and literacy learning and development
  • Multilingual children, families and communities
  • Early childhood pedagogy and practice.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 1990.
  • Certificate in TESOL, England, 1980.
  • Bachelor of Education Honours, England, 1978.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Ruscoe, A., Fellowes, J. (2021). Motivation to Write: Conversations with Emergent Writers. Early Childhood Education Journal, 49(2), 223-234. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-020-01061-5.
  • Ruscoe, A., Barblett, L., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2021). Discourses of power: Policy and curriculum demands in the first year of compulsory school in Western Australia. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, xx(xx), xx. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949121990905.

Book Chapters

  • Churchill, N., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2020). The Digital Entanglement of Humanities, Literacy, and Storytelling. Reconceptualizing the Digital Humanities in Asia. New Representations of Art, History and Culture (141-154). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-4642-6_9.

Journal Articles

  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2020). Book sharing with young children: A study of book sharing in four Australian long day care centres. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020(Article in press), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468798420981745.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1836939120966079.
  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2020). The challenge of monoculturalism: what books are educators sharing with children and what messages do they send?. The Australian Educational Researcher, 47(5), 815–836. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-019-00375-7.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Haig, Y. (2020). Creating books in communities: A book making program with families in a remote community in Western Australia. Early Childhood Education Journal, 48(1), 49-58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-019-00975-z.

Journal Articles

  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C., Haig, Y. (2019). "Portray cultures other than ours": How children's literature is being used to support the diversity goals of the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. The Australian Educational Researcher, 46(3), 549-563. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-019-00302-w.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1836939119855214.

Journal Articles

  • Ruscoe, A., Barblett, L., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2018). Sharing power with children: Repositioning children as agentic learners. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(3), 63-71. https://doi.org/10.23965/AJEC.43.3.07.

Book Chapters

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M., Allen, N. (2017). The First Time I've Felt Included: Identifying Inclusive Literacy Learning in Early Childhood Through the Evaluation of Better Beginnings. Inclusive Principles and Practices in Literacy Education (125-142). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620170000011009.

Journal Articles

  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C., Haig, Y. (2017). Book collections in long day care: Do they reflect diversity?. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(2), 88-96. https://doi.org/10.23965/AJEC/42.2.11.

Book Chapters

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M. (2016). Transforming research into practice: Implications of a family literacy program for early childhood professionals. Growing up literate: Australian literacy research for practice (13-35). Eleanor Curtain Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M. (2016). Evaluation of Family Literacy programs: A Case Study of Better Beginnings, a Library-Initiated Family Literacy Bookgifting Program in Western Australia. Library Trends, 65(1), 19-39. https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2016.0019.

Book Chapters

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Allen, N. (2015). Transforming practice through research: Evaluating the Better Beginnings family literacy programme. Library Services from Birth to Five (81-98). Facet Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Maloney, C. (2015). Growing Better Beginnings: An evaluation of a family literacy program for pre-schoolers. Issues in Educational Research, 25(4), 364-380.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M. (2015). 'Better Beginnings has made me make reading part of our everyday routine': Mothers' perceptions of a family literacy program over four years. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(4), 4-12.
  • Sulfasyah, N., Haig, Y., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2015). Indonesian teachers’ implementation of new curriculum initiatives in relation to teaching writing in lower primary school. International Journal of Education, 7(4), 53-73. https://doi.org/10.5296/ije.v7i4.8265.
  • Leitao, N., Barratt-Pugh, C., Anderson, K., Barblett, L., Haig, Y. (2015). Engaging Children in Reading for Pleasure: A Better Beginnings Project Linking Libraries with Primary Schools. Libri: international journal of libraries and information services, 65(1), 15-24. https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2014-0121.

Reports

  • Fellowes, J., Barratt-Pugh, C., Ruscoe, A. (2014). Reflective practice with teachers of early writers 2014. Reflective practice with teachers of early writers. Perth WA. Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Anderson, K., Barblett, L., Barratt-Pugh, C., Haig, Y., Leitao, N. (2013). Better Beginnings: Public Libraries making Literacy Links with the Adult Community. Libri: international journal of libraries and information services, 63(4), 272-281. https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2013-0022.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Anderson, K. (2013). Positive Partnerships: The Role of Child Health Nurses in an Early Childhood Family Literacy Program. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 7(3), 75-85.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Anderson, K., North, S. (2013). The changing perspectives of librarians in the Better Beginnings family literacy program. The Australian Library Journal, 62(3), 183-195. https://doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2013.832847.

Reports

  • Leitao, N., Barratt-Pugh, C., Barblett, L. (2013). Developing the Child and Parent Centre initiative in Western Australia: Perceptions from the coordinators. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Anderson, K., Barblett, L., Haig, Y., Leitao, N. (2013). Making a Difference: Summary of the Evaluation of Four Better Beginnings Programs. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Hackling, M., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2012). Science of materials: A case study of intentional teaching in the early years. Teaching Science, 58(2), 12-17.

Reports

  • Leitao, N., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2012). The hairytales of heroboy: Evaluation of the Reading Promotion Pilot Program for 6 to 9 year old children. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Maloney, C., McLean, C. (2012). Better Beginnings - Making a Difference: The evaluation of the Better Beginnings Birth to Three family literacy program: Year 5. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.
  • Haig, Y., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2012). Creating Books in Communities: Evaluation of the Community Publishing Pilot Project. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.
  • Anderson, K., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2012). Read! 3: Evaluation of the Adult Reader Development Pilot Program. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Vajda, M. (2012). Growing Better Beginnings: An evaluation of the Family Literacy program for four and five year olds. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Barblett, L., Barratt-Pugh, C., Kilgallon, P., Maloney, C. (2011). Transition from long day care to kindergarten: Continuity or not?. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(2), 42-50.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Allen, N. (2011). Making a difference: Findings from Better Beginnings a family literacy intervention programme. The Australian Library Journal, 60(3), 195-204. https://doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2011.10722616.

Reports

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Statkus, S., Kilgallon, P. (2010). Making a Difference: The report on the evaluation of the Better Beginnings family literacy program 2007-2010: January 2010. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.
  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M., Statkus, S. (2010). Making a Difference: The report on the evaluation of the Better Beginnings family literacy program 2007-2010: Year 4 2010. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.

Reports

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Kilgallon, P., Statkus, S. (2009). Making a Difference: The report on the evaluation of the Better Beginnings family literacy program 2007-2009: January 2009. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M. (2008). Perspectives on a Family Literacy Program: Voices of the Participants. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3(6), 177-184.

Book Chapters

  • Barratt-Pugh, C. (2007). Multiple ways of making meaning: Children as writers. Literacies in Early Childhood changing views, challenging practices (133-152). MacLennan and Petty.

Books

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rivalland, J., Hamer, J., Adams, P. (2006). Literacy Learning in Australia: Practical Ideas for Early Childhood Educators. Thomson Dunmore Press.

Book Chapters

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M. (2006). Evaluating Better Beginnings. Parents Matter Supporting the birth to three matters framework (77-90). Open University Press.

Books

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M., Oakley, G., Elderfield, J. (2005). Better beginnings: An evaluation from two communities. Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Louden, B., Rohl, M., Barratt-Pugh, C., Brown, C., Cairney, T., Elderfield, J., House, H., Meiers, M., Rivalland, J., Rowe, K. (2005). In Teachers Hands. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 28(3), 175-253.

Conference Publications

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M., Elderfield, J. (2005). Evaluating 'Better Beginnings': A family literacy program in Western Australia. Questions of quality : proceedings of a conference on defining, assessing and supporting quality in early childhood care and education (292-301). Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Louden, W., Rohl, M., Barratt-Pugh, C., Brown, C., Cairney, T., Elderfield, J., House, H., Meiers, M., Rivalland, J., Rowe, K. (2005). In Teachers' Hands: Effective Literacy Teaching Practices in the Early Years of. . Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Barratt-Pugh, C., Rohl, M. (2001). Learning in two languages: a bilingual program in Western Australia. The Reading Teacher, 54, 664-676.

Research Projects

  • Transforming Transitions - Using students' social capital to recast transitions, Association of Independent Schools of WA, AISWA - Grant, 2020 ‑ 2022, $99,989.
  • Improving parental engagement in children's learning and school readiness through a literacy-based text messaging program. , Ian Potter Foundation, Grant, 2019 ‑ 2022, $209,000.
  • Review and revision of the Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines (the Guidelines), development of a Kindergarten planning template, and an exemplar demonstrating how the Guidelines can be used to plan and program for the continuity of learning for a group of children, as they transition from preschool settings to Kindergarten and from Kindergarten to Pre-primary , Department of Education WA, Department of Education - Tender, 2021, $28,842.
  • Longitudinal evaluation of the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program, Department of Culture and the Arts, Dept of Culture and the Arts – Tender, 2016 ‑ 2020, $198,702.
  • Evaluation of Better Beginnings ‘Sing With Me’ Program, State Library of WA, Grant, 2016 ‑ 2018, $135,154.
  • Evaluation of the KindiLink Pilot for the Department of Education, Department of Education WA, Department of Education - Tender, 2016 ‑ 2018, $100,000.
  • Better together: Supporting perinatal and infant mental health services, WA Primary Health Alliance, Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $230,000.
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Service Model of Child Australia, Child Inclusive Learning and Development Australia Inc., Grant, 2015 ‑ 2016, $40,000.
  • Enhancing Classroom Talk in the Early Years through Sustained Shared Thinking, Association of Independent Schools of WA, AISWA - Grant, 2015 ‑ 2016, $40,000.
  • Parents as Children's Teachers (PACT), Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1), 2015 ‑ 2016, $33,920.
  • Evaluation of four family literacy projects developed as part of the Better Beginnings program Project 4 Adult Literacy/Research and Development of Literacy Moodle Modules, Department of Culture and the Arts, Dept of Culture and the Arts - Grant, 2012 ‑ 2016, $223,142.
  • Evaluation of four family literacy projects developed as part of the Better Beginnings program Project 1 - 4-5 years remote indigenous communities, Department of Culture and the Arts, Dept of Culture and the Arts - Grant, 2012 ‑ 2016, $187,836.
  • Mathematics education in early childhood settings, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014, 2014 ‑ 2015, $20,000.
  • Reflective Practice with Early Writers, Association of Independent Schools of WA, AISWA - Grant, 2013 ‑ 2015, $65,634.
  • Development of child and parent centre initiative WA, Department of Education WA, Department of Education - Tender, 2012 ‑ 2014, $45,455.
  • Evaluation of four family literacy projects developed as part of the Better Beginnings program - Project 2 - Cald Program, Department of Culture and the Arts, Dept of Culture and the Arts - Grant, 2012 ‑ 2014, $65,071.
  • Evaluation of four family literacy projects developed as part of the Better Beginnings program Project 3 - Better Beginnings - 6-9 Years, Department of Culture and the Arts, Dept of Culture and the Arts - Grant, 2012 ‑ 2014, $57,884.
  • Phase 2/year four of the evaluation of the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program 2006-2008, State Library of WA, Grant, 2006 ‑ 2013, $215,023.
  • An Investigation of Goodstart's Centre-Based Practice and Program Quality Using the National Quality Standards as the Benchmark, with a Focus on Building the Capacity of Early Learning Consultants, Charles Sturt University, Grant - Good Start Early Learning Centre Ltd, 2013, $7,000.
  • Development of Kindergarten / Pre-Primary Guidelines for Western Australian Schools, School Curriculum and Standards Authority, Tender, 2012 ‑ 2013, $68,668.
  • National Year of Reading 2012, The Library Agency, Grant, 2012 ‑ 2013, $94,975.
  • Evaluation of the Better Beginnings Plus Pilot 2010, State Library of WA, Grant, 2010 ‑ 2013, $134,306.
  • Focused Intervention for Early Literacy Development, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Grant, 2009 ‑ 2013, $155,143.
  • Beginning with books: The impact of Family Literacy Intervention Programs in two low socio-economic communities, Telstra Foundation, Grant, 2006 ‑ 2010, $118,182.
  • The Identification of Resources to Support Children Learning to Read in the Early Years of School, Department of Education and Training WA, Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $47,185.
  • The Identification of Resources to Support Children's Social and Emotional Development, Department of Education and Training WA, Grant, 2007, $47,185.
  • Effective Teaching and Learning Practices Leading to Improved Literacy Outcomes in the Early Years of Schooling - RFT 957, Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Grant, 2001 ‑ 2005, $598,548.
  • Implementation and evaluation of Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program, initiated by Public Library Services Directorate at the State Library of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant, 2004 ‑ 2005, $27,500.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating Chinese language teaching for young learners in Australian primary schools: Beliefs and practices
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Learning to play: What online games can teach
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Family-school partnerships in the early years of school to support children's language and literacy learning in ethnically diverse communities
  • Doctor of Philosophy, How public libraries in Western Australia seek to support the language and literacy development of children from birth to three years

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Power, perspective and affordance in early childhood education

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Digital storytelling as a means of supporting digital literacy learning in an upper-primary-school English-language classroom
  • 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
  • Master of Education, Teachers' perspectives on the identification of, and provisions for, gifted and talented English as an additional language students
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cultural diversity and children's literature: Kindergarten educators' practices to support principles of cultural diversity through book sharing
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating the implementation of the Indonesian ktsp (school-based curriculum) in the teaching of writing in year two
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Gifted students: Perceptions and practices of regular class teachers
  • Master of Education, I see a spark and blow on it: Drama practice in year 1 and the new Australian curriculum in the arts

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Improving classroom discourse in inquiry-based primary science education
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