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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.

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


  • 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.


Recent Research Grants

  • 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.

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, Teaching Solutions.

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, Singapore, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-2866-3.

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, Australia, Social Science Press.
  • Knaus, M., (2017), Supporting early mathematics learning in early childhood settings. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(3), 4-13, Deakin, ACT, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.23965/AJEC.42.3.01.
  • 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, Australia, ECA Publications.
  • 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, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc..
  • 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, Springer 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, Childforum Research Network.
  • 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, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n8.9.
  • 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, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1476718X14538601.
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