Associate Professor Louise Hard
DipT (EC), IECD, BEd S.Aust C.A.E., MEd (QUT), Ed D (QUT)
PositionAssociate Dean (Courses)
CampuscampusAlbury / Wodonga
Phone/Faxwork02 6051 9814
Associate Dean (Courses)
In her Associate Dean role, Louise is responsible for ensuring that the courses delivered by the Faculty continue to meet the high standards expected by the University, students and industry. Louise is tasked with driving innovation and enhancement in course content and delivery, and leading course-related quality assurance processes and reporting. She leads and manages a team comprised of: Course Directors; a Faculty Course Administrative Officer; and Course Administrative Officers. This team leads and manages the delivery of Faculty's courses, including: course-related support and advice to students; engagement of Faculty and other university staff in course design, delivery and review; industry and community stakeholder engagement; course marketing and promotion; and, course performance evaluation and reporting.
Research and Teaching
- Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care
- Leadership in ECEC services
- Society for the study of Symbolic Interaction
- American Educational Research Association
- Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
- Hard, L. (2008). Understanding leadership enactment in early childhood education and care. Saarbrücken: VDM.
- Hard, L., & O'Gorman, L. (2007). Push Me or Pull You? An opportunity for early childhood leadership in the implementation of Queensland 's Early Years Curriculum. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol.8, No 1.
- Hard, L. (2006). Horizontal violence in early childhood education and care: Implications for leadership enactment. Australian Journal of Early Childhood . Vol.31 No.3
- Hard, L (2005): Would the leaders in Early Childhood Education and Care please step forward? Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. Vol. 12, (1)
- Knipe, S., Rafferty, J., & Hard, L. (2004). Perceptions of reality: Meeting the challenges of establishing a new teaching degree. ATEA July
- Rafferty, J & Hard, L. (2004). Reality Bites: Tensions and challenges in redefining transitional education. Refereed publication from Continuity and Change: Educational Transitions International Conference, Sydney. November.
- Hard, L, Tayler, C. & Danby, S (2004). Leadership in early childhood education and care: It's not about being the boss. In Performing Research:Theories, Methods and Practice. Ed, E, McWilliam, S, Danby & J, Knight. Post Pressed: Flaxton, Qld. Pp:397-408.
- Hard, L. (2004). How is leadership understood in early childhood education and care? vol. 11, (1). Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education.
- Hard, L. (2001). Investigating leadership in early childhood education and care in Australia . In Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices . Eds, P. Singh & E. McWilliam , Post Pressed: Flaxton Qld. Pp. 177-190.
- Hard, L. (1997). Rural parents' perceptions and values and how they may contribute to a more contextually based early childhood program. Education In Rural Australia , vol. 7 (1), pp 27- 35.
- Hard, L. and Walker, C. (1997) Student Supervision - The Experiences of Early childhood Educators and Occupational Therapists. In A. Yarrow and J. Millwater (eds). Practical Experiences in Professional Education Research Monograph: No 2 .. Brisbane , QUT Publications, pp. 151-165.
- Hard, L. and Taffe. R.(1995). Problem Based Learning: The experience for early childhood students in the BEd (Early Childhood) at Charles Sturt University . In Research and development in problem based learning, Vol 3, assessment and evaluation, (eds) P. Little, M. Ostwald & G. Ryan. The Australian Problem Based Learning Network, University of Newcastle : Newcastle , NSW. pp 195-209.
- Hard, L. (2009) Why is bullying an issue in the early childhood workforce? Every Child, Vol. 15, No.2. p.24-25
- Ireland , L & Hard, L. (2007) Curriculum: A work in progress. Rattler. Issue 81, Autumn. pp20-23
- Hard, L. (2003). What does it mean to be a leader in early childhood education and care? Perspectives on Educational Leadership . vol. 13, No. 8. ACEL.
- Hard, L. (2001). Administration and Management in Early Childhood. EEB404 .Open Learning Institute, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga. New South Wales.
- Hard, L., Macmillan, A. & Ortlipp, M. (2000). Towards a More Dialogic Early Childhood Community. Rattler . Summer.
- Hard, L and Kelly, D. (2000). Creating Opportunities for Parents in School Communities. "Not Another Sausage Sizzle!" Catholic School Studies . May,Vol.73, No. 1.
- Hard, L. (1999) Wellness and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Contexts. Open Learning Institute, Charles Sturt University , Albury, Bathurst , Wagga Wagga. New South Wales.
- Hard, L. (1998). Wild Things in Early Literacy. A review of current issues for under 5's literacy education. Country Children's Services Conference , Canberra , June. pp. 24-36.