Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Photo of Professor Sue Dockett Professor Sue Dockett

B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed(Hons), PhD (Sydney)

Sue Dockett is Professor in Early Childhood Education, Charles Sturt University. Prior to entering tertiary education, Sue worked as an educator in prior-to-school settings as well as the early years of school. Since 1988, Sue has been involved in early childhood teacher education and research. Much of her research agenda is focused on educational transitions, particularly transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. With Bob Perry, Sue has published widely, both nationally and internationally in the area of transition to school. Integral to the investigations of educational transitions is a commitment to incorporating children's perspectives. Much of Sue's current collaborative work is focused on refining and critiquing these approaches as well as conceptual and theoretical analysis of what is meant by engaging children and young people's voices within research agendas.

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Sue's major research areas include:

  • Educational transitions, particularly the transition to school;
  • Notions of school readiness;
  • Indigenous communities supporting the transition to school;
  • Children's perspectives in research;
  • Participatory rights-based research;
  • Young children's mathematics;
  • Children's play; and
  • The first year of school.

Recent research grants include:

External funding: 

  • 2013-2015: Dockett, S., & Perry, B. Continuity and Change in Curriculum and Pedagogies as Children Start School. ARC Discovery. $301610
  • 2012-2013: S. Dockett, B. Perry, B. Clarke. Integrating preschool with school. South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, $55011
  • 2011-2014: L. Kemp, S. Dockett, R. Grace, B. Perry, E. Comino, L. Jackson-Pulver & M. Haskel-Elkins. An ecological study of school transition and the early years of school for Aboriginal children in an urban community. ARC Discovery, $357535.

Internal funding:

  • 2012: S. Dockett, B. Perry, K. Hopps. Pedagogies of Educational Transitions. $21000. CSU Research Infrastructure Block Grant
  • 2012: B. Perry & S. Dockett. Pedagogies of Educational Transitions. $5000. RIPPLE Global Alliance
  • 2012: S. Dockett, A. MacDonald, N. Mackenzie, & B. Perry. Pedagogies of Educational Transitions. $10000. CSU Global Alliance
Professor Dockett's full CV is available here.

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  • NSW Board of Studies (1994- )
  • NSW Board of Studies K-6 Curriculum and Assessment Standing Committee/Primary Curriculum Committee (1994- )
  • Member, Editorial Panel, Early Childhood Research and Practice (2003-)
  • Patron, NSW Early Childhood Education Council, (2002-)
  • Board member, Contact Incorporated (2007- 2008)

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Recent Publications

Scholarly Books

  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S., & Farmer, S. (2012) Programming and planning in early childhood settings (5th ed.). Melbourne: Thomson.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2007). Starting school: Perceptions, expectations and experiences. Sydney: UNSW Press.

Scholarly Book Chapters

  • Dockett, S., Petriwskyj, A. & Perry, B. (accepted February, 2013). Theorising transitions: Shifts and tensions. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A, Petriwskyj (Eds.), Transition to school: International research, policy and practice. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (accepted February, 2013). Research to policy: Transition to school Position Statement. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A, Petriwskyj (Eds.), Transition to school: International research, policy and practice. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (accepted January, 2013). Participatory rights-based research: Learning from young children’s perspectives in research that affects their lives. In O. Saracho (Ed.) Handbook of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education. Information Age.
  • Dockett, S. (accepted January 2013). Transition to school: Normative or relative? In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A, Petriwskyj (Eds.), Transition to school: International research, policy and practice. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (accepted, October, 2012). Reflecting on young children’s mathematics learning. In L. English & J. Mulligan (Eds.), Reconceptualising early mathematics learning. Springer.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (accepted, August, 2012). Families and the transition to school. In K. Margetts & A. Kienig (Eds), International perspectives on transitions to school: reconceptualising beliefs, policy and practice. Routledge.
  • MacDonald, A., Davies, N., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2012). Early childhood mathematics education. In B. Perry, T. Lowrie, T. Logan, A. MacDonald, & J. Greenlees (Eds.), Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2008-2011 (pp. 169-192). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
  • Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Harley, E. (2012). The Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Linking educators’ practice through pedagogical inquiry questions. In B. Atweh, M. Goos, R. Jorgensen, & D. Siemon (Eds.), National curriculum: Mathematics – Perspectives from the field (pp. 155-174). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Available on-line: http://www.merga.net.au/sites/default/files/editor/books/1/Chapter%208%20Perry.pdf
  • Dockett, S., Einarsdóttir, J., & Perry, B. (2011). Balancing methodologies and methods in researching with young children. In D. Harcourt, B. Perry, & T. Waller (Eds.), Researching young children’s perspectives: Ethics and dilemmas of educational research with children (pp. 68-81). Milton Park, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Dockett, S. (2011). The challenge of play for early childhood educators. In S. Rogers (Ed.), Rethinking play and pedagogy in early childhood education (pp. 32-47). New York: Routledge.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (accepted, January 2013). Trends and tensions: Australian and international research about starting school. International Journal of Early Years Education.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (accepted January 2013). Trends and tensions: Australian and international research about starting school. International Journal of Early Years Education.
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2012). Promoting children’s informed assent in research participation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, DOI:10.1080/09518398.2012.666289
  • Dockett, S., Einarsdóttir, J., & Perry, B. (2012). Young children’s decisions about research participation: Opting out. International Journal of Early Years Education, DOI:10.1080/09669760.2012.715405
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2012). Family transitions as children start school. Family Matters, 90, 57-67.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2012). “In Kindy you don’t get taught”: Continuity and change as children start school. Frontiers of Education in China, 7(1), 5-32. DOI: 10.3868/s110-001-012-0002-8
  • Dockett, S., Kearney, E., & Perry, B. (accepted, September, 2012). Recognizing young children’s understandings and experiences of community, International Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 257-305.
  • Turunen, T., & Dockett, S. (accepted October, 2012). Family members’ memories about starting school. Intergenerational aspects. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood.
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2011). Starting school with special needs: Issues for families with complex support needs as their children start school. Exceptionality Education International, 21(2), 45-61.
  • Dockett, S., Main, S., & Kelly, L. (2011). Consulting young children: Experiences from a museum. Visitor Studies, 14(1), 13- 33
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (2011). ‘How ‘bout we have a celebration?’ Advice from children on starting school. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 19(3), 375-388.
  • Dockett, S., Whitton, D., Perry, B. (2010). What will my teacher be like? Picture storybooks about starting school. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 35(3), 33-41.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2010). Researching with young children: Seeking assent. Child Indicators Research, DOI: 10.1007/s12187010-9084-0.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Perry, B., Gervasoni, A., & Dockett, S. (2012). Let’s Count: Evaluation of a pilot mathematics program in low socio-economic locations in Australia. In Dindyal, J., Cheng, L. P., & Ng, S. F. (Eds.), Mathematics education: Expanding horizons (Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia pp. 594-601). Adelaide: MERGA.
  • Hopps, K., & Dockett, S. (2011). Preschool educators communication with schools: What the Communication Experience Technique can reveal about the nature of communication, motivations and relationships. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Australian association for Research in Education, Hobart. Available on-line: http://www.aare.edu.au/11pap/index.html
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (2011). Playing with mathematics: Implications from the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum. In J. Clark, B. Kissane, J. Mousley, T. Spencer, & S. Thornton (Eds.), Mathematics: Traditions and [new] practices. (Proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA conference, incorporating the 23rd biennial conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the 34th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, pp. 624-630). Alice Springs, NT: AAMT & MERGA.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2010). What makes mathematics play? In L. Sparrow, B. Kissane, & C. Hurst (Eds.), Shaping the future of mathematics education. (Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, pp. 715-718). Fremantle: MERGA..

Reports

Professional Publications

Professor Dockett's full CV is available here.

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