Professor Sue Dockett
B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed(Hons), PhD (Sydney)
PositionProfessor in Early Childhood Studies
CampuscampusAlbury / Wodonga
Phone/Faxwork(02) 605 19043
Professor Dockett is Coordinator of the Honours Program.
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.
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;
- Young children's mathematics;
- Children's play;
- Tertiary teaching and learning; and
- The first year of school.
Recent research grants include:
ARC Discovery Grant, 2007-2011
- Early childhood sustained home visiting: outcomes at 4 years and the transition to school.
Chief Investigators: Harris E, McMahon C, Vimpani G, Matthey S, Dockett S, Perry R, Anderson T, Schmied V.
ARC Linkages Grant 2007-2009
- Facilitating children's transition to school within families with complex support needs
Chief Investigators: Dockett S , Perry B, Mason J, Hampshire, A, Schmeid, V.
ARC Linkages Grant 2009-2012
- Staying on at school: strategies for increasing high school completion rates in low retention regions of NSW
Chief investigators: Vickers, M., Barker K., Perry, B., Dockett S., Hyam, M.
- Building a child friendly city: Consultations with children and young people
Chief investigators: Dockett, S., Perry, B.
Sue teaches across a number of research subjects, particularly those undertaken by research students and within the Honours program.
- 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)
Key publications include:
- Dockett, S. & Perry, B. (Eds.) (2001). Beginning school together: Sharing strengths. Watson, ACT: Australian Early Childhood Association.
- Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2001). Starting school: Effective transitions. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 3(2). Available on-line http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v3n2/dockett.html
- Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2002). Who's ready for what? Young children starting school. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 3(1), 67-89.
- Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2004). Starting school: Perspectives of Australian children, parents and educators. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 2(2), 171-189.
- Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2007). Trusting children's accounts in research. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 5(1), 47-63.
- Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2007). Transitions to school: Perceptions, experiences and expectations. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
- Dockett, S., Einarsdottir, J., & Perry, B. (2009). Researching with children: Ethical tensions. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 7(3), 283-298. (B)
- Dockett, S., Perry, B., Kearney, E., Hampshire, A., Mason, J., & Schmied, V. (2009). Researching with families: Ethical issues and situations. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 19(4), 353-365. (A)
- Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2009). Readiness for school: A relational construct. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 34(1), 20-26.
- Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2010). School readiness: what does it mean for Indigenous children, families, schools and communities? Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. Available on-line: http://www.aihw.gov.au/closingthegap/documents/issues_papers/ctg-ip02.pdf