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Dr Cathie Harrison
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Dr Cathie Harrison

Dr Cathie Harrison is an early childhood educator with more than twenty five years experience within early childhood education and related fields. She  currently holds the position of senior lecturer in early childhood education at ACU National. Cathie’s teaching at the university is in the areas of play, early learning, early childhood pedagogy and the creative arts.

Cathie has a diverse range of experience within early childhood education as an academic, teacher, and consultant.  She is an advisor to the ABC television program - Play School, and has been consultant to a number of museum and community projects such as Museum in a Box, and Kids Island at the Australian Museum, The Kidsmart Project and the Early Language and Literacy Initiative with KU Children’s Services. 

Cathie updated her early childhood professional experience by undertaking positions with community agencies from 2004-2007.  These roles included: Professional Development and Research Coordinator with SDN Children’s Services SCAN Project, Professional Development Co-ordination with KU Children’s Services, and Curriculum Coordinator Moriah Pre-Schools.  As an Early Childhood and Gifted Education Consultant, Cathie has provided professional development presentations for many community organizations, schools and early childhood education providers.

Cathie has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood from Sydney University, a Master of Education  from the UNSW and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Western Sydney. Cathie's Masters degree focused on gifted education and her doctoral study combined interests in gifted education and contemporary early childhood pedagogy.  

Cathie's research interests include early childhood pedagogy, children and spirituality, social justice and giftedness in early childhood.  She is the author of the books Giftedness in Early Childhood and Young Gifted Children - Their Search for Complexity and Connection and co-author of the book Rethinking Learning in Early Childhood Education.  Refereed articles in international and national journals reflect these research interests as well as interest in early childhood education and children’s television.     

















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