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Duursma, Elisabeth E. Dr

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Literacy

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Early Start Research
  • School of Education

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2011 Who’s reading to children in low‐income families? The influence of paternal, maternal and child characteristics
    Published in   Early Child Development and Care
    2014 The effects of fathers’ and mothers’ reading to their children on language outcomes of children participating in early head start in the United States
    Published in   Fathering: a journal of theory and research about men as parents

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on two primary areas:

    1) Father involvement
    2) Early language and literacy development


    My research focuses on father involvement. I am particularly interested in the role of fathers in the lives of young children and the impact father involvement has on child language and cognitive development.

    Another research interest of mine is young children's language and literacy development in the early years focusing on home literacy activities, as well as on bilingualism.

    I am particularly interested in working with vulnerable and culturally and linguistically diverse families.

     

     

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • Let's Share a Story - literacy support for Indigenous children project, targeting Indigenous children in the early childhood and primary age bracket, raised awareness of the importance of encouraging and promoting the joys of reading and yarning with children. The project was undertaken in consultation with Aboriginal services and organisations and key contacts within Aboriginal communities. The project complemented literacy programs in pre-schools, schools and child care centres and community centres.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Fatherhood

    Early Childhood Education

    Language development

    Literacy development

    Bilingualism

     

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Enhancing emotional and professional wellbeing through mentoring and learning relationships
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Teaching English Language at Primary Schools in Saudi Arabia: Challenges and Difficulties that English language teachers encounter. Almansour, Sami
    Doctor of Philosophy The lived experience of Mothers with mental illness: an exploration of mother's narratives in supported playgroups Burriel, Kristen
    Doctor of Philosophy The development of cognitive abilities and interaction during infancy. Ho, Cheryl Ho Jialing

Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • I teach language and literacy and early child development courses in the Bachelor of Education: The Early Years.

    I also teach at the masters and postgraduate level in the areas of research methods

     

     

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2011 Who’s reading to children in low‐income families? The influence of paternal, maternal and child characteristics
    Published in   Early Child Development and Care
    2014 The effects of fathers’ and mothers’ reading to their children on language outcomes of children participating in early head start in the United States
    Published in   Fathering: a journal of theory and research about men as parents

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on two primary areas:

    1) Father involvement
    2) Early language and literacy development


    My research focuses on father involvement. I am particularly interested in the role of fathers in the lives of young children and the impact father involvement has on child language and cognitive development.

    Another research interest of mine is young children's language and literacy development in the early years focusing on home literacy activities, as well as on bilingualism.

    I am particularly interested in working with vulnerable and culturally and linguistically diverse families.

     

     

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • Let's Share a Story - literacy support for Indigenous children project, targeting Indigenous children in the early childhood and primary age bracket, raised awareness of the importance of encouraging and promoting the joys of reading and yarning with children. The project was undertaken in consultation with Aboriginal services and organisations and key contacts within Aboriginal communities. The project complemented literacy programs in pre-schools, schools and child care centres and community centres.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Fatherhood

    Early Childhood Education

    Language development

    Literacy development

    Bilingualism

     

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Enhancing emotional and professional wellbeing through mentoring and learning relationships
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Teaching English Language at Primary Schools in Saudi Arabia: Challenges and Difficulties that English language teachers encounter. Almansour, Sami
    Doctor of Philosophy The lived experience of Mothers with mental illness: an exploration of mother's narratives in supported playgroups Burriel, Kristen
    Doctor of Philosophy The development of cognitive abilities and interaction during infancy. Ho, Cheryl Ho Jialing

Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • I teach language and literacy and early child development courses in the Bachelor of Education: The Early Years.

    I also teach at the masters and postgraduate level in the areas of research methods

     

     

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