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Lindsay, Gai M. Dr.

Lecturer - The Early Years

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Coordinator of PPP and Flexible Student - Bachelor of Education - The Early Years

Overview


Gai Lindsay is a lecturer and coordinator of flexible  students and the professional Partners in Practice (PPP) Mentor program for the Bachelor of Education- The Early Years. Her PhD research explored the visual art beliefs and pedagogy of Australian early childhood educators.

Gai previously served as a preschool teacher and director for 22 years and as a project officer with Community Child-care Cooperative NSW. Her current research interests focus on Visual Arts pedagogy, educator self-efficacy beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge. John Dewey's philosophies of art, education and democracy and the pedagogical influences of the Reggio Emilia Approach are particular interests. Gai is currently engaged in research and consultancy partnerships with the early childhood sectors in Abu Dhabi and Vietnam. These projects are researching the impact of visual arts professional development on the visual arts confidence and knowledge of early childhood educators in both international and bilingual preschools in Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition, Gai was the lead investigator of a Global Challenges project that aims to partner with Bhutanese academics to explore visual arts pedagogy and curriculum implementation in early childhood and primary education settings in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The research will particularly focus on the implementation of culturally relevant arts curricula in support of the economy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). This partnership continues to be developed and opportunities to deliver professional development in Bhutan are in the planning stages.

Awards received include: Global Challenges travel scholarship award (2016); Australian College of Educators: Certificate of recognition for dedicated high-quality service to students (2016);OCTAL nomination (2016); IER NSW Best Applied Research Project (2014); Jean Denton Memorial Scholarship (2011); ACE award for Outstanding Achievement in Education (2008); REAIE scholarship (2008); CeeCees Advocacy Award (2007).

Research Overview


  • Gai’s research and professional interests focus on early childhood visual arts education, Arts-based educational research methodologies, John Dewey’s educational philosophy and the Reggio Emilia educational project.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>My research, inspired by twenty years in the early childhood sector, explored the visual arts beliefs and pedagogy of early childhood educators. The research found that educators lacking visual art self-efficacy and pedagogical content knowledge are unlikely to deliver holistic visual arts curricula with children aged birth to five. Unless disrupted through quality pre-service training, in-house leadership and professional development, educator’s prior educational experiences, training and personal beliefs directly impact their confidence and capacity to deliver quality visual arts learning experiences.</p><p>This research has directly informed the redesign of pre-service coursework at UOW to actively shift the attitudes and pedagogical content knowledge of students; and to challenge the myths that frequently drive visual arts pedagogy in early years settings. Research provocations that challenge educators’ low self-efficacy beliefs, coupled with practical curriculum guidance, have been widely disseminated via an online learning module, peer-reviewed journals, publications in practitioner magazines, online articles, radio interviews, a practitioner blog site and presentations at national and international conferences. Collaborative research with academics and early childhood practitioners in Vietnam and The Kingdom of Bhutan will further benefit early childhood visual arts training contexts by evaluating the impact of research informed approaches to early childhood visual arts training and professional development.</p><p>My professional early childhood sector experience and connections inform, strengthen and add credibility to my research, teaching and governance roles within the School of Education and my contributions to the Children’s Discovery Space and Early Start projects at the University of Wollongong.</p>

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Early childhood education, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Art is Experience: An exploration of the visual arts beliefs and pedagogy of Australian early childhood educators 2012 - 2017
  • B.E., University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Bachelor of Education Studies with Distinction 1998 - 2001
  • Dip.Ed. Diploma of Education in Early Childhood Education, University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Diploma of Teaching (Primary / ECE) with Distinction 1985 - 1988

Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • Gai Lindsay served as a preschool teacher and director for 22 years before undertaking PhD research and joining the Bachelor of Education: The Early Years as a lecturer.

     

Full Name


  • GAI Maree LINDSAY

Mailing Address


  • Office: 23.104 School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

    UOW

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Research Overview


  • Gai’s research and professional interests focus on early childhood visual arts education, Arts-based educational research methodologies, John Dewey’s educational philosophy and the Reggio Emilia educational project.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>My research, inspired by twenty years in the early childhood sector, explored the visual arts beliefs and pedagogy of early childhood educators. The research found that educators lacking visual art self-efficacy and pedagogical content knowledge are unlikely to deliver holistic visual arts curricula with children aged birth to five. Unless disrupted through quality pre-service training, in-house leadership and professional development, educator’s prior educational experiences, training and personal beliefs directly impact their confidence and capacity to deliver quality visual arts learning experiences.</p><p>This research has directly informed the redesign of pre-service coursework at UOW to actively shift the attitudes and pedagogical content knowledge of students; and to challenge the myths that frequently drive visual arts pedagogy in early years settings. Research provocations that challenge educators’ low self-efficacy beliefs, coupled with practical curriculum guidance, have been widely disseminated via an online learning module, peer-reviewed journals, publications in practitioner magazines, online articles, radio interviews, a practitioner blog site and presentations at national and international conferences. Collaborative research with academics and early childhood practitioners in Vietnam and The Kingdom of Bhutan will further benefit early childhood visual arts training contexts by evaluating the impact of research informed approaches to early childhood visual arts training and professional development.</p><p>My professional early childhood sector experience and connections inform, strengthen and add credibility to my research, teaching and governance roles within the School of Education and my contributions to the Children’s Discovery Space and Early Start projects at the University of Wollongong.</p>

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Early childhood education, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Art is Experience: An exploration of the visual arts beliefs and pedagogy of Australian early childhood educators 2012 - 2017
  • B.E., University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Bachelor of Education Studies with Distinction 1998 - 2001
  • Dip.Ed. Diploma of Education in Early Childhood Education, University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Diploma of Teaching (Primary / ECE) with Distinction 1985 - 1988

Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • Gai Lindsay served as a preschool teacher and director for 22 years before undertaking PhD research and joining the Bachelor of Education: The Early Years as a lecturer.

     

Full Name


  • GAI Maree LINDSAY

Mailing Address


  • Office: 23.104 School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

    UOW

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility