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Lindsay, Gai Dr.

Lecturer - The Early Years

  • School of Education
  • Lecturer, PPP Coordinator - University of Wollongong, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Overview


Gai Lindsay is a lecturer and coordinator of the professional Partners in Practice (PPP) Mentor program for the Bachelor of Education- The Early Years. She is a WHS committee member and NTEU staff representative on faculty and university WHS committees.

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.

 Gai is currently engaged in research and consultancy partnerships with the early childhood sectors in Abu Dhabi, Vietnam and Australia. These projects are researching the impact of visual arts professional development on the visual arts confidence and knowledge of early childhood educators. Read more about her research and consultancy work below.



Awards received include: OCTAL AWARD ASSH faculty (2021), 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).

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My research focuses on how educator’s visual arts self-efficacy, beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge influences visual arts pedagogy in early childhood contexts. Qualitative and Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) methodologies are a particular interest along with the intersection of John Dewey’s educational philosophy and the Reggio Emilia educational project.

    While visual arts materials and processes are prevalent in early childhood settings, early childhood educators lack confidence and knowledge to implement meaningful visual arts learning experiences with children. This needs to be addressed as it is every child’s right to engage in cultural and artistic life and to learn through holistic, arts-integrated curricula. The dissemination of my research findings and pedagogical applications through conferences, webinars, journal articles, a blog and practitioner publications is having a significant impact on both the early childhood sector in Australia and beyond and on coursework for Early Years pre-service teachers at UOW. For example, an attendee at a webinar I delivered in August 2020 for Early Start at UOW stated,

    “This workshop was my favourite…I really enjoyed the links you made with theory, action research and practice…Thanks for invigorating me with your words, your practice and the examples. Now to get out the clay!”

    The practical implications of this research are far reaching and multifaceted. I have established a number of key international collaborations in the Middle East and Vietnam that are delivering and exploring the impact of virtual and in-person research informed professional development and training with the aim to support educators to implement high quality visual arts pedagogy with young children. During COVID-19 restrictions, these research and consultancy projects have expanded to include the development and evaluation of a series of parent webinars, as part of the “Parenting in the Pandemic and Beyond” project in the Abu Dhabi region; a project that providing inspiration for quality parent/child arts engagement in the home. In the Australian context, I have strong ties with DET, Early Start (UOW) and Early Childhood Australia, regularly being invited to share my research to inspire the pedagogy and practice with Australian and international early childhood educators.

    Reaching a broad international audience, my blog (www.ecartoz.com) offers practical, research informed pedagogical inspirations for quality visual arts practice. Coordination of regular online collaborations with an international art in early childhood special interest group is fostering connections for future collaborative research and conference planning. The culmination of this work and collaboration will be the production of a visual arts textbook for early childhood contexts.

Available as Research Supervisor

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>My research focuses on how educator’s visual arts self-efficacy, beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge influence visual arts pedagogy in early childhood contexts. While visual arts materials and processes are prevalent in early childhood settings, many early childhood educators lack confidence and knowledge to implement meaningful visual arts learning experiences with children. This needs to be addressed as it is every child’s right to engage in cultural and artistic life and to learn through holistic, arts-integrated curricula.</p><p></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>

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Supporting students with autism in the secondary mainstream classroom: A joint teacher-student narrative constellation Bergan, Amanda
    Doctor of Education Young Children's Understanding, Views and Perspectives About Leadership: What Can Leaders Learn from the 'Voices' of Children? Meek, Kate

Outreach Overview


  • February 2022 entry:
    Since the completion of my PhD, I have  engaged in the following opportunities and outputs to build my international profile and contribute to my field of research:

    • Progressed publication goals: Published peer-reviewed articles (1) and book chapter (1). Published practitioner articles (8). Articles accepted for publication (1). Peer-reviewed articles currently in development in collaboration with national and international colleagues (4). Development of book currently in development in collaboration with colleagues (1).
    • Presented research papers at 13 peer reviewed research conferences and delivered 26 invited speaker/keynote presentations at Early Years practitioner events.

    My research impact is growing.  Google scholar reports 99 citations for 12 articles and 1 book chapter published between 2015 and June 2021 My top four scholarly papers have been cited 76 times. Interest in these articles is clear with more than 13,000 downloads of these papers on Research Online. Across all of my scholarly papers there have been 15213 total Research Online downloads across 10 papers plus 10,889 Downloads of my PhD thesis (January 2022).

Reviewer Of


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


Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My research focuses on how educator’s visual arts self-efficacy, beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge influences visual arts pedagogy in early childhood contexts. Qualitative and Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) methodologies are a particular interest along with the intersection of John Dewey’s educational philosophy and the Reggio Emilia educational project.

    While visual arts materials and processes are prevalent in early childhood settings, early childhood educators lack confidence and knowledge to implement meaningful visual arts learning experiences with children. This needs to be addressed as it is every child’s right to engage in cultural and artistic life and to learn through holistic, arts-integrated curricula. The dissemination of my research findings and pedagogical applications through conferences, webinars, journal articles, a blog and practitioner publications is having a significant impact on both the early childhood sector in Australia and beyond and on coursework for Early Years pre-service teachers at UOW. For example, an attendee at a webinar I delivered in August 2020 for Early Start at UOW stated,

    “This workshop was my favourite…I really enjoyed the links you made with theory, action research and practice…Thanks for invigorating me with your words, your practice and the examples. Now to get out the clay!”

    The practical implications of this research are far reaching and multifaceted. I have established a number of key international collaborations in the Middle East and Vietnam that are delivering and exploring the impact of virtual and in-person research informed professional development and training with the aim to support educators to implement high quality visual arts pedagogy with young children. During COVID-19 restrictions, these research and consultancy projects have expanded to include the development and evaluation of a series of parent webinars, as part of the “Parenting in the Pandemic and Beyond” project in the Abu Dhabi region; a project that providing inspiration for quality parent/child arts engagement in the home. In the Australian context, I have strong ties with DET, Early Start (UOW) and Early Childhood Australia, regularly being invited to share my research to inspire the pedagogy and practice with Australian and international early childhood educators.

    Reaching a broad international audience, my blog (www.ecartoz.com) offers practical, research informed pedagogical inspirations for quality visual arts practice. Coordination of regular online collaborations with an international art in early childhood special interest group is fostering connections for future collaborative research and conference planning. The culmination of this work and collaboration will be the production of a visual arts textbook for early childhood contexts.

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>My research focuses on how educator’s visual arts self-efficacy, beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge influence visual arts pedagogy in early childhood contexts. While visual arts materials and processes are prevalent in early childhood settings, many early childhood educators lack confidence and knowledge to implement meaningful visual arts learning experiences with children. This needs to be addressed as it is every child’s right to engage in cultural and artistic life and to learn through holistic, arts-integrated curricula.</p><p></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>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Supporting students with autism in the secondary mainstream classroom: A joint teacher-student narrative constellation Bergan, Amanda
    Doctor of Education Young Children's Understanding, Views and Perspectives About Leadership: What Can Leaders Learn from the 'Voices' of Children? Meek, Kate

Outreach Overview


  • February 2022 entry:
    Since the completion of my PhD, I have  engaged in the following opportunities and outputs to build my international profile and contribute to my field of research:

    • Progressed publication goals: Published peer-reviewed articles (1) and book chapter (1). Published practitioner articles (8). Articles accepted for publication (1). Peer-reviewed articles currently in development in collaboration with national and international colleagues (4). Development of book currently in development in collaboration with colleagues (1).
    • Presented research papers at 13 peer reviewed research conferences and delivered 26 invited speaker/keynote presentations at Early Years practitioner events.

    My research impact is growing.  Google scholar reports 99 citations for 12 articles and 1 book chapter published between 2015 and June 2021 My top four scholarly papers have been cited 76 times. Interest in these articles is clear with more than 13,000 downloads of these papers on Research Online. Across all of my scholarly papers there have been 15213 total Research Online downloads across 10 papers plus 10,889 Downloads of my PhD thesis (January 2022).

Reviewer Of


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