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Lindsay, Gai Dr.

Senior 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 senior 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 regularly engages in research consultancy partnerships with the early childhood sectors in Abu Dhabi and Vietnam. In the Australian context, Gai is exploring the visual arts self-efficacy of early childhood professionals in a current UOW RevITAlise (RITA) grant research project. This project is researching the impact of visual arts professional development on the visual arts confidence and knowledge of early childhood educators. Gai is also leading a 2021 UOW Learning and Teaching Innovate project to engage in SoTL research with 4th year Early Years students and early childhood sector partners regarding teaching innovations which foster partnerhips with students as co-designers of content to develop leadership and advocacy resources. 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, explores the visual arts beliefs and pedagogy of early childhood educators. <br />My work 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.<br />My PhD research (2017) 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. This work and my ongoing research in Australian early childhood contexts (2021 UOW ReVITAlise grant) informs my university teaching and professional development delivery in Australia and internationally. I am regularly invited to deliver professional learning webinars and conference keynote presentations to translate and disseminate my research.</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


  • Since completing my PhD I have strategically extended and strengthened my research performance and impact. I have a clear research agenda and associated strategy focused on high quality research, scholarly and translational publications, high-level collaborations with scholars in my field and in-demand invitations to deliver training, podcasts and media interviews for direct impact on early years practice.

    I am recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in my specialised field of early childhood visual arts pedagogy. To date (July 2022), I have 14 publications consisting of 5 journal articles, 1 book chapter and 8 practitioner magazine articles. I currently have 2 journal articles in review and 2 books in development. As I work in a niche academic field, my publications to date have largely been authored individually. I am strategically building opportunities to develop research and writing partnerships through my leadership of an international special interest group and through SoLT research with colleagues.

    My commitment to research translation
    is also evident in my authorship of a practitioner focused blog (www.ecartoz.com) with more than 30K visitors from 135 countries. Additionally, my contracted development of training materials for Early Childhood Australia, the peak national agency for early childhood education evidences my contribution in my field of research. I am regularly invited to deliver research informed professional training and research consultancy related to my field of research locally, nationally and internationally, including >$27K in funded consultancy work for national and international organisations between 2019 and 2021. In the past 7 years, I have successfully applied for more than >$59K in internal funding grants to effectively lead and manage research projects relating to my early childhood visual arts research, Scholarship of Teaching and Leaming (So TL) research and projects to enhance students' blended learning access and experience .

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


  • I 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.

    My commitment to high quality teaching has been demonstrated through my successful applications for internal LTC supported projects (2015-2019) leading to innovative and prolific development of quality teaching resources and video content. I have applied my skills in blended learning to actively design and disseminate professional learning materials for colleagues across the university in the form of LTC training module content and teaching showcase presentations.

    My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that all students have potential and the right to experience high quality learning contexts and resources. In my role as Coordinator of the Professional Partners in Practice (PPP) mentoring program, I recruit teachers in the early childhood sector and deliver professional learning materials to equip them to mentor B.Ed-The Early Years students to be job ready graduates. I manage student PPP training and placements to support effective WIL mentoring experiences.

    I have increasingly adopted a leadership role in the Early Years team regarding teaching innovation projects that embed funded Scholarship of Teaching and Leaming (SoTL) research and related SoTL publications. My teaching is also directly informed by my field of research specialisation, through both the redevelopment of visual arts subject content and the research informed development of a new subject focused on Arts- Based Pedagogy and Practice in response to my PhD research finding that minimal visual arts coursework impacts teacher's future self-efficacy for the arts.

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, explores the visual arts beliefs and pedagogy of early childhood educators. <br />My work 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.<br />My PhD research (2017) 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. This work and my ongoing research in Australian early childhood contexts (2021 UOW ReVITAlise grant) informs my university teaching and professional development delivery in Australia and internationally. I am regularly invited to deliver professional learning webinars and conference keynote presentations to translate and disseminate my research.</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


  • Since completing my PhD I have strategically extended and strengthened my research performance and impact. I have a clear research agenda and associated strategy focused on high quality research, scholarly and translational publications, high-level collaborations with scholars in my field and in-demand invitations to deliver training, podcasts and media interviews for direct impact on early years practice.

    I am recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in my specialised field of early childhood visual arts pedagogy. To date (July 2022), I have 14 publications consisting of 5 journal articles, 1 book chapter and 8 practitioner magazine articles. I currently have 2 journal articles in review and 2 books in development. As I work in a niche academic field, my publications to date have largely been authored individually. I am strategically building opportunities to develop research and writing partnerships through my leadership of an international special interest group and through SoLT research with colleagues.

    My commitment to research translation
    is also evident in my authorship of a practitioner focused blog (www.ecartoz.com) with more than 30K visitors from 135 countries. Additionally, my contracted development of training materials for Early Childhood Australia, the peak national agency for early childhood education evidences my contribution in my field of research. I am regularly invited to deliver research informed professional training and research consultancy related to my field of research locally, nationally and internationally, including >$27K in funded consultancy work for national and international organisations between 2019 and 2021. In the past 7 years, I have successfully applied for more than >$59K in internal funding grants to effectively lead and manage research projects relating to my early childhood visual arts research, Scholarship of Teaching and Leaming (So TL) research and projects to enhance students' blended learning access and experience .

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


  • I 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.

    My commitment to high quality teaching has been demonstrated through my successful applications for internal LTC supported projects (2015-2019) leading to innovative and prolific development of quality teaching resources and video content. I have applied my skills in blended learning to actively design and disseminate professional learning materials for colleagues across the university in the form of LTC training module content and teaching showcase presentations.

    My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that all students have potential and the right to experience high quality learning contexts and resources. In my role as Coordinator of the Professional Partners in Practice (PPP) mentoring program, I recruit teachers in the early childhood sector and deliver professional learning materials to equip them to mentor B.Ed-The Early Years students to be job ready graduates. I manage student PPP training and placements to support effective WIL mentoring experiences.

    I have increasingly adopted a leadership role in the Early Years team regarding teaching innovation projects that embed funded Scholarship of Teaching and Leaming (SoTL) research and related SoTL publications. My teaching is also directly informed by my field of research specialisation, through both the redevelopment of visual arts subject content and the research informed development of a new subject focused on Arts- Based Pedagogy and Practice in response to my PhD research finding that minimal visual arts coursework impacts teacher's future self-efficacy for the arts.

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