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Lindsay, Gai M. Dr.

Lecturer - The Early Years

  • School of Education
  • Lecturer, PPP Coordinator - 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 committee member and WHS 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 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. Read more about her research and consultancy work below.



Awards received include: Octal Nomination (2019), 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


    Year Title
    2016 John Dewey and Reggio Emilia: Worlds apart - one vision
    Published in   Australian Art Education
    2015 Reflections in the mirror of Reggio Emilia’s soul: John Dewey’s foundational influence on pedagogy in the Italian educational project
    Published in   Early Childhood Education Journal

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>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


Top Publications


    Year Title
    2016 John Dewey and Reggio Emilia: Worlds apart - one vision
    Published in   Australian Art Education
    2015 Reflections in the mirror of Reggio Emilia’s soul: John Dewey’s foundational influence on pedagogy in the Italian educational project
    Published in   Early Childhood Education Journal

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>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