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Verenikina, Irina M. Associate Professor

Faculty Member

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

Overview


Irina’ research expertise is in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She is a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Russian Academy of Education and Masters of Science (Honors) in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University, Russia. Before moving to Australia she held a senior research fellow position in the Russian Academy of Sciences, International Laboratory of Communication and New Technologies, where she was a leader in an international Literacy and Information Technology Project, funded by the US Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Irina particular expertise is in Sociocultural/Cultural-historical Psychology and Activity Theory, which she studied under leading scholars in this area. Her expertise has provided theoretical background to projects in various educational contexts (Early Childhood Education; Literacy & Numeracy; Special Education; Tertiary Education; Music Education; Educational Technology),  as well as commerce (Information Systems and Human-Computer interaction).

    Irina is a member of Research group "Play, curriculum and pedagogy"  in the Early Start. Her most recent research relates to

    • The use of digital technologies to enhance young children’s imaginative play (lead Investigator of an ARC Discovery Project, 2014-2017).
    • Scaffolding productive online discussion to support students’ construction of knowledge and communication competencies (leading an OLT funded project, 2016 - 2017)  www.fold.org.au
    • Quality in adult-child interactions during digital experiences (CI on ARC Discovery Project, 2019 – 2021)

    Irina has a strong standing in national and international communities of researchers in Sociocultural Psychology and Activity Theory. She led the organisation and chaired the 4th Triennial Congress of ISCAR (Sydney 2014) -  the main international body of researchers into Sociocultural Psychology and Activity Theory.  In 2003-2008 she was an elected Regional Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand at the International Executive Committee of ISCAR and led the 1st and 2nd Regional ISCAR International Conferences in Australia (in 2004 and 2007). She is an author of over one hundred publications.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) TBA Cameron, Allison
    Doctor of Philosophy Extending on our understanding of digital play: children co-designing apps for children Rivera, Clara
    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 (Integrated) The Development of Intercultural Understanding in Primary Students Loveday, Gareth
    Doctor of Philosophy The effects of guidance in play-based activities on the development of children's cognition and communication Day, Natalie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Exploring experiences and outcome of participant agency in home-school collaborations aimed at planning "reasonable adjustments" for student with disability in high schools Brown, Louise

Full Name


  • A/Prof Irina Verenikina

Mailing Address


  • School of Education, University of Wollongong

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Irina particular expertise is in Sociocultural/Cultural-historical Psychology and Activity Theory, which she studied under leading scholars in this area. Her expertise has provided theoretical background to projects in various educational contexts (Early Childhood Education; Literacy & Numeracy; Special Education; Tertiary Education; Music Education; Educational Technology),  as well as commerce (Information Systems and Human-Computer interaction).

    Irina is a member of Research group "Play, curriculum and pedagogy"  in the Early Start. Her most recent research relates to

    • The use of digital technologies to enhance young children’s imaginative play (lead Investigator of an ARC Discovery Project, 2014-2017).
    • Scaffolding productive online discussion to support students’ construction of knowledge and communication competencies (leading an OLT funded project, 2016 - 2017)  www.fold.org.au
    • Quality in adult-child interactions during digital experiences (CI on ARC Discovery Project, 2019 – 2021)

    Irina has a strong standing in national and international communities of researchers in Sociocultural Psychology and Activity Theory. She led the organisation and chaired the 4th Triennial Congress of ISCAR (Sydney 2014) -  the main international body of researchers into Sociocultural Psychology and Activity Theory.  In 2003-2008 she was an elected Regional Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand at the International Executive Committee of ISCAR and led the 1st and 2nd Regional ISCAR International Conferences in Australia (in 2004 and 2007). She is an author of over one hundred publications.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) TBA Cameron, Allison
    Doctor of Philosophy Extending on our understanding of digital play: children co-designing apps for children Rivera, Clara
    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 (Integrated) The Development of Intercultural Understanding in Primary Students Loveday, Gareth
    Doctor of Philosophy The effects of guidance in play-based activities on the development of children's cognition and communication Day, Natalie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Exploring experiences and outcome of participant agency in home-school collaborations aimed at planning "reasonable adjustments" for student with disability in high schools Brown, Louise

Full Name


  • A/Prof Irina Verenikina

Mailing Address


  • School of Education, University of Wollongong

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia