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Our team

Monash team

As a principal investigator, Marilyn is committed to mentoring women in research.

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer

Principal Investigator

Marilyn is Monash's Foundation Chair in Early Childhood Education and Development, and an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow. Marilyn is an honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education, University of Oxford and holds a second Professor position in the KINDknow Centre, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Dr Glykeria Fragkiadaki

Senior Research Fellow

Glykeria comes to us from Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education University of Patras, Greece. With expertise in mixed methods and cultural-historical theory, she has undertaken a series of STEM studies in preschool settings.

Dr Maria Hatzigianni

Senior Research Fellow

Maria was a kindergarten teacher for 12 years before she completed her PhD from the University of Melbourne. She is a research fellow with the Collaborative Research Network and has published widely. Her research focuses on the implementation of digital technologies in early childhood.

Dr Prabhat Rai

Senior Research Fellow

Prabhat completed his PhD from Oxford and comes to us from Ambedkar University, Delhi. Previously he worked as a Senior Fellow (Research) in Bhutan and was an Assistant Professor with Academic Unit of the Central Board of Secondary Education in Delhi. He brings extensive experience in researching communities, early years settings and families.

Dr Sue March

Research Officer

Sue is an experienced research coordinator. She has worked on four of Professor Fleer’s ARC Discovery projects. She has a PhD in early childhood education. Sue is experienced working with the visual methodologies of Conceptual PlayWorlds and providing technological mentoring and support.

Six PhD students will be affiliated with this research

External advisers

We are proud two of the world’s leading early childhood researchers involved with the programmatic research of our Conceptual PlayLab.

Jo-Anne Baird

Director of the Department of Education, University of Oxford

Jo-Anne is an internationally recognised education researcher, with a focus on assessment. Her recent projects include the effect of examination structures, predictability of examinations, marking quality and the definition of examination standards. She is the executive editor of the international research journal Assessment in Education: Principles, policy and practice.

Colette Murphy

Director of STEM Education Research and Communication in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Colette has developed the concept of co-teaching in STEM as part of her research program examining how schools and industry collaborate to enrich the learning experience of primary school children.