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Biography

Jo joined the University of Newcastle in mid-2010. Prior to that she held academic positions at The University of Edinburgh, Queensland University of Technology and Charles Sturt University. She has also held positions as Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology (2009-2011) and Visiting Scholar at the Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh (Aug - Dec 2013). As a classroom teacher Jo taught children from 6 months old through to 10 years old across primary schools and early childhood education settings in Queensland, Australia and in London, UK.

Jo's research interests have analysed relationships of power in early childhood education, including how relationships are produced and managed in early years settings – between children and children, staff and children and parents and staff. She has also undertaken policy analysis research on preschool education and on the historical place of women/mothers in early childhood education. Overall Jo is interested in questions about relationships of power and of care, and how women and children constitute their daily lives and relationships as mothers, early childhood practitioners and children in early years settings.

Currently, Jo is working on a research and teacher training project involving a rural school in Zimbabwe, together with Dr Stephanie Bengtsson. Our work in Zimbabwe is centred on school community development, and examines how local expertise and capacity can be harnessed to overcome the many challenges facing the Zimbabwean education system today.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland, 02/07/2003
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies (Honours), University of Queensland, 27/05/1999
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies, University of Queensland, 15/08/1996
  • Bachelor of Teaching, Griffith University, 04/03/1991

Research

Research keywords

  • History of early childhood education
  • Poststructuralism in early childhood education
  • Relationships in early childhood education

Research expertise

Jo's research is situated in early childhood education and care. Jo aims to find spaces that help us think in different ways about young children, their education and the relationships between the adults who care for them. To do this she makes use of poststructural theorising, investigating and challenging some of the 'common knowledges' of early childhood education, for example play. Her emphasis in this research and investigation is enabling positive spaces for thinking about (and talking about) young children, their education and the work of those who care for them. She hopes that this thinking helps us reflect upon and challenge the nuances and complexities of early childhood education and care. Aspects of this work are historical and political, engaging in policy analysis and investigating broader historical, social and cultural contexts of families, women's paid work, care and childhood. More recent aspects of Jo's research are focused on the care and education relationship between parents and early childhood educators, including their understandings of their relationships not only with each other as adults, but also their place in the lives of the child/ren they care for.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified100

Collaboration

Jo is interested in collaborations with researchers and RHD students investigating history, policy and day-to-day relationships in early childhood education and care.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Jo is currently Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies degree on Callaghan campus at the University of Newcastle. She is also course coordinator of undergraduate and masters courses. She has been a member of various University committees and boards across Charles Sturt University, QUT and UoN.

Jo is a member of the Board of Directors for a non-governmental organisation called Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe's orphans.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Childhood studies
  • Foundations of early childhood education
  • History of early childhood education
  • Theories of play

Teaching expertise

At the undergraduate level Jo teachs in foundations of early childhood education, including history of early childhood education, sociology of childhood, approaches to early childhood education and policy for early childhood education. She has also supervised Honours, Masters, EdD and PhD theses on a range of topics related to early childhood education.

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Ailwood JE, Early Childhood in Australia: Historical and comparative contexts, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW, 110 (2007) [A3]

Chapter (4 outputs)

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2011Ailwood JE, 'It's about power: Researching play, pedagogy and participation in the early years of school', Rethinking Play and Pedagogy in early Childhood Education: Concepts, Contexts and Cultures, Routledge, Abingdon, OX 19-31 (2011) [B1]
2010Ailwood JE, 'Playing with some tensions: Poststructuralism, Foucault and early childhood education', Engaging Play, McGraw-Hill, Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia 210-222 (2010) [B1]
2007Boyd W, Ailwood JE, 'Comparing Early Childhood Education and Care Across Australia', Early Childhood in Australia: Historical and comparative contexts, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 77-92 (2007) [B2]
2006Ailwood JE, Black A, Ewing B, Heirdsfield A, Meehan C, Thomas L, et al., 'Supporting Transitions from Student to Professional: A Mentoring Case Study from Early Childhood Education', Entry to the Teaching Profession: Preparation, Practice, Pressure & Professionalism, Australian College of Educators, Deakin West, ACT 48-55 (2006) [B2]
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Journal article (11 outputs)

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2014Lunn Brownlee J, Johansson E, Cobb-Moore C, Boulton-Lewis G, Walker S, Ailwood J, 'Epistemic beliefs and beliefs about teaching practices for moral learning in the early years of school: relationships and complexities', Education 3-13, 1-20 (2014) [C1]
2014Johansson E, Cobb-Moore C, Lunn-Brownlee J, Walker S, Boulton-Lewis G, Ailwood J, 'Children's perspectives on values and rules in Australian early education', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD, 39 12-20 (2014) [C1]
2012O'Gorman L, Ailwood JE, 'They get fed up with playing. 'Parents' views on play-based learning in the Preparatory Year', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 13 266-275 (2012) [C1]
2012Walker S, Brownlee J, Whiteford C, Cobb-Moore C, Johansson E, Ailwood JE, Boulton-Lewis G, 'Early years teachers' epistemic beliefs and beliefs about children's moral learning', Teachers and Teaching, 18 263-275 (2012) [C1]
2012Brownlee J, Syu J-J, Mascadri J, Cobb-Moore C, Walker S, Johansson E, et al., 'Teachers' and children's personal epistemologies for moral education: Case studies in early years elementary education', Teaching and Teacher Education, 28 440-450 (2012) [C1]
2011Ailwood JE, Brownlee J, Johansson E, Cobb-Moore C, Walker S, Boulton-Lewis G, 'Educational policy for citizenship in the early years in Australia', Journal of Education Policy, 26 641-653 (2011) [C1]
2011Thorpe K, Ailwood JE, Brownlee J, Boyd W, 'Who wants to work in childcare?', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 1-15 (2011) [C1]
2011Danby S, Ailwood JE, Theobald M, 'Child participation in the early years: Challenges for education', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 19-26 (2011) [C1]
2011Johansson E, Brownlee J, Cobb-Moore C, Boulton-Lewis G, Walker S, Ailwood J, 'Practices for teaching moral values in the early years: A call for a pedagogy of participation', Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 6 109-124 (2011) [C1]
2008Ailwood JE, 'Learning or earning in the 'smart state': Changing tactics for governing early childhood', Childhood: a global journal of child research, 15 535-551 (2008) [C1]
2007Ailwood JE, 'Mothers, Maternalism and Early Childhood Education and Care: some historical connections.', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8 (2) 157-165 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ailwood JE, 'Mothers' encounters with childcare', TASA 2012 Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
2011Walker S, Brownlee J, Cobb-Moore C, Johansson E, Ailwood JE, Boulton-Lewis G, 'Teaching and learning about social and moral values for active citizenship in the early years', EARLI 2011 14th Biennial Conference: Education for a Global Networked Society. Book of Abstracts and Extended Summaries, Exeter (2011) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants9
Total funding$330,492

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2014 (2 grants)

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000
Funding Body: Origin Foundation

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$140,00020142015
GNo:G1301438

Building Back Better$6,000
Funding Body: Global School Partners

Project Team
Doctor Stephanie Bengtsson, Doctor Joanne Ailwood
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020142014
GNo:G1301159

2011 (1 grants)

Flows of care: Exploring relationships of caring, parenting and emotion in formal childcare.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Joanne Ailwood
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020112011
GNo:G1001044

2010 (1 grants)

Pacific early Childhood Education Research Association, Hangzhou, China, 25 - 27 July 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Joanne Ailwood
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000729

2008 (2 grants)

Learning about social and moral values for active citizenship: Educational policy and practice in early education$160,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$160,00020082010
GNo:184170937

A cause for concern? Preservice early childhood teachers' beliefs and knowledge about childcare$2,000
Funding Body: Queensland University of Technology

SchemeRole
QUT Centre for Learning Innovation: Collaborative Cluster GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020082008
GNo:184170945

2007 (1 grants)

Using Blackboard to support pedagogy in undergraduate ealry childhood education courses$7,492
Funding Body: Queensland University of Technology

SchemeRole
QUT Blackboard: Pedagogy for online learningInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,49220072008
GNo:184170953

2006 (1 grants)

Undergraduate students and ECEC - What do they think about childcare, mothers and work?$2,500
Funding Body: Queensland University of Technology

SchemeRole
QUT School of Early Childhood GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020062006
GNo:184170961

2005 (1 grants)

Transitions to Professional Practice: reconceptualising/revisioning transition to professional practice for students in the BEd(EC)$6,000
Funding Body: Queensland University of Technology

SchemeRole
QUT Teaching and Learning Small GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020052006
GNo:184170969
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.25

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorGirls and Secondary Education in Rural Tanzania: Perceptions, Obstacles and Future Possibilities
20132016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorInvestigating the Roles of Home and the Kindergarten Literacy Environments in Supporting Saudi Children Emergent Literacy
20122018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorHow is the idea of an education revolution understood at different times in Australian History
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Dr Joanne Ailwood

Work Phone(02) 4921 6603
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HA117,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/jo-ailwood
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/jo-ailwood