Dr Joanne Ailwood

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

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 analyzed 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.

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.

Teaching Expertise
At the undergraduate level Jo teaches 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.

Administrative Expertise
Jo is currently Program Convener 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.

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


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Teaching, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies (Honours), University of Queensland

Keywords

  • Childhood studies
  • Foundations of early childhood education
  • History of early childhood education
  • Poststructuralism in early childhood education
  • Relationships in early childhood education
  • Theories of play

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

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

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Ailwood 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]
2010 Ailwood 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]
2007 Boyd 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]
2006 Ailwood 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 (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Lunn 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]
DOI 10.1080/03004279.2013.790458
2014 Johansson 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]
2012 Brownlee 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]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2012 Walker 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]
DOI 10.1080/13540602.2012.632267
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2012 O'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]
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Johansson E, Brownlee J, Cobb-Moore C, Boulton-Lewis G, Walker S, Ailwood JE, '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]
DOI 10.1177/1746197910397914
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Danby S, Ailwood JE, Theobald M, 'Child participation in the early years: Challenges for education', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 19-26 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2011 Ailwood 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]
DOI 10.1080/02680939.2011.587538
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2011 Thorpe K, Ailwood JE, Brownlee J, Boyd W, 'Who wants to work in childcare?', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 1-15 (2011) [C1]
2011 Thorpe K, Boyd W, Ailwood J, Brownlee J, 'Who wants to work in child care? Pre-service early childhood teachers' consideration of work in the childcare sector', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 85-94 (2011)

Australia is currently witnessing considerable change in conceptualisation of the role of child care. This is a response to the strong evidence from developmental science that dem... [more]

Australia is currently witnessing considerable change in conceptualisation of the role of child care. This is a response to the strong evidence from developmental science that demonstrates the lifelong impact of early experiences. The recent commitment made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) (Communiqué, December 2009a) to improved qualifications and quality of those working in child care is a manifestation of this shift and highlights the importance of the childcare workforce. This study focused on the considerations of a third year cohort of B.Ed (EC) pre-service teachers (n = 55), about entering the childcare workforce. It examines their willingness to work in child care and identifies barriers and incentives for so doing. Our results indicate that, although attitudes to maternal work and child care were largely positive, few would prefer to work in child care under the current conditions. Key barriers were the pay and work conditions, particularly as they compare to other forms of potential employment. Incentives were the opportunity for leadership, creativity and a commitment to advocate for the rights of children. Those more willing to consider work in child care were distinguished from those less willing by altruism-foregoing personal gain to advocate for improved quality as a child's right. © 2010. All rights reserved by Early Childhood Australia Inc.

Citations Scopus - 9
2008 Ailwood 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]
DOI 10.1177/0907568208097206
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 9
2007 Ailwood JE, 'Mothers, Maternalism and Early Childhood Education and Care: some historical connections.', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8 (2) 157-165 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.2304/ciec.2007.8.2.157
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Ailwood JE, 'Mothers' encounters with childcare', TASA 2012 Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
2011 Walker 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

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $610,492

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20144 grants / $426,000

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Building Back Better$6,000

Funding body: Global School Partners

Funding body Global School Partners
Project Team Doctor Stephanie Bengtsson, Doctor Joanne Ailwood
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301159
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20111 grants / $5,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Joanne Ailwood
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001044
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $1,500

Pacific early Childhood Education Research Association, Hangzhou, China, 25 - 27 July 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Joanne Ailwood
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000729
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $162,000

Learning about social and moral values for active citizenship: Educational policy and practice in early education$160,000

It is economically sound to invest in quality early education programs to ensure productive engagement for individuals in society. In particular, the early years are considered to be a significant period for learning moral and social values necessary to ensure a tolerant and cohesive society. The study will provide an evidence base for how educational policy and practice, informed by teacher beliefs, do (or do not) support children's moral and social learning about active citizenship.

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

A cause for concern? Preservice early childhood teachers' beliefs and knowledge about childcare$2,000

Investigating the views of preservice early childhood educators about childcare and their role as teachers in long day childcare settings

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme QUT Centre for Learning Innovation: Collaborative Cluster Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

20071 grants / $7,492

Using Blackboard to support pedagogy in undergraduate ealry childhood education courses$7,492

Building innovative Blackboard sites for courses in the undergraduate early childhood teacher education degree.

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme QUT Blackboard: Pedagogy for online learning
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $2,500

Undergraduate students and ECEC - What do they think about childcare, mothers and work?$2,500

Initial investigation into the views of undergraduate early childhood students about long day childcare, mothers and work including student survey and literature review.

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme QUT School of Early Childhood Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $6,000

Transitions to Professional Practice: reconceptualising/revisioning transition to professional practice for students in the BEd(EC)$6,000

Working with students to build ongoing support and mentoring networks across the final semester of their teacher education degree and into their first year of professional practice.

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme QUT Teaching and Learning Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Girls and Secondary Education in Rural Tanzania: Perceptions, Obstacles and Future Possibilities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013 Investigating the Roles of Home and the Kindergarten Literacy Environments in Supporting Saudi Children Emergent Literacy
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 How is the idea of an education revolution understood at different times in Australian History
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010 An Examination of the Discursive Construction of Academic 'Underachievement'
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Joanne Ailwood

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email jo.ailwood@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6603

Office

Room HA117
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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