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In my position as Associate Professor at The University of Newcastle, I enjoy both my teaching and research work. There is an alignment between my teaching of Early Childhood Internship, early childhood teacher research, and contemporary literacies and my research. I am a member of the "Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle" (CIEGUN) through my research and teaching in Chile and South Africa. I am currently working with a research team from the University of Western Sydney in "Programa Futuro Infantil Hoy" (Children's Futures Today Project), a community capacity building and teacher change project. This project is situated in conditions of extreme poverty in Northern Chile. I also work in a developing research and teaching project in partnership with the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. We are privileged through this project, currently funded by the Ford Foundation, to have 3 South African lectures studying with us in our Masters of Early Childhood Education. I recently worked with a group of early childhood teachers in Newcastle, using one component of the Futuro Infantil Hoy curriculum - a literacy environment rating scale, with the purpose of achieving teacher change in three early childhood centres.My methodological interests include Practitioner Action Research, sociocultural methodology, ethical methodology, and visual methodologies. Each of these has been drawn on in recent research. The postgraduate students I help to supervise are working in areas of early childhood literacies, creativity and ICT; music across the grades; and professional learning.

I have worked in the early childhood education profession for over 30 years. I have taught in and managed a range of early childhood settings including preschool, long day care, school, early childhood intervention, and playgym. I entered vocational and further education as a TAFE teacher and later commenced lecturing in an early childhood degree at the University of Western Sydney. I joined The University of Newcastle in 2009. My research interests have always closely aligned to my work with children, families and teachers. My Masters research was related to transition to school and curriculum continuity for children with disabilities and additional needs, and their families. My doctoral research led on from this work and was related to professional ethics, and particularly the resolution of ethical dilemmas. This work resulted in co-authorship of the "Ethical Response Cycle", a now widely used ethical thinking facilitation model. In recent years, and ongoing from previous research, I have become interested in teacher change and practitioner action research.


  • Doctor of Education, University of Western Sydney, 11/07/2001
  • Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Sydney Kindergarten Teachers College, 09/12/1977
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Hunter Institute of Higher Education, 07/05/1988
  • Master of Education (Honours), University of Western Sydney, 01/05/1997


Research keywords

  • pedagogical inquiry
  • professional ethics
  • teacher inquiry

Research expertise

Linda Newman is well recognised in national and international early childhood communities for her work in professional ethics and the development of professional learning communities, tied to her co-authored volume (with Lois Pollnitz), "Working with Children and Families: Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues". Current research is focusing on community capacity building through teacher pedagogical leadership, early literacy, and visual methodology. This research is centred in Northern Chile in the "Futuro Infantil Hoy" project. Linda works in partnership with the University of Western Sydney on this project.


  • English

Fields of Research

130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified60
139999Education Not Elsewhere Classified20
130199Education Systems Not Elsewhere Classified20



  • Editor - Early Childhood Teacher Education Council


Early Childhood Teacher Education Council (NSW) (Australia)


Current Collaborations:

University of Western Sydney and Minera Escondida Foundation: "Programa Futuro Infantil Hoy" - Chile

University of Fort Hare and Ford Foundation - Capacity building with early childhood education academics


Administrative expertise

Linda Newman has held many administrative roles over her career. Currently she is the Chair - Early Childhood Program Management Committee and the Convenor of the Master of Early Childhood Education at the University of Newcastle.


Teaching keywords

  • early childhood
  • pedagogical change
  • pedagogical leadership
  • professional ethics

Teaching expertise

Linda's current teaching is in Early Childhood Internship at undergraduate level. At postgraduate level Linda teaches two courses in the Master of Early Childhood Education - "Conducting teacher Research in Early Childhood Education" and "Early Childhood Literacies". She also co-supervises several doctoral candidates.


Highlighted Publications

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2006Ashton J, Newman L, 'An unfinished symphony: 21st century teacher education using knowledge creating Heutagogies', British Journal of Educational Technology, 37 837-852 (2006) [C1]


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Book (2 outputs)

2005Newman L, Pollnitz L, Working with children and families: Professional, ethical and legal issues, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, United States of America, 294 (2005) [A1]
2002Pollnitz LJ, Newman L, Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Early Childhood, Pearson SprintPrint a division of Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest NSW, 31 (2002) [A2]

Chapter (3 outputs)

2014Woodrow C, Arthur L, Newman L, 'Futuro Infantil Hoy and community capacity building: An international early childhood literacy project', Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood: A social justice approach, Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne 86-105 (2014) [B1]
2005Newman L, 'Ethical issues: Dealing with the hard stuff', Does this child need help? Identification and early childhood intervention, Early Childhood Intervention Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (2005) [B1]
2000Newman L, 'Implementing the Australian Early Childhood Association Code of Ethics: a constitutional strategy', Early Childhood Landscapes: Cross National Perspectives on Empowerment and Restraint, Peter Lang, New York City, New York, United States 280-287 (2000) [B1]

Journal article (15 outputs)

2012Newman LR, Mowbray SLA, ''We were expected to be equal': Teachers and academics sharing professional learning through practitioner inquiry', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 18 455-468 (2012) [C1]
2012Newman LR, Arthur L, Staples K, Woodrow C, 'Sustained shared thinking in early childhood pedagogical practice', Futuro Infantil Hoy: Connecting Research and Practice Series, Theme 5 1-6 (2012) [C3]
2012Woodrow C, Newman LR, 'El enfoque de los Fondos de Conocimiento para fortalecer el aprendizaje de los ninos y ninas', Serie Conectando la Investigacion y la Practica. Futuro Infantil Hoy, 01-8 (2012) [C3]
2011Millei Z, Newman LR, 'Professional learning: A strengthening and reinvigorating element of the early childhood profession', Foundations, 14-16 (2011) [C3]


2011Newman LR, 'A glimpse of early childhood policy and practice in one province in South Africa', Every Child, 17 24-25 (2011) [C3]
2009Newman L, Ashton J, 'Sociocultural learning approaches: exploring early childhood communities of practice', International Research in Early Childhood Education, 16 87-101 (2009) [C1]
2008Newman L, Findlay J, 'Communities of Ethical Practice: Using New Technologies for Ethical Dialectical Discourse', Educational Technology and Society, 11 16-28 (2008) [C1]
2006Ashton J, Newman L, 'An unfinished symphony: 21st century teacher education using knowledge creating Heutagogies', British Journal of Educational Technology, 37 837-852 (2006) [C1]
2002Newman L, 'Making the hard decisions: student teachers moving towards ethical judgment', Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 23 19-26 (2002) [C1]
2001Newman L, Pollnitz LJ, 'Helping students make tough decisions wisely: The challenge of ethical inquiry', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 26 (4) 39-46 (2001) [C1]
2000Newman L, Pollnitz LJ, 'Researcher reflections on the ethical dilemmas of ethics research: The making of a video about early childhood fieldwork dilemmas', Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 7 (1) 31-39 (2000) [C1]
2000Newman L, 'Ethical Leadership or Leadership for Ethics?', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 25 40-45 (2000) [C1]
1999Newman L, Coombe K, 'Facing the Hard Questions: Ethics for Early Childhood Fieldwork Programs', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 24 35-39 (1999) [C1]
1997Coombe K, Newman L, 'Ethical quandaries for early childhood practitioners 1-9 (1997) [C1]
1996Hine A, Newman L, 'Empowering young children's thinking - the role of the early childhood educator', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 21 39-45 (1996) [C1]
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Conference (1 outputs)

2012Newman LR, 'Removing the invisibility cloak: Early Childhood Development and the Millennium Development Goals', Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Early Childhood Development and Education. Programme, Cape Town, South Africa (2012) [E3]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants9
Total funding$242,275

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2010 (1 grants)

The development of leaders in Early childhood education: A sociological study of transnational knowledge exchange - Australia and Chile$53,500
Funding Body: Fundacion Minera Escondida (FME)

Project Team
Associate Professor Linda Newman, Associate Professor Christine Woodrow
Research GrantChief Investigator
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2009 (1 grants)

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, 29 November - 3 December 2009, Canberra$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Linda Newman
Travel GrantChief Investigator
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2008 (1 grants)

Standing Tall on Shifting Grounds: Investigating Quality with Local Early Childhood Professionals, Children, Families and Managers in Times of Global Paradigm Shift$32,767
Funding Body: University of Western Sydney

SharedChief Investigator
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2007 (1 grants)

Reversing the lens: examining e-learning in sociocultural communities of early childhood professionals using 21st century learning approaches for early childhood professional development$16,000
Funding Body: University of South Australia

-Chief Investigator
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2006 (2 grants)

An Early Childhood Journey into Blended Learning$35,000
Funding Body: University of Western Sydney

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Student e-Portfolio Project$25,000
Funding Body: University of Western Sydney

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2005 (1 grants)

Developing Ethically Based Reciprocal Interactions in Childrens Services$25,000
Funding Body: University of Western Sydney

-Chief Investigator
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1996 (1 grants)

Ethical decision making for stakeholders in early childhood field experience$48,008
Funding Body: University of Western Sydney

-Chief Investigator
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1995 (1 grants)

Video about ethical dilemmas in field experience$6,000
Funding Body: University of Western Sydney

-Chief Investigator
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.05

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

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017M Philosophy (Education)Principal SupervisorExamining the Power Effects that Influence Educator¿s Decision Making when Planning with the Early Years Learning Framework
20132021PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Impact of Preschool Educational Programs on Children's Creative Thinking: A Cross-Cultural Study of Educational Programs and Children's Creative Thinking in Iran and Australia
20132016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorInvestigating the Roles of Home and the Kindergarten Literacy Environments in Supporting Saudi Children Emergent Literacy
20092017PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorIntentional Teaching Practices of Educators and the Development of Creative Thought Processes of Young Children Within Australian Early Childhood Centres
20042014PHD Education
University of Western Sydney
Co-SupervisorPrincipals' Leadership in ICT

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorYoung Children's Use of ICT: Preschool Teachers' Perceptions and Pedagogical Practices in Shanghai

Associate Professor Linda Newman

Work Phone4921 6283
PositionAssociate Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation