Dr Zsuzsanna Millei
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School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia
- PhD, Murdoch University, 2008
- Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education, University of Victoria - Canada, 2000
- Master of Arts (Psychology), Kossuth Lajos University of Arts &Sciences-Hungary, 1994
- contemporary governance and education subjects
- early childhood education policy in comparative contexts
- political ideologies and education, pedagogy and curriculum
- reconceptualising classroom discipline
Zsuzsa's research is located in an interdisciplinary field of education, politics and sociology. It examines the ways in which ideologies and contemporary governance constitute the subjects of education. Based in comparative frameworks and individual case studies, her published work explores classroom discipline; government policies and initiatives; the use of political concepts in education, such as citizenship, participation, community; and curriculum and pedagogical discourses under different political ideological regimes, such as socialism and liberal democracy.
Co-editor of two volumes
Griffiths, T. G. & Millei, Z. (2012, September) 'Logics of Socialist Education: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty' Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, which is being published in the Explorations of Educational Purpose series Volume 24 edited by Shirley Steinberg and Kenneth Tobin and founded by Joe L. Kincheloe.
Millei, Z., Griffiths, T. G. & Parkes, R. J. (Eds.) (2010) Re-Theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics, and Possibilities. New York: Peter Lang.
Current research projects and publications
1. Comparative studies of early childhood education under historical socialism and post-socialist contexts in East and Central-Europe: Hungary, Slovenia, Lithuania and Latvia. The studies include the analysis of historical and contemporary policy and curriculum documents and collecting memories of teachers who taught in socialist kindergartens.
European Education (2011) ‘Governing Through the Early Childhood Curriculum, ‘The Child’, and ‘Community’: Ideologies of Socialist Hungary and Neoliberal Australia’
2. Study of early childhood curriculum in Australia, in more particular the ‘work’ of the concept of community and re-theorizing curriculum as generated.
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (2011) ‘The 'Work' of Community in Belonging, Being and Becoming: the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia’
3. Studying discourses and practices of behaviour management with post-structural theory, Foucault, biopower and governmentality.
Journal of Early Childhood Research (2012) 'Thinking differently about guidance: power, children’s autonomy and democratic environments' and can be accessed here: http://ecr.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/09/01/1476718X11406243.abstract
Completed research project
1. Researching with children in relation to their preschool bathroom – Kurri Kurri Preschool.
International Journal of Early Childhood (co-authored with Jannelle Gallagher) (2012) ‘Opening Spaces for Dialogue and Re-Envisioning Children’s Bathroom in a Preschool: Practitioner Research with Children on a Sensitive and Neglected Area of Concern
Zsuzsa is a member of the Comparative and International Education Group at the University of Newcastle (CIEGUN) in which members explore global educational policies and alternatives for contemporary times. More about the group can be found here:
Co-guest editor with Tom G. Griffiths for special issue in Globalisation, Society and Education journal titled ‘Education in / for socialism: current and historical perspectives’ (2013).
Fields of Research
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Centres and Groups
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Member - Australian Association for Research in Education
- Member - Comparative and International Education Society, US
- Member - The Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society
- Member - Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
- Member - Issues in Educational Research
- Member - International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives
Faculty of Education and Arts Fellowship
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
A three months long research fellowship to finish publications and a co-edited book, and to establish international research collaborations.
Reflection. Implementation of Quality Principles in Early Childhood Education
Developmental Research Centre for Educational Initiatives, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Keynote Address)
A conversation about social justice and curriculum
Social Justice in Early Childhood 8th Annual Conference, Australia (Keynote Address)
Children and teachers as researchers: shifting ideas of children, curriculum and pedagogy in a preschool
OMEP, Lithuania (Distinguished Visitor)
Faculty of Education, The University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia (Distinguished Visitor)
Pedagogical Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Distinguished Visitor)
Faculty of Education, The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Distinguished Visitor)
Zsuzsa is the Students and Staff Talking About Research (SSTAR) coordinator. Organising weekly research seminars for researchers and biannual conferences for postgraduate students at the School of Education.
Zsuzsa was instrumental in co-hosting the AARE 'Utility of Theory(s) in Educational Research' workshops on behalf of the School of Education, The University of Newcastle on13-15th May 2011.
- Comparative and international education
- Early childhood education policy
- Foundations of child development
- Foundations of early childhood education
- Politics of schooling
- Sociology of schooling
Zsuzsa has taught courses in sociology, sociology and politics of education, early childhood education, child development and comparative and international education.
- Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (Callaghan)
- Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
- Bachelor of Teaching
- EDUC1055 - Foundations of Child Development
- EDUC4035 - Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices
- EDUC4801 - Politics of Education: Creating Sustainable Communities
- EDUC6260 - Education Systems: Comparative and International Education: Perspectives
- EDUC6261 - Comparative and International Education: Theories and Methodologies
- EDUC6264 - Inquiry in Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices