Dr Karen Watson

Dr Karen Watson


School of Education

Career Summary


Dr Karen Watson is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education. With over 30 years of teaching experience in a wide variety of contexts, including early childhood classrooms and early intervention services, she has worked at the University of Newcastle since 2008. First, as a sessional academic, until completing her doctorate in 2015. Teaching across a broad range of subject area her main area of interest is inclusive education. Her doctoral research examined how young children actively negotiate difference in their everyday encounters with each other.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Sydney
  • Master of Special Education, University of Newcastle


  • Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130312 Special Education and Disability 50
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
6/1/2016 -  Lecturer School of Education, The University of Newcastle


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Watson K, Inside the 'Inclusive' Early Childhood Classroom: The Power of the 'Normal', Peter Lang, New York, 211 (2017) [A1]

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Watson K, 'Interrogating the normal in the 'inclusive' early childhood classroom: silence, taboo and the elephant in the room ', The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children's Childhood Studies., Palgrave Macmillan, London 141-157 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-54446-9
2018 Watson K, 'Researching among children: Exploring discourses and power in the 'inclusive' early childhood classroom', Seen and Heard Exploring Participation, Engagement and Voice for Children with Disabilities, Peter Lang, New York (2018)
2016 Watson K, ''Silences' in the 'Inclusive' Early Childhood Classroom: Sustaining a 'Taboo'', Interrupting The Psy-Disciplines in Education, Palgrave Macmillan, London 13-31 (2016) [B1]
DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-51305-2

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Watson K, ' We are all friends : Disrupting friendship play discourses in inclusive early childhood education', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 19 1-12 (2019)
DOI 10.1177/1463949118772575
2018 Watson K, 'Unspeakable: the discursive production of a tragic subject among children in the early childhood classroom', International Journal of Inclusive Education, (2018)
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2018.1532535
2016 Watson K, 'Talking tolerance inside the inclusive early childhood classroom.', Bank Street College Occasional Papers Series, 36 (2016) [C1]
2015 Watson K, Millei Z, Petersen EB, ''Special' non-human actors in the 'inclusive' early childhood classroom: The wrist band, the lock and the scooter board', Global Studies of Childhood, 5 266-278 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/2043610615597141
2009 Millei Z, Watson KT, 'Children communicating social and emotional wellbeing', Education Connect, 6-9 (2009) [C2]
2009 Millei Z, Watson KT, 'Hearing children's voices: Respecting their views', Foundations: Developing Social & Emotional Wellbeing in Early Childhood, 5-7 (2009) [C3]
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Watson K, 'Book Review: Young and free: (Post) colonial ontologies of childhood, memory and history in Australia (2017)

Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Watson K, Roy D, 'The Arts in the K-2 classroom: Belonging, Being and Becoming', (2018) [O1]
2018 Watson K, Roy D, 'The Arts in early childhood learning', (2018) [O1]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $25,000

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20201 grants / $25,000

Children's Voices: Creating inclusive early childhood spaces for children$25,000

Funding body: Little School

Funding body Little School
Project Team Associate Professor Linda Newman, Doctor Karen Watson, Doctor Karen Watson
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2000044
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD The Trends in Private Early Childhood Education Providers in Vietnam PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Aesthetic Pedagogy - A Case Study of Early Childhood Educators’ Pedagogical Affordances of Aesthetic Engagement PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Practicum Experiences of Pre-Service Early Childhood Teachers and their Supervisors in Saudi Arabia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Primary Students¿ Attitudes and Behaviours Towards the Beauty of Natural Environment could be Enhanced Through Art Education PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Karen Watson


Early childhood/primary
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email karen.watson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 40553388


Room Room HC40
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308