Prof Susan Walker

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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MEd(Research) (Queensland University of Technology), BEd(Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Sue Walker is a Professor within the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at QUT. Her research interests concern children’s developmental outcomes and the role of early intervention in early childhood. In the past ten years, Dr Walker’s research teams have attracted over $3.5m in research funding. Funding has included ARC Discovery grants (DP180100160, DP0880000, DP130102136, DP160100319), an ARC Linkage grant for $214,857 (LP150100279) and a Financial Markets Foundation for Children Grant worth $125,175 (“Whose behaviour is and is not managed in the early years of school, why and with what effects?”).

Dr Walker has extensive expertise in  survey methodology and quantitative data analysis and particular expertise in working with large longitudinal data sets (through her work with Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children). Past and current research projects include:

Dr Walker is  a key researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC), which has received $31 million from the federal government for the next eight years. She is currently involved in two projects that have received funding within Program 2 (Education) of the Autism CRC: Longitudinal Study of Australian Students with Autism (LASA) and Transition Models of Practice.

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I have made an international contribution in the area of early childhood development, including atypical development and children’s outcomes. This contribution has resulted in the publication of a scholarly book,  eight book chapters and over 60 journal articles published in high quality internationally respected journals.  My research has had an impact on policy at both the State and Federal levels of Government. For example, my findings on the quality of the early home learning environment and children’s outcomes using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) informed the work of A Flying Start for Queensland Children (DET). In the ARC Discovery grant project, The Transition to School for Children with Developmental Disabilities (DP0877587, 2008-2011) we investigated the transition to school of young children with high support needs. Three cohorts of children, aged 4 to 6 years, were recruited from Early Childhood Developmental Programs (ECDPs) of Education Queensland. Each cohort was tracked for 3 years in mainstream schools. The longitudinal sequential design enabled the study of individual change in child adjustment to school across the timeframe of the study to be explored and inter-individual difference (between cohorts) to be analysed. The findings from this project have been cited by the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People in their advice to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regarding the review of Disability Standards for Education (21/4/11) demonstrating impact on educational policy.

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2016
Details
Member of the Editorial Board Pakistan Journal of Educational Research and Evaluation (PJERE)
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2016
Details
Member of the Editorial Board Australian Educational Researcher
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2010
Details
Invited reviewer for the scientific programs of the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Biennial Conference for Society for Research in Child Development. SRCD is the largest and most prestigious professional association for developmental and related research
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2010
Details
Secretary of the Australasian Human Development Association
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2010
Details
Invited reviewing in the fields of social development and inclusion for national and international journals including Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and the Australian Journal of Early Childhood, Australian Journal for Developmental and Educational Psychology, International Journal of Early Childhood
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2010
Details
Member of the Society for Research in Child Development, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Australasian Human Development Association, European Early Childhood Education Research Association, European Society for Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Australia
Title
Educating Preservice Teachers to Teach Diverse Learners
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180100160
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Building Executive Function in Imaginary Play
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP150100279
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Which Children Develop Severely Disruptive School Behaviour?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP160100319
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Changing relationships between children's moral reasoning for inclusion and epistemic beliefs in early years primary school classrooms
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130102136
Start year
2013
Keywords
epistemic beliefs; values education; children's reasoning
Title
Whose behaviour is and is not managed in the early years of school, why and with what effects?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2013-030
Start year
2013
Keywords
Disruptive Behaviour; Inclusive Education; Learning Support; Mixed-Methods; Teacher-Student Relationships
Title
Learning about Social and Moral Values for Active Citizenship: Educational Policy and Practice in Early Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0880000
Start year
2008
Keywords
Active Citizenship; Inclusion; Early Education; Pedagogy; Epistemological Beliefs; Values Education;
Title
The Transition to School for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Successful School Adjustment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877587
Start year
2008
Keywords
Transition to School; Disability; Early Childhood; Inclusion; School Adjustment; School Engagement;
  • Fathers in Australia: A longitudinal study of fathers' parenting and wellbeing, and associations with children's social-emotional development
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Kate Williams
  • DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF A PARENTING INTERVENTION TO PROMOTE MOTHER-CHILD INTERACTION IN UNDERPRIVILEGED FAMILIES IN BANGLADESH
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Linda Gilmore, Professor Shaheen Islam
  • Differentiated instruction: How is it understood and implemented by teachers in the classroom?
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Julie Dillon-Wallace
  • TEACHERS' BELIEFS AND PRACTICES AROUND THE PROMOTION OF READING FOR PLEASURE AMONG PRIMARY CHILDREN
    MPhil, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Stacey Campbell