ACU Education recently launched its new Centre for Early Childhood Futures. The research centre is part of ACU Education’s growing commitment to research and teacher training in early childhood education.
“This is an important step forward for ACU Education”, says Education Executive Dean, Professor Marie Emmitt. “Effective early childhood education is essential to social inclusion and community wellbeing, and this Centre will enhance policy, research and practice in this key area of the education sector”.
ACU is notable for its rapid growth post-Bradley and its recent major investment in growing research capacity. The Faculty of Education is one of Australia’s largest, with around 8,000 students.
“The emphasis on ‘futures’ is deliberate,” points out Professor Emmitt. “The Centre’s programs are at the cutting edge of work being done internationally in emerging areas of early childhood education research, particularly the way digital technologies are shaping young children’s play and learning”.
Centre Director, Associate Professor Joce Nuttall, acknowledged the commitment of ACU to growing research capacity in early childhood education. “We started two years ago with two research fellows and one PhD student. We now have a team of almost twenty staff and postgraduate students, and collaborations across the government, Catholic and independent education sectors. This is a big day for ECE research at ACU.”