Lunchtime Research Seminar

Published: Monday 7th November 2016

Feed your mind (and your stomach) at an upcoming Lunchtime Research Seminar on promoting educational futures in early childhood.

Promoting educational futures in early childhood: Everyday activities are opportunities to share and encourage learning

Date: Thursday November 17
Time: Lunch at 12:30pm, Seminar 1pm to 2pm
Where: Level 4, Room 18, ACU Main Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Lead My Learning is a unique campaign promoting educational futures that draws on concepts from social marketing, an approach commonly used in health. Lead My Learning has been specifically developed for Getting an Early Start to aspirations: Understanding how to promote educational futures in early childhood, a four year Future Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council.

The aim of the Future Fellowship is to understand how families with young children who experience educational disadvantages, imagine and aspire to educational futures and to develop and assess a social marketing strategy that can promote educational futures for families with young children.  We draw on a strength based approach (Sarra, 2011) and through our relationships, we have been able to connect with and learn from the knowledge systems and experiences of our community partners and members.

Our approach seeks to recognise and value Indigenous learning methodologies and experiences and how these positively influence the building of learning and educational futures in early childhood.

This is a free event and lunch will be provided. Please advise of special dietary requirements when you RSVP. Colleagues are welcome but must please register.

Video Conferencing

ACU colleagues are encouraged to dial in from a campus A/V meeting room, or by using Polycom Realpresence on their computer desktop. To join the seminar please dial #6133699 for 12.30pm and advise ASAP of this intention.
A/V room bookings can be requested via or by calling 07 3623 7272.

About the speakers

Valerie Harwood - University of Wollongong
Valerie Harwood was born on Kaurna Country to parents born in England. She is a professor and ARC Future Fellow. Her research is centred on a social and cultural analysis of access and participation in educational futures. Her current research includes: Getting an Early Start to Education: Understanding how to promote educational futures in early childhood and partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

Nyssa Murray - University of Wollongong
Nyssa Murray is a Dunghutti Woman. She is the Project Manager for the Getting an Early Start to Aspirations Project. On this project her work also includes research and marketing design. Nyssa is the Ambassador for TAFE NSW (2014-2016) and recently had an award named in her honour. Nyssa was the Regional Finalist – Aboriginal and TSI Student of the Year (2013). Her previous work has involved management of both regional and national scaled Indigenous Australian Employment projects.

Bella Hunter - University of Wollongong
Bella Hunter was born and raised in Canberra, the land of the Ngunnawal people and belongs to a family of artists and teachers. Bella is currently studying a Bachelor of Communication and Media studies at the University Of Wollongong, majoring in Marketing, with a minor of Public Relations. Bella has been working on Getting an Early Start to Education for the last nine months and runs a vlog dedicated to social change in the area of education and environmentalism.