• 143 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20052020

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Personal profile

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University, in the School of Education. Laura earned her doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a focus on early childhood, at The University of Texas at Austin. Laura has taught early childhood subjects at The University of Texas and Charles Sturt University in child guidance, early childhood curriculum, research in early childhood, leadership and management, environmental sustainability in early childhood, relationships and pedagogy in early childhood and child development. Laura was also was a lead teacher of infants and toddlers at the University of Texas Lab School, and has worked as a parent educator for a community health organisation. Laura's research focuses on supporting parent-child and teacher-parent relationships, child guidance and environmental sustainability in early childhood. Laura has a specific interest in the birth – two educational sector.

Education/Academic qualification

Human Development and Family Relationships, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Award Date: 21 Dec 2000

Human Development and Family Relationships, M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Award Date: 20 Dec 1998

Psychology, B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Award Date: 21 Dec 1995

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Research Output

A systems approach to examining children’s opportunities for outdoor risky play: Parents and educators as gatekeepers

McFarland, L. & Laird, S., 06 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Research handbook on childhoodnature : Assemblages of childhood and nature research. Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Malone, K. & Barratt Hacking, E. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Co-development of an educator reflection and assessment tool for children under-3

    Linda, H., Mulhearn, G., Janus, M., Wong, S., Elwick, S., McFarland, L. & Williams, K., 2018.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

    Convergence of multiple perspectives on achieving optimal early childhood environments for development and learning for children under 3

    Janus, M., Harrison, L., Mulhearn, G., Sumsion, J., Wong, S., Elwick, S., McFarland, L. & Williams, K. E., 2018.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePoster

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