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Shukla Sikder is a lecturer and researcher in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Shukla was awarded her PhD on early childhood science education from Monash University in 2016. Dr Shukla Sikder has specialist expertise in early childhood science, technology, and play-based pedagogy. Shukla has almost 14 years of multicultural experience of teaching and research in early childhood, primary and higher education in Australia, Singapore, and Bangladesh.

Research Interests

Dr Sikder's current research interests include: science learning through play and everyday practices across home and education settings; digital technology as an innovative way of teaching and learning; children's learning and development (birth to eight) through play; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

PhD research

Shukla's PhD research looked at Infants-toddlers' (10-36 months) development of scientific concepts through everyday activities as part of family practices. Her PhD studies were supervised by Professor Marilyn Fleer, Monash University, Australia.

Value/ Funder: A$234,500 (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relation, Australian Endeavour Postgraduate Award, year 2011-2015).

Grants and Awards

  • MacDonald, A., Highfield, K., Danaia, L., & Sikder, S. (2017-2019). Evaluation of the Little Scientists Program: Research in Practice. Little Scientists/Froebel Australia Ltd, $82,771.
  • Monash Education Research Community (MERC) Publication Award (A$ 500).
  • Monash University Postgraduate Research Travel Grant (A$ 3000).
  • Monash University Faculty Research Fund (A$ 1000).


Professional Information

  • Member of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA)
  • Member of the International Society for Cultural-historical and Activity Research (ISCAR)
  • Alumni Member of Australian Endeavour Postgraduate Award
  • Alumni Member of University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
  • Member of Association for Visual Pedagogies (AVP)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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