Education Peninsula

    Research areas

  • Play, Visual methodology, Babies and Toddlers, early childhood Education


Dr Avis Ridgway is an Adjunct Resarch Fellow and Faculty Research Group member in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Peninsula Campus, Australia. Avis' current work involves co-investigation in studying babies and toddlers' research project, data analysis, writing and publishing, editing and reviewing.

Research interests

Avis' intellectual project is about using cultural- historical theoretical approaches to develop/create methodological tools for understanding influences on early learning and development (for use in any institution /community). Broad research interests include: Visual-narrative methodologies; cultural development of infants, pedagogical play and learning; family and teacher practices; early childhood and primary/elementary pre-service teacher education and evaluation methods; Reggio Emilia research project as interpreted locally, nationally and internationally especially in relation to integrated arts curriculum.

Supervision interests

Avis accepted an adjunct research fellow position at Monash University for 2014-2017

In 2014 involved in co-writing and editing Early Childhood Pedagogical Play: Agentic Imagination (Allen and Unwin) in press

July 2014 Presentation at Oxford Round Table, Brasenose College Oxford University "How does language come to children: Affective attunement and conceptual reciprocity"

Springer Early Childhood Education Series: New book proposal accepted for 2015: "Studying babies in their cultural worlds and transitory relations".

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