Meet the 2020 AJEC Research Symposium Keynote speakers! More speakers to be announced soon.

Keynote Speakers

Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

Professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Ingrid holds the UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development through appointment by the Swedish Government. She was the world president of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education and Care (OMEP) from 2008 to 2013. Ingrid devotes her work to applying the phenomenographic research approach to education for all children. Her dissertation, The Child’s Conception of Learning, described how children become aware of their own learning. This research sparked Ingrid’s interest in metacognitive effects, focussing on didactic issues—how preschools can contribute to children’s learning. Her current research project is focused on integrating play and learning into goal-driven practice over two projects: focusing on monitoring two-year-olds in 40 preschool groups to look at children’s learning in relation to qualitative issues; and researching how metacognitive dialogues contribute to children’s learning about things unknown to them—with a focus on music, movement, and drama.

Sandie Wong

Associate Professor Sandie Wong

Sandie Wong is an Associate Professor at Macquarie University. She is committed to collaborating in strengths-based ways with academics from varied disciplines, as well as early childhood practitioners and government officials to lead and support quality research, evaluation, and practitioner enquiry that contributes to best practice in early childhood education. Sandie is currently investigating early childhood practices, workforce issues, educator wellbeing, and the international history of early childhood. She is on the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood editorial committee and is President of OMEP Australia (the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education). Sandie holds a Research Fellowship with Goodstart Early Learning.