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Anne’s research, teaching and engagement work enhances the provision of socially-just education in diverse cultural and linguistic educational settings. I joined Monash University as a Lecturer in in 2015 and teach in the areas of Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate units, English pedagogy, Navigating Youth Transitions and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL]. My research employs a qualitative intergenerational longitudinal approach. It explores social and educational responses to risk and resilience to gain a better understanding of the impact of conflict on changes in families and family relationships, and how these changes shape transitions to education, work and community life.

My research prioritises an interdisciplinary collaborative research approach with other disciplines, universities and industry partners.  I have researched in International contexts with partners from universities in Sweden and Israel and have published and presented conference papers with industry partners in the area of Early Childhood education. 

My research is methodologically innovative in its analysis and presentation of cultural artefacts, journal entries, photographs and audio recorded interviews and focus groups. It is exemplified in a website which I recently created to share research findings of a qualitative longitudinal intergenerational study, so it is accessible to scholars, educators and the broader public.

I am an experienced educator who has taught across the early childhood, schools and higher education sectors. On a professional level I have been an executive member of the Victorian Association of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (VicTESOL) for the past seven years. I have organised Professional Learning activities for teachers from the Early Childhood to Adult sectors, initiated a research grant in the area of partnerships between researchers and educators working in the TESOL field and provided consultancy to the Department of Education, Victoria and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

My work as a teaching practitioner and academic shows my capacity to engage with and fulfil the requirements of educational research and practice within culturally and linguistically diverse contexts in a methodologically innovative yet sensitive way.


Research interests

Life and work Transitions

Language and Literacy for CALD learners

International Placement Experience

Early Childhood Education and Care

International Students' Academic Needs


  • International education
  • education
  • work and life transitions
  • language and literacy education
  • life and work transitions
  • Cultural studies
  • Feminism
  • Religious Education

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Projects 2017 2018

Capturing children's voices on transition

Kirkby, J., Walsh, L., Grimmett, H., Keary, A. & Evans, J.


Project: Research

Research Output 1993 2019

A case study of the generation and benefits of a community of practice and its impact on the professional identity of early childhood teachers

Kirkby, J., Walsh, L. & Keary, A., 15 Mar 2019, In : Professional Development in Education. 45, 2, p. 264-275 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Non-linear transitions: an intergenerational longitudinal study of today’s young women in education and work

Walsh, L., Keary, A. & Gleeson, J., 4 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Young. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The impact of Australian policy shifts on early childhood teachers’ understandings of intentional teaching

Kirkby, J., Keary, A. & Walsh, L., 3 Sep 2018, In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 26, 5, p. 674-687 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

‘What is finger knitting?’ Chinese pre-service teachers’ initial professional experience in Australian early childhood education

Zheng, H., Keary, A. & Faulkner, J., 2018, Re-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education: Narratives of Learning. Fitzgerald, A., Parr, G. & Williams, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 123-139 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Professional association or peak discipline body

Immediate Past President - Victorian Association of TESOL

Anne Keary (Chair/ Co-Chair)
10 Dec 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body