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Dr Hilary Monk is a lecturer, researcher and Early Childhood Professional Experience Liaison based at the Peninsula Campus. She has more than 30 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Her research investigates the ways in which young children's learning and development are shaped by family and societal practices over time. She is a member of the Child and Community Development Faculty Research Group.

Research interests

Hilarys research interests and expertise include: everyday life in intergenerational families, family pedagogy, early childhood curriculum, cultural-historical theory, visual methodologies and adult education.

Monash teaching commitment

  • EDF1038 Introduction in to the early childhood field
  • EDF2033 Learning with children, their families and communities
  • EDF3033 Change and transition in children's education
  • EDF3051 Early Years Professional Experience 3A (Singapore)
  • EDF3052 Early Years Professional Experience 3B (Singapore)
  • EDF4120 Learning at the heart of teaching

Research area keywords

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Visual methodologies
  • Family pedagogies
  • Cultural-historical theory
  • Socio-cultural theory

Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 2007 2019

Constructing positions of support: acknowledging workplace discourses in the midst of early childhood reform

Rivalland, C., Armstrong, L. C. & Monk, H., 2 Jan 2019, In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 27, 1, p. 100-119 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mentoring positioning: perspectives of early childhood mentor teachers

Quiñones, G., Rivalland, C. & Monk, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Rising from the “Ashes”: Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone

Agbenyega, J. S., Athinodorou, E. & Monk, H., 2018, International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Fleer, M. & van Oers, B. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 1. p. 691-705 15 p.

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

The changing landscape of early childhood curriculum: empowering pre-service educators to engage in curriculum reform

Armstrong, L., Rivalland, C. & Monk, H., 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 190-204 15 p.

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