Iris Duhn

Assoc Professor

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Iris's publications and research projects contribute a critical childhood studies' perspective to early childhood education in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. She has extensive experience in early years' research, supervision, teaching, administration and course design, at graduate and postgraduate level. She supervises Masters and Doctoral students. Her research focuses on qualitative methodologies that engage critically with curriculum, theory and policy in early childhood education. A particualr focus in her current work is sustainability and 'place' as a concept. She has been a Chief Investigator in two New Zealand externally funded projects (Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, NZ$420,000 total) and has supervised award winning theses (Best doctoral thesis in Education, 2013; best Masters’ thesis in Education, 2012, NZARE).

Research interests

Her current research includes an ARC funded project that investigates sustainability and literacy in early childhood, with emphasis on children's meaning making and 'place'. This project works with post-qualitative methodologies and new materialism to create innovative pedagogies for early years' sustainability and literacy learning. 

Iris is also Chief Investigator in an ARC Linkage that investigates play, imagination and relationality in early childhood. 




Research area keywords

  • critical childhood studies
  • sustainability
  • Curriculum Studies
  • post-qualitative
  • 'place'
  • new materialisms
  • pedagogies

Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2006 2019

A Review of Literature for Infant and Toddler Education and Care: Exploring Quality and Best Practice

Duhn, I., Li, L., Disney, L. & Hennessy, L., Mar 2019, 1st ed. Clayton Vic Australia: Monash University. 42 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Developmentalism, developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and beyond in early childhood education

Duhn, I. & Hennessy, L., 2019, Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Peters, M. A. (ed.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Mapping of the Early Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum and Associated Research

Duhn, I. & Rivalland, C., 30 Aug 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 70 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

On fishy knowings and north/south wanderings

Duhn, I., 2019, In : Discipline. 5, 3, p. 109 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalCreative WorkOther

Practices/8, New Zealand: attentive encounters: infant and toddler participation in an early childhood community

Duhn, I., 2019, Children’s Self-determination in the Context of Early Childhood Education and Services: Discources, Policies and Practices. Farini, F. & Scollan, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 125-134 10 p. (International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development; vol. 25).

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

Activities 2012 2018

  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Environmental Education Research (Journal)

Iris Duhn (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Environmental Education Research (Journal)

Iris Duhn (Peer reviewer)
2012 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility