Personal profile


Dr Leigh Disney is an Early Years lecturer within the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

He began his career in the early years working as an early childhood educator in both prior to school and school-based settings for over 10 years. During which time, he developed a detailed knowledge of the educative and care needs of children within the 0-8 age range. Specialising in supporting young children’s social and emotional development, as well as curricula domains of science, technology and mathematics.

Leigh is a mixed methodological researcher who studies early years mathematical learning as well as the impact of digital technology within early years educational settings. Leigh is also currently investigating the enhancement of learning outcomes for children through dynamic leadership processes. Leigh has also spent time working in China on projects related to cross-cultural early childhood practices and the implementation of play-based learning within Chinese preschools. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Coordinated Innovation Centre for Basic Education Reform and Development

1 Dec 2015 → …

Research area keywords

  • Early Childhood
  • Digital Technologies
  • Play and Pedagogy
  • Early Years Mathematics Learning
  • Early Years Science
  • Teacher Education

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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