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Dr. Sivanes Phillipson is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education, Monash University Clayton Campus and formerly an assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University and Department of Psychological Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Education. She is Associate Dean International Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology and Professor of Educaiton.

Sivanes has diverse international experience and knowledge base in the broad field of measurements and systems approach to families and education. Her research interest and experience focus on family studies in particular parental involvement and expectations of culturally and linguistically diverse and disadvantaged young children. Sivanes' research expertise comprises of mixed method approaches with an emphasis on quantitative methods and analysis including Rasch modelling, meta-analysis and structural equation modelling.

Sivanes has been awarded multiple research grants, including a recent Australian Research Council Linkage Project titled Numeracy@Home as the lead chief investigator. She has consulted on multiple projects internationally including the development of measurement tools for parent engagement in schools, family partnership in early checks and child development services. Sivanes is currently consulting on an Australian Scholarship Group parent survey project and St. Kilda Maternal Child Health project. 

Sivanes has supervised higher degree students to completion in Hong Kong, University of Tasmania and Monash. At Monash, Sivanes currently supervisors 14 PhD students in the area of early years and family engagement, exceptionality and teacher professionalism.

Sivanes has published widely in books, peer reviewed journals and book chapters. She is the Routledge Series Editor for Evolving Families Book Series. Sivanes' 2013 book, entitled 'Constructing Educational Achievement: A sociocultural perspective' is published by Routledge and focuses on the sociocultural processes underlying educational achievement in multiple contexts globally. Her 2014 book, 'Developing Leadership in the Asia Pacific: A focus on the individual' is also published by Routledge. She is the lead editor of the 2017 Springer book entitled "Engaging families as children's first mathematics educators" that focuses on parent engagement in early learning of mathematics at home. Currently, she is the co-editor and author of an Early Childhood Education mini series with Routledge (due to be released over 2017-2018) that show the complexity of policy and provision around early childhood education across 22 countries, highlighting shared enablers and barriers across the world.  

Research interests

  • Parental influences on young children's social adjustment, education and academic achievement;
  • High ability and underachievement;
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse children and their education.

Research area keywords

  • parents
  • families
  • family capital
  • child development
  • exceptionality
  • academic achievement
  • early childhood
  • disadvantaged and diversity

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Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 2007 2019

Australian families' perceptions of access to capitals to support early mathematical learning

Richards, G., Phillipson, S. & Gervasoni, A., 2019, Teachers' and Families' Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care: Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century Vol. II. Phillipson, S. & Garvis, S. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 7-24 18 p. (Evolving Families).

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

Australian classrooms: linking theory and practice

Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S., 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 1-5 5 p.

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

Activities 2009 2013

  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 2 Thesis Examination
  • 1 External research organisation, centre or institute

Adjunct Senior Lecturer - The University of Tasmania

Sivanes Phillipson (Visitor)
1 Jan 201331 Dec 2015

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

IRATDE (Publisher)

Sivanes Phillipson (Associate editor)
2 Apr 20121 Apr 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

IRATDE (Publisher)

Sivanes Phillipson (Associate editor)
1 Jul 200931 Dec 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility