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Dr Ana Mantilla is a Senior Research Associate and Research Manager for the Early Childhood Futures research concentration lead by Professor Susan Edwards at the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. Before joining ACU in 2012, Ana completed her doctoral studies at Monash University.

Research interests

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Play and play-based curriculum
  • Digital technologies and digital media in early childhood

Competitive grants and projects

Project management

2017-2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project: Edwards, McLean, Evangelou, Nolan, Henderson, Skouteris & Healy. Research Partner: Playgroup Victoria.  A best practice framework for playgroups-in-schools
2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Chief Investigator: Edwards, Nuttall, Grieshaber & Wood New play pedagogies for teaching and learning in the early years
2015-2016 AuDA, Chief Investigator: Edwards, S., Nolan, A., Henderson, M., and Skouteris, H. Cyber-safety education in the early years

Research team

2018-2020 Australian Research Council Early Career Researcher Award: McLean.  Caregiver Learning about Play in Community Playgroups and Social Media
2017-2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project: Edwards, McLean, Evangelou, Nolan, Henderson, Skouteris & Healy. Research Partner: Playgroup Victoria.  A best practice framework for playgroups-in-schools
2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Edwards, Nuttall, Grieshaber & Wood. New play pedagogies for teaching and learning in the early years
2015-2016 AuDA, Chief Investigators: Edwards, Nolan, Henderson, & Skouteris. Cyber-safety education in the early years
2014-2016 Australian Research Council, Discovery Project, Chief Inestigator: Skouteris, H. Edwards, S., Rutherford, L., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Promoting healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula: Addressing the Ben10™ problem.

Publications

Journal Articles

Morris, H., Skouteris, H., Edwards, S., Rutherford, L., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., O’Connor, A., Mantilla, A., Huang, T., Lording, K.M., Williams-Smith, J. (2016). Feasibility of conducting a randomised trial to promote healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula. Early Child Development and Care. DOI:10.1080/03004430.2015.1131158
Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., Mantilla, A., Grieshaber, S., & Wood, E. (2015). The role of motive objects in early childhood teacher development concerning children’s digital play and play-based learning in early childhood curricula. Professional Development in Education, 41(2), 222 – 235.
Edwards, S., Skouteris, H., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Rutherford, L., O’Connor, M., Mantilla, A., Elliot, S. (2015). Young children learning about well-being and environmental education in the early years: a funds of knowledge approach. Early Years, 33(1), 33-50.
Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., Lee, S., Mantilla, A., & Wood, E. (2013). Kindergarten teachers’ interpretations of young children’s play in digital-consumerist contexts. Journal of Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2013(2), 54-62.

Book Chapters

Edwards, S., Nuttal, J., Mantilla, A., Wood, E., & Grieshaber, S. (2015). Digital play: What do early childhood teachers see? In S. Bulfin, N. F. Johnson & C. Bigum (Eds.), Critical perspectives on technology and education (pp. 69 – 84). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
Fleer, M., Tonyan, H. A., Mantilla, A., & Rivalland, C. M. P. (2009). Play and learning in Australia. In I. Pramling-Samuelsson & M. Fleer (Eds.), Play and Learning in Early Childhood Settings: International Perspectives: Springer.
Fleer, M., Tonyan, H. A., Mantilla, A., & Rivalland, C. M. P. (2008). A cultural-historical analysis of play as an activity setting in early childhood education: Views from research and from teachers. In M. Fleer, M. Hedegaard & J. Tudge (Eds.), Childhood Studies and the Impact of Globalization: Policies and Practices at Global and Local Levels: Routledge.

Doctoral Thesis

Mantilla, Ana. (2011). Practices in young children’s foreign language classrooms: a Colombian-Australian comparison. (Doctor of Philosophy), Monash University, Melbourne.

Practitioner Journal Articles

Mantilla, A. (2014). Learning more than one language as a young child: the misconceptions versus the real advantages. Reflections, 54, 16-17.

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