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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 Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, 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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