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Professor Joce Nuttall is Director of the Teacher Education Research Concentration in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Faculty of Education and Arts, at ACU. Joce’s research describes, implements and theorises effective interventions in professional learning in schools and early childhood settings, particularly in childcare. Most recently this work has focused on capacity building among educational leaders in early childhood and junior school settings, using system-wide analyses and actions. Joce is President-Elect of the Australian Teacher Education Association and her current projects include an international study of teacher educators’ work. Joce has published over fifty books, book chapters and scholarly articles and is a regular presenter of keynote addresses at international conferences in the areas of teacher development, and early childhood curriculum and policy. Joce commenced at ACU in 2011 as a Principal Research Fellow.

Research interests

  • Initial and continuing teacher education
  • Teacher educators’ work
  • Leadership and inter-professional work in early childhood education
  • Cultural-historical activity theory and CHAT-based research methodologies

Competitive grants and projects

2015-2017 Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant: S. Edwards, J. Nuttall, E. Wood, & S. Grieshaber, New Play Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning in the Early Years.
2012-2014 New Zealand Teachers Council: NZCER, J. Nuttall, & A. Nolan, Evaluation of the Guidelines to Support Induction and Mentoring.
2011-2012 Australian Association for Research in Education: J. Nuttall, & A. Nolan, Special Interest Group Major Grant.
2005-2006 Monash University Faculty of Education Staff Grant: J. Mitchell, & J. Nuttall, Teacher Education Literature Review.
2005-2006 Monash University Faculty of Education Staff Grant: J. Nuttall, Preschool Teachers’ Professional Learning.
2005 Monash University Small Grants Scheme: J. Nuttall, Fieldwork Learning Spaces.
2005 Monash University, Unit Innovations Grant: J. Nuttall, Virtual Supervision of the Early Childhood Practicum.

Research consultancy projects

2011-2012 City of Knox: J. Nuttall, Pedagogical Leadership Development Project.
2010 New Zealand Council for Education Research: J. Nuttall, Review of NZ Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Early Years Projects.
2010 Frankston City Council: J. Nuttall, Leadership in Early Childhood Services: An Evaluation
2008 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria. S. Edwards, M. Fleer, & J. Nuttall, A Research Paper to Inform the Development of an Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
2005-2008 Gowrie Melbourne: J. Nuttall The Lady Gowrie Project.
2006-2007 Victorian Office of Training and Tertiary Education: J. Nuttall, & M. Hammer, Fieldwork Barriers and Opportunities in ECE Teacher Education.

Publications

Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum framework in theory and practice Learning to teach in the early years classroom. Professional learning in early childhood settings    

Books

Nuttall, J. (2013). Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum framework in theory and practice (2nd Edn.). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
Blaise, M., & Nuttall, J. (2010). Learning to teach in the early years classroom. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Edwards, S., & Nuttall, J. (Eds.). (2009). Professional learning in early childhood settings. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Nuttall, J. (2005). Pathway to the future? Doing childcare in the era of New Zealand’s early childhood Strategic Plan. Institute for Early Childhood Studies Research and Policy, Series No. 4. Wellington, New Zealand: Institute for Early Childhood Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.
Nuttall, J. (2003). Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Book chapters (since 2009)

Nuttall, J. (in press). Learning relational agency in professional practice: Negotiating inter-professional hierarchies in a UK hospital. In. A. Edwards (Ed.), Collaborating on complex problems: Cultural-historical accounts of relational work. Buckingham, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Accepted 1 May 2015]
Nuttall, J., & Grieshaber, S. (in press). Early childhood education research and development in Australia. In M. Fleer & B. van Oers (Eds.), International handbook on early childhood education and development. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Springer. [Accepted 2 August 2014]
Edwards, S., Nuttall, J., Mantilla, A., Wood, E., & Grieshaber, S. (2015). Digital play: What do early childhood teachers see? In S. Bulfin, N. F. Johnston, & C. Bigum (Eds.), Critical perspectives on technology and education (pp. 69-84). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Nuttall, J. (2013). Curriculum concepts as cultural tools: Implementing Te Whāriki. In J. Nuttall (Ed.), Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum framework in theory and practice (2nd Ed.) (pp. 177-195). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
Nuttall, J., & Edwards, S. (2013). Diverse theories for diverse learners? The Australian Early Years Learning Framework. In J. Georgeson, & J. Payler (Eds.), International perspectives on early childhood education and care (pp. 204-215).Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.
Nuttall, J., Seddon, T., & Phan, H. T. T. (2011). Continuing professional learning in the Asia-Pacific region: Tensions and opportunities in teacher knowledge and the governance of education In C. Day (Ed.), The Routledge international handbook of teacher and school development (pp. 293-311). London: Routledge.
Nuttall, J., & Edwards, S. (2009). Future directions in researching professional learning in early childhood settings. In S. Edwards, & J. Nuttall (Eds.), Professional learning in early childhood settings(pp. 131-137). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Edwards, S., & Nuttall, J. (2009). Introduction. In S. Edwards, & J. Nuttall (Eds.), Professional learning in early childhood settings(pp. 1-8). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Nuttall, J., Coxon, L., & Read, S. (2009). In S. Edwards, & J. Nuttall (Eds.), Professional learning in early childhood settings. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Articles (since 2009)

Henderson, L., & Nuttall, J. (accepted 17 November 2014). A spatial reconsideration of the early childhood-school relationships. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.
Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., Mantilla, A., Grieshaber, S., & Wood, E. A. (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.
Nuttall, J., & Thomas, L. (2015). Time and temporality in early childhood educators’ work. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 23(4). DOI:10.1080/1350293X.2014.970851
Nuttall, J., Wood, E., & Thomas, L. (2014). Travelling policy reforms re-configuring the work of early childhood educators in Australia. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 12(3), 358-372.
Tonyan, H. A., & Nuttall, J. (2014). Connecting cultural models of home-based care and childminders’ aspirations: an eco-cultural analysis. International Journal of Early Years Education, 22(1), 117-138.
Formen, A., & Nuttall, J. (2014). Tensions between discourses of development, religion, and human capital in early childhood education policy: the case of Indonesia. International Journal of Early Childhood, 46(1), 15-31.
Thomas, L., & Nuttall, J. (2014). Negotiating policy-driven and state-mandated expectations of leadership: The discourses accessed by early childhood educators in Australia. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 17, 101-114.
Nuttall, J., Brennan, M., Zipin, L., Tuinamuana, K., & Cameron, L. (2013). Lost in production: The erasure of the teacher educator in Australian university job advertisements. JET: Journal of Education for Teaching, 39(3), 329-343.
Nuttall, J. (2013). The potential of Developmental Work Research as a professional learning methodology in early childhood education. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 13(3), 201-211.
Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., Lee, S., Mantilla, A., & Wood, E. (2013). The implications of young children’s digital-consumerist play for changing the kindergarten curriculum. Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2013(2), 54-62.
Nuttall, J. (2013). Inter-professional work with young children in hospital: the role of ‘relational agency’. Early Years, 33(4), 413-425.
Nuttall, J. (2012). Challenges, opportunities, and capacity building in early childhood teacher education research in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 47(1), 65-78.
Nuttall, J. & Ortlipp, M. (2012). Practicum assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse early childhood pre-service teachers. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 20(1), 47-60.
Ortlipp, M. & Nuttall, J. (2011). Supervision and assessment of the early childhood practicum: Experiences of pre-service teachers who speak English as a second language and their supervising teachers. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(2), 87-94.

Conference presentations (since 2009)

Nuttall, J. (2013, June). Developing pedagogical leadership in early childhood education: The role of formative interventions. Invited keynote presentation to the annual Victoria University of Wellington Early Childhood Research Seminar.
Nuttall, J. (2013, January). Reclaiming the future of early childhood education: What is the role of professional development? Invited keynote presentation to the First International Pasifika ECE Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Nuttall, J., & six others (2013, April). The induction and mentoring of beginning teachers in New Zealand schools characterised by educational disadvantage. Roundtable presentation to the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.
Ellis, V., Nuttall, J., & seven others (2013, April).The work of teacher education: policy, practice and institutional conditions in England, Scotland and Australia. Symposium presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.
Tonyan, H., Nuttall, J., & Edwards, S. (2013, April). Getting beyond the zone of proximal development: further possibilities for strengthening early childhood education through cultural-historical analyses. Roundtable presentation to the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.
Nuttall, J. (2013, April). Affordances and constraints facing pedagogical leaders in Australian early childhood education centres. Roundtable presentation to the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.
Nuttall, J. (2012, October). Fostering dialogue about early childhood curriculum: Who is the audience for Weaving Te Whāriki? Invited keynote presentation to the annual conference of the Canterbury Chapter of Organisation Mondiale Pour Le Education Prescholaire (OMEP), Christchurch, New Zealand.
Nuttall, J. (2012, December). ‘Third generation’ activity theory as a conceptual tool for the development of pedagogical leadership in early childhood education. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Sydney, Australia.
Nuttall, J. (2012, December). Theorising inter-professional work: the role of ‘relational agency’ in early childhood settings. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Sydney, Australia.
Cameron, M., McLeod, L., Nuttall, J., & three others (2012, November). The induction and mentoring of beginning teachers in New Zealand’s early childhood sector. Roundtable presentation to the 2012 conference of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Nuttall, J. (2012, July). Preparing early childhood education students for inter-professional work: What can we learn from hospital play specialists? Paper presented to the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, Adelaide, Australia.
Ellis, V., & Nuttall, J. (2012, July). Researching teacher education as a category of academic work: Methodological and theoretical considerations. Symposium paper presented to the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, Adelaide, Australia.
Brennan, M., Cameron, L., Nuttall, J., Tuinamuana, K., & Zipin, L. (2012, July). Institutional conceptualisations of teacher education as academic work in Australia. Symposium paper presented to the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, Adelaide, Australia.
Nuttall, J. (2011, July). Teachers and learners, teachers as learners:What do we know about effective professional development in early childhood education? Keynote presentation to the annual conference of Te Tari Puna Ora o Aoteaora: New Zealand Childcare Association, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Nuttall, J. (2011, July). Where to from here? Re-thinking Te Whāriki for changing times. Keynote presentation to the annual conference of the Wellington Regional Free Kindergarten Association, Wellington, New Zealand, 19 July.
Nuttall, J. (2011, July). Working together, learning together: Understanding effective practice in integrated early childhood settings. Keynote presentation to the annual conference of SDN. Published at http://www.sdn.org.au/2011/07/12/integrated-children%e2%80%99s-services/
Nuttall, J. (2011, December). The potential of Developmental Work Research as a professional learning methodology in early childhood education. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Hobart, Australia.
Edwards, S., & Nuttall, J. (2011, July). Professional practice and the idea of belonging: A cultural historical perspective. Workshop presentation to the annual conference of SDN, Sydney, Australia.
Nuttall, J. (2011, July) Inter-professional work in early childhood centres: What can we learn from hospital play specialists about ‘the spaces in-between’? Workshop presentation to the annual conference of Te Tari Puna Ora o Aoteaora

Report (since 2009)

Nuttall, J. (2010). The contribution of the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative to building knowledge about teaching and learning: A review of early years projects, 2004 – 2010. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Edwards, S., Fleer, M., & Nuttall, J. (2008). A research paper to inform the development of an Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Canberra, ACT: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
McMenamin, T., Millar, R., Morton, M., Mutch, C., Nuttall, J. & Tyler-Merrick, G. (2004). Final report to the Ministry of Education on curriculum policy and special education. Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch College of Education.

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