Dr Ali Black

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Dr Ali Black


Teaching areas

  • Early childhood education
  • The arts in education
  • Teacher knowledge, becoming a teacher, teacher identities, what it means to teach
  • Curriculum theory and pedagogy
  • Wellbeing and holistic education

Research areas

  • Arts-based research methods including narrative
  • Knowledge construction and representation (ways of knowing and making meaning); collaborative and relational knowledge construction
  • Social cohesion, wellbeing, community connectedness and capacity building
  • Building reflective and creative lives and professions through aesthetic inquiry


Dr Ali Black is an innovative arts-based and narrative researcher. Her research and scholarly work seeks to foster connectedness, community, wellbeing and meaning-making through the building of reflective and creative lives and identities.

Ali is a highly regarded early childhood specialist who lectures into the Education Programs at USC and contributes to community understandings about children, families, learning and education. Ali also maintains an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with CQUniversity.

Ali has published extensively for a range of audiences and is recognised internationally as a leader in her discipline and research areas. She is co-editor of (and chapter author in) the innovative 2015 book ‘Researching Mainstreams and Margins and the Spaces In-between: New Possibilities for Education Research’ published by Routledge as part of their Research in Education Series.

Ali is a member of the Register of Experts of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The register recognises Ali as an expert in the following areas for the discipline of early childhood: Learning and teaching in higher education; work integrated learning; learning technologies; and curriculum development and design.


Many of Dr Ali Black's publications are available from the USC Research Bank under:


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