Dr Jennifer Hart

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Dr Jennifer Hart


Teaching areas

  • EDU110 Engagement and Behaviour in Early Learning
  • EDU302 E-Learning Leader
  • EDU336 Professional Learning: Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Early Learning
  • EDU409 Internship
  • EDU415 Professional Practice: Teacher as Researcher

Research areas

  • playful aggression
  • young boys' learning environments


Dr Jennifer Hart has 10 years of teaching experience within American early childhood settings that include preparing indoor and outdoor multicultural and multi-ability learning environments. Dr Hart has coordinated courses on a rich array of early childhood topics at universities in the United States and Australia. She is a “Highly Qualified” State of Nevada licensed teacher, served as a State of Nevada registered teacher trainer, and is a certified Montessori primary teacher in the United States. Dr Hart is an Associate Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and is an active member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Queensland Branch; currently participating in the planning and celebration of Under Eights’ Week across Queensland early childhood centres and schools.

Dr Hart is an early career researcher who has captured the interest of local and national media as her topic continues to be controversial within early childhood settings. The focus of her current research is on aggressive play behaviour — a major component of various types of young children’s sociodramatic play such as rough-and-tumble play, superhero play, fantasy play, “bad guy” play, play fighting, and gun play. More specifically, she is interested in the perceptions and benefits of all types of aggressive play behaviour, the developmental impact this play behaviour has on young children—particularly boys—and the needed reform of state and national policies that ban such play.

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