- Self Expression and Communication Through the Arts
- Valuing Children's Play and Inquiry
- Leading in Early Childhood Contexts
- arts and aesthetics in early childhood
Avril graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Master's of Education and her current higher degree research interests include art and aesthetics. Avril's passion is for the creative arts and she believes that the arts can be an effective conduit for expression for all, and young children in particular. Avril has presented at numerous local and international conferences speaking on a range of topics around early childhood education, the role of art and aesthetics and issues for the gifted and talented.
Avril's own learning journey includes experience in Norway, Denmark, Greece, Singapore, Hawaii, and most recently the Middle East where she was employed as an international consultant developing Early Years curriculum for the Qatar Supreme Education Council. These rich experiences have given her a global view and a deep respect and appreciation for diversity.
Avril grew up in a remote indigenous community and has a strong affinity and respect for indigenous issues. Currently, she is an early childhood lecturer at USC but has also taught in the USC Primary program and been an early childhood education lecturer at Central Queensland University.
At the University of Southern Queensland in conjunction with DEET she was supporting remote indigenous students. Currently at University of the Sunshine Coast, Avril collaborated together with a team member on a Transdisciplinary Project with staff members from both the School of Education and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at USC to develop sustainable Learning Objects to enhance students’ learning. Previous to academia, Avril worked for many years for Catholic Education as a classroom teacher in an early childhood setting. She is an active advocate for young children and for the use of play and inquiry based discovery as a vehicle for learning.