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
  • Children and the environment
  • Adult learning

Research areas

  • arts-based research methods including narrative and story
  • knowledge construction and representation (ways of knowing and making meaning)
  • social cohesion, wellbeing, community connectedness and capacity building
  • building reflective and creative lives and professions through aesthetic inquiry
  • gender studies and stories from the academy and the community


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. She contributes to understandings about children, families, learning and education through a range of academic and community forums. Ali also maintains an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with CQUniversity.

Recognised internationally as a leader in her discipline and research areas, Ali has published extensively for a range of audiences. She is a member of the Register of Experts of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This 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:

Potential research projects for HDR and PhD students

Inquiry using arts-based research methods

  • Narrative and visual inquiry
  • Memoir
  • 'Research as writing'
  • Autoethnography, self-study, narrative constructions of the 'self'
  • Digital, visual and aesthetic pedagogies
  • Arts-based representations

Understanding lives and learning

  • Participatory research with children
  • Child/nature relationships
  • Academic identities
  • Women's lived experience
  • Gender studies and agency
  • Wellbeing and holistic education
  • Explorations of creativity, connection, identities, relationships
  • Relational knowledge construction


  • Certificate of commendation for exemplary practice: Recognition for making a genuine difference to student learning through quality teaching, USC's Advance Awards, 2016
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