Dr Jennifer Hart

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Dr Jennifer Hart


Teaching areas

  • EDU110 Engagement and Behaviour in Early Learning
  • EDU302 E-Learning Leader
  • EDU217 Professional Experience: Evidence-Based Decision Making in Early Learning
  • EDU409 Internship

Research areas

  • young children's play behaviour
  • early childhood learning environments
  • early childhood behaviour policy
  • early childhood pedagogy


Dr Jennifer Hart has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Doctorate degree in Early Childhood Education; all earned from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. Dr Hart is a ‘Highly Qualified’ State of Nevada licensed teacher and a certified primary Montessori teacher. Her experience includes preparing inclusive learning environments for young children, implementing early intervention strategies for children with disabilities, and mentoring and supervising pre-service teachers within an early childhood setting as well as lecturing on a rich array of early childhood and early childhood special education topics at universities in the United States and Australia.


Dr Hart, Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, serves as an advocate for the inclusion of young boys’ rough play within early childhood settings. She is an early career researcher who has captured the interest of local and national media as her research continues to be controversial amongst educators and parents. Her focus, playful aggression, is 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 behavioural policies that ban such play.


Dr Hart is also a research supervisor for students enrolled in Masters and Doctoral programs.


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