About

Claire Campbell is Lecturer - Early Years Specialist, A/ECE Course Coordinator, and Early Career Researcher (ECR)  at James Cook University's Townsville campus. She is passionate about supporting and transforming the early childhood education care sector to improve outcomes for young Australians. 

Claire has worked in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) as a teacher, lecturer and researcher. She has special interests in: family-school engagement; children's achievement, wellbeing and cognitive development; leadership in ECEC; and quantitative research methods (Rasch Analysis).  Claire is currently Principal Investigator on a project in partnership with the Department of Education (DET) that is examining leadership in early childhood education and care in the North and Far North Queensland regions to improve service quality and outcomes for young children. She is also working with JCU colleagues on a cross-campus project that uses systematic literature review methodology to investigate work-integrated learning (WIL) in the tertiary sector. Claire is also Principal Investigator on a small research project that is examining the implementation of Piagetian approaches to early childhood education in a local Townsville State School in the aim of improving young children's school achievement.

Claire is a Higher Education Representative of several Government advisory groups that provide advice, develop strategies and monitor the effectiveness of Government initiatives related to quality teaching and learning in early childhood education and care settings across Queensland. She is a member of several early childhood education professional associations and organisations,  contributes to conferences and symposia both nationally and internationally, and is regularly contacted by various media outlets to contribute comment and expert opinion on ECEC matters. 

Interests
Professional
  • Modern test theory/ quantitative research methods (Rasch Analysis).
  • Piagetian approaches to early childhood education.
  • Leadership in early childhood eduction and care
Research
  • Family-school Engagement in the Early Years, $2,000 IRA funding. The aim of this project was to explore the perceptions and experiences of parents/carers at a local state school to inform the school's customised approach to parent engagement. Dr Claire Campbell, A/Prof Leanne Dalley-Trim, and Ms Lorraine Cordukes.
  • Playing, Thinking, Learning, Achieving, $2,000 IRA funding. This project explores the implementation of the Let's Think! Early Years cognitive acceleration program in a Prep setting at a local state school. The aim is to investigate whether the program positively influences children's thinking, learning and achievement in the early years of school. Dr Claire Campbell and Prof Trevor Bond.
  • Assessment in Work integrated Learning (WIL), $5,000 FRG funding. This project is a systematic review of the literature surround assessment in WIL. The aim is to uncover the trends and themes around authentic assessment and best practice in WIL. Dr Snowy Evans, Dr Claire Campbell, Prof Komla Tsey, and A/Prof Michelle Lasen.
  • Family Wellbeing Project, $503,552 over 4 years. The aim of the project is to define and develop funding models and mechanisms that can support FWB empowerment program integration and implementation within early childhood family support programs. The FWB program attends to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the family and in this instance will integrate FWB at different levels to enhance broader community capacity to create supportive environments for children to thrive. A whole of community approach is a defining feature of this project which will bring together Indigenous early childhood family support service providers, policy makers and researchers through collaborative partnerships. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is vital to ensuring that good health continues into adulthood which has implications for positive social, cultural, educational and economic outcomes. Prof Yvonne Cadet-James, Prof Komla Tsey, Ms Irina Kinchin, Dr Roxanne Bainbridge, Dr Claire Campbell, and Dr Jane Mills.
  • E-Portfolio as Assessment, $10,000 TLD Grant. The e-portfolio as assessment for, as and of learning: a developmental achievement record for Education students. Dr Philemon Chigeza, Dr Maree DinanThompsen, Dr Kelsey Halbert, Dr Claire Campbell, Ms Helen McDonald, Dr Cecily Knight.
  • #PlayfulLearning: Coding and Robotics in the Early Years, $20,000 IRG funding. The aim of this project was to purchase assets and develop professional development for the ECEC sector.
  • Growing Strong Early Childhood Leaders in the North, $60,000 DET Consultancy Contract. Researching, developing and implementing bespoke, targeted leadership professional learning programs for the ECEC sector.
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2006 - Golden Key International Honour Society (invited lifetime membership)
  • 2006 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Recipient
Memberships
  • 2017 - Australian Council of Educational Leadership
  • 2014 - Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA)
  • 2013 - Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • 2013 - Early Childhood Teachers Association (ECTA)
  • 2011 - Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
  • 2006 - Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)
Other
  • 2016 - Certified 3a Practitioner, University of Melbourne.
  • 2016 - Certified Facilitator, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Framework (Kouzes & Posner)
  • 2016 - Board Member, Sky Foundation.
Publications

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Current Funding

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Lowitja Institute - Research Activity Funding

Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing (FWB) Case-Study

Indicative Funding
$503,553 over 3 years
Summary
The aim of the project is to define and develop funding models and mechanisms that can support FWB empowerment program integration and implementation within early childhood family support programs. The FWB program attends to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the family and in this instance will integrate FWB at different levels to enhance broader community capacity to create supportive environments for children to thrive. A whole of community approach is a defining feature of this project which will bring together Indigenous early childhood family support service providers, policy makers and researchers through collaborative partnerships. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is vital to ensuring that good health continues into adulthood which has implications for positive social, cultural, educational and economic outcomes.
Investigators
Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Claire Campbell, Jane Mills and Janya McCalman in collaboration with Catherine Brown, H Klieve, Mary Whiteside and Louis McPherson (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Griffith University and La Trobe University)
Keywords
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Family Wellbeing; Early Childhood
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  • EFL Listening Development Through Diagnosis: An Assessmment-Based Study of Listening Sub-Skills Using Rasch Measurement. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Case Study Exploring the Efficacy of Using Circles Solutions Pedagogy and Philosophy to Support Student Well-Being (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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