Coordinator, Early Childhood Education

Associate Professor Reesa Sorin is an educational professional with a passion for Early Childhood Education and the Arts.  Her knowledge of children in society, and of early childhood education today and in the past, is extensive.  She is also a talented artist who has had a number of Australian and international exhibitions of her works of art.

A/Prof Sorin has a talent for bringing together not only academics, her postgraduate students, teachers and pre-service teachers - but also community groups, parents, government leaders, businesses and artists. She is founder and Administrator of the Far North Early Childhood Network and is a frequent speaker at educational, arts and community events.  She builds enthusiasm around her, and this shows in her students' results and changes in Early Childhood Education practices. It is further demonstrated in successful community arts projects she has initiated, and in her own creative works.  

A/Prof Sorin was privileged to be mentored by world-renowned childood advocate, the late Fraser Mustard, and it was from him that she came to appreciate how vitally intertwined are Early Childhood Education, community, and the Arts.  Today, her teaching, research and work in the wider community aims to enhance Early Childhood Education through the Arts.

Currently, Reesa Sorin is an Associate Professor Education (Early Childhood, The Arts, Teaching and Learning) at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.  Her PhD, with a thesis "Responding to the Fears of Early Childhood - an Examination of Perception and Practice in Emotion Education", and her Master of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Early Childhood Education were gained at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. In her native Canada, she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Photography, a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Art Education.

A/Prof Sorin's extensive body of research and her publications, which are supported by her practical experience as a teacher and an artist, provide inspiration to education professionals around the world.  These include papers about Arts-based Methods for Research, Early Childhood Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, Fear and Emotional Literacy, Dogs in the Educational Environment, Emotional Literacy and Conceptualisations of Childhood. 

Among many research projects, A/Prof Sorin led a recent collaborative project with educators in Australia, Singapore, Canada and Scotland, which developed and mapped changes in children’s understandings, concerns and perceptions of their local, natural environments.

A/Prof Sorin is supervising a number of postgraduate students whose theses are focussing heavily on issues relating to Art, Wellbeing and Sustainability for teachers and students; issues that are close to her heart.

Her voluntary roles include lobbying in the areas of Animal Welfare, Creativity and Child Protection.

A/Prof Sorin is an inclusive lecturer, artist and lobbyist who has an infectious joy for life and creativity that provides inspiration for everyone around her - and has resulted in many heart-warming acknowledgements from those who work with and learn from her. 


  • Queensland Management Committee Member, Early Childhood Australia (2010 - 2015)
  • Administrator and Member, Far North Early Childhood Network (2005 - 2015)
  • Management Committee, Cairns Art Society (2009 - 2011) and Arts Nexus (2011 - 2013)
  • President and Member, Early Childhood Australia, Far North Queensland Branch (2010 - 2015)
  • Arts-based, multimodal methods for research, learning and teaching in early childhood
  • Fear and emotional literacy in early childhood
  • Environmental understanding and sustainability through the arts in early childhood
  • Dogs in the learning environment
  • Conceptualisations of childhood
  • Member, Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University
  • Member, Centre for Research & Innovation in Sustainability Education, James Cook University
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 1 and 2
  • Arts Education for Primary School; Arts Education in Early Childhood: ED3194, ED3094
  • Professional Studies: ED2491; ED3093/ 3193/ 3293
  • Research in Early Childhood Education - ED5831
  • Issues in the Education and Care of Young Children - ED5833
  • Coordinator, Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Education online - 2000 - 2009
  • Coordinator, Master of Education - 2010 - 2013
  • Acting Coordinator, Catholic Education - 2014 - 2015
  • Coordinator, Early Childhood Education, 2015 - current
  • Scenario-based learning; negotiated curriculum; play-based learning
  • 2013 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns, Qld)
  • 2004 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns, Qld)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns, Qld)
  • 1994 to 1999 - Lecturer, University of Wollongong (Wollongong, NSW)
  • 1989 to 1999 - Teacher, Illawarra TAFE (Wollongong, NSW)
  • 1974 to 1987 - Teacher, Winnipeg School Division (Winnipeg, Canada)
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  • 2015 - Inclusive Community Champion of Cairns Regional Award
  • 2011 - Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences Teaching Citation. "For the design and implementation of pedagogies that personalise and humanise the online learning environment."
  • 2011 - FAESS Bright Ideas Advanced Research Category, James Cook University
  • 2010 - JCU Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2009 - JCU Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2013 - Visiting Scholar, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • 2013 - Visiting Scholar, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2013 - The Cairns Institute
  • 2015 - Member, James Cook University Cairns Education Society
  • 2015 - Education Staff-Student Liaison Committee
  • 2015 - Education Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2010 to 2015 - JCU Human Ethics Committee
  • 2012 to 2013 - Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2011 to 2013 - School of Education Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2011 to 2013 - JCU Education Committee
  • 2011 to 2012 - School of Education Research Committee

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 89+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Reesa Sorin from 2001 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Exploring Differences in Family Education between China and Australia with a Focus on Children’s Academic Development in Primary School Years (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Emerging from the Dark: Successful Learning Strategies for Three Dimensional Visual Thinkers (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Home from School Early: Preparatory Year School Suspensions in Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Drawing Through Disaster; Young Children's Artwork Responses to Crises. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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