Caroline is a lecturer with the College of Arts and Education in early childhood education and has been working at VU since 2008 in sessional and research assistant roles.

Caroline completed her PhD in 2019 on educator understanding of children’s agency, and along with agency her areas of interest are educator practice, teacher education and outdoor learning spaces. Caroline has been active in presenting her PhD research to audiences of academics and practitioners through conferences, webinars and symposiums and is currently involved in several research projects at VU.

Areas of expertise

  • Early childhood education and care
  • Children’s agency
  • Early childhood educator practice
  • Outdoor learning spaces

Contact details

Teaching responsibilities

Coordination

Co-course chair for:

Unit coordinator/convener of:

  • ECE2003 – History, Philosophy and Early Childhood Education
  • ECE3001 – Thinking with Young Children: Language and Literacy
  • ECE3002 – Advocacy in Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education
  • ECE3004 – Critical and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • ECE4001 – Understanding Play: Pedagogy and Possibilities
  • ECE4003 – The Image of the Child
  • ECE4004 – Research Methods in Early Childhood
  • ECE6004 – Languages and Literacy in Early Childhood.

Teaching

Teaching in:

  • ECE2003 – History, Philosophy and Early Childhood Education
  • ECE4001 – Understanding Play: Pedagogy and Possibilities
  • ECE4003 – The Image of the Child
  • ECE3002 – Advocacy in Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education.

Supervision

Currently co-supervising 1 masters student.

Publications

You can view all of Caroline's publications on the VU Research Repository.

Refereed journal articles

Kilderry, A., Nolan, A., & Scott, C. (2017). ‘Out of the loop’: early childhood educators gaining confidence with unfamiliar policy discourse. Early Years, 37(4), 341-354. doi: 10.1080/09575146.2016.1183595.

Morrissey, A-M., Scott, C., & Rahimi, M. (2017). A comparison of sociodramatic play processes of preschoolers in a naturalized and a traditional outdoor space. International Journal of Play, 6(2), 177-197. doi: 10.1080/21594937.2017.1348321.

Morrissey, A-M., Scott, C., & Wishart, L. (2015). Infant and toddler responses to a redesign of their childcare outdoor play space. Children, Youth and Environments, 25(1), 29-56. doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.1.0029.

Refereed book chapters

Scott, C., Nolan, A., & Kilderry, A. (2020). Facilitating children’s agency in early childhood education and care. In A. Kilderry & B. Raban (Eds.), Strong Foundations: Evidence informing practice in early childhood education and care (pp. 124-135). ACER Press. doi: 10.37517/978-1-74286-555-3_9.

Conference presentations

2020 Online: ‘Children’s agency: What does it really mean and why is it considered important?’ Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Twilight Webinar.

2018 Brisbane, Australia: ‘Children’s agency in early childhood: The educator’s role’, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood Research Symposium: Power, Politics and Agency in Early Childhood Education.

2017 Hamilton, New Zealand: ‘Understanding the role of the educator in the facilitation of children’s agency’, New Zealand Association of Research in Education conference, Partnerships: From Promise to Praxis.

2017 Melbourne, Australia: ‘What is agency, anyway?’, Early Learning Association 2017 Conference: Together We Grow, the Child in Focus.

2017 Melbourne, Australia: ‘What is agency, anyway?’ workshops conducted with Early Childhood Management Services Educational Leaders March 2017 and Wyndham Council Educational Leaders February 2017.

2016 Melbourne, Australia: ‘What is agency, anyway?’, Early Childhood Management Services conference: Beyond Tomorrow.

Professional memberships

Early Childhood Australia