• Professor Lennie Barblett AM
  • Chief Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University

Associate Professor Lennie Barblett’s research focusses on curriculum development, pedagogy and pedagogical leadership for effective early childhood education that is accessible to all Australian children and their families. Embedded in this is her interest in the role digital technologies play in children’s learning, development and wellbeing, educator’s teaching and learning, and the connection and engagement of families. A continuing theme of her research has been to influence policy development and implementation in the areas of equity, engagement and participation of children and their families and educators in quality early childhood education. Lennie hopes to assist in promoting the effective use of digital technologies in children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

In 2021, Lennie was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to tertiary education and early childhood teaching. In the same year, she was also named winner of Engagement Australia’s Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact. Lennis is a chief investigator on the Australian Learning Frameworks Update project 2020-2022 and Kindytxt, a digital literacy texting program for families of kindergarten children.

Earliest digital memory
Getting my first lend of a computer for my honours thesis – it was so large it could hardly fit in my bedroom and the floppy discs were hysterical. So glad things have changed and my computer now fits in my bag (and no more floppy discs).