Thinking Ahead Extension Workshops presents
Learning Through a Child’s Eyes:

Parenting and Teaching in the Early Years

Presenters

Dr Cathy Harrison

Bronwyn Macleod

Fiona Smith

Dr Cathy Harrison

Dr Cathie Harrison is an early childhood educator with more than twenty five years experience within early childhood education and related fields. Cathie has been the director of community based and government pre-schools in NSW and has had fourteen years experience as a lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Western Sydney [UWS], Bankstown Campus. Cathie has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood from Sydney University, a Master of Education (specializing in gifted education) from the University of NSW and a Doctorate of Education from UWS. Cathie is the author of the book Giftedness in Early Childhood first published in 1999 and recently published for the third time by Gifted Education, Research, Resource and Information Centre [GERRIC] at the University of NSW. Cathie frequently provides lectures for parenting programs organized by GERRIC. Cathie has been an Early Childhood Advisor to ABC Play School since 1999, and consultant to two museum projects ‘Kid’s Island’, an interactive play space for young children at The Australian Museum and ‘Children+water= fun’, an interactive exhibition for children at The National Maritime Museum. Cathie is currently on leave from UWS and now offers a range of consultancy and professional development services to community organizations, government and business sectors and to early childhood educators and families. Her expertise is in the areas of early childhood education, play and learning environments, gifted education and children’s television.

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Bronwyn Macleod

Bronwyn MacLeod has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney, a Certificate of Gifted Education and a Master in Education from the University of New South Wales, and is currently undertaking a Ph.D program examining the use and benefit of online learning with gifted students. Her experience includes teaching in state and independent schools in Years K ? 12, adult training, postgraduate lecturing and she is co-author of two educational texts on curriculum for gifted students published by GERRIC at UNSW: Gifted Student in Secondary Schools: Differentiating the Curriculum and Gifted Students in Primary Schools: Differentiating the Curriculum and author of two differentiated units of work in the ‘Inspire’series. She has been a classroom teacher in both the primary and secondary schools for twenty years, and has also worked for the Department of Education writing and presenting Train the Trainer courses in both Science & Technology, and Design & Technology. Bronwyn is an educational consultant, working extensively in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland and also on a part time basis at the Outreach Centre for Sciences to assist in the coordination of all students and teacher programs for the JASON Project in NSW and Queensland.

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Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith has an Arts Degree with Honours in Psychology and a Masters of Education degree, specialising in Gifted Education. She has experience tutoring in Psychology at The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and has lectured in Gifted Education and in COGE (The Certificate of Gifted Education) at UNSW. Fiona worked as the Principal Psychologist at GERRIC (Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre), UNSW, for over 6 years. For the last 12 months she has also been working privately as a Consultant Psychologist. Since 1998 Fiona has assessed over 1200 children using the Wechsler and Stanford Binet tests of intellectual aptitude. Her main research interests include humour as an indication of high-level abstract reasoning, literature used as bibliotherapy for gifted children and adolescents and the sensitivities and intensities that accompany and complement intellectual giftedness. Fiona also presents at parenting workshops, conferences and schools. She is available for inservicing on the identification and assessment needs of gifted students from Preschool to High School and on appropriate affective curriculum.

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Presented by Thinking Ahead Extension Workshops (ABN 50 017 429 348)
Ph 9474 4594 Fax 9474 3462
in conjunction with Gateways Education