Professor Sue

Professor Sue Grieshaber

Professor of Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

ED1 408, Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (James Cook); M EdSt (UQld); BEd St (UQld); Dip T (Griffith)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Area of study

Early childhood education

Brief profile

Sue Grieshaber is Professor of Education in the School of Education. Her research interests are informed by a range of critical, feminist, and feminist poststructural theories that address social justice and equity, and include women in higher education; qualitative and post-qualitative research approaches; and early childhood curriculum, policy, pedagogies and families. Sue is Foundation Co-editor of the internationally known journal Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, has published widely, and has worked in universities in Australia and Hong Kong.  


2017-2020: External examiner, Bachelor of Science in Applied Child Development. The University of Hong Kong. 2015-2016: UNESCO, UNICEF, ARNEC, OMEP Regional experts group to develop Documentation o

Recent publications


Diezmann, C. M. & Grieshaber, S. (under contract, due 2017).  Women professors: Who makes it and how. Dordrecht: Springer.

Li, M., Fox, J. & Grieshaber, S. (Eds.). (2017). Contemporary issues and challenges in early childhood education: Experiences from Asia-Pacific. Singapore: Springer.

Grieshaber, S. & McArdle (2010). The trouble with play. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Ryan, S., & Grieshaber, S. (Eds.). (2005). Practical transformations and transformational practices: Globalization, postmodernism, and early childhood education: Advances in Early Education and Day Care. Stamford, CT: JAI Press.

Grieshaber, S. & Cannella, G. S. (Coordinadoras). (2005). Las identidades en la educación temprana: Diversidad y posibilidades. (Traduccion J. J. Utrilla). Fondo De Cultura Económica: México. (Grieshaber & Cannella 2001 edited book translated into Spanish)

Grieshaber, S. (2004). Rethinking parent and child conflict. New York: RoutledgeFalmer.

Grieshaber, S. & Cannella, G. S. (Eds.). (2001). Embracing identities in early childhood education: Diversity and possibilities.  New York: Teachers College Press. (Translated into Spanish in 2005).

Refereed journal articles (2010-current)

Lau, W. C. M. & Grieshaber, S. (in press, accepted 21 September 2017). School-based integrated curriculum: An integrated music approach in one Hong Kong kindergarten. British Journal of Music Education.

Ho, J., Grieshaber, S., & Walsh, K. (2017). Discipline and rules in four Hong Kong kindergarten classrooms. International Journal of Early Years Education.

Grieshaber, S. & Graham, L. (2017). Equity and educators enacting the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. Critical Studies in Education 58(1), 89-103. DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2015.1126328

Grieshaber, S. (2016). Play and policy in early childhood education in the Asia Pacific region. Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 10(2), 7-28.

Duhn, I. & Grieshaber, S. (2016). Imagining otherwise: A (brief) Darwinian encounter with quality standards. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 17(1), 54-64. doi:10.1177/1463949115627901

Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., Mantilla, A., Grieshaber, S. & Wood, L. (2015). The role of motive objects in early childhood teacher development concerning children’s digital play and play based-learning in early childhood curricula. Professional Development in Education, 41(2), 222-235.

Cartmel, J. & Grieshaber, S. (2014). Communicating for quality in School Age Care Services. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(3), 23-28.

Sumsion, J., Grieshaber, S., McArdle, F., & Shield, P. (2014). The ‘state of play’: Australian early childhood educators and play-based learning. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(3), 4-14.

Boyle, T. & Grieshaber, S. (2013). Teacher understandings of orientation and transition programs from action research in five schools. The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19(3), 15-27.

Grieshaber, S. (2013). The scholarship of Jonathan Silin: A reading through the lens of sexuality. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(1), 12-13.

Sumsion, J. & Grieshaber, S. (2012). Pursuing better childhoods and futures through curriculum: Utopian visions in the development of Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework. Global Studies of Childhood 2(3), 230-244.

Grieshaber, S., Shield, P., Luke, A., Macdonald, S. (2012). Family literacy practices and home literacy resources: An Australian pilot study. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 12(2), 113-138.

Randell-Moon, H., Anderson, N., Bretag, T., Burke, A., Grieshaber, S., Lambert, A., Saltmarsh, D., & Yelland, N. (2011). Journal editing and ethical research practice: Perspectives of journal editors. Ethics and Education, 6(3), 225-238.  

Miller, M. G., Knowles, M., & Grieshaber, S. (2011). Cultural support workers and long day care services. Australian Education Researcher, 38(3), 275-291. 

Grieshaber, S. (2010). Departures from tradition: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 4(2), 33-44.

Grieshaber, S. (2010). ‘Beyond a battery hen model’: A computer lab, micropolitics and educational change. British Journal of Sociology of Education 31(4), 431-447.

Grieshaber, S. (2010). Beyond discovery: A case study of teacher interaction, young children and computer tasks. Cambridge Journal of Education 40(1), 69-85.

Lau, W. C. M. & Grieshaber, S. (2010). Musical free play: A case for invented musical notation in a Hong Kong kindergarten. British Journal of Music Education 27(2), 127-140.

McKee, A., Albury, K., Dunne, M., Grieshaber, S., Hartley, J., Lumby, C. Mathews, B.  (2010). Healthy sexual development: A multidisciplinary framework for research. International Journal of Sexual Health, 22(1), 14-19.

Book Chapters (2010-current)

Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., Mantilla, A., Grieshaber, S. & Wood, E. (in press, 2018). The role of motive objects in early childhood teacher development concerning children’s digital play and play-based learning in early childhood curricula. In J. Waters, J. Payler & K. Jones (Eds.),  The professional development of early years educators. London and New Youk: Routledge.

Grieshaber, S. & Ryan, S. (in press; invited chapter). The place of learning in the systematization and standardization of early childhood education. In G. E. Hall, L. F. Quinn, & D. M. Gollnick (Eds.), The handbook on teaching and learning. Wiley-Blackwell.

Grieshaber, S. & Blaise, M. (in press; invited chapter). The impact of alternative perspectives on the early childhood education field. In C. Brown, M. McMullen, & N. File (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of early childhood care and education. Wiley Handbooks in Education.

Grieshaber, S. (2017). Recent developments in curriculum and assessment in the early years in Australia. In M. Fleer & B. van Oers (Eds.), International handbook on early childhood education and development.  Vol. II (pp. 1211-1226). Dordrecht: Springer.

Nuttall, J. & Grieshaber, S. (2017). Emergence and contradiction: Early childhood education research in Australia. In M. Fleer & B. van Oers (Eds.), International handbook on early childhood education and development. Vol. I (pp. 511-530). Dordrecht: Springer.

Grieshaber, S. (2017). A changed agenda for early childhood education in the Asia-Pacific. In M. Li, J. Fox & S. Grieshaber (Eds.), Contemporary issues and challenges in early childhood education in the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 1-11). Singapore: Springer. 

Boyle, T. & Grieshaber, S. (2017). Linking learning: Developing cross-sector policies for transitions to school. In R. Maclean (Ed.) Life in classrooms: Past, present and future (pp. 369-384). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3654-5

Ikegami, K. & Grieshaber, S. (2017). Reconceptualising quality early childhood education: What does Soka education have to offer? In M. Li, J. Fox, & S. Grieshaber (Eds.), Contemporary issues and challenges in early childhood education in the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 241-258). Singapore: Springer.

McArdle, F. Sumsion, J., Grieshaber, S., Bousfield, K. & Shield, P. (2016). Team players. In T. Brabazon (Ed.), Play: A theory of learning and change (pp. 25-54). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Edwards, S., Nuttall, J., Mantilla, A, Wood, E. & Grieshaber, S. (2015). Digital play: What do early childhood teachers see? In S. Bulfin, N. F. Johnson & C. Bigum (Eds.). Critical perspectives on technology and education (pp. 69-84). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Grieshaber, S. & McArdle, F. (2014). Ethical dimensions and perspectives on play. In L. Brooker, S. Edwards, & M. Blaise (Eds.), Sage handbook of play and learning in early childhood (pp. 103-114). London: Sage.  

Grieshaber, S. & McArdle, F. (2014). New imaginaries in early childhood teacher education. In M. Bloch, B. Swadener, & G. Cannella (Eds.), Reconceptualizing early childhood education and care: Critical questions, new imaginaries and social activism (pp. 89-98). New York: Peter Lang.

Diezmann, C. M. & Grieshaber, S. (2013). Australian women in the academy: Challenges and aspirations. In W. Patton (Ed.), Conceptualising women’s working lives: Moving the boundaries of discourse (pp. 157-173). Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense.

Grieshaber, S. (2013). Social justice visions and curriculum realities in the early years of education. In A Luke, A. Woods, & K. Weir (Eds.), Curriculum, syllabus design and equity: A primer and model (pp. 103-115). New York and London: Routledge.

McArdle, F. & Grieshaber, S. (2012). The creativity Dis-ease: Or where in the world is creativity? In O. Saracho (Ed.) Contemporary perspectives on creativity in early childhood education (pp. 135-157). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Petriwskyj, A. & Grieshaber, S. (2011). Critical perspectives on transition to school: Reframing the debate. In D. M. Laverick & R. M. Jalongo (Eds.), Transitions to early care and education: International perspectives on making schools ready for young children (pp. 75-86). Dordrecht: Springer.

Grieshaber, S. (2010). Equity and research design. In G. MacNaughton, S. A. Rolfe & I. Siraj-Blatchford (Eds.) (2nd ed.), Doing early childhood research: International perspectives on theory and practice. (pp. 177-191). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Grieshaber, S. (2010). Sexualization of children in contemporary Australian media. In G. S. Cannella & L. D. Soto (Eds.), Childhoods: A handbook (pp. 174-187). New York: Peter Lang.

Grieshaber, S. & Miller, M. G. (2010). Migrant and refugee children, their families and early childhood education. In O. Saracho & B. Spodek (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives in early childhood education: Language and cultural diversity (pp. 167-190). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Grieshaber, S. & Yelland, N. (2010). Auswirkungen eines neuen Curriculums auf Vorschulpraxis: Eine australische Fallstudie (Top down curriculum down under: A case study of curriculum change and teaching practice in Australia). In E. F. Wassilios & P. Oberhuemer (Hrsg [Eds].) (2. Auflage [2nd ed.]), Frühpädagogik international: Bildungsqualität im Blickpunkt (Early childhood curriculum issues: International perspectives) (pp. 143-158). Weisbaden: GWV Fachverlage.

Research projects

2015-2017. (AUD$191,900.00). Edwards, S., Nuttall, J. G., Grieshaber, S. J., & Wood, E. A.  Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant. DP150102040. A pedagogical approach for twenty-first century play-based learning.

2013-2015 (AUD$299,122). Awarded as Grieshaber, S., McArdle, F., Sumsion, J. & Shield, P. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant. DP130103777. Education meets play: A sociological study of how the new compulsory national learning framework for children zero to five years influences educators' practice.

2007-2009 (AUD$418,000). Luke, A. & Grieshaber, S.  Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant. DP0774408. Family literacy practices, pedagogy and achievement in year one: A quantitative sociological study.

2007-2008 (AUD$30,000). Diezmann, C. & Grieshaber, S. Understanding the achievements and aspirations of new women professors. Universities Australia Grant.

2007-2008 ($HK162,580). Yuen, W. K. G., Lam, M. S. M., Lee, I-Fang., Ng M.L., Grieshaber, S. The Honk Kong Institute of Education. Shaping Forces of Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong: Choice and Quality of Service from Parents’ Perspectives.

2006-2009 (AUD$541,206). Awarded but not undertaken. Grieshaber, S. Tayler, C. P., Thorpe, K. & Englert, L. R. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant. LP0668125. Predicting progress: A longitudinal study of the social behaviour, numeracy and literacy of children in the Queensland preparatory trial.

2004-2002 (AUD$122,000) Grieshaber, S. & Yelland, N. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant. DP0211777. Becoming numerate with information technologies in early childhood education

2004-2002 (AUD$217,000) Grieshaber, S., Yelland, N., Matters, G. & Cook, T. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant and APAI scholarship (Industry Partner Education Queensland Assessment and New Basics Branch). LP0219676. Beyond letters, numbers and screens: New basics, technologies, numeracy and early childhood