Acknowledgements

Dr Anne-Marie Morrisey

Dr Anne-Marie MorriseyAnne-Marie Morrissey is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Deakin University, and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has had extensive experience as an early childhood teacher and centre coordinator in kindergartens, childcare centres and schools. Anne-Marie also worked as a Moderator with the National Childcare Accreditation Council for over 11 years. Her research interests include early gifted development, play, natural outdoor learning spaces, and quality in childcare programmes. She has published internationally in these areas. Anne-Marie is currently a lead investigator in major projects on mentoring of early childhood teachers, outdoor learning environments, and evaluation of International Baccalaureate Early Years programmes.   


Dr Anne Grant

Dr Anne GrantAnne’s research for her PhD thesis focussed on influences which impact on young gifted children when they move from their home learning environment into preschool, and from preschool into the beginning grade of school.  This has furthered her interest in how early childhood educators may work more effectively in engaging young gifted children in the learning environment, as well as supporting their healthy social and emotional development. Anne has taught in the early childhood field for many years, working with children who have a range of abilities from those identified as gifted through to children with severe developmental delay. She is currently involved in preservice teacher education and writing on the educational needs of young gifted children.