Susan Edwards is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Learning Sciences Institute of Australia at the Australian Catholic University. Her research investigates the role of play-based learning in the early childhood curriculum.
Susan was a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2009–2012) titled ‘Examining play-based approaches to teaching and learning in early childhood education and care’. She is currently working as a chief investigator on two new discovery grants (2014–2016; 2015–2017) investigating the role of play-based pedagogies in the provision of obesity and sustainability education in early childhood. She is leading another project examining the use of digital technologies in the early years.
Susan has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and she has published several books with publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Macmillan and Open University Press. Her most recent book is the SAGE International Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood Education, co-edited with Liz Brooker and Mindy Blaise. Susan is also currently Editor of the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, published by SAGE on behalf of ECA.