Dr Sandie Wong is a senior lecturer in the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University. Sandie has a PhD in early childhood education and has worked as an academic, manager, researcher, evaluator, educator, consultant and nurse, within a range of early childhood, academic and health organisations. Sandie's research is driven by a concern with the role early childhood education and intervention has in ameliorating disadvantage and reducing marginalisation. She is particularly concerned with utilising collaborative, strengths-based approaches to evaluation and research, supporting practitioner enquiry and bridging the gap between research and early childhood practices. She has an on-going interest in historicising early childhood through history of the present and oral history methodology.
Sandie's current research investigates inter-professional work in early childhood integrated service settings. She is committed to lifelong learning, particularly as it pertains to professional development of early childhood professionals. Her approach to teaching is to work with students to assist them to recognise and develop their knowledge, strengths and capacities, and to develop an appreciation of diverse perspectives.
With her colleague Frances Press, she co-authored Early Childhood Australia: A voice for children for 75 years - a history of the national peak body Early Childhood Australia.