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Zinnia Mevawalla is a Lecturer in Early Years Education at the School of Education. Zinnia has previously worked across institutions in Australia (University of Canberra, Macquarie University and Sydney University) and the United Kingdom (University of East London).
Zinnia is interested in understanding how initiatives and practices in the early years can foster participation, inclusion and equity for children, families/caregivers and communities. There are five central themes to her work: Social Inclusion in Early Childhood, Inclusive Education in Early Childhood, Social Justice in the Early Years, Resistance and Dignity Work in the Early Years and Critical Qualitative Research Approaches.
Zinnia is interested in understanding how initiatives and practices in the early years can foster social inclusion for children, families/caregivers and communities. Using critical and resistance theories, her work focuses on listening to children, families/caregivers and community stakeholders who experience systematic exclusion in diverse international contexts. Her focus is on research which examines barriers and the potential for inclusion, equity, participation and transformative resistance. Zinnia is also interested in research which explores how educators, transdisciplinary professionals and community stakeholders work across early childhood contexts to support children and families/caregivers who experience social exclusion.
Zinnia teaches Early Years subjects across the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the School of Education. She is also involved in the supervision of PGR students.
Academic / Professional qualifications
- PhD in Early Childhood Education - Macquarie University, Australia
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)(Hons)(1st class) - Macquarie University, Australia
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Self-regulation matters: Examining how an inclusive play-based program can enhance pre-schoolers' transitions to school
Pino-Pasternak, D., Pamphilon, B., Simoncini, K., Perry, N. & Mevawalla, Z.
1/01/21 → 31/12/23
Critical Consciousness, Social Justice and Resistance: The Experiences of Young Children Living on the Streets in IndiaMevawalla, Z., 10 Apr 2020, New York. 296 p. (Education and Struggle)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Generative listening: using arts-based inquiry to investigate young children’s perspectives of inclusion, exclusion and disabilityCologon, K., Cologon, T., Mevawalla, Z. & Niland, A., 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Early Childhood Research. 17, 1, p. 54-69 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Sanobia Palkhiwala (Speaker) & Zinnia Mevawalla (Speaker)19 Jul 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk