Kym Simoncini

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Kym Simoncini is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University of Canberra, Australia. Prior to her academic career, Kym was a primary school teacher. She taught in both government and Catholic schools in North Queensland, Australia and England. Her PhD examined young children’s participation in extra-curricular activities and School Age Care. After completing her thesis Kym was a lecturer at James Cook University where she received a Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Kym joined the University of Canberra in 2013 where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate education units. She regularly delivers professional development workshops to primary teachers in Papua New Guinea.

Kym’s current research focuses on children’s and family learning and play. Much of her research is located in Papua New Guinea investigating family learning, playgrounds, playgroups and school readiness. Her research in Australia examines early childhood STEM learning. Kym is part of the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) project.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, James Cook University Queensland

Award Date: 11 Apr 2011

Bachelor, Macquarie University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2001

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Early learning STEM Australia (ELSA) pilot programme

Lowrie, T., Fitzgerald, R., Jorgensen, R., Krishnapillai, S., Leonard, S., Logan, T., Larkin, K., Lewis, C., Simoncini, K., Bateup, C. & Bacon, M.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


Project: Other

Research Output

The impact of block play on children’s early mathematics skills in rural Papua New Guinea.

Simoncini, K., Forndran, A., Manson, E., Sawi, J., Philip, M. & Kokinai, C., 2020, In : International Journal of Early Childhood. 52, 1, p. 77-93 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Children’s Right to Play in Papua New Guinea: Insights from Children in Years 3 – 8.

    SIMONCINI, K., Elliott, S., Carr, V., Manson, E., Simeon, L. & Sawi, J., 4 May 2018, In : International Journal of Play. 7, 2, p. 146-160 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Early Childhood Education in Papua New Guinea

    Carr, V., SIMONCINI, K. & Manson, E., 2018, Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education. New York: Taylor and Francis - Routledge, p. 248-260 13 p. (Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Early childhood pre-service teachers engage in collegial dialogue.

    SIMONCINI, K., Lasen, M. & Rocco, S., 2018, Learning and Teaching Around the World . Safford, K. & Chamberlain, L. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 153-162 10 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter