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Dr Kym Simoncini

Dr Kym SimonciniPosition

Assistant Professor (Early Childhood and Primary Education)

Contact details

Tel: +61 2 6201 2505


Prior to her academic career, Kym was a primary school teacher. She taught in both government and Catholic schools in North Queensland 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 was received a Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Kym joined UC 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 and she is part of the Early Learning STEM Australia project.

Research interests

  • Family learning
  • Playgrounds and school engagement
  • Playgroups
  • Early childhood STEM learning

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