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Dr Tracy Charlotte Young

Lecturer, Education


Teaching within both the higher education and vocational tertiary sector has enabled Tracy to combine earlier experience in the field of early childhood education, with skills as a leader, advocate and researcher. Tracy has developed extensive knowledge and interest in a number of key teaching areas, including environmental sustainability, early childhood science, curriculum and pedagogy, leadership and professional identity and theories of teaching and learning.

Tracy’s work is sustained by a commitment to social and ecological justice and seeks to understand how power structures are reinforced through the political, social and cultural effects of education.  Thus, her research is concerned with broad and intersecting themes of education, humanism and critical posthumanism.  Recent research aligns three disciplines: early childhood education, environmental education, and human-animal studies that explores the connections and disjunctions of children’s relations with animals in family homes and early childhood education within a critical posthuman theoretical framework. In this research the complex relations with children, animals and environments provide a space for ethical inquiry that troubles how animal species are socially constructed, culturally reproduced and positioned in early childhood education. Postqualitative methodologies invite creative practices in her research including theorising with critical posthumanist, ecofeminist, postcolonial and new materialist philosophies. Tracy’s research contributes to wider understandings about the significance of early childhood education in terms of relationality with the human and the more-than-human. Tracy is the co-editor of the animal relations section of the International ChildhoodNatures Research Handbook published by Springer in 2019.

Research interests

Education; Early childhood education; Environmental education; Human-animal studies

Fields of Research

  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) - 130102
  • Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified - 130399
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development - 130202

Teaching areas

Early childhood Education;Environmental Sustainability;Teaching and Learning Theories


  • 2014, Other, Frank Fisher Memorial Conference Award, Victorian Association of Environmental Education
  • 2011, National, Barbara Creaser Memorial Lecture award. , Early Childhood Australia
  • 2008, Swinburne, Swinburne Industry Synergy Awards , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2008, National, Jean Denton Memorial Scholarship , Flinders University


Also published as: Young, Tracy; Young, T.; Young, Tracy Charlotte
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