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Dr Gerarda Richards

Lecturer, Early Years


Gerarda Richards is a Lecturer, Early Years Education at Swinburne University of Technology. Gerarda currently holds the role of the Professional Experience Academic Lead, wherein she diligently oversees and supports Initial Teacher Education (ITE) placements. Collaborating with mentor teachers and the wider education community, Gerarda passionately advocates for quality ITE to enhance learning outcomes for young children. Moreover, Gerarda, as a proficient educator and researcher, has undertaken the development of comprehensive course materials for the recently established Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching (Grad Dip ECT). This program specifically caters to experienced Early Childhood Educators seeking to further enhance their pedagogical skills and knowledge. Notably, the Grad Dip ECT has successfully undergone the accreditation process and is now eligible for on-campus delivery at the Hawthorn campus.
Gerarda's research interests encompass a wide range of topics within the field of education. These include Initial Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Professional Development, Family/Community Partnerships, Curriculum and Assessment, Indigenous Perspectives, and Inclusion. Within her research endeavour’s, Gerarda places particular emphasis on exploring the pivotal role that families play in children's educational journeys. By closely examining the dynamics and interactions between families and educational contexts, Gerarda seeks the explore the significance of parental involvement and engagement in fostering optimal educational outcomes for young learners.
Gerarda's contributions to the field of 'Families and Learning' extend beyond her research pursuits. She has actively disseminated her findings through research publications and conference participation. Gerarda has developed strong collaborative partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders including families, teachers, early learning settings, the Victorian Institute of Teaching, the Department of Education, and Catholic Education Melbourne. These partnerships serve to facilitate meaningful engagement, knowledge sharing, and collective efforts aimed at enhancing educational practices and promoting positive educational experiences for children.

Research interests

Education; Intial Teacher Education; Early Childhood; STEM; Families; Teachers/Educators; Supervising Teachers/Mentor; School Engagement/Partnerships

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Teaching areas

Education;Professional Experience;Initial Teacher Education;Early Childhood;Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment

Professional memberships

  • 2022 (current): Committee Member, Professional Experience Community of Practice, Australia
  • 2023 (current): Committee Member, VIT PST Mentor working group, Australia
  • 2022 (current): Reviewer, AITSL panel member , Australia
  • 2022 (current): Assessor, Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA recognised assessor/Swinbourne Lead Academic), Australia


Also published as: Richards, Gerarda; Richards, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: STEM Hub *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2021: Access Quality Teaching initiative *; VIC Department of Education and Training

* Chief Investigator

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