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Research projects with parents @ Edith Cowan University

Are you the parent of an infant?

This ECU study is looking for parents of infants (birth-12 months) who are or are not using infant feeding apps to help with their feeding routine. We would like to interview you about your feeding routines and bonding with your infant. 

ECU Ethics Approval #2022-03677-GREEN. Email Carmen and Emma at for more information.

Are you a first-time parent?

This ECU study is looking for Australian parents with their first child who is aged between birth and four (before school). We would like to ask some questions about your thinking about how your child might use or experience digital technologies (e.g. phones and iPads) as they grow up. 

ECU Ethics Approval #2021-03027-GREEN. Email Carmen and Emma at for more information. 

Digital Connections: Communication across home and non-compulsory early education settings study

QUT Ethical clearance number: 5799

Home-education communication is foundational for children’s positive educational experiences in the early years. Download the project flyer here.

The project

Communication approaches have changed since the days of taking notes home from school. This study is interested in the many ways that parents, caregivers, and educators share information. We will explore how parents, caregivers and educators work together to connect and promote children’s positive educational experiences. A key focus of the study is to understand how relationships are built through digital and non-digital modes of communication.

The aim

The aim of the project is to understand how communication happens, who communicates, the frequency of communication, when and where different communication modes are utilised, and the reasons for communication.

Who’s invited

Parents, caregivers, centre directors, teachers, educators, and other staff of non-compulsory early education settings are invited to complete a survey about digital communication practices.

How to participate

To find out more about the study and to complete the survey please follow the link. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.


Professor Susan Danby (Principal Researcher). Email: Phone: (07) 3138 3547.

Deakin HDR scholarship EOI

Applications will remain open until candidates have been appointed

About the scholarship

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for three students to undertake research at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, based at the Centre’s Deakin University node. The Deakin node of the Centre sits within the Strategic Research Centre in Education, Research for Educational Impact (REDI), located in the School of Education at Deakin University. Embedded in the Deakin node, the successful candidates will benefit from a research intensive and collegial environment.

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Australian owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.

The Centre recognises that the examples we set in diversity and inclusion will support young children to respect and celebrate differences in all people. We embed diversity, inclusivity and equality into all aspects of the Centre’s activities and welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and national origin.