Prof. Sue Walker

Queensland University of Technology, Australia



2001 PhD., Queensland University of Technology

1996 M.D., Education (Research) Queensland University of Technology

1994 B.A., Education (Hons) and QUT Medal Queensland University of Technology

Publications (Selected)


  1. Bergin, C.C., Bergin, D.A., Walker, S., Daniel, G., Fenton, A., & Subban, P. (2018). Child and adolescent development for educators. South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage.
  2. Lunn Brownlee, J., Johansson, E., Walker, S., & Scholes, L. (Eds.) (2017). Teaching for Active Citizenship: Personal epistemology and practices in early education classrooms. Routledge. DP0880000, DP130102136


  1. Walker, S., Lunn-Brownlee, J., Scholes, L., & Johansson, E. (In Press). Young children's moral evaluations of inclusion and exclusion in play in ethnic and aggressive stereotypic peer contexts. International Journal of Inclusive Education.
  2. Nucifora, A., & Walker, S. (In Press). The importance of self-regulation: A mediator of early socio-emotional difficulties on later socio-emotional and teacher-student relational outcomes. Journal of Special Educational Needs.
  3. Walker, S., Fleer, M., Veresov, N., & Duhn, I. (2020). Enhancing executive function through imaginary play: A promising new practice principle. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood.
  4. Lunn-Brownlee, J., Walker, S., Wallace, E., Johansson, E., & Scholes, L. (2019). Doing the right thing in the early years of primary school: A longitudinal study of children’s reasoning about right and wrong. Australian Educational Researcher, 46, 863–878.
  5. Lunn Brownlee, J., Walker, S., Scholes, L., & Johansson, E. (2019). Reasoning about social inclusion over the early years of primary school: a focus on epistemic cognition. European Early Childhood Research Journal. 27(5), 616-629, DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2019.1651958
  6. Fleer, M., Veresov, N., & Walker, S. (2019). Playworlds and Executive Functions in Children: Theorising with the cultural-historical analytical lenses. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 54 (1) 124-141. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-019-09495-2
  7. Walker, S., Lunn, J., Scholes, L., & Johansson, E. (2019). The development of children’s epistemic beliefs across the early years of elementary school. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 90 (2), 266-281. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12280
  8. Walker, S., & Graham, L. (2019). At risk students and teacher-student relationships: Student characteristics, attitudes to school and classroom climate. International Journal of Inclusive Education. DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1588925
  9. Taylor, A., Beamish, W., Tucker, M., Paynter, J., & Walker, S. (2019). Designing a Model of Practice for Australian Teachers of Young School-age Children on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of International Special Needs Education. DOI: 10.9782/18-00017
  10. Ryan, M., Bourke, T., Lunn, J., Rowan, L., Walker, S., & Churchward, P. (2019). Seeking a reflexive space for teaching to and about diversity: Emergent properties of enablement and constraint for teacher educators. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 25(2), 259-273.
  11. Lunn, J., Rowan, L., Ryan, M., Walker, S., Bourke, T., & Churchward, P. (2019). Researching teacher educators’ preparedness to teach to and about diversity: Investigating epistemic reflexivity as a new conceptual framework. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 47(3), 230-250.
  12. Ey, L., Walker, S., & Spears, B. (2019). Young children’s thinking about bullying: Personal, social-conventional and moral reasoning perspectives. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44 (2), 196-210.
  13. White, A., & Walker, S. (2018). Enhancing social emotional development through evidence-based resources. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43 (4), 4-13.
  14. Wang, C., Harrison, L.J., McLeod, S., Walker, S., & Spilt, J. (2018). Can teacher-child relationships support human rights to freedom of opinion and expression, education and participation? International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20 (1), 133-141, doi:10.1080/17549507.2018.1408855.
  15. Fleer, M., Harrison, L., Veresov, N., & Walker, S. (2017). Working with teachers’ pedagogical strengths: Designing executive function activities for play-based programs. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42 (4), 47-55.
  16. Fleer, M., Veresov, N., & Walker, S. (2017). Re-conceptualizing executive functions as social activity in children’s playworlds. Learning Culture and Social Interaction, 14C, 1-11 DOI: 10.1016/j.lcsi.2017.04.003
  17. Mergler, A., & Walker, S. (2017). ‘This is possibly THE hardest decision a parent has to make.’ Deciding when your child is ready to start Prep. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42 (2), 97-104.
  18. Scholes, L., Lunn-Brownlee, J., Walker, S., & Johansson, E. (2017). Changes in children’s reasoning about the social inclusion of aggressive children over the early years of elementary school. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 21 (10), 991-1010. DP130102136
  19. Walker, S., & Berthelsen, D. (2017). Gender differences in early literacy and mathematics achievement and self-regulatory behaviours in the first year of school: An Australian study. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42 (1), 70-78.
  20. Williams, K., Berthelsen, D., Nicholson, J., Walker, S. (2017). A developmental cascade model of behavioral sleep problems, emotional, and attentional self-regulation across early childhood. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2015.1065410
  21. Mascadri, J., Lunn Brownlee, J., Walker, S., & Alford, J. H. (2017) Exploring intercultural competence through the lens of self-authorship. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 37 (2), 217-234.
  22. Scholes, L., Lunn Brownlee, J., Walker, S., Johansson, E., Lawson, V., & Mascadri, J. (2017). Promoting social inclusion in the early years of elementary school: A focus on children’s epistemic beliefs for moral reasoning. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 21 (5), 507-520. DP130102136
  23. Hayes, N., Berthelsen, D., Nicholson, J., & Walker, S. (2016). Trajectories of Parent Involvement in Home Learning Activities across the Early Years: Associations with Socio-demographic Characteristics and Children’s Learning Outcomes. Early Child Development and Care. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1262362
  24. Lunn Brownlee, Jo, Scholes, Laura, Walker, Sue, & Johansson, Eva (2016) Critical values education in the early years: Alignment of teachers' personal epistemologies and practices for active citizenship. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 261-273. DP130102136
  25. Carrington, S., Berthelsen, D., Nickerson, J., Nicholson, J. M., Walker, S., & Meldrum, K. (2016). Teachers’ experiences of inclusion of children with developmental disabilities across the early years of school. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, 26 (2), 139-154. DP0877587
  26. Williams, K.E., Nicholson, J.M., Walker, S., & Berthelsen, D. (2016). Early childhood profiles of sleep problems and self-regulation predict later school adjustment, British Journal of Educational Psychology, 86 (2), 331-350. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12109
  27. McLeod, S., Harrison, L., Whiteford, C., & Walker, S. (2016). Multilingualism and Speech-Language Competence in Early Childhood: Impact on Academic and Social-Emotional Outcomes at School. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 34, 53-66. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.08.005
  28. White, S.L., Berthelsen, D., Walker, S., & Williams, K. (2015). Early mathematical learning: Number processing skills and executive function at 5 and 8 years of age. Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 9 (3), 45-66.
  29. Batiste, W., Walker, S., & Smeed, J. (2015). The relationship between teachers’ perceptions of their principal’s leadership and the implementation of the National Curriculum. Leading and Managing, 21 (1), 69-85.
  30. Brownlee, J. M., Johansson, E., Cobb-Moore, C., Boulton-Lewis, G. M., Walker, S., & Ailwood, J. (2015) Epistemic beliefs and beliefs about teaching practices for moral learning in the early years of school: relationships and complexities. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 43(2), 164-183. DP0880000
  31. Johansson, E., Cobb-Moore, C., Brownlee-Lunn, J. M., Boulton-Lewis, G. M., Ailwood, J., & Walker, S. (2014). Children’s perspectives on values and rules in Australian early education. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39 (2), 12-20. DP0880000.
  32. Teo, Shu Lin Cheryl & Walker, S. (2014). Child-related factors that influence teacher-child relationships using an Australian national sample. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 39 (2), 51-59.
  33. Exley, B., Woods, A., Lunn, J., Walker, S., & Whiteford, C. (2014). Reconciling dilemmas of social justice in literacy lessons: A case study of preservice primary teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39 (1), 159-174.
  34. Sim, S., Berthelsen, D., Walker, S., Nicholson, J., & Fielding-Barnsley, R. (2013). A shared reading intervention with parents to enhance children’s early literacy skills. Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2013.862532.
  35. Whiteford, C, Walker, S, & Berthelsen, D. C. (2013.) Australian children with special health care needs: Social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years. International Journal of Early Childhood, 45(1), 35-50.
  36. Boyd, W., Thorpe, K., & Walker, S. (2013). Choosing work and care: Four case studies of Australian women negotiating their return to paid work in the first year of motherhood. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(2), 168-178.
  37. Walker, S., Brownlee, J., Whiteford, C., Exley, B., & Woods, A. (2012). A Longitudinal Study of Change in Preservice Teachers’ Personal Epistemologies. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(5), 24-35.
  38. Walker, S., Berthelsen, D., Nicholson, J., Carrington, S., & Dunbar, S. (2012). The transition to school of children with developmental disabilities: Views of parents and teachers. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(3), 22-29 DP0877587
  39. Wainman, B., Walker, S., Brownlee, J., Boulton-Lewis, G., Cobb, C., Johansson, E., & Whiteford, C. (2012). Young children’s beliefs about including others in their play: Social and moral reasoning about inclusion and exclusion. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(3), 137-146. [IF: 0.317] ; QUT ePrint downloads: 158 DP0880000
  40. Ailwood, J., Walker, S., Brownlee, J., Boulton-Lewis, G., Johansson, E., & Cobb, C. (2011). Educational policy for citizenship in the early years in Australia. Journal of Education Policy, 26(5), 641-653. DP0880000
  41. Walker, S., Brownlee, J., Cobb-Moore, C., Boulton-Lewis, G., Ailwood, J., Johansson, E., & Whiteford, C., (2012). Early years teachers’ epistemic beliefs and beliefs about children’s moral learning. Teachers and Teaching 18(2), 263-275. DP0880000
  42. Williams, K., Berthelsen, B., Nicholson, J., Walker, S. & Abad, V. (2012). The effectiveness of a short term music therapy intervention for parents who have a child with a disability. Journal of Music Therapy, 49(1), 23-44
  43. Brownlee J., Jia-Jia S., Mascadri, J., Cobb-Moore, C., Walker, S., Johansson, E., Boulton-Lewis, G., & Ailwood, J. (2012). Teachers’ and children’s personal epistemologies for moral education: Case studies in early years elementary education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 28, 440-450. DP0880000
  44. Boulton-Lewis, G., Brownlee, J., Walker, S., Johansson, E., Cobb-Moore, C. (2011). Moral and social development: Case studies of teachers’ knowledge, and learning and their teaching strategies in the early years. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 (4), 6-15. DP0880000
  45. Johansson, E., Brownlee, J., Cobb-Moore, C., Boulton-Lewis, G., Walker, S., & Ailwood, J. (2011). Practices for teaching moral values in the early years: A call for a pedagogy of participation. Education, Citizenship & Social Justice, 6 (2), 109-124. DP0880000
  46. Heirdsfield, A., Walker, S., Tambyah, M. & Beutel, D. (2011). Blackboard as an online learning environments: What do teacher education students and staff think? Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(7), 1-16.
  47. McArdle, F., Walker, S. & Whitefield, K. (2010). Assessment by Interview portfolio. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 31 (1), 86-96.
  48. Harrison, L. J., McLeod, S., Berthelsen, D., & Walker, S. (2009). Literacy, numeracy and learning in school-aged children identified as having speech and language impairment in early childhood. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11(5), 392-403.
  49. Walker, S. (2009). Sociometric stability and the behavioural correlates of social status. Journal of Genetic Psychology 170 (4), 339-358.
  50. Walker, S., Brownlee, J., Lennox, S., Exley, B., Howell, K. & Cocker, F. (2009). What do first year university students think about knowing and learning? Using personal epistemology to understand transitions to university. Teaching Education 20 (3), 243-256.

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