Ian Broinowski, PhD, MEd, BA (Soc Wk), BEc, Dip Teach, worked as an advanced skills teacher in children's services at the Institute of TAFE Tasmania in Hobart, Australia for many years. Ian has a background in Economics, Social Work and Education. He has taught in a wide range of subjects in aged care, disability services, children’s services, community and youth work. He worked in for a period as a house parent in Bristol, England and Northern Ireland. He has also held positions as a child welfare officer in Tasmania and NSW. Ian’s publications include Child Care Social Policy and Economics, (1994) Creative Childcare Practice: Program design in early childhood, (2002) and recently Managing Children’s Services 2004. He has spent the last five years studying his PhD at the University of South Australia in which he examined the relationship between enchantment, imagination and creativity, and the quality of the work of the early childhood educator. Ian was a awarded the Jean Denton national scholarship in 2001. He is currently teaching online from Hobart in Education with Open Universities Australia at Curtin University in WA and is a member of the Health and Medical Ethics Committee with the University of Tasmania.
Area of Expertise: Online teaching and E-learning; teaching adults and life-long learning; creativity and imagination in teaching and learning practice; early childhood education; childcare and children’s services; children with additional needs, culture and diversity; computers and ICT in teaching; social policy; management and leadership in children’s services; child protection, Problem Based Learning and Adult learning.