Sara J Archard

Sara Archard


Qualifications: MEd University of Waikato: Bachelor of Teaching with Honours University of Waikato

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2013 Nola Campbell Memorial Elearning Teaching Excellence Award

Research Interests:

My primary interests fall into two categories that are connected to the early childhood sector. The first category is how digital technologies can be used to support the human elements of online learning relationships in initial teacher education programmes to reflect early childhood curriculum aspirations. The second category is how the digital funds of knowledge of children are being recognised and responded to in the early childhood sector. The first category of interest is reflected in my Master's thesis, my current PhD study and solo authored publications whilst the second category is evident in co-authored publications concerning the digital funds of knowledge of children.

As the coordinator of a distance initial teacher education programme for the past 9 years, I have shown a commitment to the pedagogical, innovative use of digital technologies to support student engagement and sense of community in the online learning environment in tertiary education. The close connection between my teaching and research creates a synergy that drives both areas.

My work is significant because there can be sense of uncertainty and resistance to the use of digital technologies in early childhood education to support and enhance learning. My co-authored publications have sought to contribute to the understanding of early childhood teachers of how digital technologies can be used to meet curriculum goals and respond to the socio-cultural contexts of children's lives and their digital funds of knowledge.

Recent Publications

  • Madsen, S. S., Thorvaldsen, S., & Archard, S. (2018). Teacher educators’ perceptions of working with digital technologies. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 13(3), 177-196. Retrieved from

  • Archard, S. (2017). Nice weather we’re having – The place of ‘Chat’ in nurturing learning relationships between student-teachers and lecturers in online initial teacher education programmes. In 2017 Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Conference held at the University of York, York, United Kingdon.

  • Mitchell, L., & Archard, S. (2017). The early childhood teaching workforce, teacher qualifications and professional development in New Zealand. In Innovating and improving the quality of Vietnamese preschool education. Conference held Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • Archard, S., & Archard, S. (2016). Jessica connects: A case study focussing on one child’s use of information and communication technology (ICT) in an early childhood education setting. In V. Sharma, & A. Brink (Eds.), Childhood Through The Looking Glass (pp. 129-139). Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Open Access version:

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Distance Learning; Early Childhood Learning; Early Childhood/Early Years Education; Education; E-Education; E-Learning; Learning and Education; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching; Teaching and Learning; Teaching Online; Technology; Tertiary Education

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