The art of stories and storytelling are central to Louise’s worldview, through her practices as a professional storyteller, early childhood teacher, early childhood consultant and academic. Louise performs stories, plays with stories, writes stories, presents workshops on storytelling, and weaves stories and storytelling into research methodology and writings for their great capacity to cultivate deep understandings of humanity. Her doctoral study investigated possibilities of young children’s active citizenship through a practice of social justice storytelling.
Louise is an Associate Professor in Education at Southern Cross University, where she is Chair of Initial Teacher Education for the Faculty of Education. She has more than 30 years of experience as an early childhood educator, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. She is internationally known for her research and publications on storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts based pedagogies and methodologies, sensation and place.