Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray
Charles Sturt University · School of Education

PhD; BEd (Early Childhood) (Hons Class 1), CSU

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Introduction
My current research interests focus on wellbeing and mental health in early childhood and primary education settings. I am lead researcher for the Positive Living Skills program in Australia, and co-lead of the Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Group at Charles Sturt University.

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Publications (21)
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This paper describes the development, administration, and scoring of the Pictorial Measure of School Stress (PMSS). This instrument was designed to describe individual differences in children's feelings about everyday school situations and their coping strategies for dealing with these. The PMSS uses a semi-structured interview to present specific...
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This study investigated the extent to which learning readiness, prior‐to‐school experiences, and child and family characteristics influence children’s literacy and numeracy achievement across the first year of primary school. A sample of 104 kindergarten children was recruited from 16 classrooms and followed from the beginning to the end of their f...
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This study investigated the nature of parent involvement and parent–educator communication in prior-to-school early childhood settings and school, to explore relations to social capital variables and consistencies and changes in practices over time. Parent interview and teacher questionnaire data from two waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australi...
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Starting school requires children to manage a wide range of personal, interpersonal and institutional expectations and challenges, yet few child-report measures have captured the diversity of these experiences. In this paper, the Pictorial Measure of School Stress and Wellbeing (PMSSW) interview was used with 101 school entrants at the beginning an...
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The relationships students form with their teachers are critical to children's early school adjustment and later school success. While previous research has relied on teachers' single-point ratings of student-teacher relationship (STR) quality, this study included data provided by children and teachers at two time-points in the kindergarten year. C...
Technical Report
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Child mental health problems are common and their prevalence is not declining despite an increase in the use of services. A recent Australian survey found almost 14% of 4- to 17-year-olds have a diagnosable mental health problem which equates to almost 600,000 Australian children and young people (Hafekost et al., 2016). Fostering child and family...
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Gathering young children’s views and experiences of difficult social and emotional situations is an ongoing dilemma for researchers. Ringoot et al. (2013) note that few validated, structured, self-report measures of emotional and behavioural problems are available for use with young children. Direct questioning techniques, including child self-repo...
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In this chapter, we examine the connection between school choice and parent-school involvement in an Australian sample of over 3700 6–7 year-old children. Parents provided information on the type of school the child attended (government-public, Catholic, independent-private), the most important reason for their choice, and whether they had visited...
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Teachers and peers represent two important dimensions of the classroom social ecology that have important implications for children's social-emotional adjustment. This study examined the combined effects of teacher-child relationships (TCR) and peer relationships for 6?7 year-old children on their social-emotional adjustment at 8?9 years. The sampl...
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Research has established that qualities of student–teacher relationships impact children’s self-concept, however, the role of teacher and child gender in these relations is unclear. This study used data from 4169 children aged 10–11 years and 3343 teachers from Wave 4 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to examine the relationship betw...
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Refereed Paper presented to the Australian Association in Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, 2004. http://www.aare.edu.au/data/publications/2004/mur04985.pdf
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Children’s transition to school has been described in the literature as a developmental transition. Developmental changes in children’s lives have been investigated in my research by taking an ecological perspective, which acknowledges multiple influences on children’s development and the reciprocal influences children have on relationships and con...
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Growing recognition of the complexity of children’s lives has led to strong advocacy in education research literature for greater collaboration between researchers from different paradigms to address the ‘wicked’ problems that face contemporary children and families. There is little literature, however, exploring how collaboration works in practice...
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As a result of a number of government reports, there have been numerous systemic changes in Indigenous education in Australia revolving around the importance of partnerships with the community. A forum with our local Dubbo community established the importance of working together and developed a model which placed the child in an ecological perspect...

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