Shiree is a lecturer in early childhood education. She has a breadth of experience in the early childhood field spanning more than 20 years working with young children and their whānau. This experience includes some of the diverse aspects of the early childhood sector including early education and care settings, home based education and care, kindergarten, and teacher education.
Shiree became interested in mathematics in early childhood while completing her Bachelors degree and is passionate about empowering children to learn holistically through play. Her current research interests include infant and toddler education, mathematics within play and numeracy in early childhood. Her recent Masters thesis researched toddlers’ mathematical play in the outdoors.
Publications and Presentations
- Mawson, B., & Lee, S. (2008). Re-visioning practice; Science mathematics and technology for early childhood education. Workshop presented at the Celebrating Northlands Tamariki conference. Whangarei, October.
- Lee, S. (2008). Mathematics within early childhood - A New Zealand case study. Paper presented at ICME-11, July 6-12, Monterrey, Mexico.
- Lee, S., Perger, P., & Lomas, G. (2008). Adapting a school numeracy project for early childhood play based learning. Paper presented at ICME-11, July 6-12, Monterrey, Mexico.
- Lee, S. (2007). ‘I think you are a hundred’, paper presented at the ninth Early Childhood Convention, 23-28 September, Rotorua, New Zealand.
- Lee, S. (2007). Trimangles and kittens: mathematics within socio-dramatic play in a New Zealand early childhood setting. Paper presented at the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2-6 July, Hobart, Tasmania.
- Babbington, S. (2006). Emma’s story: A case study of a toddler’s problem solving development. ACE Papers 17. The University of Auckland Faculty of Education.
- Babbington, S. (2005). Numeracy in New Zealand early childhood education. New Zealand Educational Institute National Conference, Hamilton, April.
- Babbington, S. (2005). Numeracy and New Zealand early childhood education. ACE Papers 16, The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education, 80-90.
- Babbington, S., & Lomas, G. (2004). Mathematical content knowledge and pedagogy in New Zealand early childhood education. 10th International Congress on Mathematical Education. Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-11 July.
- Babbington, S. & Duncan, J.A. (2004). The magic of mathematics in the early years. Video recording. Auckland College of Education. ISBN:1-877370-02-9
- Babbington, S. (2003). The magic of early childhood mathematics. Paper presented at the Eighth Early Childhood Convention, Palmerston North, September.