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Rebecca Georgis

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Rebecca Georgis

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Personal statement

Rebecca joined the Early Childhood Studies team in 2018 to contribute to an exciting dual award programme partnership between Bath Spa University and Hunan University of Humanities, Science, and Technology in China. Her role primarily involves developing and delivering modules to students at Hunan University.

Prior to joining BSU, Rebecca worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the Community University Partnership for the study of children, youth, and families at the University of Alberta, Canada. In this role, she led the Multicultural Early Childhood Assessment and Learning (MECAL) project, funded by various bodies including a knowledge mobilization grant by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The project was conducted in partnership with diverse communities, charities, school boards, and government stakeholders.

The goals of the project were to:

  • Synthesize knowledge on the wellbeing and multicultural experiences of immigrant and refugee young children 
  • Co-create professional development resources for intercultural practice in early childhood settings.
    • An output of this collaboration was the RAISED between cultures video and guidebook for early childhood practitioners working with diverse children and families 

Rebecca’s early childhood research is interdisciplinary and draws on a range of methodologies to address issues of cultural diversity in education, health, and early childhood settings. Her previous research experiences involved working in partnership with Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities in Canada using community-based participatory research approaches. She has served on committees related to immigrant and refugee integration and on the board of charities supporting multicultural and low-income families.

In 2017, Rebecca was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Psychological Studies in Education - University of Alberta
  • MSc, Psychology - Illinois State University (Fulbright Fellowship)
  • BSc, Psychology - University of Cyprus
  • Graduate certificate, community-based research and evaluation - University of Alberta

Areas of expertise

  • Cross-cultural research in early childhood
  • Acculturation, bicultural child development and ethnic minority psychology
  • Wellbeing of immigrant and refugee children and families
  • Community-based participatory research and evaluation

Teaching specialisms

Rebecca has taught on program evaluation, qualitative research, and participatory research modules and is currently teaching on a range of early childhood modules. 

Research supervision

Rebecca is interested in supervising students in any of these areas:

  • Cross-cultural early childhood
  • Acculturation, bicultural child development and ethnic minority psychology
  • Wellbeing of immigrant and refugee children and families
  • Community-based participatory research

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Researcher reflections on early childhood partnerships with immigrant and refugee communities
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Georgis, R, Gokiert, R and Kirova, A (2018) 'Researcher reflections on early childhood partnerships with immigrant and refugee communities.' In: Madrid Akpovo, S, Moran, M. J and Brookshire, R, eds. Collaborative cross-cultural research methodologies in early care and education contexts. Routledge, New York, NY, pp. 115-130. ISBN 9781138207912


Review of the Phelps Kindergarten Readiness Scale (2012 restandardization)
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Gokiert, R and Georgis, R (2017) 'Review of the Phelps Kindergarten Readiness Scale (2012 restandardization).' In: Carlson, J.F, Geisinger, K.F and Jonson, J.L, eds. The twentieth mental measurements yearbook. The Buros Center for Testing, Lincoln, NE. ISBN 9780910674669


Cultural brokering with Syrian refugee families with young children: an exploration of challenges and best practices in psychosocial adaptation
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Yohani, S, Kirova, A, Georgis, R, Gokiert, R, Mejia, T and Chiu, M (2019) 'Cultural brokering with Syrian refugee families with young children: an exploration of challenges and best practices in psychosocial adaptation.' Journal of International Migration and Integration. ISSN 1488-3473


RAISED between cultures: new resources for working with children of immigrant or refugee background
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Brosinsky, L, Georgis, R, Gokiert, R, Mejia, T and Kirova, A (2018) 'RAISED between cultures: new resources for working with children of immigrant or refugee background.' Childhood Education, 94 (2). pp. 18-27. ISSN 0009-4056


Wâhkôhtowin: the governance of good community-academic research relationships to improve the health and well-being of children in Alexander First Nation
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Gokiert, R.J, Willows, N.D, Georgis, R, Stringer, H and Alexander Research Committee, (2017) 'Wâhkôhtowin: the governance of good community-academic research relationships to improve the health and well-being of children in Alexander First Nation.' International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8 (2). ISSN 1916-5781


Creating inclusive parent engagement practices: lessons learned from a school community collaborative supporting newcomer refugee families
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Georgis, R, Gokiert, R.J, Ford, D.M and Ali, M (2014) 'Creating inclusive parent engagement practices: lessons learned from a school community collaborative supporting newcomer refugee families.' Multicultural Education, 21 (3-4). pp. 23-27. ISSN 1068-3844


Evaluating the adequacy of social-emotional measures in early childhood
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Gokiert, R.J, Georgis, R, Tremblay, M, Krishnan, V, Vandenberghe, C and Lee, C (2014) 'Evaluating the adequacy of social-emotional measures in early childhood.' Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 32 (5). pp. 441-454. ISSN 0734-2829


Creative academic outputs

  • Georgis, R., Brosinsky, L., Mejia, T., Kirova, A., Gokiert, R., & Knowledge Exchange Advisory (2018). RAISED Between Cultures video. Jeff Allen Productions.
  • Georgis, R., Brosinsky, L., Mejia, T., Kirova, A., Gokiert, R., and Knowledge Exchange Advisory (2017). RAISED between Cultures: A Knowledge and Reflection Guidebook for Intercultural Practice in the Early Years. Edmonton, AB: Community-University Partnership, University of Alberta. 

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