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Conference Proceedings


City of Casey staff conference - 2003 & 2006


DHS Early Learning Forum  - 2003


City of Cardinia staff conference - 2004


Free Kindergarten Association - series of workshops ‘Challenging Behaviours”  2003, 2004


Jigsaw Toy Factory staff development – 2003, 2005 & 2006


Lady Gowrie Child Centre – series of workshops ‘Challenging Behaviours” – 2002, 2003

Invited Speaker Professional Development

Keynote Addresses

Centre for Equity and Innovation In Early Childhood, University of Melbourne – 2003

“Abuse and Development – Current Research"


Stepping Out 2 Children’s Services Conference 2006, Canberra

“Impacts of current brain development research”


Early Childhood Education Conference, 2006, Melbourne

“Professional standards: what does this mean for early childhood teachers?"


KPV Summit “The Future of Victorian Kindergartens”  November 2006,  Melbourne


Victorian Early Years Foundation/Victorian Principals Association  -2002

“Early childhood education as underpinnings for school”

Hammer, M. (2004) A Tale of Two Cultures: Comparing Two Countries' Responses to Children’s Trauma
Paper presented to the OMEP World Congress, Melbourne, Australia.


Hammer, M. (2004) Trauma, Social-Emotional Development and Social Competence in a Sociocultural Framework.

Paper presented to the NAEYC Conference, Anaheim, California, USA


Hammer, M. (2005) The Silent Domain: A Socio-cultural Approach to Supporting Young Children after Trauma.

Paper presented to Early Childhood Australia, National Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Australia.


Edwards, S., Hammer, M.D., 2005, Teacher education and problem based learning: exploring the issues and identifying the benefits 

AARE 2004 Melbourne. Doing the Public Good, 29/11/04 to 02/12/2004, AARE,, pp. 1-13.

Hammer, M. (2006) Emotional Environments for Concept Development and Resilience.

Paper presented to the ISSBD Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia.


Blaise, M., Edwards, S.E., Hammer, M.D., 2006, Troubling early childhood teachers, researchers and early childhood professionals about conducting collaborative research with children and families, Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (CEIEC): Researching, Consulting and Training for Equity, Social Justice and Children's Rights - Conference Programme, 16 November 2006 to 18 November 2006, University of Melbourne Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (CEIEC), Melbourne Vic Australia, pp. 26-27.

Hammer, M. (2007) The Third Space: in Search of the Emotional Context of Children’s Play and Development.

Paper Presented to the 17th European Early Childhood Research Annual Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.


Hammer, M. (2008) Problem Based Learning: A Bridge between Ivory Towers and the Real World?

Invited speaker Oxford University Roundtable “Educational Leadership”, Oxford UK.


Agbenyega, J., Blaise, M., Fleer, M., Hammer, M., 2010, Evaluation Report: Early Start Kindergarten prepared for Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Child and Community Research Group, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-63.


Hammer, M. (2010) Early literacy: only one piece of the puzzle.

Invited speaker, Opening Address, Oxford University Roundtable “Early Education”, Oxford UK.


Hammer, M. (2010) Social Competence: The real goal

International Society of  L.S. Vygotsky Fond and L.S.Vygotsky Institute of Psychology III
International Cultural-Historical Summer School, Moscow, Russia.


Hammer, M., 2011, Understanding social competence in the preschool years from a cultural-historical perspective, Abstracts of the 2011.

ISCAR Congress Rome, 5 - 10 September, 2011, International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR), Rome, Italy, pp. 734-737

EECERA Conference, Geneva. Switzerland.

Hammer, M.(2011) Social competence in the preschool years from a cultural-historical perspective: pretend play as a window to children's social skills.

EECERA Conference, Geneva. Switzerland.


Hammer, M.(2011) Understanding social competence in the pre-school years from a cultural-historical perspective.

ISCAR Congress, Rome, Italy.


Hammer, M (2012) Representations of Cultural Tone as Provocations for Attaining Social Competence.

Invited speaker Oxford University Roundtable “Early Education”, Oxford UK.



Christofis, L.& Hammer, M. (1985) A Multidisciplinary Approach to work with Children and Families.  Proceedings of the 17th National Conference of the Australian Early Childhood Association, September, Brisbane, Queensland.


Hammer, M. (1990) A Model of Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.  Proceedings of the 3rd State Conference of VicSPCAN, , Melbourne, Victoria.


Hammer, M. (1992) The Other Side of Practicum: A Real World Perspective. Proceedings National Practicum Conference.


Hammer, M. (1993) Play: The Forgotten Remedy.  Proceedings Second Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.    


Hammer, M. (1994) Play as Therapy.  Proceedings AECA National Conference.


Hammer, M. (1996) Therapeutic Play for Children who have Experienced Trauma. Proceedings Creche and Kindergarten National Conference.


Hammer, M. (1997) Programming for Children who have Experienced Trauma. Proceedings AECA National Conference Darwin.


Edwards, S., Hammer, M.D., 2003, Curriculum decision making in early childhood contexts: who calls the shots? Children - The Core of Society: Early Childhood Australia Biennial Conference 2003, 10 July 2003 to 13 July 2003, AECA Inc, ACT Australia, pp. 1-13.

Paper presented to the AECA Conference, Hobart Australia.

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