DR Amelia Church

DR Amelia Church




  • Amelia Church is a Senior Lecturer in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education where she leads subjects in language acquisition and qualitative research methodologies, and coordinates the Master of Teaching Research Option and Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Research. . She supervises a range of research by higher degree candidates, and is particularly interested in working with students investigating classroom discourse, children's talk or student-teacher interaction.

    Amelia holds a PhD in Linguistics from Monash University and published this research in the Ashgate series 'Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis' in the 2009 monograph Preference organization and peer disputes: How young children resolve conflict. Most recently, collaborations with other researchers have been published in the 2016 Spinger book, edited with Amanda Bateman, Children's knowledge-in-interaction: Studies in conversation analysis . Her current research interests include communicative competence in early childhood, peer interaction, developmental pragmatics and conversation analysis in institutional settings.  



Member of

  • Australian Linguistics Society. Member 2014
  • Early Childhood Australia. Member 2014
  • International Institute of Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis. Member 2014
  • International Pragmatics Association. Member 2014


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PHD, Monash University 2004
  • MA, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1997
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1995


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Amelia currently supervises MEd and PhD projects in early childhood education and care.

    She is keen to hear from prospective students interested in interaction in classroom settings, young children's peer relationships, institutional talk and conversation analysis.