Gai Lindsay is a lecturer and coordinator of flexible students and the professional Partners in Practice (PPP) Mentor program for the Bachelor of Education- The Early Years. Her PhD research explored the visual art beliefs and pedagogy of Australian early childhood educators. Gai previously served as a preschool teacher and director for 22 years and as a project officer with Community Child-care Cooperative NSW. Her current research interests focus on Visual Arts pedagogy, educator self-efficacy beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge. John Dewey’s philosophies of art, education and democracy and the pedagogical influences of the Reggio Emilia Approach are particular interests. Awards received include: Global Challenges travel scholarship award (2016); Australian College of Educators: Certificate of recognition for dedicated high-quality service to students (2016);OCTAL nomination (2016); IER NSW Best Applied Research Project (2014); Jean Denton Memorial Scholarship (2011); ACE award for Outstanding Achievement in Education (2008); REAIE scholarship (2008); CeeCees Advocacy Award (2007).