While working with children’s play and theatre for over 15 years, Claudia was always interested in studying children’s cognitive development and imagination.
During her practice, she found leadership to be a key phenomenon to children’s interaction both in play and theatre making.
In 2016, she became the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) & Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPRS) (2016) to study a PhD in Philosophy. She took this opportunity to link her interest in children’s cognitive development, imagination and leadership.
The research she is currently undertaking is an exploratory study of constructions of leadership during childhood or Implicit Leadership Theories (ILTs). The main objective of this study is to understand the way that children between the ages of 5 and 12 form their mental models of leadership.
Worldwide, only seven studies have been conducted on children’s implicit leadership theories. By exploring children ideas and perceptions, this study aims to contribute to our understanding on how our ideas of leadership emerge, how they are learned, and how they evolve over time.
If you are interested in learning more about this research, please contact Claudia.