Christine Howitt

Associate Professor, B Sci (Hons), M Agric Sci, Grad Dip Ed, PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 270 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
20072020

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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Christine Howitt is an Associate Professor in early childhood and primary science education at the Graduate School of Education. She has an interest in early childhood and primary science teaching and learning, curriculum development and research. Christine’s research focuses on young children's science learning, science identity, learning in informal contexts, participatory research, rights of the child, early childhood STEM education, and 21st century learning spaces. 

Believing that young children are naturally inquisitive about their world, Christine is passionate about sharing science with these most important members of the community.

Roles and responsibilities

Christine is the Deputy Head of School (Research) (2020 onwards).

Previoulsy she was the Doctor of Education coordinator (2012-2018) and the Doctor of Philosophy coordinator (2018-2019). 

Funding overview

 

ARC Linkage Grant LP110200756. Christine Howitt and Léonie Rennie. Chief Investigator. Small steps in
science. Developing young children’s science understanding through playgroup incursions. (July 2011-June
2015). $120,000 ARC, $30,000 Scitech, $30,000 Rio Tinto. 

UWA Teaching Fellowship. Christine Howitt and Mark Pegrum. Chief Investigator. Student experiences of
iPads as a tool for tertiary learning. (August 2011 – February 2012). $22,000.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Competitive Grants Scheme. Chief Investigator. Science for early
childhood teacher education students: Collaboration between teacher educators, scientists and engineers.
(July 2008-June 2011). $220,312. Project ID CG8-724.

Curtin Linkage Grant. Barry Fraser and Christine Howitt. Chief Investigator. Catching them young: Evaluating innovative educational programs for stimulating scientific interest and exploration among children under five years old. (2009). $5,000 Scitech and $5,000 Curtin.

CSIRO Education. Léonie Rennie and Christine Howitt. Chief Investigator. Evaluation of Scientists in Schools
Project. (2008-2009). $30,000.

CSIRO Education. Léonie Rennie and Christine Howitt. Chief Investigator. Evaluation of Scientists in Schools
Pilot Project. (2007-2008). $20,000.

 

Previous positions

2018-present: Associate Professor, Education, The University of Western Australia

2011-2017: Senior Lecturer, Education, The University of Western Australia

2007-2010: Senior Lecturer (2010) and Lecturer (2007-2009), Science Education, Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University

2003-2006: Sessional Lecturer, Education, Curtin University

2000-2003: Lecturer, Curtin College of Higher Education, Kalgoorlie

1996-2001: Lecturer, Environmental Technology, Vocational Training & Education Centre, Curtin, Kalgoorlie

1983-1991: Statistician, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane

Research interests

Christine’s research focuses on young children's science learning, science identity, learning in informal contexts, participatory research, rights of the child, early childhood STEM education, and 21st century learning spaces. 

Research expertise keywords

  • Primary science teacher education
  • Early childhood science teacher education
  • Young children's science learning
  • Learning in informal contexts
  • Participatory research
  • Rights of the child
  • Early childhood STEM education
  • 21st century learning spaces
  • Science identity

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Research Output

Young children’s use of an augmented reality sandbox to enhance spatial thinking

George, R. C., Howitt, C. & Oakley, G., 2020, In : Children's Geographies. 18, 2, p. 209-221 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A collaborative framework for enhancing graduate employability

    Ferns, S., Dawson, V. & Howitt, C., 10 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Work-integrated Learning. 20, 2, p. 99-111 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Early childhood science

    Howitt, C., Sep 2019, Oxford bibliographies in education. Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

    3 Citations (Scopus)

    Embedding Young Children’s Participation Rights into Research: How the Interactive Narrative Approach Enhances Meaningful Participation

    Mayne, F. & Howitt, C., 14 Nov 2019, International Journal of Early Childhood, 51, 3, p. 335–353.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Highlighting the diversity, originality and significance of early childhood research

    Howitt, C., 1 Dec 2019, In : Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 44, 4, p. 323-325 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Projects

    Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity
    • 1 Contribution or participation in a conference
    • 1 Membership of committee

    RESEARCH IN SCIENCE EDUCATION-RES SCI EDU (Journal)

    Christine Howitt (Reviewer)
    2016

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

    Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (Journal)

    Christine Howitt (Reviewer)
    2015

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

    Australiasian Science Education Research Association

    Christine Howitt (Participant)
    2015

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    STAWA (External organisation)

    Christine Howitt (Chair)
    2003 → …

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committee