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

  • 223 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
20072019
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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. 

Christine is co-editor of the science resource 'Planting the seeds of science. A flexible, integrated and engaging resource for teachers of 3 to 8 year olds', the product of a 2-year nationally funded project to develop science resources for early childhood teachers. Christine was Project Leader of this highly collaborative project that involved teacher educator, pre-service teachers and secience/engineering academics working closely together to develop the resource. This resource is available online at http://www.olt.gov.au/resources?text=planting+the+seeds+of+science

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 Doctor of Philosophy coordinator within the Graduate School of Education.

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. 

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 2007 2019

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2 Citations (Scopus)
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Becoming a teaching professional: ethical and legal issues

Sharplin, E., Howitt, C. & Wake, D. L., 2018, Learning to teach in a new era. Allen, J. & White, S. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 369-413

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Enhancing young children's science identity through pedagogical practices

Blake, E. & Howitt, C., 2018, Science in early childhood. Campbell, C., Jobling, W. & Howitt, C. (eds.). 3 ed. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, p. 124-135 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Intentional teaching of science

Howitt, C., 2018, Science in early childhood. Campbell, C., Jobling, W. & Howitt, C. (eds.). 3 ed. Victoria: Cambridge University Press, p. 222-234 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 2011 2014

Activities 2003 2016

  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 1 Contribution to 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

Australiasian Science Education Research Association

Christine Howitt (Participant)
2015

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution to a conference

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (Journal)

Christine Howitt (Reviewer)
2015

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

STAWA (External organisation)

Christine Howitt (Chair)
2003 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committee