Fiona Mayne

Dr, BEd Curtin, PhD WA

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

    6009 Perth


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Fiona Mayne has a PhD in early childhood research ethics and participation. She teaches technology education (early childhood/primary) at the Graduate School of Education. Her current research interests include enhancing the quality of young children’s research participation, empowering children to have their voices heard, digital influences on children’s learning environments, and use of digital technologies and mixed reality in pre-service teacher education. Fiona is the co-convenor, with Dr Gemma Scarparolo, of the inaugural Children's VOICE Conference 2019 hosted by UWA in partnership with UNICEF Australia.


  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours), Curtin University (2006)
  • PhD in early childhood research ethics and participation, UWA (2016)


Roles and responsibilities

Full time Teaching Research (January 2018- ) UWA Graduate School of Education

  • ITE: Unit Coordinator EDUC5529 Children Development and Pedagogy (2020-)
  • ITE: Unit Developer and Coordinator EDUC5521 Technologies in the Curriculum (2018-)
  • ITE: Unit Coordinator EDUC5529 Children, Development and Pedagogy (2020-)
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching: Tutor EDUC5708: Digital Technologies for Learning (2016-) (Fully online)
  • Broadening: Tutor EDUC1104 World of Mobile Learning (2018-)
  • Broadening: Tutor EDUC1102 Learning Effectively, Improving Your Learning and Teaching (Semester 1 2016-)


Sessional Units UWA Graduate School of Education (2016-2017)

  • Unit Manager and Lecturer EDUC1104: World of Mobile Learning (Managing 9 tutors and 500 students), UWA (2017)
  • Tutor Master of Educational Leadership - EDUC5608: Integrating Pedagogy & Technology, UWA (Semester 2 2016)
  • Tutor Master of Teaching - EDUC5618: Teaching & Learning with ICTs, UWA (Semester 2 2016)
  • Sessional Tutor EDUC1104: World of Mobile Learning, UWA (Semester 1 2016)
  • Sessional Tutor EDUC1102: Learning Effectively: Improving Your Learning and Teaching, UWA (Semester 1 2016)
  • Sessional Lecturer in Science Education, UWA (2013)


Postgraduate studies

  • PhD, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia (2011-2015),  Enhancing young children’s meaningful participation in research ethics processes through an interactive narrative approach (ARC Linkage Grant (LP110200756) to Christine Howitt and Léonie J. Rennie, in partnership with Scitech and Rio Tinto Future Fund)

  • Early Career Researcher - PhD Conferred August 2016
  • Education Faculty Health & Safety Student Representative, UWA (2012, 2013)
  • Education Faculty Postgraduate Students’ Association Representative, UWA (2013)

Funding overview

Education Futures Scholarship (2017)

Previous positions

Curtin University/Online Universities Australia (OUA) Unit Coordinator and Sessional Tutor, School of Education (ECE), (2010-11)

Classroom Teacher, Primary Science Specialist and ECE/Primary Art Specialist, Carey Baptist College (2007-11)

Research Assistant, Science and Maths Education Centre, Curtin University (2005-06)

Current projects

  • UNICEF Australia Consultancy
  • Children's Voice Conference

Teaching overview

Technology Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Educational Psychology (Early Childhood and Primary)


Fiona researched and developed the interactive nonfiction narrative (INN) approach to enhancing research participation with young children.In January 2016 I completed my PhD as a ‘series of papers’ in early childhood education research ethics, entitled Enhancing young children’s meaningful participation in research ethics processes through an interactive approach.The thesis introduced Interactive Nonfiction Narrative (INN) as an innovative tool for obtaining informed consent from 3- and 4-year-old children. Based on a story (narrative) of the research, it employed reading strategies such as sustained shared thinking and dialogic reading, and used touch-screen technologies (interactive) to deliver information about a research project (nonfiction). An interpretive multiple case design was used to evaluate children’s understanding of the research as presented through the INN. Children were found to understand many of the aspects of the research purpose and their rights as participants. Results of the cross-case analysis also suggested that the informed consent process is not only an essential component of children’s rights, but can add to the quality of early childhood research and has the potential to enhance research outcomes with young children. This research focused primarily on young children's meaningful participation in the informed consent process. However, it also speaks about enhancing young children's participation in research more generally and offers support to researchers wanting to move toward a more rights-based approach to early childhood research.

Research expertise keywords

  • Research Ethics
  • Educational Technology
  • Research Methods
  • Technology Education


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