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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

Early childhood and ICT Education

Funding overview

Education Futures Scholarship (2017)

Previous positions

Lecturer Certificate in Tertiary Teaching - EDUC5708: Digital Technologies for Learning, UWA (Semester 2 2016) (Fully online)

Lecturer Master of Educational Leadership - EDUC5608: Integrating Pedagogy & Technology, UWA (Semester 2 2016)

Lecturer 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)

PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia (2011-2015) - Thesis entitled: 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)

Sessional Lecturer in Science Education, UWA (2013)

Education Faculty Health & Safety Student Representative, UWA (2012, 2013)

Education Faculty Postgraduate Students’ Association Representative, UWA (2013)

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

ECE 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

Using mixed-reality simulation technology to enhance classroom readiness of pre-service teachers: TeachLivE as the virtual classroom (2017)

Teaching overview

Early childhood and Technology Education


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 Ethics
  • Educational Technology
  • Research Methods
  • Technology Education

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Research Output 2010 2020

Mixed Reality Learning Environments in Teacher Education: An Analysis of TeachLivE ™ Research

Ersozlu, Z. N., Ledger, S., Ersozlu, A., Mayne, F. E. & Wildy, H. R., 2020, (Submitted) In : Computers & Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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.

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Kinder partizipativ in Forschung einbezienhen-ein kinderrechtsbasiertes Stufenmodel

Buker, P., Hupping, B., Mayne, F. E. & Howitt, C. J., 2018, In : Diskers Kindheits-und Jugendforschung. 13, 1, p. 109-114

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Fiona Mayne (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Postgraduate Scholarship


Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Teaching innovation


Fiona Mayne (Participant)
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Activity: Teaching and learningTeaching innovation

Press / Media

Children's views to be unveiled on World Children's Day

Gemma Scarparolo & Fiona Mayne


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Children's VOICE conference at UWA

Gemma Scarparolo & Fiona Mayne


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media