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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Dr Fiona Mayne, Deputy Head of School (Research) at the Graduate School of Education, is a mid-career researcher whose work on young children’s rights, voice and agency in research has gained the attention of academics and practitioners. Fiona has a developing international profile, and has considerable expertise in qualitative participatory measures and methodologies for meaningful research with children. Her body of work to date has made a significant contribution to empirical, theoretical, and methodological knowledge in early years research ethics, children’s rights-based participatory research, and technology education.

Fiona's current research work in young children’s social emotional wellbeing successfully bridges the fields of Early Childhood Education and Allied Health. Her related research interests include children's voice and agency in research, developing and trialling a digital wellbeing game (MiStory) to empower young children to self-report wellbeing, and creating a measure to screen young children's subjective wellbeing in education settings towards early intervention and prevention of mental health issues.

Fiona has expertise in, and teaches into, technology education (primary), and child and adolescent development and pedagogy (primary/secondary) at the UWA Graduate School of Education.

Fiona is the author of the book entitled, The Narrative Approach to Informed Consent: Empowering Young Children’s Rights and Meaningful Participation. This book is significant as it supports the integration of child rights, agency and ethics as a living process, advocating for the transformation of the participatory experience of young children in research. 

Fiona is the co-creator, with Dr Gemma Scarparolo, of the Children's VOICE initiative, a partnership between UWA and UNICEF Australia.

 
'The Narrative Approach to Informed Consent' addresses the rights of young children to be properly researched and creates a unique conceptual ethical space within which meaningful informed consent can occur.

 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching

PhD (Education – Children’s voice and agency in research)

UWA

UWA

2018

2016

B Ed (Hons) (Education)

Curtin University

2006

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Senior Lecturer

University of Western Australia

              2023–onwards

Lecturer

University of Western Australia

2016–2022

PhD Candidate

University of Western Australia

2011–2016

Lecturer

Curtin University

2010–2011

Teacher

Early years/primary level

2007–2010

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2023

Graduate School of Education Mid-Career Researcher Award

2023

Awarded a competitive complimentary registration to the 2023 Science on the Swan Conference (8-10 May) as a guest of UWA as Conference Sponsor.

2023

UWA Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Citation Award.

2022

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

2022

Graduate School of Education Early-Career Researcher Award

2021

Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Early Career Award – a competitive award to recognize excellence early in an academic/research career

2019

ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship ECR Mentoring Scheme University of Melbourne 5 days residential (February)

2019

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) ITE Panellist Level 2

2018

FABLE Emerging Research Leader Scheme (ERLI)

2018

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Doctoral Thesis Award Highly Commended

2018

UWA Student Guild Choice Teaching Award

2017

EECERA Student Research Award (European Early Childhood Education Research Journal – EECERJ). Awarded to the student whose doctoral thesis exhibited the highest standard of scholarship and practitioner research originality

2017

UWA Centre for Education Futures Scholarship $10,000 – Using mixed-reality simulation technology to enhance classroom readiness of pre-service teachers: TeachLivE as the virtual classroom

2017

The Cameron Prize in Education (Graduate School of Education, UWA): Awarded to the student whose Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis is the best piece of research submitted for a PhD in a designated 12-month period

2017

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) ITE Panellist Level 1

2016

Dr Teck Jin Lian Memorial Prize in Education (Graduate School of Education, UWA): Awarded to the student who demonstrated the best track record of research achievements over the period of their candidature

2011-14

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship

2003-04

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor's List Honors in 4 semesters – 2002 Sem2, 2003 Sem1 & Sem2 and 2004 Sem1 (granted to the top 1 per cent of undergraduates in all disciplines)

 

HDR STUDENTS

  • Ongoing students: 8 EdD, 1 Masters
  • Completed students: 1 Masters, 1 PhD

 

GOOGLE SCHOLAR CITATIONS

  • Citations: 392, h-index 10, i10-index 10 (as at January 2024)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • European Early Childhood Education Research Association
  • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research

 

 

Roles and responsibilities

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

  • ITE: EDUC1011: Understanding Learners and Learning (2024-)
  • ITE: Unit Coordinator EDUC5527 Child and Adolescent Development and Pedagogy (2023-)
  • ITE: Unit Coordinator EDUC5529 Children Development and Pedagogy (2020-2021)
  • 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

 

2023

Channel 7 Telethon Trust grant with Prof Stephen Houghton for $77,937.60 and an additional contribution from UWA of $11,903.00. This project will develop an interactive story (in the form of a digital game) to enhance the mental health and wellbeing trajectories of young children.

2023

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) consultancy grant of $72,204.82. This project developed a prototype wellbeing measure for 3–8-year-old children. The measure developed as part of this AERO funding is intended to underpin the scoring system of the Telethon-funded digital game.

2021

UWA Graduate School of Education Research Grant – Gamifying large scale wellbeing research with young children: A narrative approach to early childhood participatory research ($5000)

2020

UWA Graduate School of Education Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Grant – Graduate teachers’, educators’ and children’s perspectives of the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) as demonstrated through a technology-enhanced outdoor expeditions pedagogy (The Attenborough Program) ($5000)

2017

UWA Centre for Education Futures Scholarship – Using mixed-reality simulation technology to enhance classroom readiness of pre-service teachers: TeachLivE as the virtual classroom ($10,000)

 

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

  • Children's VOICE Conference
  • Channel 7 Telethon Trust grant with Prof Stephen Houghton. This project will develop an interactive story (in the form of a digital game) to enhance the mental health and wellbeing trajectories of young children.
  • The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) consultancy. This project (completed in December 2023) developed a prototype wellbeing measure for 3–8-year-old children. The measure developed as part of this AERO funding is intended to underpin the scoring system of the Telethon-funded digital game. 

Teaching overview

Technology Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Educational Psychology (Early Childhood and Primary)

Research

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) consultancy research, Development of a measure to identify and monitor wellbeing in children aged 3-8 years, addressed the gap in assessing subjective wellbeing in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and wider educational contexts and emphasised understanding the child’s point of view on their own emerging sense of wellbeing to enhance academic and social outcomes. Recognising the close link between learning and wellbeing, the project aligned with Australia's concern for rising challenges to mental health among young children and aimed to contribute to early intervention efforts that set children up to flourish.

The project aligned with national calls to prioritise monitoring young children's wellbeing, responding to recommendations from the National Mental Health Commission (2021) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (2022). The aim was to provide a prototypical wellbeing self-report measure for young children that has the potential to support evidence-based wellbeing initiatives. Highlighting the critical role of social-emotional skills for children's wellbeing and future success, the project explored subjective and objective aspects of wellbeing. It recognised the multifaceted and dynamic nature of wellbeing during early childhood, viewing physical, mental, and social wellbeing as interconnected, alongside the need to consider both objective and subjective aspects.

The approach taken to creating the prototype measure was informed by best practices, and involved (1) existing wellbeing frameworks, (2) literature reviews, and (3) community consultations which formed the three theoretical pillars upon which this research was based. At multiple points throughout this process, stakeholder engagement with teachers, educators, psychologists, parents, and children was undertaken. The iterative process sought perspectives on wellbeing vulnerabilities, neurodiversity, and diverse backgrounds. The focus was on creating a rigorous scale for assessing a child’s self-reported wellbeing during early childhood in an inclusive, evidence-based way.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Research expertise keywords

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

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