Fiona Mayne

Dr, BEd Curtin, PhD WA

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Dr Fiona Mayne is an early 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. She teaches into technology education (primary), and child and adolescent development and pedagogy (primary/secondary) at the UWA Graduate School of Education.

Fiona has an authored book entitled, The Narrative Approach to Informed Consent: Empowering Young Children’s Rights and Meaningful Participation. This new book will be significant as it will support the integration of child rights and ethics as a living process, advocating for the transformation of the participatory experience of young children in research. Her current research interests include enhancing the quality of children’s research participation, empowering children to have their voices heard, and the relationship between child agency and development of leadership skills.

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.

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QUALIFICATIONS

GradCertTerTeach

PhD (Education)

The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

2018

2016

BA(Hons) (Education)

Curtin University

2006

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Lecturer

University of Western Australia

2016–onwards

PhD Candidate

University of Western Australia

2011–2016

Lecturer

Curtin University

2010–2011

Teacher

Early years/primary level

2007–2010

 

 

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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)

2018

FABLE Emerging Research Leader Scheme (ERLI)

2018

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Doctoral Thesis Award Highly Commended

2018

UWA Student Guild Choice Teaching Award (Semester 1)

2017

EECERA Student Research Award (European Early Childhood Education Research Journal – EECERJ). Awarded to the student whose doctoral thesis exhibits 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

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

2011-2014

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship

2003-2004

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

 

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)

Research

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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