Gemma Scarparolo

Gemma Scarparolo

Dr, (B.Ed) (M.Ed) (PhD) , Master of Teaching Primary Course Coordinator, FHEA

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

    6009 Perth


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Gemma is an experienced teacher educator with experience teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education. She began tertiary teaching at Edith Cowan University in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) courses, coordinating several units including the Humanities and Social Sciences Primary curriculum unit.  

She is the current course coordinator of the Master of Teaching Primary course at The University of Western Australia in the Graduate School of Education.  Her research is focused on inclusive teacher practices and the experiences of students with diverse needs and their parents.  She is passionate about preparing pre-service teachers to be knowledgeable about student diversity and understand how these factors can impact learning and participation and inform instruction, as well as preparing pre-service teachers to communicate and collaborate sensitively with parents. 

Gemma has been awarded two faculty awards for Excellence in Teaching (2018, 2020) in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, and two UWA institutional awards for Excellence in Teaching (2020, 2022). 

Gemma is a registered teacher with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) (2000 → ), and an executive member of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) for 2022-2023.  

Roles and responsibilities

Graduate School of Education Board Member (2021 →  )

Disability Access and Inclusion Working Group (DAIWG): Academic representative (2021 →  )

Community of Practice (CoP): Evaluating your teaching (2021 → )

Community of Practice (CoP): Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellows (2022 → )

Master of Teaching Primary Course Coordinator (2020 →  )

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) Steering Committee: Academic representative (2019 - 2020)

UWA Learning and Teaching Committee: FABLE nominee representative (2019 - 2020)




National and international conference presentations

Scarparolo, G. (2022, October 21st-22nd).  What do gifted children want their teachers to know? Implications for policy and practice.  AAEGT (Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented) conference. Future Focus: A Gifted Education Paradigm. 

Scarparolo, G. (2022, July 6th-8th).  Pre-service teachers learning from parents of children with disability. Paper presented at the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA).  

Scarparolo, G. (2022, May 31st -1st June).  Differentiation: A Focus on Student Voice.  Keynote presentation at the DI Asia Summit 2022. 

Scarparolo, G. (2022, May 31st -1st June).  What's on the menu? A Spotlight on the Learning Menu Strategy.  Spotlight session at the DI Asia Summit 2022.

Scarparolo, G. & Mayne, F. (2020, August 24-28).  "We Have Important Things to Say Too!” The perspectives and experiences of children aged 8-12 years on a steering committee [Paper accepted for EERA Network 25: Research on Children's Rights in Education]. ECER conference at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

Scarparolo, G. (2019, September).  Inclusive education: is it inclusive of gifted students' needs? Paper presented at the UKFIET conference at the University of Oxford, England.  

Scarparolo, G., & Mayne, F. (2019, July).  Using mixed-reality simulation technology with pre-service teachers to increase their self-efficacy for explaining differentiation to parents.  Paper presented at the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) conference, Queensland, Australia. 

Scarparolo, G., & MacKinnon, S. (2018, December).  Differentiation: What do Year 6 boys think?  Paper presented at the London International Conference on Education at the University of Cambridge, England.  

Scarparolo, G., & Subban, P. (2018, July).  Teacher Education: Preparing teachers for diversity through the practice of differentiation.  Paper presented at the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) / Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) conference, Melbourne, Australia. 


State conference presentations

Scarparolo, G. (2021, July).  Utilising technology to be inclusive and engage all learners in the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area.  Google Educator Conference 2021.  

Mayne, F., & Scarparolo, G. (2021, January).  SimLab: Translating theory into practice.  WAND Teaching and Learning Forum Virtual Conference.   

Scarparolo, G. (2020, August).  Truffula Trees to Thneeds: Deforestation and Sustainable Management of Forests.  HASS Week WA Virtual Conference, Theme: Sustainability.

Scarparolo, G. (2019, August).  Providing opportunities for student voice in the classroom.  HASS Week WA conference presentation at the State Library of Western Australia. 

Scarparolo, G., & MacKinnon, S. (2018, August).  Differentiation and challenge based learning: What do students learn, create and publish?  HASS Week WA conference presentation at the State Library of Western Australia.  

Scarparolo, G. (2017, October).  Differentiating the Economics and Business curriculum in Years 5 & 6.  AISWA HASS conference at Perth College, Western Australia.

Scarparolo, G. (2017, September). 'Differentiating with Technology'.  Google CS4HS conference at The University of Western Australia.


Professional presentations

Scarparolo, G. (2021, March 31st).  Engaged, Informed and Active Citizens: voice, agency, inquiry and action.  Invited Guest Speaker at the Open House event at the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia during HASS Week WA.  

Scarparolo, G. (2020, October 28th).  Optimising teaching and learning in break out rooms.  Teaching Excellence Webinar Series at The University of Western Australia.  

Scarparolo, G. (2019, November).  Resourcing the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) curriculum, Primary.  AISWA Libraries AGM held at Methodist Ladies' College, Claremont.  

Scarparolo, G. (2019, June).  Differentiation: what's the point? Riverton Primary School, Western Australia. 

Scarparolo, G. (2019, January).  Catering for diversity through differentiation when teaching the HASS curriculum.  Riverton Primary School, Western Australia. 

Scarparolo, G. (2018, November).  Differentiation for Gifted Students.  Presentation for Gifted WA, Western Australia

Scarparolo, G. (2018, August).  Writing to cater for students' interests, readiness and learning profile: A differentiated approach.  ALEA Professional Learning Series, Perth, Western Australia.

Scarparolo, G. (2018, March).  Differentiation instructional strategies - two professional learning workshops. Christ Church Grammar School (Years 5 and 6 teachers), Western Australia. 

Scarparolo, G. (2017, August).  An introduction and overview of differentiation.  Mount Lawley Primary School, Western Australia.  

Funding overview


Graduate School of Education Small Research Grant.

Project title: Hearing the voices of parents of children with disability: What do pre-service teachers learn about disability, effective consultation, and communication with parents?

18/7/2021 → 30/06/2022



Graduate School of Education Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT) Small Grant.

Project title: Providing secondary pre-service teachers with a differentiated assessment.

6/7/2020 → 6/12/2021



Current research collaborations

Dr Pearl Subban (Monash University)

Dr Fiona Mayne (UWA)

UNICEF Australia


Teaching overview

The University of Western Australia

2020→  Master of Teaching Primary Course Coordinator


Master of Teaching 

EDUC5539 Diverse learners in inclusive classrooms (2020 → ) *new unit title from EDUC5514 and EDUC5710

         Master of Teaching Primary

         Master of Teaching Secondary

EDUC5514 Differentiating the Curriculum (2016 - 2019).

Master of Teaching Primary

Master of Teaching Secondary

EDUC5485 Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice - Unit Coordinator (2018 and 2019).

Master of Teaching early Childhood/Primary

Master of Teaching Secondary

EDUC5501 Integrated Studies: The Humanities and Social Sciences - Unit Coordinator (2018 → )

Master of Teaching Primary

EDUC5710 Advanced Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment - Unit Co-coordinator (2018 - 2020).

Master of Teaching Early Childhood/Primary

EDUC5509 Interventions for Learning Unit Co-coordinator (2017 and 2019).

Master of Teaching Early Childhood/Primary

EDUC5485 Development of Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Master of Teaching Early Childhood/Primary

Master of Teaching Secondary

EDUC1104 A world of mobile learning. UWA Broadening tutor (2017 and 2018)

UWA mentor for the partnership project, Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) with Phoenix Academy (3 months, 2017).




Partnership with Bold Park Community School as host of the Bold VOICE event (November 21st, 2021) 


UNICEF Australia 



Co-convenor, with Dr Fiona Mayne, of the inaugral VOICE children's conference in partnership with Unicef Australia (November 17, 2019) hosted at UWA.  VOICE, Voicing Our Ideas for Children Everywhere.

HASS week WA steering committee member (2019) representing UWA as the acacdemic partner.

Co-organiser, with Linda Cranley, of a Heritage Walk in Fremantle by Mike Lefroy for pre-service teachers as part of HASS Week WA (August, 2019)  

Co-organiser of HASS Matters event (August, 2019) at UWA with UWA academic staff and UWA Business and Marketing staff as part of HASS Week WA.  

Partnership with Riverton Primary School to support teachers to cater for gifted students through differentiation. 


Event organiser for the launch of HASS Week WA at UWA with Dr Loretta Dolan (August, 2018).    


Organising committee member for the Graduate School of Education inaugral digital technologies conference, 'Bringing learning to life with digital technologies: A conference by teachers for teachers' hosted by UWA at the Centre for Education Futures (28th October, 2017).  


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 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 16 Jan 2015

Master of Education

Award Date: 15 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Award Date: 17 Feb 2000

External positions

Executive member, The Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)

7 Jul 20227 Jul 2023

Reviewer: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education

27 May 2022 → …

HASS Week WA 2019: Steering Committee

Aug 2018Dec 2019

Reviewer: Professional Development in Education Journal

Feb 2018 → …

Teachmeet WA Administration

Jun 2017Feb 2018

Committee member: Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA)

Feb 2017Apr 2018

Gifted WA sub-committee

Feb 20172019

School Board Member, Mount Lawley Primary School

Feb 2015Dec 2017

Research expertise keywords

  • Inclusive education
  • Differentiation
  • Gifted education
  • Student voice
  • Teacher Education
  • Professional Development


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