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Dr Eileen Slater


Staff Member Details
Mobile: 0407 914 569
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.227  

Eileen is a teaching and research scholar in the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • Lecturer: EDU6195 Advanced Seminar
  • Unit Coordinator: EDU6196 & EDU6320


Eileen has extensive experience as an educator, school administrator and curriculum consultant which ensures her research is ecologically valid with direct benefits for students, teachers and families. Eileen works closely with the Gifted community, both in Australia and internationally, to advocate for the needs of gifted and twice exceptional (2e) students.

Professional Associations

  • Teacher Registration Board of WA
  • World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

Awards and Recognition

  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Curtin Business School Law Prize
  • Australian Postgraduate Awards - Scholarship
  • University of Western Australia - Safety-Net Scholarship
  • 2020 - Edith Cowan University, School of Education Research Award. Best Paper Co-Published with an Industry Partner
  • 2020 - Edith Cowan University, School of Education Research Award. Best Paper Co-Published with an HDR Student.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Gifted education
  • Science education and
  • Educational measurement.

Research Grants

  • Psychosocial Adaptation of Children Living in Pandemic Contexts - Longitudinal Study MITACS - J. Roy Foundation, 2021, $45,000 (CAD). Lead CI: Claire Baudry
  • School functioning of children living in a pandemic context and contribution of tutoring to support the academic success of children 6-17 years of age. MITACS - J. Roy Foundation, 2021, $15,000 (CAD). Lead CI: Claire Baudry
  • Understanding digital competency in pre-service teachers: Exploring scholarly interactions supporting academic success. ECU School of Education Learning and Teaching Research Grant, 2021, $10,000. Lead CI: Donna Barwood
  • The Identification of Gifted Children in Early Childhood. School of Education Strategic Initiative Funding, 2018, $22,880. Lead CI: Eileen Slater
  • Cultural Sky Stories. Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), 2017, $20,000. Lead CI: Eileen Slater.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2016.
  • Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, Curtin University of Technology, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education), Curtin University of Technology, 1998.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Baudry, C., Pearson, J., Massé, L., Ouellet, G., Bégin, J., Couture, C., Gilbert, E., Slater, E., Burton, K. (2021). Adaptation psychosociale et santé mentale des jeunes vivant en contexte de pandémie lié à la CODIV-19 au Québec, Canada. Données descriptives et préliminaires. Canadian Psychology, 62(1), 80-91.

Journal Articles

  • Slater, E., Main, S. (2020). A measure of classroom management: validation of a pre-service teacher self-efficacy scale. Journal of Education for Teaching, 46(5), 616-630.
  • Salimpour, S., Bartlett, S., Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., Cutts, R., James, R., Miller, S., Danaia, L., Hollow, RP., Cabezon, S., Faye, M., Tomita, A., Max, C., De Korte, M., Baudouin, C., Birkenbauma, D., Kallery, M., Anjos, S., Wu, Q., Chu, H., Slater, E., Ortiz-Gil, A. (2020). The gateway science: A review of astronomy in the OECD school curricula, including China and South Africa. Research in Science Education, 2020(Article in press), 1-22.
  • Slater, E., Burton, K., McKillop, D. (2020). Reasons for home educating in Australia: who and why?. Educational Review, 2020(article in press), 1-19.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G. (2020). Digital storytelling as a disciplinary literacy enhancement tool for EFL students. Educational Technology Research and Development, 68(6), 3587-3604.

Journal Articles

  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G. (2019). SOLO taxonomy as EFL students' disciplinary literacy evaluation tool in technology-enhanced integrated astronomy course. Language Testing in Asia, 9(1), Article no.19.
  • Morris, J., Slater, E., Fitzgerald, M., Lummis, G., Van Etten, E. (2019). Using local rural knowledge to enhance STEM learning for gifted and talented students in Australia. Research in Science Education, 2019(article in press), 1-19.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G. (2019). Engaging adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students in digital storytelling projects about astronomy. Issues in Educational Research, 29(4), 1107-1130.

Journal Articles

  • Slater, E. (2018). The identification of gifted children in Australia: The importance of policy. TalentEd, 30(1), 16p..
  • Slater, E., Howitt, C. (2018). Teacher perceptions of a pilot process for identifying intellectually gifted 6- and 7-year-old children in the classroom. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 27(1), 5-20.
  • Slater, E., Morris, J., McKinnon, D. (2018). Astronomy alternative conceptions in pre-adolescent students in Western Australia. International Journal of Science Education, 40(17), 2158-2180.

Conference Publications

  • Salimpour, S., Bartlett, S., Fitzgerald, M., Cutts, R., James, CR., Miller, S., Danaia, L., Cabezon, S., Faye, M., Baudouin, C., Birkenbauma, D., Anjos, S., Wu, Q., Slater, E. (2018). Robotic Telescopes and Student Research in the School Curriculum around the OECD countries. Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) Proceedings (33-40). Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education.

Research Projects

  • Towards ensuring a STEM workforce: Engaging industry to inspire and foster real‐world STEM teacher learning, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round, 2016 ‑ 2017, $35,622.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor


Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, A Randomised Controlled Trial to Investigate the Role of Spelling in Reading and writing Achievement for Low Progress Readers in Years 3-6
  • Master of Education, School leadership and teaching staff perceptions of factors that influence naplan online performance in below average icsea metropolitan primary schools
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The impact of astronomy teacher research programs on United States instructors' and students' astronomy self-efficacy, identity, attitudes and career intention in STEM

Assistant Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The use of ICT by science teachers in middle secondary science education in the himalayan kingdom of bhutan
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Digital storytelling as an astronomy disciplinary literacy enhancement approach for adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students
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