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Dr Eileen Slater


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6123
Mobile: 0407 914 569
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.215  

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.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Gifted education
  • Science education and
  • Educational measurement.


  • 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.


Recent Research Grants

  • 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,  $136,805.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Slater, E., Burton, K., McKillop, D., (2020), Reasons for home educating in Australia: who and why?. Educational Review, 2020(article in press), 1-19, DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2020.1728232.
  • Slater, E., Main, S., (2020), A measure of classroom management: Validation of a pre-service teacher self-efficacy scale. Journal of Education for Teaching, NA(NA), 16, DOI:
  • 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, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-020-09922-0.
  • 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, xx(xx), xx, Unites States, DOI: 10.1007/s11423-020-09833-x.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1186/s40468-019-0095-6.
  • 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, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-019-9823-2.
  • 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.
  • Slater, E., (2018), The identification of gifted children in Australia: The importance of policy. TalentEd, 30(1), 16p., Australia, University of New England.
  • 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, Sydney, Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented , DOI: 10.21505/ajge.2018.0002.
  • 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, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2018.1522014.

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., 33-40.

Research Student Supervision

Assistant Supervisor

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