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Dr Julie Boston

Academic Coordinator, Industry Engagement

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5702
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.106  

Julie is currently the Academic Coordinator of Industry Engagement for the School of Education responsible for identifying, establishing and managing appropriate key education partnerships and enterprise related programs that drive the School of Education’s strategic priorities and relevant Universities performance targets.


Julie is a practised Lecturer in Science Education having previously been the Coordinator of Secondary Science Education for ECU (2011-2017). She is a highly experienced and award-winning secondary science teacher.

Professional Associations

  • 2017 - present: Ashdale Secondary College School Board Member
  • 2016 - present: Mosman Park Primary School Board Member
  • Reviewer, Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Registration Board Western Australia

Awards and recognition

  • 2020: ECU School of Education Research Medal
  • 2020: Western Australian Institute for Education Research Postgraduate Prize in Education

National and International Awards

  • 2009: Premiers Teacher of the Year - Western Australian Education Awards
  • 2009: National Education Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Award: Western Australia

Research Interests

  • Pedagogical transformations required to support 21st century skills and learning environments in schools
  • Immersive technologies to support teaching and learning
  • Service learning


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2020.
  • Grad Diploma in Education (Secondary Education), Curtin University of Technology, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science, Murdoch University, 1989.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Miller, M., Barwood, D., Furfaro, M., Boston, J., Smith, S., Masek, M. (2021). Identifying Differences in Nutrition-Related Learning Interests of Adolescent Students. Journal of School Health, 91(4), 277-284.

Journal Articles

  • Barwood, D., Smith, S., Miller, M., Boston, J., Masek, M., Devine, A. (2020). Transformational game trial in nutrition education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(4), 18-29.

Book Chapters

  • Murcia, K., Newhouse, P., Boston, J. (2018). NanoCity: An immersive game to transform student perceptions of science. Digital technologies: Sustainable innovations for improving teaching and learning (259-276). Springer.

Journal Articles

  • Masek, M., Boston, J., Lam, P., Corcoran, S. (2017). Improving mastery of fractions by blending video games into the Math classroom. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 33(5), 486-499.

Journal Articles

  • Paris, L., Boston, J., Morris, J. (2015). Facebook and the Final Practicum: The Impact of Online Peer Support in the Assistant Teacher Program. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(9), 157-175.

Conference Publications

  • Boston, J., Masek, M., Brogan, M., Lam, P. (2014). Digitally Augmenting Physical Spaces for Personalised Learning. 26th Australian Computers in Education Conference (52-60). ACEC.

Research Projects

  • Meningococcal Infection, Awareness Prevention and Protection (MIapp) – Improving and evaluating adolescent access to meningococcal education through the use of an app , Lotterywest, Grant, 2019 ‑ 2021, $290,910.
  • Transformational games: A way to engage adolescents in nutrition education? , Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Health Promotion Research - Exploratory Research Grants, 2016 ‑ 2018, $56,634.
  • 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.
  • Trailblazer: A Framework for Context Aware Multimodal Learning, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2013, 2013 ‑ 2015, $49,969.
  • Game based learning and educational data mining, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1), 2014 ‑ 2015, $60,000.
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