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Dr Pauline Roberts


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6433, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML16.221
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6433
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.221  


Pauline is a Lecturer in Early Childhood education focusing on Science and STEM as well as ePortfolio implementation. Pauline also coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood course.

Current teaching

  • ECE6130 - Constructing Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE6160 - Early Childhood Pedagogy and Practice
  • SCE2240 - Early Childhood Science and Technology Education
  • ECS4160 - STEM In Early Childhood
  • ECS4261 - Professional Engagement in ECE


Pauline is a Lecturer in Early Childhood studies at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, WA. She has taught across the education sector in Early Childhood and Primary and Tertiary settings in a range of curriculum and content areas. Pauline’s doctoral research centred on the use of an ePortfolio to scaffold reflection in pre-service teachers which remains an ongoing area of interest and research. In her current role at ECU Pauline has undertaken teaching in the Science content area for Early Childhood with the goal of developing play-based approaches to the development of science skills and concepts in young children.

Professional associations

  • 2016 - Hensman Street Kindy, Board member for Grants
  • 2015 - AARE, Member of Early Childhood SIG
  • 2015 - Reggio Network, Member
  • 2014 - HERDSA, Member
  • 2014 - ECA, WA Branch Committee / Secretary 2016
  • 2011 - AACE, Member
  • 2011 - WAIER, Committee Member
  • 2010 - ASCILITE, Member

Research areas and interests

  • Reflection
  • ePortfolio
  • Early Childhood Science and STEM
  • Technology in Early Childhood
  • NAPLAN perspectives
  • Documentation of learning


  • Doctor of Education, Murdoch University, 2014.
  • Master of Education (Practitioner Research), University of Western Sydney, 2003.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (BSZ98), Other NSW registered training organisation, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), University of Western Sydney, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), University of Wollongong, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • NAPLAN Narratives: Stakeholders’ perspectives surrounding student wellbeing (Studies 4 & 5),  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2017 - 2020,  $156,771.
  • Fostering inquiry-based science learning through play in early childhood education,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $21,600.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Blake, E., Roberts, P., (2017), Encouraging literacy through inclusive science investigations: How a sense of wonder can cater for diversity. Inclusive Principles and Practices in Literacy Education, 11(15), 195-212, Bradford, United Kingdom, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/S1479-363620170000011.
  • Roberts, P., (2014), An ePortfolio environment to enhance reflection in pre-service teachers: What worked, what didn’t and why?. PebblePad: Personalising the Curriculum, 16-31, Telford, UK, Pebble Books.

Journal Articles

  • Roberts, P., Knaus, M., (2018), STEM in early childhood education: Using the inquiry approach to scaffold learning. New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Education, 21(2), 71-84, ChildForum Research Network.
  • Roberts, P., (2018), Developing reflection through an eportfolio-based learning environment: Design principles for further implementation. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 27(3), 313-326, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2018.1447989.
  • Roberts, P., Maor, D., Herrington, J., (2016), ePortfolio-based learning environments: Recommendations for effective scaffolding of reflective thinking in higher education. Educational Technology and Society, 19(4), 22-33.
  • Roberts, P., (2016), Reflection: A renewed and practical focus for an existing problem in teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(7), 19-35, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n7.2.

Conference Publications

  • Roberts, P., (2014), A framework to enhance reflection in pre-service teachers. Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, 2275-2280, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
  • Roberts, P., (2014), Design principles for an ePortfolio-based learning environment to enhance reflection in pre-service teachers. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, 2014(23-26 June 2014), 769-–774, AACE.
  • Roberts, P., Farley, H., Gregory, S., (2014), Authentic assessment of reflection in an ePortfolio: How to make reflection more ‘real’ for students. Rhetoric and Reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings ascilite Dunedin 2014, 441-445, ASCILITE.
  • McGrath, N., Gregory, S., Farley, H., Roberts, P., (2014), Tools of the trade: ‘Breaking the ice’ with virtual tools in online learning. Rhetoric and Reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings ascilite Dunedin 2014, 470-474, ASCILITE.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

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