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Mrs Fiona Boylan


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6898
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.210  

Fiona Boylan is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • ECS1240 Becoming an Early Childhood Educator
  • HSS6180 Humanities and Social Sciences
  • LAN1265 English 1: Oral Communication
  • IPP2260 Inquiry in Professional Practice: Kindergarten/Pre-primary.


Fiona is a qualified early childhood educator and has taught across early childhood from kindergarten to Year three in government schools for 25 years. Her current PhD research is focused on early childhood educator perspectives of mindset and devising a set of design principles to assist early childhood educators to incorporate the teaching of mindset. Fiona is currently a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Professional associations

  • 2021 - Teachers Registration Board WA (Member No. 32007808)
  • 2019 - 2020: Early Childhood Australia: Western Australia Branch (Member)
  • 2019 - 2020: Western Australian Institute of Education Research (WAIER) (General Committee Member)
  • 2019 - 2021: Positive Education in Schools Australia (Member).

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching awards

  • 2018 and 2019 - Dr Susan Holland Scholarship for PhD students.


  • 2019 - Awarded the PESA (Positive Education in Schools Australia) state scholarship
  • 2011 - WA Premier Teacher of the Year Award semi-finalist.

Research areas and interests

  • Mindset
  • Design based research
  • Pre service teacher resilience
  • Metacognition play and pedagogy
  • Social emotional development and learning
  • Wellbeing.

In the media

  1. 2020 Mindsets Matter: Early Childhood Australia Research in Practice Series  -
  2. 2020 Blog post for The Spoke - How can schools nurture children as they start formal schooling during a pandemic?


  • Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Curtin University of Technology, 1992.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Roberts, P., Barblett, L., Boylan, F., Knaus, M. (2021). Revitalising reflective practice in pre-service teacher education: developing and practicing an effective framework. Reflective Practice, xx(xx), xx.

Journal Articles

  • Boylan, F., Barblett, L., Knaus, M. (2018). Early childhood teachers' perspectives of growth mindset: Developing agency in children. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(3), 16-24.
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