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Ms Helen Adam


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2376, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.116
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2376
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.116  


Helen is the Course Coordinator for the Master of Teaching (Primary) within the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • LAN 2260 - English in Middle and Upper Primary
  • LAN1260 - Spoken Language in Primary School
  • LIT4260/6260 Children's Literature in the Classroom
  • EDU6015 Learners and Learning

Professional Associations

  • Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA)
  • Primary English Teacher's Association of Australia (PETAA)
  • Children's Book Council of Australia, WA Branch (CBCAWA)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2012 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2011 - ECU Dean's Prize, Faculty of Education and Arts
  • 2011 - ECU State School Teachers' Union of WA prize

Research Interests

  • Children's literature to support principles of diversity - (current focus in early childhood)
  • Children's literature and its importance in the social and emotional development of the child
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Effective literacy instruction across the curriculum


  • Master of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • Diploma of Teaching, Churchlands College, 1981.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C., Haig, Y., (2019), "Portray cultures other than ours": How children's literature is being used to support the diversity goals of the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. The Australian Educational Researcher, n/a(n/a), 1-15, Netherlands, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-019-00302-w.
  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C., Haig, Y., (2017), Book collections in long day care: Do they reflect diversity?. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(2), 88-96, ACT, Early Childhood Australia, DOI: 10.23965/AJEC/42.2.11.
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