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Dr Helen Adam

Senior Lecturer

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

Helen is a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Master of Teaching - Primary, within the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • LAN3280 - 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 Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA)
  • Primary English Teachers 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

  • 2021 - Edith Cowan University School of Education Research Awards - Best Paper from an Early Career Researcher
  • 2020 - Edith Cowan University Early and Mid Career Symposium - Best Presentation for Research in Society and Culture
  • 2020 - Edith Cowan University - Best Research Media Campaign by an Early Career Researcher
  • 2020 - Edith Cowan University School of Education Research Awards - Best Paper from an Early Career Researcher
  • 2020 - Edith Cowan University School of Education Research Awards - Winner of Equity and Inclusion within education Program of Research
  • 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2019.
  • Master of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • Diploma of Teaching, Churchlands College, 1981.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Adam, H., Hays, M., Urquhart, Y. (2021). The exclusive white world of preservice teachers’ book selection for the classroom: Influences and implications for practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 46(8), 51-69.
  • Adam, H. (2021). When Authenticity Goes Missing: How Monocultural Children’s Literature Is Silencing the Voices and Contributing to Invisibility of Children from Minority Backgrounds. Education Sciences, 11(1), Article number 32.
  • Adam, H., Harper, L. (2021). Gender equity in early childhood picture books: A cross-cultural study of frequently read picture books in early childhood classrooms in Australia and the United States. The Australian Educational Researcher, 2021(Article in press), 1-27.

Journal Articles

  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2020). Book sharing with young children: A study of book sharing in four Australian long day care centres. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020(Article in press), 1-26.
  • Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C. (2020). The challenge of monoculturalism: what books are educators sharing with children and what messages do they send?. The Australian Educational Researcher, 47(5), 815–836.

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, 46(3), 549-563.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Research Projects

  • Investigating overt and covert perpetuation of prejudice and bigotry in children's picture books recently published in Australia., Australian National University, Herbert & Valmae Feilich Foundation Early Career Researcher Small Grants Scheme, 2019 ‑ 2021, $5,000.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Investigating critical literacy in upper primary years using dialogic teaching principles to explore metafictive devices in postmodern picturebooks
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Family-school partnerships in the early years of school to support children's language and literacy learning in ethnically diverse communities
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