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Dr Pauline Roberts

Senior Lecturer

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

  • 2019 - Early Childhood Australia WA Branch, President
  • 2018 - Hensman Street Elementary, Board Vice President
  • 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

  • Roberts, P., (2019), Selecting apps for young learners: What should be considered?. Digitising Early Childhood, 173-189, Newcastly upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Singh, K., Mildenhall, P., Roberts, P., Wren, J., (2019), Sustaining multi-partner engaged research: principles, processes and tensions. Reflective Practice, 20(4), 501-519, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2019.1639497.
  • Roberts, P., Kirk, G., (2019), Introducing an ePortfolio into practicum-based units: Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of effective support. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(5), 79-93, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2018v44n5.5.
  • Roberts, P., Barblett, L., Robinson, K., (2019), Early years teachers' perspectives on the effects of NAPLAN on stakeholder wellbeing and the impact on early years pedagogy and curriculum. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 309-320, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1836939119855562.
  • 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., 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., 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.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Children's knowledge, identity and right to participation in driving curriculum decision-making
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