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Dr Pauline Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6433
Email: pauline.roberts@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.221  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1641-1624

Pauline is a Senior 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

Background

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2021.1881888.
  • Knaus, M., Kirk, G., Roberts, P., Barblett, L., Adkin, B. (2021). Improving assessment accountability in initial teacher education programs through benchmarking. Benchmarking: an international journal, xx(xx), xx. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-06-2020-0289.

Book Chapters

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

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2019.1639497.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1836939119855562.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2018v44n5.5.

Journal Articles

  • Roberts, P. (2018). Developing reflection through an eportfolio-based learning environment: Design principles for further implementation. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 27(3), 313-326. https://doi.org/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.

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 (195-212). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620170000011.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2016v41n7.2.
  • 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.

Book Chapters

  • 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). Pebble Books.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • 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 (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.

Conference Publications

  • Roberts, P., Maor, D., Herrington, J. (2013). Scaffolding Students’ Reflection in an ePortfolio-based Learning Environment. Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2013 (1339-1348). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Conference Publications

  • Roberts, P., Maor, D. (2012). Implementation of the eLearning Lifecycle Model to Develop Reflection in Pre-Service Teachers. Ascilite 2012 Future Challenges Sustainable Futures: Proceedings (787-791). ascilite.
  • Roberts, P. (2012). Researching an eLearning Environment for Developing Reflection in Pre-service Teachers: Details of Cycle 4. Proceedings of Global Learn 2012 (98-103). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
  • Roberts, P., Maor, D. (2012). ePortfolios to Scaffold the Development of Reflective Practice in Bachelor of Education Students. Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012 (1274-1279). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Conference Publications

  • Phillips, R., Maor, D., Cumming-Potvin, W., Roberts, P., Herrington, J., Preston, G., Moore, E., Perry, L. (2011). Learning analytics and study behaviour: A pilot study. Changing Demands, Changing Directions. Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011 (997-1007). University of Tasmania.
  • Maor, D., Roberts, P. (2011). Does the TPACK framework help to design a more engaging learning environment?. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011 (3498-3504). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Research Projects

  • NAPLAN Narratives: Stakeholders’ perspectives surrounding student wellbeing (Studies 4 & 5), Association of Independent Schools of WA, AISWA - Grant, 2017 ‑ 2022, $80,000.
  • Fostering inquiry-based science learning through play in early childhood education, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016, 2016 ‑ 2017, $21,600.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Towards an evidence-informed differentiated learning consolidation process (DLCP) to support classroom instruction

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating Multigrade Teaching (MGT) and learning practices in Maldives: Developing a Framework for MGT

Associate Supervisor

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