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Fiona Mayne

Dr Fiona Mayne

Lecturer
Education, Graduate School of

Contact details
Address
Graduate School of Education
The University of Western Australia (M428)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 1490
Email
fiona.mayne@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BEd Curtin, PhD WA
Biography
Fiona Mayne has a PhD in early childhood research ethics and participation. She teaches technology education in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia. Her current research interests concern young children’s research participation and ICTs in pre-service teacher education.

Qualifications:

-Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours), Curtin University of Technology (2006)

-PhD in early childhood research ethics and participation, UWA (2016)

Key research
Fiona researched and developed the interactive nonfiction narrative (INN) approach to enhancing research participation with young children.In January 2016 I completed my PhD as a ‘series of papers’ in early childhood education research ethics, entitled Enhancing young children’s meaningful participation in research ethics processes through an interactive approach.The thesis introduced Interactive Nonfiction Narrative (INN) as an innovative tool for obtaining informed consent from 3- and 4-year-old children. Based on a story (narrative) of the research, it employed reading strategies such as sustained shared thinking and dialogic reading, and used touch-screen technologies (interactive) to deliver information about a research project (nonfiction). An interpretive multiple case design was used to evaluate children’s understanding of the research as presented through the INN. Children were found to understand many of the aspects of the research purpose and their rights as participants. Results of the cross-case analysis also suggested that the informed consent process is not only an essential component of children’s rights, but can add to the quality of early childhood research and has the potential to enhance research outcomes with young children. This research focused primarily on young children's meaningful participation in the informed consent process. However, it also speaks about enhancing young children's participation in research more generally and offers support to researchers wanting to move toward a more rights-based approach to early childhood research.
Publications
Peer Reviewed Papers
2017
Mayne, F., Howitt, C., & Rennie, L. J. (2017). Using interactive nonfiction narrative to enhance competence in the informed consent process with 3-year-old children. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-17. doi:10.1080/13603116.2016.1260833
2016
Mayne, F., Howitt, C., & Rennie, L. (2016). A hierarchical model of children’s research participation rights based on information, understanding, voice, and influence. Manuscript in preparation
Mayne, F., Howitt, C., & Rennie, L. (2016). Innovation in informed consent: Enhancing quality early childhood research participation through an interactive narrative approach. Manuscript in preparation
2015
Mayne, F., Howitt, C., & Rennie, L. (2015). Meaningful informed consent with young children: Looking forward through an interactive narrative approach. Early Child Development and Care, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2015.1051975
Mayne, F., & Howitt, C. (2015). How far have we come in respecting young children in our research? A meta-analysis of early childhood research practice from 2009 to 2012. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(4), 30-38.
2014
Mayne, F., & Howitt, C. (2014). Reporting of ethics in early childhood journals: A meta-analysis of 10 journals from 2009 to 2012. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(2), 71-79.
2010
Rennie, L. J., Evans, R. S., Mayne, F. E., & Rennie, S. J. (2010). Factors affecting the use and outcomes of interactive science exhibits in community settings. Visitor Studies, 13(2), 222-237.
Rennie, L. J., Howitt, C., Evans, R., & Mayne, F. (2010). Do-it-yourself astronomy: Getting the best out of science kits. Teaching Science, 56 (4), 13-17.
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Magazine Articles
Mayne, F., & Howitt, C. (in press). What rights do young children have in research? Every Child.
Mayne, F., & Howitt, C. (2014). The ethics of research in practice. Every Child, 20(3), 36-37.
Mayne, F., & Howitt, C. (2014). The ethics of early childhood research: An historical perspective. Every Child, 20(2), 30-31.
Mayne, F., & Howitt, C. (2013). The ethics of informed consent. Every Child, 19(3), 34-35.
Mayne, F. (2006). Where have all the environmental numbers gone? Are today's young children missing out? Environmental numbers. Cross Section, 16(1), 12.
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Research Reports
Rennie, L. J., & Evans, R., Mayne, F., & Rennie, S. J. (2007). Description and analysis of the Scitech Do-It-Yourself Science Exhibits. Perth, WA: Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University of Technology.
Evans, R., Mayne, F., & Rennie, S. J. & Rennie, L. J. (2007). Evaluation of Do-It-Yourself Science Exhibits in non-school environments. Perth, WA: Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University of Technology.
Howitt, C., Evans, R., Mayne, F., & Rennie, L. J. (2007). Evaluation of the Do-It-Yourself Astronomy Kit in schools. Perth: Science and Mathematics Centre, Curtin University of Technology.
Rennie, L. J., & Evans, R., Mayne, F., & Koul, R. B. (2006). Evaluation of the use of the Scitech Do-It-Yourself Science Exhibits in Schools. Perth, WA: Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University of Technology.
Mayne, F. E., & Rennie, L. J. (2005). Field test of Do-It-Yourself Science Kit, Light, sight and sound. Perth: Science and Mathematics Centre, Curtin University of Technology.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Early childhood and ICT Education
Memberships
-Early Childhood Australia (ECA) (2012-)
-European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA) (2015-)
-European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) (2013-)
Honours and awards
In 2016 I was the recipient of the Dr Teck Jin Lian Memorial Prize in Education (UWA Graduate School of Education) which acknowledges the best research achievements during candidature.

-Nominated for 2013 WA Early Childhood Education & Care Pre-Conference Research Symposium Postgraduate Colloquium Award

-Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship (2011-2014)

-Curtin Vice-Chancellor's List Honours – 2002, 2003 and 2004 (Membership of Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor's List is granted to the top 1 per cent of undergraduates across all disciplines.)

-Golden Key International Honour Society Award – 2003 (Recognizes the top 15 per cent of academic achievement over two semesters)
Previous positions
-Lecturer Certificate in Tertiary Teaching - EDUC5708: Digital Technologies for Learning, UWA (Semester 2 2016) (Fully online)

-Lecturer Master of Educational Leadership - EDUC5608: Integrating Pedagogy & Technology, UWA (Semester 2 2016)

-Lecturer Master of Teaching - EDUC5618: Teaching & Learning with ICTs, UWA (Semester 2 2016)

-Sessional Tutor EDUC1104: World of Mobile Learning, UWA (Semester 1 2016)

-Sessional Tutor EDUC1102: Learning Effectively: Improving Your Learning and Teaching, UWA (Semester 1 2016)

-PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia (2011-2015) - Thesis entitled: Enhancing young children’s meaningful participation in research ethics processes through an interactive narrative approach (ARC Linkage Grant (LP110200756) to Christine Howitt and Léonie J. Rennie, in partnership with Scitech and Rio Tinto Future Fund)

-Sessional Lecturer in Science Education, UWA (2013)

-Education Faculty Health & Safety Student Representative, UWA (2012, 2013)

-Education Faculty Postgraduate Students’ Association Representative, UWA (2013)

-Unit Coordinator and Sessional Tutor, School of Education (ECE), Curtin University/Online Universities Australia (OUA) (2010-11)

-ECE Classroom Teacher, Primary Science Specialist and ECE/Primary Art Specialist, Carey Baptist College (2007-11)

-Research Assistant, Science and Maths Education Centre, Curtin University (2005-06)
Teaching
Early childhood and ICT Education
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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