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Dr Alice Brown

Dr Alice Brown
Name Alice Brown
Position Senior Lecturer (Early Childhood Education)
Section School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Office A210
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4120
Extension 4120
Qualifications BEd UCSQ , MEd QUT , PhD USQ

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Education systems not elsewhere classified ( 130199 )
  • Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified ( 130399 )
  • Education not elsewhere classified ( 139999 )

Research interests
Hello, I'm Dr Alice Brown, an early childhood health, well-being and social ecology specialist. I adapt ecological models to better understand the impact that life experiences and environmental determinants have on behaviours, values, and perceptions. I'm fascinated with influences on behaviour of families with young children. My desire is help strengthen the capacity with all those who interact and work with young children. I see my role as building assets and empowering individuals. My research interests include:
- Early childhood environments, pedagogy, leadership;
- Young children and families - health, well-being and active play;
- Exploring context and illuminating people’s stories using qualitative research methods: interpretivist paradigms, naturalistic perspectives, narrative, case study research; building trust in semi-structured interviews;
- Social ecological frameworks for understanding socio-environmental and personal determinants of health behaviours in parents and children;
- Professional development, intervention; program evaluation in health, physical activity and early childhood;
- Contextual considerations for effective health interventions for families and communities;
- Paediatric education, care and wellbeing;
- Learning and teaching in higher education and enhancement of the student and staff experience

Professional memberships
Queensland College of Teachers
Team member – Community Futures Research Program
Member of the Institute for Resilient Regions
Membership with Early Childhood Australia
Membership with Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Collaboration

Industry affiliations
Member of the Ipswich Child, Youth and Families Alliance (CYFA)
Member of PSN (Health and Community Services Workforce Council)
Affiliated supporter of GymbaROO Australia
Queensland Health Partner
CO-OPS (Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites)member

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)

Currently teaching courses/programs
EDX1450 HPE Curriculum and Pedagogy
SPE3004 Social Emotional Wellbeing and Learning
ECE4010 Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings
EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood
*Finalist Australian Lecturer of the Year 2009
A number of other early childhood courses including:
EDE3103 Play based Pedagogy 2 and EDE2010 Play Based Pedagogy 1
EDE3009 Early childhood professional
EDE2201 Early childhood development and learning
EDE2101 Early childhood contexts

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
20 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
20 Years

Administrative responsibilities
School Coordinator Learning and Teaching; Specialising in Early Child Health, Wellbeing and Social Ecology

Research most recent
C1 Journal articles:
O'Connor, J., & Brown, A. (2013). A qualitative study of ‘fear’ as a regulator of children’s independent physical activity in the suburbs. Health & Place, 24, 157–164. Retrieved from

Brown, A., Stokols, D., Sallis, J., Hiatt, R., & Orleans, T. (2013). The possibilities and potential of social ecological frameworks to understand health behaviours and outcomes. Paper presented at the In proceeding of: Symposium (24) Presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Co-Authored Book: Lawrence, J., Burton, L., Dashwood, A., & Brown, A. (2013). Producing pedagogy: Developing and evaluating an institutional approach to learning and teaching. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Research most notable
Brown, A. (2012). The new frontier: A social ecological exploration of factors impacting on parental support for the active play of young children within the micro-environment of the family home. PhD, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Inglis, S., & Brown, A. (2012). So what happens after the event? Exploring the realisation of professional development with early childhood educators. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(1), 11-15.

Brown, A., & Danaher, P. A. (2008). Towards collaborative professional learning in the Early Childhood Teacher Education practicum: Issues in negotiating the multiple interests of stakeholder feedback. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 33(2), 147-161.

Brown, A. (2008). Pre-service teachers’ understandings of child abuse and their professional role in child protection. Children Australia, 33(1), 25-32.

Publications in ePrints

Redmond, Petrea and Abawi, Lindy and Brown, Alice and Henderson, Robyn and Heffernan, Amanda (2018) An online engagement framework for higher education. Online Learning Journal, 22 (1). pp. 183-204. ISSN 2472-5730

Brown, Alice and Grigg, John (2017) Critical narrative as a framework for professional border crossing in early childhood. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 18 (3). pp. 1-13.

Brown, Alice and Smolenaers, Emma (2016) Parents’ interpretations of screen time recommendations for children younger than 2 years. Journal of Family Issues. pp. 1-24. ISSN 0192-513X

O'Connor, Justen and Brown, Alice (2013) A qualitative study of 'fear' as a regulator of children's independent physical activity in the suburbs. Health and Place, 24. pp. 157-164. ISSN 1353-8292

Burton, Lorelle and Lawrence, Jill and Dashwood, Ann and Brown, Alice (2013) Producing pedagogy. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-1443-84592-2

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Education systems not elsewhere classified ( 130199 )
  • Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified ( 130399 )
  • Education not elsewhere classified ( 139999 )