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Dr Alice Brown

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

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) ( 130102 )

Research interests
Hello, I'm Dr Alice Brown. My work and the work I engage in with families, community, key stakeholders harnesses existing social capital to help to build assets, empower individuals, and contribute to strong and vibrant child-friendly communities. As an academic, researcher, and as an early childhood health, wellbeing & social ecology specialist I bring a skill set of methodological approaches and research experience to this space. My research focus is on gaining insights into the lifeworld’s of others, and the theory/practice nexus of respectful & ethical inquiry. I adapt ecological models to better understand the impact of context and environment on behaviours, values & practices.
My research interests include:
- Innovative, respectful, and ethical research with young families;
- Young children and families - health, well-being, 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;
- Early childhood environments, pedagogy, leadership;
- 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;
- Engagement, E-learning/Teaching - 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
ECH1200 – Early Years Health and Active Play
ECP2200 – Childhood Resilience and Wellbeing
EDE3103 – Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy
EDU5010 – Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
18 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
15 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Specialising in Early Child Health, Wellbeing and Social Ecology

Research most recent
Sole-authored book Brown, A. (2019). Respectful research with and about young families – Forging frontiers and methodological considerations. London, UK: Palgrave Pivot.
https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030027155#otherversion=9783030027162
Redmond, P., Heffernan, A., Abawi, L., Brown, A. & Henderson, R. (2018) An online engagement framework for higher education. Online Learning, 22(1), 183-204. doi: 10.24059/olj.v22i1.1175.
https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1179626.pdf
Brown, A., & Danaher, P. A. (2017). CHE Principles: Facilitating authentic and dialogical semi-structured interviews in educational research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 1-15. doi:10.1080/1743727X.2017.1379
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1743727X.2017.1379987


Research most notable
Sole-authored book Brown, A. (2019). Respectful research with and about young families – Forging frontiers and methodological considerations. London, UK: Palgrave Pivot.
https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030027155#otherversion=9783030027162
Redmond, P., Heffernan, A., Abawi, L., Brown, A. & Henderson, R. (2018) An online engagement framework for higher education. Online Learning, 22(1), 183-204. doi: 10.24059/olj.v22i1.1175.
https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1179626.pdf
Brown, A., & Danaher, P. A. (2017). CHE Principles: Facilitating authentic and dialogical semi-structured interviews in educational research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 1-15. doi:10.1080/1743727X.2017.1379
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1743727X.2017.1379987


Publications in ePrints

Lawrence, Jill and Brown, Alice and Redmond, Petrea and Basson, Marita (2019) Engaging the disengaged: exploring the use of course specific learning analytics and nudging to enhance online student engagement. Student Success, 10 (2 (SI)). pp. 47-58.

Brown, Alice (2019) Respectful research with and about young families: forging frontiers and methodological considerations. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-030-02715-5

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 Danaher, Patrick A. (2017) CHE principles: facilitating authentic and dialogical semi-structured interviews in educational research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education. ISSN 1743-727X

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.

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) ( 130102 )