A/Pr Alice Brown


A/Pr Alice Brown
NameA/Pr Alice Brown
Email Addressalice.brown@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleAssociate Professor (Early Childhood)
QualificationsBEd UCSQ, MEd QUT, PhD USQ
DepartmentSchool of Education
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0306-729X
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Biography

Dr Alice Brown is a distinguished academic practitioner, specialising in Early Childhood Education (ECE) health, wellbeing, and pedagogy, with nearly two decades experience as a full-time lecturer, within the School of Education, at the University of Southern Queensland (Senior Lecturer since 2015). Her exemplary teaching and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) has been recognised through awards, such as the 2020 USQ Excellence Award for Advancing Student Success, the 2020 USQ Excellence in Teaching Award for Online learning Innovation, Head of School (HoS) and Dean commendations, and reflected through consistently high SETS data (averaging 4.5/5 - 2017-2022).

Dr Alice Brown has a strong track record of successful SoTL fellowships and grants, leading and working in multi-disciplinary teams (including 3 grants since 2015). She has established a national and emerging international reputation in SoTL focussed on innovative strategies to support online student engagement in higher education (HE); including the development of the world’s first ‘nudge protocol’ for nudging low or non-engaged students; and advancing the Online Engagement Framework (OEF) for HE.

Dr Alice Brown has lead and mentored others in course design and learning strategies that heighten student engagement, at a national and international level, by drawing on my expertise in SoTL to advance, inform, and shape knowledge, and T&L practice. She leverages digital tools and technology (such as smart phones, zoom, and course learning analytics) in ways that are student-focussed, equitable, and enhance student engagement and satisfaction Her leadership in scholarship is dualistic and encompasses: i) leadership in scholarship that shapes T&L and ‘evidence of outputs’ related to scholarship research.

Dr Alice Brown exemplifies an extensive track record for publishing high quality output. She is an expert in the field of methodological considerations for engaging in research with families in ways that are ethical, empathetic, and respectful (including a sole-authored research book, see Brown, 2019). She has a track record for attracting internal and external research income and leading research teams focussed on the ECE related research projects. She evidences a strong history of leadership in the supervision, development, and training of HDR cohorts, with key strategies being the mentoring of early career supervisors (ECS) and co-publishing with doctoral students.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education (Specialising in health, wellbeing and pUniversity of Southern Queensland20152023

Expertise

online learning and engagement

higher education

nudging

nonengagement

Early childhood

E-learning models

wellbeing

children and families

Fields of Research

  • 390302. Early childhood education
  • 390303. Higher education
  • 390399. Education systems not elsewhere classified

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
BEd
UCSQ
1991
MEd
QUT
1999
PhD
USQ
2013

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
HIGH QUALITY COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN AUSTRALIAN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES: A POSTSTRUCTURAL CASE STUDYPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Expatriate Families with Neurodivergent Children: A Phenomenological Case StudyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
An exploration of child sexual abuse prevention programs to support the implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations in an early learning context.Principal SupervisorMasters2022
Parents' Perceptions About the Values and Benefits of Electronic Games on Young Children in Jordan: A Case StudyPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2021

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
BEYOND IDEAS AND COMPETENCIES - EXPLORING SUCCESSFUL KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PRACTICES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS: A CASE STUDYAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
The Experiences of Australian Dyslexic Children and their Parents: An Exploration of Allyship and Parent-School PartnershipsPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Investigating early years educators' understandings of, beliefs about and practices of active play in Colombo, Sri LankaPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Building Capacity and Self-Efficacy in Teaching Scripture to Early Years LearnersPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023

Using LMS Log Data to Explore Student Engagement with Coursework Videos

Maloney, Suzanne, Axelsen, Megan, Galligan, Linda, Turner, Joanna, Redmond, Petrea, Brown, Alice, Basson, Marita and Lawrence, Jill. 2022. "Using LMS Log Data to Explore Student Engagement with Coursework Videos." Online Learning Journal. 26 (4), pp. 399-423. https://doi.org/10.24059/olj.v26i4.2998

Five key elements that drive student online engagement

Cohen, Jay, Brown, Alice and Redmond, Petrea. 2022. "Five key elements that drive student online engagement." Times Higher Education (THE). 7 December.

A conceptual framework to enhance student online learning and engagement in higher education

Brown, Alice, Lawrence, Jill, Basson, Marita and Redmond, Petrea. 2022. "A conceptual framework to enhance student online learning and engagement in higher education." Higher Education Research and Development. 41 (2), pp. 284-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1860912

Adopting a framework to support the process of critical reflection and understanding of online engagement

Redmond, Petrea, Foote, Stephanie M., Brown, Alice, Mixson-Brookshire, Deborah, Abawi, Lindy-Anne and Henderson, Robyn. 2022. "Adopting a framework to support the process of critical reflection and understanding of online engagement." Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 34 (1), pp. 109-131. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12528-021-09281-3

The creation of a nudging protocol to support online student engagement in higher education

Brown, Alice, Lawrence, Jill, Basson, Marita, Axelsen, Megan, Redmond, Petrea, Turner, Joanna, Maloney, Suzanne and Galligan, Linda. 2023. "The creation of a nudging protocol to support online student engagement in higher education." Active Learning in Higher Education. 24 (3), pp. 257-271. https://doi.org/10.1177/14697874211039077

Does Course Specific Nudging Enhance Student Engagement, Experience and Success?: A Data-Driven Longitudinal Tale

Lawrence, Jill, Brown, Alice, Redmond, Petrea, Maloney, Suzanne, Basson, Marita, Galligan, Linda and Turner, Joanna. 2021. "Does Course Specific Nudging Enhance Student Engagement, Experience and Success?: A Data-Driven Longitudinal Tale." Student Success. 12 (2), pp. 28-37. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.1914

Supporting ‘successful knowledge transfer’ for early childhood professionals – an emerging conceptual framework in an Australian context

Brown, Alice, Sharpe, Susan and Andrews, Dorothy. 2022. "Supporting ‘successful knowledge transfer’ for early childhood professionals – an emerging conceptual framework in an Australian context." Early Years: an international journal of research and development. 42 (4-5), pp. 646-661. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2020.1856045

Engaging the disengaged: exploring the use of course specific learning analytics and nudging to enhance online student engagement

Lawrence, Jill, Brown, Alice, 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 (Special edition)), pp. 47-58. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v10i2.1295

Series Editors’ foreword: researching respectfully and rigorously with young families

Danaher, Patrick Alan. 2019. "Series Editors’ foreword: researching respectfully and rigorously with young families." Brown, Alice (ed.) Respectful research with and about young families: forging frontiers and methodological considerations. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. vii-x

Respectful research with and about young families: forging frontiers and methodological considerations

Brown, Alice. 2019. Respectful research with and about young families: forging frontiers and methodological considerations. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan.

CHE principles: facilitating authentic and dialogical semi-structured interviews in educational research

Brown, Alice and Danaher, Patrick A.. 2019. "CHE principles: facilitating authentic and dialogical semi-structured interviews in educational research." International Journal of Research and Method in Education. 42 (1), pp. 76-90. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2017.1379987

An online engagement framework for higher education

Redmond, Petrea, Abawi, Lindy, Brown, Alice, Henderson, Robyn and Heffernan, Amanda. 2018. "An online engagement framework for higher education." Online Learning Journal. 22 (1), pp. 183-204. https://doi.org/10.24059/olj.v22i1.1175

Critical narrative as a framework for professional border crossing in early childhood

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. 333-345. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949116668097

Parents’ Interpretations of Screen Time Recommendations for Children Younger Than 2 Years

Brown, Alice and Smolenaers, Emma. 2018. "Parents’ Interpretations of Screen Time Recommendations for Children Younger Than 2 Years." Journal of Family Issues. 39 (2), pp. 406-429. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X16646595

A qualitative study of 'fear' as a regulator of children's independent physical activity in the suburbs

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.09.002

The possibilities and potential of social ecological frameworks to understand health behaviours and outcomes

Stokols, Daniel, Brown, Alice, Sallis, James, Hiatt, Robert and Orleans, Tracy. 2013. "The possibilities and potential of social ecological frameworks to understand health behaviours and outcomes." Conference Symposium (24) Presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Francisco, United States 20 - 23 Mar 2013

The Parental and Micro-Environmental Model (PMEM): A conceptual framework for exploring factors that impact on early adult/child relationships

Brown, Alice. 2013. "The Parental and Micro-Environmental Model (PMEM): A conceptual framework for exploring factors that impact on early adult/child relationships." Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2013. Canberra, Australia 30 Oct - 02 Nov 2013

Producing pedagogy

Burton, Lorelle, Lawrence, Jill, Dashwood, Ann and Brown, Alice. 2013. Producing pedagogy. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

So what happens after the event? Exploring the realisation of professional development with early childhood educators

Brown, Alice and Inglis, Sue. 2013. "So what happens after the event? Exploring the realisation of professional development with early childhood educators." Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 38 (1), pp. 11-15.

Respectful, responsible and reciprocal ruralities research: approaching and positioning educational research differently within Australian rural communities

Brown, Alice and Danaher, P. A.. 2012. "Respectful, responsible and reciprocal ruralities research: approaching and positioning educational research differently within Australian rural communities." Wright, Jan (ed.) Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (AARE 2012): Regional and Global Cooperation in Educational Research. Sydney, Australia 02 - 06 Dec 2012 Sydney, Australia.

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

Brown, Alice. 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 Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.

Crossing over: strategies for supporting the training and development of international teachers

Brown, Alice, Dashwood, Ann, Lawrence, Jill and Burton, Lorelle. 2010. "Crossing over: strategies for supporting the training and development of international teachers." The International Journal of Learning. 17 (4), pp. 321-333. https://doi.org/10.18848/1447-9494/cgp/v17i04/46984

People, pedagogy and the power of connection

Brown, Alice and Reushle, Shirley. 2010. "People, pedagogy and the power of connection." Studies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development. 7 (3), pp. 37-48.

Kids with more zip: a practical resource for educators/carers focusing on long-term health and movement experiences for children ages 3-12, 2nd ed.

Brown, Alice and Landy, Joanne. 2010. Kids with more zip: a practical resource for educators/carers focusing on long-term health and movement experiences for children ages 3-12, 2nd ed. Sydney, Australia. Pearson Education Australia.

Student perspectives on scholarship: a contemporary issue in higher education

Dashwood, Ann, Lawrence, Jill, Burton, Lorelle and Brown, Alice. 2009. "Student perspectives on scholarship: a contemporary issue in higher education." International Journal of Arts and Sciences. 3 (5), pp. 64-79.

The power of connection: sharing epistemological approaches to reach beyond knowledge and skill acquisition in an Australian higher education context

Brown, Alice and Reushle, Shirley. 2009. "The power of connection: sharing epistemological approaches to reach beyond knowledge and skill acquisition in an Australian higher education context." 2nd International PBL Symposium: What Are We Learning About Learning?. Singapore 10 - 12 Jun 2009 Singapore.

The South Burnett - early movement and stimulation project

Brown, Alice. 2009. The South Burnett - early movement and stimulation project. Toowoomba, Australia. Unpublished.

Pre-service teachers' understanding of child abuse and their professional role in child protection

Brown, Alice. 2008. "Pre-service teachers' understanding of child abuse and their professional role in child protection." Children Australia. 33 (1), pp. 25-32.

Towards a new frontier in understanding the contextual influences on paediatric inactivity

Brown, Alice. 2008. "Towards a new frontier in understanding the contextual influences on paediatric inactivity." Henderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Brisbane, Australia. Post Pressed. pp. 149-168

Pre-service teachers’ understandings of child abuse and their professional role in child protection

Brown, Alice. 2008. "Pre-service teachers’ understandings of child abuse and their professional role in child protection." Children Australia. 33 (1), pp. 25-32. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1035077200000080

Transnational pedagogy from policy to practice: beginnings of the journey

Dashwood, Ann, Lawrence, Jill, Brown, Alice and Burton, Lorelle J.. 2008. "Transnational pedagogy from policy to practice: beginnings of the journey." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 4 (3), pp. 97-110.

Towards collaborative professional learning in the first year early childhood teacher education practicum: issues in negotiating the multiple interests of stakeholder feedback

Brown, Alice and Danaher, Patrick. 2008. "Towards collaborative professional learning in the first year early childhood teacher education practicum: issues in negotiating the multiple interests of stakeholder feedback." Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 36 (2), pp. 147-161. https://doi.org/10.1080/13598660801958879

Exploring elements for creating an online community of learners within a distance education course at the University of Southern Queensland

Danaher, Patrick Alan, Hickey, Andrew, Brown, Alice and Conway, Joan Margaret. 2007. "Exploring elements for creating an online community of learners within a distance education course at the University of Southern Queensland." Luppicini, Rocci J. (ed.) Online learning communities. Greenwich, CT. United States. Information Age Publishing. pp. 219-240

Managing teaching and learning environments to facilitate curriculum change

Kavanagh, Marie and Brown, A. M.. 2005. "Managing teaching and learning environments to facilitate curriculum change." Weaver, K. Mark (ed.) 64th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2005. Honolulu, United States 05 - 10 Aug 2005 Honolulu, US.

The effectiveness of nudging key learning resources to support online engagement in higher education courses

Brown, Alice, Lawrence, Jill, Alexsen, Megan, Redmond, Petrea, Turner, Joanna, Maloney, Suzanne and Galligan, Linda. 2024. "The effectiveness of nudging key learning resources to support online engagement in higher education courses." Distance Education. 45 (1), pp. 83-102. https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2024.2303491

Educators' experiences of pivoting online: Unearthing key learnings and insights for engaging students online

Brown, A., Lawrence, J., Foote, S., Cohen, J., Redmond, P., Stone, C., Kimber, M. and Henderson, R.. 2023. "Educators' experiences of pivoting online: Unearthing key learnings and insights for engaging students online." Higher Education Research and Development. 42 (7), pp. 1593-1607. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2022.2157798

Reflecting on rapport: strategies for online interviews about sensitive or distressing topics with vulnerable children

Leslie, Rachel, Brown, Alice, Larsen, Ellen and Fanshawe, Melissa. 2023. "Reflecting on rapport: strategies for online interviews about sensitive or distressing topics with vulnerable children." International Journal of Research and Method in Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2023.2294781

HERSDA Guide: Enhancing Online Engagement in Higher Education

Brown, Alice, Lawrence, Jill, Redmond, Petrea, Cohen, Jay, Foote, Stephanie M. and Stone, Cathy. 2023. HERSDA Guide: Enhancing Online Engagement in Higher Education. Hammondville, New South Wales. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).

Capturing the Complexities of Collaborative Partnerships in Early Childhood Through Metaphor

Mason, Kathy, Brown, Alice and Carter, Susan. 2023. "Capturing the Complexities of Collaborative Partnerships in Early Childhood Through Metaphor." Early Childhood Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-023-01580-x

Solving the nudge-nag conundrum in on-line learning

Brown, Alice and Lawrence, Jill. 2023. "Solving the nudge-nag conundrum in on-line learning." Campus Morning Mail. (June 8).

Explore the efficacy of eKindy: Building capacity and supporting positive learning outcomes for children: Final Report

Brown, Alice, Turner, Michelle and Kimber, Megan. 2023. Explore the efficacy of eKindy: Building capacity and supporting positive learning outcomes for children: Final Report. Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

Ethical considerations and dilemmas for the researcher and for families in home-based research: A case for situated ethics

Brown, Alice and Palaiologou, Ioanna. 2023. "Ethical considerations and dilemmas for the researcher and for families in home-based research: A case for situated ethics." Research Ethics. 19 (4), p. 519–535. https://doi.org/10.1177/17470161231181860

Defining and exploring online engagement fatigue in a university context

Maloney, Suzanne, Axelsen, Megan, Stone, Cathy, Galligan, Linda, Redmond, Petrea, Brown, Alice, Turner, Joanna and Lawrence, Jill. 2023. "Defining and exploring online engagement fatigue in a university context." Computers and Education Open. 4.

Five conditions to enhance on-line student engagement

Brown, Alice and Lawrence, Jill. 2023. "Five conditions to enhance on-line student engagement." Campus Morning Mail.

Student Perceptions of Online Engagement

Redmond, Petrea, Alexsen, Megan, Maloney, Suzanne, Turner, Joanna, Brown, Alice, Basson, Marita, Galligan, Linda, Lawrence, Jill and Henderson, Robyn. 2023. "Student Perceptions of Online Engagement." Online Learning Journal. 27 (1), pp. 383-403. https://doi.org/10.24059/olj.v27i1.3320

“Healthy Kids”—A capacity building approach for the early childhood education and care sector

Brown, Alice, Phillipson, Alanna, Dunstan, Kym and Frazer-Ryan, Skye. 2023. "“Healthy Kids”—A capacity building approach for the early childhood education and care sector." Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 34 (4), pp. 765-774. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.694

Empirical Evidence to Support a Nudge Intervention for Increasing Online Engagement in Higher Education

Brown, Alice, Basson, Marita, Axelsen, Megan, Redmond, Petrea and Lawrence, Jill. 2023. "Empirical Evidence to Support a Nudge Intervention for Increasing Online Engagement in Higher Education." Education Sciences. 13 (2), pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13020145