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Assoc Prof Alice Brown

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

Associate Professor Alice Brown is an internationally and nationally recognised, award-winning early childhood educator, specialising in Early Childhood Education (ECE), with 35 years’ experience working in diverse educational contexts. She has been a full-time lecturer of ECE, within the School of Education, at the University of Southern Queensland, for nearly two decades (Senior Lecturer since 2015), specialising in children’s active play, physical education, resilience, and wellbeing, as well as EC pedagogy and professional leadership, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a leader in innovative practice and solution-focused approaches across the three cornerstones of teaching, research and service. Her efforts contribute to USQ’s vision and culture for excellence by: driving change and excelling in leading inclusive physical and digital higher education learning experiences and undertaking world-class research that has a positive social impact. Associate Professor Brown’s leadership in scholarship research relates to innovative frameworks, projects and approaches to supporting student learning and engagement in Higher Education. She influences others by sharing her work extensively to positively impact across the broader profession, both nationally and internationally to enhance the teaching and learning for students and teachers. Her research is translated into excellence in teaching resulting in a consistent track record of excellence in teaching and learning; exceptional student satisfaction outcomes/SETS data averaging 4.4/5 for Q33 for student satisfaction; recipient of numerous Dean Commendations; and most recently ‘successful application for awards related innovation in L&T’ resulting as the co-recipient of two USQ Learning and Teaching Awards for 2020. Associate Professor Alice Brown evidences a strong track record for attracting research funding - internal and external income totaling - $184,994 (individual/team). Her high-quality research outputs are positioned above the national average, with her H index of 11 and 725 citations. This includes 31 refereed publications, with one of her co-authored papers receiving 208 citations since 2018. Dr Brown's research profile typifies that of an HE L&T researcher, expert and leader and supervisor of sustained collaborative national and international research projects about the interplay among early childhood education, health, wellbeing, and social ecology, as well as a substantial track record of scholarship research in the area of online engagement, particularly in HE contexts. She leads research partnerships, culture, and outputs within three fields of research: scholarship research focused on computers, technology, and online engagement in higher education (1301), research focused on early childhood, children, and EC professionals (1303), and ethical and respectful methodological approaches (1399). Associate Professor Alice Brown is a world leader in innovative methodological approaches focused on reframing research with young families that reflect ethical and respectful application to participants' involvement and agency in inquiry. This work has recently been captured in a sole authored book, ‘Respectful research with and about young families’ (2019, Palgrave, MacMillan). -

  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) ( 130102 )
  • Early Childhood Education ( 390302 )
  • Higher Education ( 390303 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )
  • Education Systems not elsewhere classified ( 390399 )

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 methodological approaches for researching 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
- Supporting online engagement using learning analytics and nudging

Queensland College of Teachers
Early Childhood Australia
Association for Learning and Technology
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
Be You Mental Health Education
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia

Queensland Health Partner
Education Queensland Partner

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (IAESS)

EDM5014 Planning for Learning: Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy
ECH1200 – Early Years Health and Active Play
ECP2200 – Childhood Resilience and Wellbeing
EDE3103 – Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy
EDX4350 - Welfare and Wellbeing in Education

18 Years

15 Years

Specialising in Early Child Health, Wellbeing, Social Ecology and online student engagement

  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) ( 130102 )
  • Early Childhood Education ( 390302 )
  • Higher Education ( 390303 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )
  • Education Systems not elsewhere classified ( 390399 )