Dr Helen Edwards
Lecturer, Early Childhood Education - School of Education
Phone: +61 2 6773 2078
Helen Edwards has been a lecturer in the School of Education since 2003 as part of the Early Childhood Team. She also lectured in Research Methodology in the cross faculty Masters (Honours) program for a number of years.
PhD (UNE); Grad Dip ContEd (UNE); MEd (UNE); B OccThy (UQ)
Research interests include Aboriginal education and family history; inclusion across the lifespan; adult education; life long learning; living and learning in rural and remote environments; young children’s motor development; developmental disabilities; early intervention; quality assurance in early childhood settings.
PhD thesis: 2004 ‘Quality assurance in Aboriginal early childhood education: a participatory action research study’. This thesis documented and analysed the implementation of a quality assurance program in an Aboriginal preschool in a narrative form.
MEd thesis: a quantitative study of three Kindergarten physical education curricula.
Evaluation of the implimentation of the revised Australian
quality assurance tool in Aboriginal early childhood settings.
Collaborating with several Aboriginal families to record their family histories.
Currently I am supervising two postgraduate students who are applying phenomenological or case study approaches to their Masters (honours) or doctoral studies. I have supervised 15 doctoral theses (PhD, EdD, DHSM) and five Masters (honours) students to completion. I commenenced supervision in 2004 when my PhD was submitted for examination.
Jean Denton Memorial Scholar 2002.
My experience in early childhood includes preschool, early intervention, sensory integration, physical education, family day care, and toy libraries. In tertiary education I taught for almost a decade in the NSW TAFE Child Studies program (face-to-face and externally) and more recently have worked as a university lecturer and researcher.
Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (accepted for publication 04.12.2015). The main signs of ageing in people with intellectual disability. Australian Journal of Rural Health,[awaiting details of the final proofs and issue number.]
Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2015). Assisting individuals ageing with learning disability: Support worker perspectives. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 20(4), 213-222. doi: 10.1108/TLDR-02-2015-0008
Nye, A., Foskey, R., & Edwards, H. (2014). Collegial reflection on the meaning of metaphors in learning: Emerging theory and practice. Studies in Continuing Education, 36(2), 132-146. doi: 10.1080/0158037X.2013.796921
Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2014). Impediments to community-based care for people ageing with intellectual disability in rural New South Wales. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(6), 623-633. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12130
Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2014). The training needs of staff supporting individuals ageing with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(3), 273-288. doi: 10.1111/jar.12087
Bartik, W., Maple, M., Edwards, H., & Kiernan, M. (2013). Adolescent survivors after suicide: Australian young people's bereavement narratives. Crisis: Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 34(3), 211-217. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000185
Bartik, W., Maple, M., Edwards, H., & Kiernan, M. (2013). The psychological impact of losing a friend to suicide. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(6), 545-549. doi: 10.1177/1039856213497986
Green, N., Wolodko, B., Stewart, C., Edwards, H., Brooks, M., & Littledyke, R. (2013). Collaborative self-study of online teaching in early childhood teacher education. International Journal for Academic Development, 18(2), 166-177. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2012.677747
Maple, M., Edwards, H. E., Minichiello, V., & Plummer, D. (2013). Still part of the family: The importance of physical, emotional and spiritual memorial places and spaces for parents bereaved through the suicide death of their son or daughter. Mortality, 18(1), 54-71. doi: 10.1080/13576275.2012.755158
Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2013). Rural and remote area service provision for people aging with intellectual disability. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10(1), 62-70. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12017
Wolodko, B., Stewart, C., Green, N., Edwards, H., Brooks, M., & Littledyke, R. (2013). Shifting mindsets within: Self-study of professional learning Global Challenges and Perspectives in Blended and Distance Learning (pp. 191-201).
Stewart, C., & Edwards, H. (2012). Online collaboration: Using roleplay to develop skills in resolving conflict. International Education Studies, 5(6), 1-10. doi: 10.5539/ies.v5n6p1
Green, N. C., Edwards, H., Wolodko, B., Stewart, C., Brooks, M., & Littledyke, R. (2010). Reconceptualising higher education pedagogy in online learning. Distance Education, 31(3), 257-273. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2010.513951
Maple, M., Edwards, H., Plummer, D., & Minichiello, V. (2010). Silenced voices: Hearing the stories of parents bereaved through the suicide death of a young adult child. Health and Social Care in the Community, 18(3), 241-248. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00886.x
Maple, M., Plummer, D., Edwards, H., & Minichiello, V. (2007). The effects of preparedness for suicide following the death of a young adult child. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 37(2), 127-134. doi: 10.1521/suli.2007.37.2.127