BEd (Hons), University of Leeds; MEd James Cook University (JCU); PhD, JCU
Dr Angela Fenton has a Bachelor of Education with Honours from the University of Leeds and a Masters of Early Childhood Education from James Cook University (JCU) in Queensland. In her Doctoral thesis Angela explored child protection and pre-service education using a Strengths Approach. Alongside her studies, Angela worked in early childhood classrooms and services for over twenty years as a teacher, director and training project officer. Angela has worked in inclusion roles with children with disabilities and was the state manager for the Indigenous Children's Services Unit in Queensland. She has taught in the United Kingdom and in Australia. In the tertiary sector of education, Angela has taught early childhood education in the TAFE and university sector for over ten years (at JCU previously and now for the eighth year with Charles Sturt University). Angela is passionate about teaching and researching in the early years of education and values an interactive approach to collaborative learning. Angela holds leadership roles within the School of Education as the Associate Head of School and the Presiding Officer for academic assessment and moderation.
Angela's doctoral research and subsequent publications are centred on strengths approaches, early childhood development and well-being, child protection and early childhood teacher education. She is examining the use of a Strengths Approach (more commonly used in social services) and the potential of this approach for use in pre-service teaching to prepare students for working with children who may be at risk or experiencing child abuse. Angela has published international journal articles, book chapters and papers in conference proceedings. Angela's most recent research examines the potential use of a Strengths Approach to complex issues in educational and community contexts. In 2017, Angela will further examine in her research the significant opportunities in using a Strengths Approach in early childhood education to enhance children's ability to thrive in all areas of development.
Angela's PhD research examined a Strengths Approach to Child Protection Education. Her doctoral studies were supervised by Associate Professor Melissa Vick and Professor Nola Alloway from James Cook University.
Angela was a member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE) until its closure in 2016. RIPPLE was a multi-disciplinary research centre that conducted high-quality applied research and consultation in the field of professional practice and implications for professional learning and education.
Angela was a member of the Excellence in Research in Early Years Education Collaborative Research Network (CRN), a collaboration between Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. Angela was awarded a RIPPLE/CRN Research Fellowship in 2012.
Angela has over 27 years' experience working in Early Childhood, Primary and Tertiary education sectors. Angela has previously been a classroom teacher in both the United Kingdom and Australia and has worked in educational leadership positions, for example in positions as Centre Director and Project Officer.
Most recently Angela's area of teaching specialisation has been in preparing teachers using a strengths approach to child protection. Angela currently oversees subject assessment and moderation for the School of Education. Previous to this Angela was Assistant Course Director and taught in the internal Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree as well as teaching students in the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years). Angela's areas of teaching expertise include strengths approaches, child development, curriculum and pedagogy, historical and contemporary theories of education, health and safety, and child protection.
2017: Scorgie, G., Doctor of Philosophy. The Changing Space of International Education: Investigating a Chinese-International School in Mainland China. Co-Supervisor.
2016: Welsh, S., Master of Education (Research Project). A Case Study of the Influence of Learning Analytics Feedback on Self-Regulated Learning Processes among University Students. Supervisor.
2015: McMaster, J., Master of Education (Research Project). First Nations Metis and Inuit Graduation Coach: Professional. Supervisor.
2015 – 2017: Examiner for Honours and Masters Research Dissertations.