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Associate Professor, 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 worked in the university sector for over nineteen years (at JCU previously and now for the thirteenth year with Charles Sturt University). Angela is passionate about promoting quality teaching in Higher Education and researching in strengths approaches to education. Angela is an Associate Profesor with the School of Education.

Research Interests

Angela's doctoral research and subsequent publications are centred on strengths approaches, early childhood development and well-being, child protection and 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 is an embedded multiple case study examining an enhanced model of professional experience for pre-service teachers. Angela’s research focuses on the potential use of a Strengths Approach to complex issues in educational and community contexts.

PhD Research

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.

Research Grants/Projects
  • 2022 -2023: Beswick, K., Eacott, S., Roberts, P., & MacDonald, A. et al., (Chief Investigators) including Fenton, A., (Co-investigator) Ambassador Schools Research Centre: A consortium led by the University of NSW, Sydney with the University of Canberra, and Charles Sturt University
  • 2022: MacDonald, A., (Chief Investigator) and Grover, P., Fenton, A., Winslade, M., Briggs, P., & Sears, J. (Co-investigator), James Fallon High School’s Professional Experience Hub Project.
  • 2017 - 2022:  Fenton, A., (Chief Investigator) Grover, P., & Smith, D. James Fallon High School/Charles Sturt University: Teaching for the Future Professional Partnership, Building Expertise and Innovative Practice: A Strengths-based Embedded Case Study, NSW, Department of Education and Faculty of Arts and Education, Research Income and Initiatives Grant.
  • 2016: Davidson, C., MacDonald, A., with Fenton, A. Everyday learning and interactions during family shopping experiences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Income and Initiatives Grant.
  • 2016: Spalding, N., with, Fenton, A. Enhancing child protection training for early childhood educators using a strengths approach, Community-University partnerships, CSU Head of Campus Grant, Regional Schools Development Program.
  • 2015/2016: Fenton, A., & Dalton, K. A strengths approach to child protection preparation: Online learning resources, Charles Sturt University, UImagine Innovation grant Scheme.
  • 2015: McFarland, L., & Fenton, A. Evaluation of a newly developed strengths-based, recovery-focused program for parents with mental health issues, Hume Partners in Recovery Innovation Fund.
  • 2015: Ross Circuit Preschool with, Fenton, A., MacDonald, A., & McFarland, L: A strengths approach resource package for supporting children and families, Community-University partnerships, CSU Head of Campus Grant, Regional Schools Development Program.
  • 2013: Sumsion, J., Harrison, L., & Irvine, S., with Fenton, A., et al. An investigation of Goodstart's centre-based processes in engaging with the Australian Children's Education and Care, Goodstart Early Learning.
  • 2013: Reid, J., with Fenton, A., et al. Faculty of Education benchmarking project, University of Tasmania, Charles Sturt University, Curtin University, Griffith University and University of  Western Sydney.

Professional Information

CSU Committees and Leadership Roles
  • University Courses Committee (2022-2023)
  • University Learning and Teaching Committee (2022-2023)
  • Academic Senate – Faculty elected member (2019 - 2022)
  • Division of Teaching and Learning - Acting Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) (2022-2023)
  • School of Education Leadership Team – Associate Head of School (2017 - 2022)
  • School of Education Assessment Committee - Presiding Officer and Chair (2017 - 2022)
  • Faculty of Arts and Education Assessment Committee- Member (2017 - 2020)
  • Previous Faculty of Education - Associate Course Director
  • Previous Faculty of Education Courses Committee – Member
  • Previous School of Education – Deputy Chair Research Committee
Community Engagement
  • 2022 -20243:  Co-investigator Ambassador Schools Research Centre.
  • 2022: Chief Investigator, James Fallon High School’s Professional Experience Hub Project
  • Invited Key Note Presenter 'Building Bridges' Early Years Conference (2017).
  • Previous conference contributor, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY),  Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) national conferences.
  • Conference contributor, Mobile Children's Services Association of NSW (MCSA).
  • Conference contributor, Higher Education Close Up (HECU) International Conferences.
Professional Membership/Affiliations
  • Abused Child Trust (ACT), subscriber;
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) – Networking Forum, member;
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), member;
  • Early Childhood Australia, (ECA) member;
  • Education Network Australia (EDNA), subscriber;
  • Higher Education: In-depth Research, subscriber;
  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), subscriber;
  • Royal Commission - Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, member
Reviewer for Publishers/Journals
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Pearson Education
  • Oxford University Press
  • Springer Publishing
  • Sage Publications
  • Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
  • Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling
  • Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) National Conference papers
  • International Journal Sex Education
  • Children and Youth Services Review
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Early Childhood Education Journal

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, A Strengths-Approach to Child-Protection Education, James Cook University, Australia

Award Date: 28 Feb 2013

Master of Education, MEd, James Cook University, Australia

Award Date: 27 Feb 2004

Bachelor of Education (Honours), BEd (Hons)

Award Date: 20 Sept 1989


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