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Dr. Robyn Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood & Education


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2000 – 2008: James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) 1993–1994: James Cook University
  • Diploma of Christian Ministries (Distinction) 1991-1992: Rhema Bible College
  • Diploma of Teaching 1971 - 1974: Mt Gravatt Teachers College (now Griffith University)

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Biography

Dr Robyn Anderson has extensive experience in teaching and research both in Australia and Asia. Her teaching experience includes over thirty-five years in Early Childhood Education (ages 4 to 8 years), Early Special Education (ages 3 to 6 years), Primary teaching (all year levels) and Special Education (ages 8 to 16 years). She has taught in schools in Queensland, Australia and in Singapore. During this time she developed and implemented a range of teaching and learning programs which were responsive to the academic, linguistic, social, cultural and environmental needs of students. She has also developed programs and learning experiences for students with English as a Second Language, students with disabilities and students with learning difficulties. Her initial career as a professional artist and her interest in children's art, enabled her to develop whole-school art programs for children ages 5 to 12 years.

Dr Anderson's interest in research and education culminated in her PhD study which focused on early intervention practices in Queensland schools, Australia. She continues to research and publish in the areas of early intervention, early childhood education, Indigenous Australian education, higher education and learning and teaching in Asian contexts.

In Singapore, Dr Anderson has worked as a Research Fellow in the project, Early Intervention of Malay Preschool Teachers in Promoting Children’s Mathematics Learning NIE/NTU-Mendaki at the National Institute of Education (part of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). She has also undertaken and has been the Chief Investigator of many research projects including those with the Australian Chamber of Commerce Singapore, the Australian Trade Commission Singapore, higher education institutions in Singapore and schools in Australia and Singapore including the Australian International School.

Before coming to Singapore, Dr Anderson lectured at RHEMA Bible College preparing, teaching, and assessing theological subjects. She worked with James Cook University Australia in the practical supervision of pre-service teachers for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) studies. She was responsible for the supervision, coaching and mentoring to fourth year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) students throughout their final year of studies, including both their theoretical and practical components. She has taught subjects within the Masters of Education, the Graduate Certificate in Education (Academic Practice) and currently teaches in and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Research Methods at JCU Singapore. Since 2013, Dr Anderson developed the James Cook University Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) for delivery in Singapore. The course commenced in June 2014 and Dr Anderson is currently teaching into and coordinating the course.