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Dr Kate Highfield

Senior Lecturer


Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and researcher. Kate’s research explores effective technology integration and use, with a focus on potential impacts on learning, pedagogy and play. Prior to starting at Swinburne's Department of Education in 2017, Kate spent over a decade working as a classroom teacher and then ten years working as a lecturer and researcher at Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University. Kate’s PhD focused on the use of simple robotics in mathematics learning with young children and examined the key role of metacognition in problem solving.

Kate's current research explores the impact of technology as a tool with young children, parents and educators. Kate's current research specifically focusses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), with a focus on touch technologies, including Interactive Screens, Tablets, iPads and smartphones; robotics and techno-toys. This work examines digital play, technology integration and how healthy media use can be used as a tool to enhance learning.

Research interests

Educational Technology; Early Childhood Education; Information and Communications Technology; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) - 130102
  • Educational Technology And Computing - 130306
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators - 130313

Teaching areas

Education;Educational Technology;Early Childhood Education;STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)


Also published as: Highfield, Kate; Highfield, K.; Highfield, Katherine
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Evaluation of the Little Scientists Program: Research in Practice *; FROEBEL Australia Ltd_Charles Sturt University
  • 2017: KidsMatter Early Childhood *; KidsMatter Initiative
  • 2017: Research and evaluation of Screen time project *; Approach to Market Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator