Dr Robyn Anderson has been actively engaged in teaching and research both in Australia and Asia for many years. Her teaching experience includes over thirty-five years in Early Childhood Education, Early Special Education , Primary teaching and Special Education (ages 8 to 16 years). She has taught in schools in Queensland, Australia and in Singapore.  She has 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.

 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 coordinating the course.

In Singapore, she 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 for research projects with the Australian Chamber of Commerce Singapore and the Australian Trade Commission Singapore and was co-investigator of a collaborative project with educators in Australia, Singapore, Canada, Scotland and England, which aims to develop and map changes in children’s understandings, concerns and perceptions of their local, natural environments. She has undertaken research at the Australian International School (Singapore) on teaching philosophies and pedagogical practices.

Dr Anderson's current research interests stem from 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 and Indigenous Australian education and has continued longitudinal research in these areas since 2000. More recently, Dr Anderson has researched and published in the area of international higher education learning and teaching in Asian contexts and religion in societies.


  • ED1481: Foundations of Educational Psychology (Level 1; SIN)
  • ED3443: Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students (Level 3; SIN)
  • ED4461: Indigenous Futures (Level 4; SIN)
  • ED5190: Introduction to Educational Research (Level 5; TSV)
  • ED5914: Individual Researched Action Project (Level 5; SIN)
  • IA1015: Indigenous Australians: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity (Level 1; TSV)
  • Research
  • Early Childhood Education Early Intervention Practices Indigenous Education Higher Education International Education Religion in Society
  • Early Childhood Education Research
  • 2014 to 2015 - Principal Investigator, JCU Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Principal Investigator, JCU Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Principal Investigator, JCU Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Principal Investigator, JCU Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Principal Investigator, Australian Chamber of Commerce (Singapore)
  • 2011 - Principal Investigator, JCU Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2011 - Principal Investigator, Australian Trade Commission (Singapore)
  • 2010 - Research Fellow, National Institute of Education (Singapore)
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