Dr Glenda Cain
Dip Ed, B.ED (ECE Curtin), M.ED (Curtin), PhD (UNDA)
Senior Lecturer, Literacy Coordinator

Email: glenda.cain@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0174

Glenda Cain is currently working as Senior lecturer (Literacy-ECE and Primary) at the University of Notre Dame Australia in the undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree and postgraduate courses. She recently completed her PhD through the University of Notre Dame Australia. Her thesis was entitled "Service-learning as a way of developing pre-service teachers’ knowledge, perception and cultural awareness of Aboriginal Education”. The ASPIRE Award for 2013, is a professional development award that enabled Glenda to present her doctoral studies at the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Social Engagement , a conference in the USA. Her interest in Aboriginal education and service-learning has seen partnerships develop with Clontarf Aboriginal College, the Tjuntjuntjara School and community, and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School Community.

As a full time university lecturer in teacher education, Glenda has a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of educational research, issues and trends. Her effectiveness as a classroom teacher and university educator are demonstrated through the university evaluation system where student feedback has been very positive. In 2011 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and School of Education Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, in 2012. She has received many letters of commendation from the Vice-chancellor, acknowledging her achievement in the Teaching Performance ratings.

Glenda has been involved in education for many years. She completed 21 years as a classroom teacher in both early childhood and primary classrooms. She has also been a deputy principal, early childhood curriculum officer in Department of Education Central Office and member of the Curriculum Council English Learning Area Committee.

In 2008 she was employed by the Department of Education and Training as a L3 classroom teacher at Tranby Primary School, teaching across the school. In the previous two years, Glenda was contracted to Curtin University of Technology, Faculty of Education as the Early Childhood Literacy Lecturer for the undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree.

In 2007, Glenda completed a Master in Education, with a research project on the development of emotional literacy in the early childhood classroom, through the implementation of a social-emotional learning program, “Roots of Empathy”. This is a highly successful Canadian based program in which she has trained as an instructor and mentor. Her research project was awarded the Curtin University John Lake Medal of Excellence. Glenda also presented her research at the National Early Childhood Conference in Canberra.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Notre Dame Australia)
  • Master of Education - Curtin University
  • Level 3 Classroom Teacher - DET
  • Bachelor of Education (ECE) - Curtin University
  • Diploma of Teaching - Mt. Lawler Teachers' College
  • Western Australia Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Postgraduate Award 2014 Aspire Award
  • School of Education Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Curtin University John Lake Medal of Excellence in Education Research
  • National Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Service learning as a way of developing pre-service teachers’ knowledge, perceptions, and cultural awareness of Aboriginal Education
    by Cain, Glenda 2014.
    This research explored service-learning as a way of developing pre-service teachers’ pedagogical literacy skills and cultural perceptions with regard to Aboriginal education.
    Citation Online
  • “Roots of Empathy”: A research study on its impact on teachers in Western Australia
    by Cain, Glenda; Carnellor, Yvonne 01/2008
    This study emphasises the need for all teachers, and pre-service teachers, to be trained in programs that specifically address social-emotional competencies....
    Citation Online
  • A service-learning immersion in a remote Aboriginal community: enhancing pre-service teacher education by Lavery, Shane; Cain, Glenda; Hampton, Patrick
    International Journal of Whole Schooling, 09/2014, Volume 10, Issue
    Full Text Online