Doctor Erin Mackenzie

Doctor Erin Mackenzie

Director of Academic Program, Postgraduate Specialist Programs,
Specialist Postgraduate Studies

Senior Lecturer - Education Psychology and STEM,
Secondary Education


Erin Mackenzie is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology and STEM in the School of Education, Director of Academic Program of the Postgraduate Specialist Studies program, and a researcher in the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. She has experience teaching in secondary schools, TAFE, and university settings. Erin currently lectures in educational psychology, secondary science pedagogy, and STEM education, working with both pre- and in-service secondary teachers. Erin’s research interests include adolescent online interactions, coping, and the role of psychological and social factors in adolescent girls’ participation in STEM. She is a co-author of Educational Psychology for Learning and Teaching (7th Edition).

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  • PhD Macquarie University
  • PG Cert Res Meth - ED Macquarie University
  • BScEd University of Wollongong

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (2018 - 2019)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Specialist Postgraduate Studies
  • Secondary Education


Location: K.2.30
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102081 Adolescent Development and Teaching, 2020
  • 102088 Secondary Curriculum 1B, 2020
  • 102508 STEM foundations, 2020
  • 102511 STEM Pedagogies in Practice, 2020
  • 102764 Applied Mathematics and Science in Secondary STEM Education, 2020


Chapters in Books

  • Dudley, D., Van Bergen, P., McMaugh, A. and Mackenzie, E. (2019), 'The role of social media in developing young people's health literacy', Young People, Social Media and Health, Routledge 9781138493957 .

Journal Articles

  • Holmes, K., Berger, N., Mackenzie, E., Attard, C., Johnson, P., Fitzmaurice, O., O'Meara, N. and Ryan, V. (2022), 'Editorial : the impact of place-based contextualised curriculum on student engagement and motivation in STEM education', Frontiers in Education, vol 6 .
  • Mackenzie, E., Berger, N., Holmes, K. and Walker, M. (2021), 'Online educational research with middle adolescent populations : ethical considerations and recommendations', Research Ethics, vol 17, no 2 , pp 217 - 227.
  • Mackenzie, E., Berger, N. and Holmes, K. (2021), 'Predicting adolescent girls' intentions to study science in senior high school', Issues in Educational Research, vol 31, no 2 , pp 574 - 585.
  • Holmes, K., Mackenzie, E., Berger, N. and Walker, M. (2021), 'Linking K-12 STEM pedagogy to local contexts : a scoping review of benefits and limitations', Frontiers in Education, vol 6 .
  • Attard, C., Berger, N. and Mackenzie, E. (2021), 'The positive influence of inquiry-based learning teacher professional learning and industry partnerships on student engagement with STEM', Frontiers in Education, vol 6 .
  • Berger, N., Mackenzie, E. and Holmes, K. (2020), 'Positive attitudes towards mathematics and science are mutually beneficial for student achievement : a latent profile analysis of TIMSS 2015', The Australian Educational Researcher, vol 47 , pp 409 - 444.
  • Mackenzie, E., McMaugh, A. and Bergen, P. (2020), 'Digital support seeking in adolescent girls : a qualitative study of affordances and limitations', Cyberpsychology, vol 14, no 3 .
  • Mackenzie, E., McMaugh, A. and O'Sullivan, K. (2012), 'Perceptions of primary to secondary school transitions : challenge or threat?', Issues in Educational Research, vol 22, no 3 , pp 298 - 314.

Conference Papers

  • Mackenzie, E., McMaugh, A. and Van Bergen, P. (2017), 'Who do girls turn to when times are tough? : mental health implications for teenagers who seek support online or face-to-face', Society for Research in Child Development. Biennial Meeting, Austin, Tex..

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Teaching Resource on Flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley: Assessing the Impact on Student Learning', Report

Current Projects

Title: Writing in Secondary Academic Partner
  • Department of Education (NSW)
Western Researchers: Kay Carroll, Christina Curry, Erin Mackenzie and Rachael Jacobs
Years: 2021-06-01 - 2022-10-12
ID: P00027304

Previous Projects

Title: Parramatta Light Rail Teacher Professional Development Project
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard, Nathan Berger and Erin Mackenzie
Years: 2018-10-15 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00025472


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Video Games and Learning: A Scoping Study of the Diverse Use of Video Games in Australian Classrooms
Field of Research: Teacher Education: Secondary
Thesis Title: Understanding Boredom Proneness. The Relationship between Boredom, Self-Esteem and Learning Motivation in e-Learning.
Field of Research:

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