2018 Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium

8-9 November 2018

Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2, Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

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Sponsored by Research for Educational Impact (REDI) in conjunction with the STEME Research Group

The symposium will focus on practical and theoretical aspects of research methodology. It follows the highly successful symposia held annually from 1993 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2017, in which methodological techniques and issues (such as socio-cultural perspectives, productive use of quantitative data, collaborative practitioner research designs, analysing discourse) have been discussed in a lively, informal setting.

It is expected that academic researchers and higher degree by research students will gain from the symposium. Please encourage your research students to come even if you cannot attend.

Keynote Speakers

Per-Olof WickmanProfessor Per-Olof Wickman
Stockholm University

Per-Olof Wickman is Director of Science Education Research in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education (MND), coordinator of the Graduate Research School in Subject Didactics for teachers in collaboration with municipalities in the Stockholm region, and coordinator of the Graduate Research School Didactic Modeling in Science Education financed by the Swedish Research Council.

His research interest is in didactics defined as teachers’ professional science. Within this framework he develops conceptual models that education researchers and teachers can use for analysis in planning, realising and assessing lessons with regard to content, methods and the student group taught. His research is mainly within the field of school science education, but many of the models developed are more general and have been adopted for other subjects, educational levels and areas. Together with schools and fellow researchers he has advanced models to:

  • help analyse how the interactions in the classroom translate into the learning of specific content (practical epistemology analysis)
  • how students and teachers can organise the continuity between the different classroom activities and purposes to support the progression of student learning (modeling organising purposes), and
  • how teachers can support and aid the constitution of students’ interest for the subject taught (modeling the aesthetics of the subject).

The models are tried out together with teachers to make them more useful.



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This event is free for Deakin University staff and students.

The cost for others is:

Full registration                                          $50 per day
Students not in full-time employment   $30 per day

The above fee includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch. (Dinner is not included).

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Expression of Interest: Presentations

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 5 October 2018.

Each of the two days will feature a keynote speaker introducing a methodological perspective.

Presentations at the symposium will be grouped into sessions of four to five presentations designed to promote focused discussion of a methodological issue. The methodological issues should be broadly related to mathematics, science, health, or environmental education. Following each presentation session, there will be the opportunity for extended discussion of methodological issues, theoretical framing, research design, instruments and their application, and approaches to analysis. There is equal time devoted to discussion as to presentations.

Presentations will be of 10 to 15 minutes duration. Each presentation should briefly outline the research question being addressed and may include the findings or likely outcomes of the research, but should focus mainly on the research methodology. Reports on work in progress are welcome.

If you are interested in presenting at this symposium please submit your expression of interest using the form below.  All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt and reviewed shortly after.  The draft program will be released three weeks prior to the event.

Presenters will be invited to submit a short written paper of 3 to 5 pages for online publication in the symposium proceedings.  Please use the CAR Symposium Template.

You may view past presentations here.

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