Professor Russell Tytler Is currently involved in a number of ARC projects involving teacher change and student learning and reasoning through a representation construction inquiry approach. His research focuses on bringing contemporary science practices into the classroom in more authentic ways, through this approach and through linking schools and community scientists. His call for a ‘re-imagining’ of science education has received considerable publicity and support across Australia.
Professor David Symington David is an Adjunct Professor who, following a career in teaching, teacher education, research and management, contributes to teams researching aspects of science education. The particular foci of the research are science education in rural and regional schools and school/community collaboration in relation to school science programs.
Assoc. Prof. Colleen Vale Colleen is leading the Mathematical Reasoning Research Group and a member of the research team investigating Lesson Study in Victorian Primary Schools. She is co-author of the award winning book “Teaching Secondary School Mathematics” and has a continuing research focus on equity and social justice in mathematics teaching.
Dr Gaye Williams Researches autonomous student construction of new mathematical understandings, processes by which this happens, and influences upon these processes: task, mathematical background, group composition, students’ psychological characteristics, and capacity of the teacher to flexibly respond to student ideas. Gaye’s research in these areas has been reported at international conferences and in international publications.
Dr Gail Chittleborough Gail is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Deakin University. She is a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council grants in science education (2010-2014). Gail is part of the Deakin University Science Education team who wrote and delivered two Victorian DEECD funded professional development programs that focus on building teachers capacity in teaching science from 2010 to 2012.
Dr Leicha Bragg Leicha is involved in a joint research project with the University of British Columbia, Canada, exploring posing and adapting rich problems. Leicha, as a member of the Collaborative Reflective Experience and Practice in Education Team, is examining pre-service teachers’ assessment task and online learning through a self-study approach. Her research also focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematical reasoning and the educative use of mathematical games and children’s literature in primary classrooms.
Dr Brian Doig Brian has an international reputation in assessment and has authored several assessment instruments in science and mathematics, particularly for young children. Brian’s major interests are in early childhood education and the application of contemporary statistical methods to analyzing and reporting the results of assessment and research.
Dr Wendy Jobling Research interests in the area of Design Technology and Science from Early childhood through to secondary education with a particular focus on student engagement. Current research focus on how design briefs can enhance learning in science through providing authentic contexts for learning.
Dr Esther Loong Esther’s research interests include digital technologies in education, mathematics and science education, and teacher education. As a member of the Deakin University Mathematical Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG) she is currently involved in a research that focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematical reasoning using demonstration lessons. Esther, as a member of the Collaborative Reflective Experience and Practice in Education Team is involved in a self-study project, examining and developing pedagogical practices that promote and sustain pre-service teachers’ engagement and learning.
Dr Linda Hobbs Project exploring issues around teaching ‘out-of-field’, including teacher identity, support needs, subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy, boundary crossings. Mixed methods research. Research project also exploring school-based pedagogies in teacher education.
Dr Sandra Herbert Research interests in the areas of mathematics curriculum and pedagogy; science curriculum and pedagogy; and educational technology. She has particular expertise in phenomenographic studies. Current research focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematical reasoning and School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education.
Dr Peta White Peta is interested in the following research areas: Teacher education with a focus in environmental education or education for sustainability and science education (primary and secondary), critical pedagogy, action orientated methodologies (specifically self-study), positive learning environments (classroom management), student engagement, assessment and evaluation, contemporary qualitative research methodology, and activism in the academy.
Dr Wanty Widjaja Wanty has been involved in research projects on mathematical modelling in Singapore and Indonesia. She led the Design research taskforce to examine the implementations of Realistic Mathematics Ed in Indonesian classrooms from 2008-2010. Currently she is one of CIs on a project to examine critical factors in implementing Japanese Lesson Study in 3 Australian schools.
Dr Jun Li Jun’s research interests include students’ understanding of mathematics, especially in the field of statistics and probability. She is also interested in some other topics, such as curriculum study, teacher training, using technology in classrooms, and cultures’ influence on mathematics education. Jun has study and work experiences in universities of Mainland China, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and Macau.
Dr Lihua Xu In the past ten years, Lihua’s research activity has been focused upon video-based classroom research and cross-cultural studies. She was involved in a number of ARC projects that investigated curriculum and instructional practices in both science and mathematics from East Asian and Western countries. Her current research work examines high quality science practical work internationally. She is also working with local primary schools to support teachers’ professional growth in science teaching.