2017 Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium

23-24 November 2017

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

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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 2016, 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

Amanda BerryProfessor Amanda Berry
Monash University

The Challenges of Capturing and Analysing Science Teachers’ Knowledge of Practice

Amanda Berry is a Professor in Education in Monash University’s School of Education. Amanda’s program of research focuses on teacher knowledge development and how that knowledge is shaped and articulated through teacher preparation, beginning teaching and continuing learning. Amanda has been involved in many research projects focused on innovations designed to address the quality of teacher professional learning and to enhance science teaching and learning in schools and universities, and her  work has been taken up and used by researchers internationally. More recently, Amanda has begun to focus on the interdisciplinary connections between science and the other STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/ Mathematics) subject domains, including how the key practices and ways of knowing of these different domains can be taught and learned in an integrated and meaningful way.

Vaughan PrainProfessor Vaughan Prain
Deakin University

Tracking Disciplinary Learning in Interdisciplinary Projects

Vaughan Prain has extensive experience in researching innovative teaching and learning approaches in primary and secondary science. He has focused particularly in recent years on students learning through engaging with representational affordances within and across visual, spatial, linguistic and embodied modes as they construct accounts of scientific processes and claims. This has led to increased interest in the conditions, tasks, and learning sequences that support student multi-modal and creative reasoning.


Thursday 23 November

9.00 am Registration

9.20 am Welcome and opening remarks – Russell Tytler

9.30 am Keynote:  The Challenges of Capturing and Analysing Science Teachers’ Knowledge of Practice – Amanda Berry

10.30 am Morning Tea

10.50 am Science of Learning Research Classroom (SLRC): Methodological Affordances

12.10pm Lunch

1.10 pm Working with Teachers and School Communities

2.30 pm Afternoon Tea

2.50 pm Negotiative Methodologies

3.50 pm Short Break

4.00 pm Case Study

6.00 pm Dinner – Chloe’s Restaurant, Young and Jacksons

Friday 24 November

9.00 am Welcome to Day Two

9.05 am Keynote: Tracking Disciplinary Learning in Interdisciplinary Projects – Vaughan Prain

10.05 am Morning Tea

9.00 am  Studying Student Modeling

11.25 am Short Break

10.20 am Semiotic Analysis

12.35 pm Lunch

1.35 pm Positioning Theory

235 pm Afternoon Tea

2.55 pm Analysis Tools

3.40 pm Closing Session

4.00 pm Symposium Ends Please join us for light refreshments