Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group

Re-imagining futures in STEME

2016 Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium

25-26 November 2016

Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Keynote Speakers

PhotoProfessor Catherine Beavis
Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy
Deakin University

Catherine Beavis is Professor of Education at Deakin University. Her research investigates digital games and young people’s engagement with them, exploring the ways in which games work as new textual worlds for players, embodying and extending ‘new’ literate and multimodal literacies and practices, with a focus on changing expectations and orientations towards literacy and learning, and the implications for contemporary curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of the online world.

PhotoRichard Lehrer
Frank Mayborn Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Vanderbilt University

Richard Lehrer is Frank W. Mayborn Professor of Education at Vanderbilt University. A former science teacher, he is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a member of the National Academy of Education, and the 2009 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s award for Distinguished Contributions in Applications of Psychology to Education. Working in concert with teachers, he focuses on the design of classroom learning environments that support the growth and development of learning about foundational concepts and epistemic practices in science and in mathematics. In mathematics education, he investigates development of children’s (K-6) reasoning about space, measure, data, and chance when instruction is guided by teacher knowledge of student reasoning.


Thursday 25 November

9.00 am Registration

9.30 am Welcome and opening remarks – Russell Tytler

9.40 am Keynote: The Dangers and Delights of Working with Digital Games – Professor Catherine Beavis.

10.40 am Morning Tea

11.00 am Positioning Positioning Theory –  Chair: Peta White

  • Using Positioning Theory to Understand Interplay Between Rights, Duties, Roles and Rules – Christine Redman
  • Positioning Theory as a Lens to Examine Perceptions of Self and Identity in Primary School Collaborative Online Mathematical – Duncan Symons, Robyn Pierce, Christine Redman
  • Marrying Narrative Inquiry and Positioning Theory – Janette Allen
  • Professional Learning: What Really Shifts Teacher Thinking and Practice – Pauline Thompson
  • Primary Teachers’ Technology Use: Making Meaning Through Grounded Theory and Positioning Theory – Joanne Blannin

12.30pm Lunch

1.30 pm Instrument Development and Interpretation – Chair: Russell Tytler

  • The Development of an Inquiry Skills Assessment Tool for Year 8 Students – Man Ching Esther Chan
  • Senior Primary Students’ Attitudes towards Mathematics: Gender and Year Level – Gaby Wu
  • Survey Data: Traps for the Unwary – Brian Doig

2.40 pm Afternoon Tea

3.00 pm Application of Theory to Analysing Data – Chair: John Cripps Clark

  • The Lexicon Project: Examining the Consequences for International Comparative Research of Pedagogical Naming Systems from Different Cultures – David Clarke, Carmel Mesiti, Yiming Cao, Guowen Yu, Jarmila Novotna
  • Data, Case Studies, and Cross-Case Analyses – Leonie Rennie
  • The Role of Economic Analysis in Educational Evaluation – Russell Tytler, David Symington, Garrett Upstill

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

Friday 26 November

9.00 am  Keynote: Constituting Experiment – Professor Richard Lehrer.

10.00 am Morning Tea

10.20 am Interpreting Video/Ethnography – Chair: Wanty Widjaja

  • Methodological Selection and Connection in a Laboratory Classroom – David Clarke, Man Ching Esther Chan
  • Cherry Picking? Purposeful Selection in Rich Datasets – Joseph Ferguson, George Aranda, Russell Tytler, Radhika Gorur
  • Microanalysis of Complex, Asynchronous, Data Sets of Multiple Video Capture to Study Optimistic Pedagogical Expertise – Gaye Williams
  • Fractal Methods for ‘Scaling Up’ Ethnographic Research – Juli Lynch

11.40 am Short Break

11.50 am Video and Teacher Learning – Chair: Linda Hobbs

  • Investigating Primary School Teachers’ Professional Noticing Through a Video-based Methodology – Wanty Widjaja, Lihua Xu, Wendy Jobling, Jun Li
  • Investigating Video as a Second Stimulus in the Development of Professional Identity – John Cripps Clark

12.40 pm Lunch

1.40 pm Studying Interventions for Change – Chair: Lihua Xu

  • The Aftermath – Chasing Consequences of a Formative Intervention – Katrin Riisla, Anu Kajamaa
  • The Implementation of Lesson Study in Mathematics in Zambia – Sibeso Likando
  • Lesson Study for Mathematics Pre-Service Teachers: The Dual Role of the Participant Observer – Meiliasari

2.40 pm Afternoon Tea

3.00 pm Studying Learning in Classrooms – Chair: Russell Tytler

  • What and How are Students Learning Through Constructing Representations in Science? – Vaughan Prain
  • Methodological Issues in Exploring a Representation Inquiry Approach to Senior School Students – Lam Pham, Alison Mcgregor, Peter Hubber, Russell Tytler
  • Issues of Data Reduction and Analysis in Video-based Ethnography – Connie Cirkony

4.09 pm Closing Session

4.15 pm Symposium Ends

Posted Sep 20, 2016

25 November 2016, 12:00am to 26 November 2016
Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne