Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group
Re-imagining futures in STEME
2020 Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium
The symposium in 2020 will focus on practical and theoretical aspects of research methodology (as usual) and this year we are broadening our methodological focus to include the (new) materialists.
Presentations at the symposium will be grouped into sessions of two to four 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 highlighting the value of the discussion.
Presentations will be 10 to 15 minutes in duration and 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.
The program starts with a keynote speaker and then the themed sessions begin. There are no concurrent sessions. The program starts at 9am and concludes at 5pm each day.
We typically host an informal dinner on the Thursday evening – all are invited (at own expense). A local venue will be selected and booked at the start of the day.
Each of the two days will feature a keynote speaker introducing a methodological perspective. This year we have invited Michael Tan from National Institute of Education, Singapore as well as Dr. Jill Brown from Deakin University.
Michael Tan from National Institute of Education, Singapore
Michael Tan is a Lecturer (Research Scientist) at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Never feeling grounded while growing up in the shadow of post-colonial Singapore’s confused identity, he visited Toronto, Canada as a graduate student only to become more bewildered about his place in the world. Now embracing doubt and porosity across boundaries as a lens to view the world, Michael is researching how the weak form of makerspaces can contribute to the learning of interdisciplinary innovativeness. Michael is the author of Makerspaces, Innovation, and Science Education: How, why, and what for? published by Routledge.
Title: Trust me, I am an expert: Researching contingent contexts for ecological validity
Abstract: Tracking shifts in epistemological thinking in the past century, we seem to have vacillated between an uncritical optimism about the possibility of scientific certainty, through to a radical scepticism about the separability of power and knowledge. In STEM education research contexts that we find ourselves now, we still desire some semblance of scientism, the result of which are findings which are correct, but not necessarily true. The research community has shifted its emphasis on studying what is in the mind, to what the mind is in, but such research still finds difficulty being accepted by decision makers desiring mechanistic control of schooling. While I will not offer any specific solutions (oh, the irony!), this talk seeks to open up a discussion on more or less productive means of thinking about contingency and ecological validity.
Dr. Jill Brown from Deakin University
Jill Brown is a senior lecturer in mathematics education at Deakin University. Her research focuses on mathematics education with primary and secondary school students, and their teachers and future teachers. Jill’s research covers the overlapping sub-fields of mathematical functions, mathematical thinking (including mathematical modelling, reasoning, and proof), and teaching and learning mathematics in environments that include digital technologies. One of her most recent, of over 55, publications is a co-edited book, entitled Lines of Inquiry in Mathematical Modelling Research in Education published by Springer in 2019.
Title: Bridging the gap between evidence-based research, policy, and its implementation in classrooms
Abstract: Academics and policy makers often act as if initiatives – if evidence-based – are easily implemented. However, in reality, for many policy initiatives, there tends to be a big gap between the policy and what happens in the classroom. How do we synthesis the realities of classrooms and evidence-based research initiatives in a way that these will be successful, not only on a local scale but on a broader scale? This keynote, drawing on methodologies used in various research projects, will take an ecological perspective look at classrooms and teaching and learning, acknowledging the ‘fit between the mind and environment’. Analysis will focus at multiple levels, the macro (e.g., state initiative), the mesa (e.g., initiative by Department of Education), the micro (e.g., the school, but also the classroom) level taking a funnelling down and building up approach.
Full registration (Deakin Academics) $66 per day
Student registration (Deakin HDR Student) $44 per day
Full registration (Other Academics) $88 per day
Student registration (Other HDR Students) $66 per day
The above fee includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch. (Dinner is not included although an informal social event will be held on the Monday night).
Register online at CAR Symposium.
Expression of Interest: Presentations
The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 2nd October 2020.
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 mid October. The draft program will be released mid October.
All presenters are invited to submit a written chapter of 4-8000 words for consideration for publication in the conference proceedings. We have been approached by Cambridge Publishing to begin a series that showcases these works. The due date for submission of the chapter is end of December 2020.
Sponsored by Research for Educational Impact (REDI) in conjunction with the STEME Research Group
CAR Coordinators: Professor Russell Tytler, Dr. Peta White, Dr. John Cripps Clark, and Dr. Joe Ferguson
Enquiries: please email Peta White (email@example.com)
Posted Nov 7, 2019