2021 Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium


Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group

Re-imagining futures in STEME

2021 Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium

Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 November 2021

8.15am – 5pm

Register online at CAR Symposium.

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Each year the ‘Contemporary approaches to research (CAR) in mathematics, science, health and environmental education’ symposium focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of a range of research methodologies – such as cross-cultural perspectives, activity theory, capturing complexity, classroom video analysis, quantitative methods, and interviewing – which are discussed in a lively, informal setting.
The symposium in 2021 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.

The program will include two keynote speakers and the themed sessions. The program starts at 9am and concludes at 5pm each of the two days.

Presentations at the symposium will be grouped into sessions of two to four with similar methodological foci, designed to promote substantive discussion of a methodological issue. Presentations might focus on a) details and settings of the application of a methodology in ways that unpack how the methodology can operate in different contexts, or b) a particular methodological issue, problem, or strategic decision that explores or extends a methodology. The methodological issues should be broadly related to mathematics, science, health, or environmental education. The presentations should provide a grounded practitioner’s perspective.

Following each group of presentations, there will be the opportunity for extended discussion of the focus methodological issue, which may explore different approaches within the methodology (in research design, instruments, theoretical framing, or approaches to analysis), or different methodological approaches to a problem (for instance making sense of teacher practice, or tracking change in learners).

Presentations will be 10-12 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 but the focus is on the methodology.

We will host an informal book launch at the end of the first day – 5pm Monday. All are welcome.

We will also offer an opportunity to evaluate this symposium. The link to the online survey will be emailed during the last day of the symposium.

We will feature two keynote speakers introducing a methodological perspective.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Paul Hart

Paul Hart is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Regina, Canada. He has authored and edited many books and journal articles, served on Canadian research awards selection committees and received local, regional, national and international awards for his publications, research, and leadership in the fields of education and environmental education. He has served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Environmental Education and on editorial boards for EE journals in several countries.

Dr. Robin Bellingham

Dr Robin Bellingham is a Senior Lecturer in Education, Pedagogy and Curriculum at Deakin University. In her research and teaching she is interested in how methodologies and education can respond to pressing problems of modernity such as educational and political disempowerment and disengagement, the ongoing effects of colonization, and ecological crisis. Her research has explored these through different enactments and analyses of educational, democratic and ecological agency, and examination of the ethics and values that emerge through these in different contexts. She draws on different writing genres, posthumanism, and new materialism.


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Expression of Interest

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 1st October 2021.

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 by the end of October.

Presentation Expressions of Interest form


Presentations are to be a maximum of 12 minutes long (please be respectful by keeping to time). A feature of the CAR Symposium program is the rich and collegial discussion.

Symposium Publication

All presenters are invited to submit a proposal for a written chapter of 5000 – 7000 words for consideration for publication in the Cambridge Scholars Publishing book series Contemporary Approaches to Research in STEM Education. Proposal are due 26th November 2021. Accepted chapters are due 19th February 2022.

Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research – Volume 1 and 2 will be showcased at the 2021 CAR Symposium.

CAR Coordinators: Alfred Deakin Professor Russell Tytler, Dr. Peta White, Dr. John Cripps Clark, and Dr. Joe Ferguson

Enquiries: please email Peta White (peta.white@deakin.edu.au)

Organised by the STEME Education Research Group in conjunction with the Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Centre.

Posted Feb 1, 2021

22 November 2021, 12:00am to 23 November 2021

Deakin Downtown