STEME

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group

Re-imagining futures in STEME

Research Projects


Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) – Curriculum Teaching Package Project

Stand Up for Your Climate/Future: Youth activism is education Important at this time with youth taking to the streets and climate change education requiring greater support.  This curriculum package was commissioned by AAEE and delivered in web-format …

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Sustainable Schools – Impact in Schools Communities

The research program explored sustainability education practices in Australian schools with a focus on the state-based Sustainable Schools programs and, in particular, the Resource Smart program of Victoria.  The impact of these programs were investiga …

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Climate Change Education Forum (with Sustainability Victoria)

Building from conversations about how Climate Change education requires specialised scaffolding and support in our education systems, this forum plan was designed to give voice to young people and to map what is happening, while also exploring what cou …

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NSW Marine Education Strategy

Contracted by the Department of Primary Industries, NSW, this projects requires consultation and writing the education strategy for the NSW Marine Estate.  The education strategy completes an outcome of the recently released implementation plan – that …

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The Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements

Chemistry educators from Deakin and Macquarie Universities are developing hands-on activities for lower secondary and upper primary school children, that illustrate the importance of chemistry for sustainability, and that will celebrate both the Intern …

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Professional learning at Wenona School: Girls in STEM

This project investigated the professional learning pathways of science and mathematics teachers, and student learning, around inquiry approaches supported by workshops and video capture. Wenona school is a strong STEM school, and the aim of the projec …

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Evaluation of the STEM Enrichment Academy

The STEM Enrichment Academy, run out of the University of Sydney, is a significant professional learning initiative bringing together mathematics, science and technology teachers over a year, to support planning through a program of workshops and mento …

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Improving Regional Low SES Students’ Learning and Wellbeing (LP150100558)

The intended impacts of this program include: (a) quantitative improvement in the academic performance of participant students in the subjects of English, mathematics and science, (b) gains in student wellbeing in participant schools, (c) reduction in …

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Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science (LP160100263)

This project develops and refines a pedagogy focused around multi literacy representation construction, to engage students in science learning in the senior school years. The approach combines Tytler’s representation construction research with a signif …

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SLRC: Science of Learning Research Centre (SR120300015)

In this innovative centre, researchers in education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology worked together with teachers to understand the learning process. This collaboration was designed to establish new criteria to assess the impact of different typ …

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Enhancing the Quality of Science Learning through a Representation-intensive Pedagogy (DP120101763)

This project investigated the quality of science learning occurring through a representation construction approach to science teaching and learning, supported by students’ use of digital technologies, and new approaches to assessment and teacher profes …

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ASELL for Schools: Inquiry Science Activities

Advancing Science and Engineering through Laboratory Learning (ASELL) for Schools program is a collective of scientists, engineers, and educators across Australia that run workshops and creates resources to encourage learning through practical experime …

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Exploring STEM curricula in Australia and Taiwan

This project interrogates the perspectives of teachers in Taiwan and Australia concerning interdisciplinary STEM Team members: Dr. Suchi Fang Dr. Lihua Xu Funding body: Department of Science and Technology, Taiwan


Sustainability conditions of a major primary science specialist teacher initiative

This project researched the experiences of primary teachers and their schools, who were involved in the DET funded Primary Mathematics and Science Specialist program, for which Deakin was a major developer. Team members: • Coral Campbell (CI), • Gail C …

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Enhancing primary school teachers’ professional noticing through artefact-stimulated recall

Team members: Wanty Widjaja project leader, Wendy Jobling Lihua Xu, Jun Li (Colleen Vale mentor) Funding body: CREFI funding Project published in 2019 book : Widjaja, W., Xu, L., & Jobling, W. (2019). Examining primary school teachers’ professional …

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Growing Tall Poppies Program: An authentic science experience for Year 10 students (2015-2017)

The Growing Tall Poppies (GTP) program involves a student-scientist partnerships strategy where, mostly, Year 10/11 female students attend a science organisation for 3 to 5 days wherein they work with scientists to undertake an authentic research proje …

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Evaluation of the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools project

This project evaluated the model and outcomes of the CSIRO managed SMiS program using a variety of evaluative tools including an economic analysis.  Team members: Dr. Gaye Williams Professor Russell Tytler Dr. Peta White Professor David Symington Publi …

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Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide

The aim of the Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide project is to inspire and build the capacity of a diverse audience for improvement and growth in numeracy understanding and practice. The Numeracy Guidesupports understanding of numeracy across the curric …

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Understudy and Overdose

In this project, final-year preservice teachers tutor first-year nurses in the mathematics needed for science, furthering the mathematical knowledge of both groups. The project gives primary preservice teachers the opportunity to work outside the usual …

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Girls As Leaders in STEM (GALS)

Deakin University, in partnership with schools, Upstart, STEM industries, and The Gordon/Skilling the Bay, will provide a project-based learning program for Year 5-8 girls from the Greater City of Geelong region to work closely with women in STEM and S …

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STEM and Entrepreneurship in Primary Schools (SEPS)

STEM and Entrepreneurship in Primary Schools (SEPS) is a professional learning program specifically designed to build teachers’ confidence and capacities for STEM teaching through inquiry-based approaches. Team members: Dr. Lihua Xu, Associate Professo …

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Girls’ future: Our future: Invergowrie STEM Report

This project involved an investigation into issues and approaches concerning girls in STEM. It included a comprehensive literature review, building on previous research of the STEME group, and a series of interviews with key players. The project is cur …

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The Successful Students – STEM Project, “Skilling The Bay”

Professional development program for Year 7 and 8 STEM teachers from 10 schools in the Geelong region. A ‘STEM Vision framework’ provided an overarching structure for the teacher change process. The PD involved four cycles of PD delivery, teacher desig …

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Secondary STEM Catalyst professional learning program

The program, delivered by the Science and Mathematics teams at Deakin, began in 2016 with an induction program for two teachers, called catalysts, and their Principal, from each of the disadvantaged schools. The catalysts then began a 4-Unit Graduate C …

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Out-of-field teaching: Sustaining quality teaching (Teaching Across Subject Boundaries [TASB] Project)

Teaching out-of-field (teaching a subject without qualifications) is a rising concern internationally, and is linked to attrition, stress, and reduced student learning outcomes. With a comparatively high percentage of out-of-field teachers, Australia i …

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School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education

This project provided an analysis of school-based approaches to primary science teacher education as it is enacted by five Australian universities. The project responded to international concern about primary teachers’ lack of science knowledge and con …

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Teaching out-of-field: Preparing adaptable teachers (TOPAT) 2013

Alarming numbers of early career teachers are expected to teach subjects they are not qualified to teach, that is, teach out-of-field. This project examines the curriculum of secondary teacher education programs in relation to a demand for adaptable ea …

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TeachLivE project

The TeachLivE project used mixed-reality simulation technology to enhance classroom readiness of pre-service teachers: TeachLivE as the virtual classroom (2017). This was an ongoing research studies with colleagues at University of Western Australia. R …

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The role of optimism in collaborative problem solving in mathematics: building problem solving capacity

Lack of persistence creates substantial barriers to mathematical problem solving. Successful problem solving that can raise mathematical performance is predicated on a suite of affective characteristics involving optimism (e.g., academic resilience, co …

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FLEX Project: Flexible Pedagogical Problem solving in Implementing Mathematical Problem solving

Despite attempts to change mathematics teacher practice in to more engaging pedagogy, many teachers possess an inertia to such change. This study explores a new angle to overcoming that inertia by interrogating the question: Is teachers’ optimism (resi …

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Methodological innovation to support the identifying of student knowledge construction processes: the usefulness of ‘student gaze’

This video study of a student pair learning in a Year 10 mathematics classroom in Helsinki includes video of the teacher, the student pair, and the gaze of one of the student pair. The purpose was to identify an interval in which their appeared to be p …

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Promoting interdisciplinary secondary mathematics and science teaching through real-world tasks: A cross-national study in Australia and Indonesia

Building STEM capacity across the population and increasing teacher capacity and STEM teaching quality are critical. This project will embed real-world tasks and multiple theoretical frameworks to enhance secondary students’ scientific and mathematical …

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Assessing Reasoning

This research aims to investigate teachers’ formative and summative assessment of their students’ mathematical reasoning in the primary classroom. We have explored different sources of evidence, including students’ self-assessment, assessment protocols …

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Champions for mathematical reasoning

Mathematical reasoning involves developing and communicating arguments with the intention to convince. We will use a design-research approach to develop resources for the professional learning of a designated reasoning champion and research its usefuln …

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Conceptualising a Framework of Pre-Service Teacher Integrated STEM Learning

This mixed-method research study is investigating how pre-service teachers negotiate the intersection and overlap of the individual STEM disciplines within their integrated STEM teaching. Classroom observations, teacher collaborative discussions and in …

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Maximising Affordances of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Science Learning

This project is establishing a body of evidence on the educational affordances of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for learning science in primary and secondary school settings. Through evidence gathered in VR/AR hands-on workshops for s …

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Cross-country comparative studies of chemistry education teacher practices

An ongoing collaboration has been established with international chemistry education researchers to develop notable comparative chemistry educational research of direct impact to teaching and learning in schools. The initial iteration of this program h …

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Re-positioning chemistry as the ‘sustainability science’ through systems thinking

Cross-disciplinary researchers have called for a radical re-positioning of chemistry, and a prominent international project has coined the term “one-world chemistry” to describe a systems thinking approach to teaching and learning chemistry, emphasisin …

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Collaborative Reflective Experience and Practice in Education (CREPE) Faculty Research Group

Funding: $15818 Faculty of Arts & Education – Faculty Group Research Summary:  Although teaching and learning are at their heart social, at a tertiary level can be an isolating. As educators, we are constantly adapting our practices to meet new cha …

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Understanding Innovation and Change processes in a collaborative European Project

The PARISSE project (http://www.parrise.eu/ ) was a European Union initiative aiming to develop approaches to science teacher education based on a ‘SSIBL’ framework of socio-scientific inquiry based learning that foregrounds socially responsible resear …

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100 jobs of the future

In this project Deakin researchers worked with researchers and industry experts in key ‘future of work’ clusters to identify what 100 Jobs of the Future might look like, showcasing roles in growing and developing industries to highlight the importance …

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Enriching mathematics and science learning: An interdisciplinary approach

This ARC funded international, longitudinal project aims to investigate the effectiveness of an innovative interdisciplinary learning approach in mathematics and science. Through collaborating primary schools in Australia and the United States of Ameri …

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ReMSTEP

ReMSTEP – Reconceptualising Mathematics and Science Teacher Education

ReMSTEP is a network of four leading universities dedicated to developing new teacher education approaches that align contemporary practices in the sciences with innovative and engaging approaches to teaching and learning. The four partner institutions …

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Developing digital pedagogies in inquiry science through a cloud based teaching and learning environment

This project extends innovative, cloud-based teacher planning software in order to develop effective strategies for using digital resources in inquiry science. This project will work with a number of schools to investigate the development of an inquiry …

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