Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group

Re-imagining futures in STEME

EQUALPRIME: Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: A cross-national study of teaching and learning in primary science classrooms (DP110101500)

Difficulties in ensuring quality practice in primary school science education are widely acknowledged internationally. This project used contemporary video capture and data analysis technology to study primary science classrooms in Australia, Taiwan and Germany, exploring teaching and learning practices that create opportunities for quality reasoning and learning in science against a backdrop of diverse cultural traditions and teacher beliefs. The findings were designed to inform curriculum policy and the design of professional learning of teachers to improve student engagement and learning in science.

The project was very successful in identifying key dimensions of quality teaching, and broke fresh ground in video classroom study and cross-cultural methodology.

Australian Research Council Funded (DP110101500) 2011-2013.

Team members: Russell Tytler, Peter Hubber, Dr Gail Chittleborough (Deakin University), Prof Mark Hackling, Dr Karen Murcia (Edith Cowan University), Professor Chao-Ti Hsiung, Taipei University of Education, Prof Sharon Chen, National Taiwan Normal University, Prof Joerg Ramseger, Free University Berlin.

Project website

Selected publications

Tytler, R., Chen, H-L.S., Hackling, J., Ramseger, J., & Romain, G. (2019). A video study of quality teaching and learning in three countries. In L. Xu., D. Clarke, & G. Aranda (Eds). Video-based Research in Education: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives (pp. 34-49). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

M. Hackling, J. Ramseger, & H-L S. Chen (Eds), Quality Teaching in Primary Science Education: Cross-cultural perspectives (pp. 93-122). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44383-6_5 (