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

23 November 2017 – 24 November 2017
9am to 5pm
Deakin Downtown

Sponsored by Research for Educational Impact (REDI) in conjunction with the STEME Research Group.

Event details

The symposium will focus on practical and theoretical aspects of research methodology. 

It follows the highly successful symposia held annually from 1993 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2017, in which methodological techniques and issues (such as socio-cultural perspectives, productive use of quantitative data, collaborative practitioner research designs, analysing discourse) have been discussed in a lively, informal setting. 

It is expected that academic researchers and higher degree by research students will gain from the symposium. Please encourage your research students to come even if you cannot attend.

Expression of interest: presentations

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 6 October 2017. 

Each of the two days will feature a keynote speaker introducing a methodological perspective.

Presentations at the symposium will be grouped into sessions of four to five 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.

Presentations will be of 10 to 15 minutes duration. Each presentation 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.

If you are interested in presenting at this symposium please register your expression of interest on the Re-Imagining Futures in STEME website, which provides full details and a template for your proposal.

Presenters will be asked to submit a short written paper of three to five pages for online publication in the symposium proceedings.

Keynote speakers

Amanda Berry, RMIT

The Challenges of Capturing and Analysing Science Teachers' Knowledge of Practice

Amanda Berry is a Professor in Education in the RMIT School of Education. Amanda’s program of research focuses on teacher knowledge development and how that knowledge is shaped and articulated through teacher preparation, beginning teaching and continuing learning. 

Amanda has been involved in many research projects focused on innovations designed to address the quality of teacher professional learning and to enhance science teaching and learning in schools and universities, and her work has been taken up and used by researchers internationally. More recently, Amanda has begun to focus on the interdisciplinary connections between science and the other STEM subject domains, including how the key practices and ways of knowing of these different domains can be taught and learned in an integrated and meaningful way.

Vaughan Prain, Deakin University

Tracking disciplinary learning in interdisciplinary projects

Vaughan Prain has extensive experience researching innovative teaching and learning approaches in primary and secondary science. 

He has focused particularly in recent years on students learning through engaging with representational affordances within and across visual, spatial, linguistic and embodied modes as they construct accounts of scientific processes and claims. This has led to increased interest in the conditions, tasks, and learning sequences that support student multi-modal and creative reasoning.

Register your interest

Registration is essential for this event.

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Thursday 23 November

Time Agenda
9.30amThe Challenges of Capturing and Analysing Science Teachers' Knowledge of Practice - Amanda Berry
10.30amMorning tea
10.50amSession one
1.30pmSessions two and three

Friday 24 November

Time Agenda
9amTracking Disciplinary Learning in Interdisciplinary Projects - Vaughan Prain
10amMorning tea
10.20amSession four
1pmSessions five and six
4.45pmClosing session
5pmSymposium ends

Key information

Date and time

Thursday 23 November 2017 to Friday 24 November
9am - 5pm


Deakin Downtown 
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins St, Melbourne

Contact details

Peta White 
+61 3 924 46885 
Email Peta