Dr George Aranda

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer in Education (Science Education)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2008

Biography

Dr George Aranda is a former cognitive neuroscientist who has moved from the world of brains to science education research and science communication.

Now researching and teaching at Deakin University, he has broad interests in writing, social networking modes of communication, podcasting, science communication videos and understanding how scientists and their work are perceived in the world.

He is also interested in how science books can be involved with science engagement. He has been conducting research into science book clubs, he runs Big Ideas Book Club in Melbourne and is the curator of Science Book a Day.

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Projects

Current Projects:

Research Fellow:
EQUALPRIME - Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: a cross-national study of teaching and learning

Summary: This project uses video studies of primary science classrooms in Australia, Taiwan, and Germany to explore teaching and learning practices, situated in diverse cultures, which provide opportunities for quality reasoning and learning in science. The findings will inform primary science teacher education to improve student achievement.

Project Website

CRISP - Creating Representations in Science Pedagogy

Summary: This is an Australian Research Council funded project which is investigating the quality of science learning occurring through a representation-construction pedagogy, supported by students’ use of digital technologies, and new approaches to assessment and teacher professional learning. The pedagogy involves students generating, negotiating and evaluating multimodal representations as resources for reasoning and learning relating to the key dimensions of the Australian Science curriculum. It will investigate re-framing assessment around students’ developing representational capabilities to support and monitor student learning. School based action-learning teams in NSW and Victoria will extend and refine the pedagogy to inform curriculum policy aimed at student engagement with science.

Project Website

Recently Completed Projects:

- Learning Outcomes and Learning Spaces
- Innovative Learning Environments
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
- Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities (CLLC) Research Report

Chief Investigator:
Science Book Clubs: A Case Study

Publications

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2017

Aligning neuroscience findings with socio-cultural perspectives on learning in science

Dr George Aranda, Prof Russell Tytler

(2017), pp. 139-154, From the laboratory to the classroom : translating science of learning for teachers, Abingdon, Eng., B1

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2016

Making use of students’ research journals as instruments for detecting students’ reasoning in co-constructing scientific concepts in a German and Australian primary school

Ines Freitag-Amtmann, Dr Gail Chittleborough, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr George Aranda

(2016), pp. 298-309, Comparative Didactics and Curriculum Research - Comparative Research into Didactics and Curriculum, Bad Heilbrunn, Germany, B1

chapter

Three dimensional printing as a way to create an engaging and meaningful context for learning

Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr George Aranda

(2016), pp. 120-126, TERC 2016: Proceedings of the 9th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research : Creating Contexts for Learning in Technology in Education, Adelaide, S. Aust, E1

conference
2015

Expert teachers’ discursive moves in science classroom interactive talk

Prof Russell Tytler, Dr George Aranda

(2015), Vol. 13, pp. 425-446, International journal of science and mathematics education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

Innovative Learning Environments Research Study

Prof Jillian Blackmore, A/Prof Mary Dixon, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Jill Loughlin, Dr Debra Bateman, Dr Anne Cloonan, Dr Kim Senior, Dr Jill Bamforth, Dr George Aranda, Mr Rod Le Cudennec, Ms Kate McCulloch

  • 2011: $143,524
  • 2010: $54,000

Industry and Other Funding

International Baccalaureate: Assessment of Student' Aged 3-12 for Development and Learning

A/Prof Dianne Toe, A/Prof Bonnie Yim, A/Prof Josephine Lang, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Brian Doig, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr George Aranda

  • 2015: $36,586
  • 2014: $17,577

3D Printing the Future (RMW)/George Aranda

Dr George Aranda

  • 2014: $10,308

Supervisions

Data will be available in 2017