Dr Laura Barraza

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

laura.barraza@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46041

Biography

I hold a PhD on Education from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (1997), and currently working as a full -time Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

For the last 25 years I have dedicated my professional life to work on education in the fields of training, planning, designing and implementing educational programs, doing research in rural and urban contexts and more recently participating in decision making processes.

The main part of my work has been related to the fields of environmental and science education.

I have 25 years of teaching experience with students from different levels (primary, secondary, high-school, undergraduate and postgraduate). I have given over 75 courses and 85 conferences in academic events in 12 different countries. I have published over 75 different products including scientific articles, books, book chapters, manuals, non-scientific manuscripts, didactic materials and manuscripts in congress proceedings.

The general goal of my research has focused on the analysis of environmental knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of students, teachers and parents in different regions of Mexico, the United Kingdom and more recently in Australia. These studies have considered the effect of the different educational systems in the teaching and learning process of Mexican, English and Australian students.

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Research interests

Science education, perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge about the environment in different cultural settings.

Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition and incorporation of environmental knowledge.

Cultural, socioeconomic and political systems in environmental decision-making.

Indigenous knowledge, Environmental values and cultural heritage.

Teaching and learning processes on socio-scientific issues.

Designing and evaluating environmental education materials

Action research and participatory approaches.

The general goal of my research has focused on three main areas:
1.Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition and incorporation of environmental knowledge. This includes the analysis of environmental knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of students, teachers and parents in different regions of Mexico, the United Kingdom and recently Australia.

2.Science education, perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge about the environment in different cultural settings (e.g., rural/urban communities, protected natural areas, zoos, schools.

3.Participatory approaches and multiple methods in different learning settings. These studies have considered the effect of the different educational systems in the teaching and learning process. One mayor interest that I am exploring today is to find out how different or similar Australian children in schools are in relation to my previous research.

Affiliations

Member of the International Affair Group for Environment and History.
Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE)
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
National Association for Environmental Education, U.K (NAEE)
National Academy of Environmental Education (ANEA)
Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA)
Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico since 1998

Teaching interests

Socio scientific issues

Science and Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Ethics

Contemporary Science Education
 

Units taught

 Science and Environmental Sustainability: Curriculum study. ESS441/741. Unit Chair.

Issues in Science and Environmental Education. ESS439. Unit Chair.

Science and Environmental Sustainability: Curriculum study. ESS442/742. Unit Chair.

Independent Project EES 499. Tutor.

Primary Science Education. EES340. Tutor.

Primary Science and Technology Education. EPS735. Tutor

Conferences

2013 – “How to teach and learn about sustainability at tertiary education?” Paper presented at the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) held in Marrakech, Morocco. From June 9th -15th

2013 – “How to build Community Engagement through environmental education” Paper presented at the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) held in Marrakech, Morocco. From June 9th -15th

2013 – “Environmental socio-scientific issues: a vehicle for political educ-acion?” Paper presented in collaboration with Laurence Simonneaux and Jean Simmoneaux at the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) held in Marrakech, Morocco. From June 9th -15th

2012 "Childrens drawings of climate change and animals". Paper presented in collaboration with Edgar Caballero-Aspe and Dr. Grace Wong at the ASERA Conference in the Sunshine Coast, Australia,July 29th.

2011 Does it matter where and how we live?. Conference presented at the 2nd International Workshop on Sustainability and Natural Disasters, Florianopolis, Brazil. From 19th to 26th of November.

2011 Workshop: Key educational ideas to rebuild a community after experienced a natural disaster event. Presented in collaboration with Peter Hines at the 2nd International Workshop on Sustainability and Natural Disasters, Florianopolis, Brazil. From 19th to 26th of November.

2010 Symposium on Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education. Can science be taught to build a sustainable society? Deakin University, Melbourne, Aus. 25 26 of November.

2010 Workshop: Climate histories: communicating knowledge of environmental change (Stage 1). University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 17th -18th of June.

2010 Teaching to build a sustainable society. Conference presented at the 2nd International School Congress: Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity, Braga, Portugal From 4th 8th of May.

2010 Climate Change: An adolescents View. Conference presented at the 2nd International School Congress: Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity, Braga, Portugal From 4th 8th of May

2009 Climate Change: an experience from indigenous youths. Conference presented at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)in Montreal, Canada, from May 10- 14th

Professional activities

To actively encourage and foster good working relationships with work colleagues and the wider University staff, in order to contribute to the effective operation of the work group/area.
To get involved and represent my University and different level

Editorial member of:
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education.
Electronic International Journal of Environmental Education.

Awards

1984. Distinction award. Bachelors degree. Science of Education. Universidad Panamericana, Mexico.
1987. Award of Distinction. Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, United Kingdom.
1998. Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico (SNI)
2001. First Prize in the II National competition for designing didactic materials
2002. Member of the Education Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology
2002-2006. Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication CEC
2004. Founder Member of the National Academy of Environmental Education
2006. Distinction award. Africam safari zoo and Latin-American society of zoo educators.
2006. National Distinction award in Conservation Education. Federal Government SEMARNAT.

Projects

2010. Design and delivery of the Switched on Secondary Science Professional Learning Program (SOSSPL). In collaboration with Hubber,P.(project leader), Chittleborough,G., Tytler, R., Campbell, C., and Jobling, W. Deakin University and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Aus.

2011."Learning about Environmental Research in a context of Climate Change: An international Scholastic Interchange". Joint project with Dr. B. Bodenhorn. University of Cambridge, U.K. Funding by National Science Foundation (NSF).

2011-2012 Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning and Research program. In collaboration with Campbell, C., Chittleborough,G.,Hubber, P.,Tytler, R.,Jobling, W.,Cripps Clark, J. & Herbert,S. Deakin University and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Aus.

2012.Children and teachers knowledge and understanding about Genetic modified organisms at primary level. Funding by the National Commission of Biosecurity and Genetic Modified Organisms and the National Institute of Ecology (INE) in Mexico.

2012."Climate change a representational focus approach: Children drawings and their understanding of Climate Change and Wildife". Joint project with Dr. Grace Wong. University of Heredia, Costa Rica and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

2012."Exploring socio-scientific issues through digital technologies: The impact of cultural factors between Australian and French students". Joint project with Olivier Morin, University of Lyon, France and Professor R. Tytler Deakin University.

2012."Children's conceptions and understanding about water. A representational focus approach. UNESCO/ Keizo obuchi Research fellowship Program. Joint Project with Prof. R. Tytler, Deakin University and Roberto Mendez, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.
 

2013 “Integrating scientific and cultural values in tsunami mitigation activities for local community in Padang”.
Funded by The Australian Indonesia Research Institute for Humanity and Development. Collaborative research with
MPA Siska Sasmita and MA Zikri Alhdi University Negri Padang, Indonesia.

Publications

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2015

Attitudes to animal dilemmas: an exploratory comparison between Mexican and English children

Dr Laura Barraza

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 40-61, International electronic journal of environmental education, Istanbul, Turkey, C1

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2014

Developing and using an S3R model to analyze reasoning in web-based cross-national exchanges on sustainability

Olivier Morin, Laurence Simonneaux, Jean Simonneaux, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Laura Barraza

(2014), Vol. 98, pp. 517-542, Science education, Hoboken, NJ, C1

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2013

Cross cultural exchange to support reasoning about socio-scientific sustainability issues

Olivier Morin, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Laura Barraza, Laurence Simonneaux, Jean Simonneaux

(2013), Vol. 59, pp. 16-22, Teaching science, Deakin West, ACT, C1

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2010

Contextualising learning through the participatory construction of an environmental education programme

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Dr Laura Barraza, Barbara Bodenhorn, Maria de la Paz Ceja-Adame, Victoria Reyes-Garci¿¿a

(2010), Vol. 32, pp. 1755-1770, International journal of science education, London, England, C1

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2009

School and local environmental knowledge, what are the links? A case study among indigenous adolescents in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Dr Laura Barraza, Barbara Bodenhorn, Victoria Reyes-Garci¿¿a

(2009), Vol. 18, pp. 82-96, International research in geographical and environmental education, Abingdon, England, C1-1

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Education to gain sustainability : analysis and approach from the experience obtained from two high school systems in mexican rural communities

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Dr Laura Barraza, Ma Paz Ceja Adame

(2009), Vol. 16, pp. 139-167, El periplo sustentable, Toluca, Mexico, C1-1

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Attitudes and knowledge of shade-coffee farmers towards vertebrates and their ecological functions.

Paulina Lopez-del-Toro, Ellen Andresen, Dr Laura Barraza, Alejandro Estrada

(2009), Vol. 2, pp. 299-318, Tropical conservation science, United States, C1-1

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Evaluating the impact of an environmental education programme; an empirical study in Mexico.

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Dr Laura Barraza, Barbara Bodenhorn, Victoria Reyes-Garci¿¿a

(2009), Vol. 15, pp. 371-387, Environmental education research, Abingdon, England, C1-1

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Conservation of the endemic dwarf carnivores of Cozumel Island, Mexico.

Alfredo D. Cuar¿¿n, David Valenzuela-Galvan, Denise Garcia-Vasco, Maria E. Copa, Sandra Bautista, Horacio Mena, Daniela Martinez-Godinez, Cristopher Gonzalez-Baca, Luis A. Bojorquez-Tapia, Dr Laura Barraza, Paloma C. de Grammont, Francisco Galindo-Maldonado, Miguel A. Martinez-Morales, Ella Vazquez-Dominguez, Ellen Andresen, Julieta Benitez-Malvido, Diego Perez-Salicrup, Katherine W. McFadden, Matthew E. Gompper

(2009), Vol. 41, pp. 15-21, Small Carnivore Conservation, Gland , Switzerland, C1-1

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2008

Gaining representations of children's and adults' constructions of sustainability issues

Dr Laura Barraza, Prof Ian Robottom

(2008), Vol. 3, pp. 179-191, International journal of environmental and science education, Bolu, Turkey, C1

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Are adolescents from a forest community well-informed about forest management?

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Dr Laura Barraza

(2008), Vol. 42, pp. 104-111, Journal biological education, London, England, C1-1

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2007

Environmental learning in adolescents from a Mexican community involved in forestry

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Dr Laura Barraza

(2007), Vol. 58, pp. 513-524, International social science journal, Oxford, England, C1-1

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2005

From ecological science to environmental education : a professional turning point?

Dr Laura Barraza, Prof Ian Robottom

(2005), Vol. 6, pp. 131-142, Themes in education, Athens, Greece, C1

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Ecosystem services of tropical dry forests : insights from longterm ecological and social research on the Pacific coast of Mexico

J Manuel Maass, Patricia Balvanera, Alicia Castillo, Gretchen C Daily, Harold A Mooney, Paul Ehrlich, Mauricio Quesada, Aalvaro Miranda, Victor J. Jaramillo, Felipe Garc¿¿a-Oliva, Angelina Mart¿¿nez-Yrizar, Helena Cotler, Jorge L¿¿pez-Blanco, Alfredo P¿¿rez-Jim¿¿nez, Alberto B¿¿rquez, Clara Tinoco, Gerardo Ceballos, Dr Laura Barraza, Ricardo Ayala, Jos¿¿ Sarukh¿¿n

(2005), Vol. 10, pp. 1-23, Ecology and society : a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, Waterloo, Ont., C1-1

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2004

How values in education affect children's environmental knowledge

Dr Laura Barraza, Alfredo D. Cuar¿¿n

(2004), Vol. 39, pp. 18-23, Journal of biological education, London, England, C1-1

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2003

La formación de conceptos ambientales : el papel de los padres en la Comunidad Indígena de San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro

Dr Laura Barraza

(2003), Vol. 66, pp. 76-80, Gaceta ecologica, Coayoacan, Mexico, C1-1

journal

Environmental education : from policy to practice

Dr Laura Barraza, Ana Duque-Aristiz¿¿bal, Geisha Rebolledo

(2003), Vol. 9, pp. 347-357, Environmental education research, Abingdon, England, C1-1

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