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Dr Lihua Xu

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer In Education (Science Education)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education, Shanghai Normal University, 2003
Master of Education, University of Melbourne, 2006
Doctor of Philosophy (Education), University of Melbourne, 2010

Research interests

My research career has been diverged into several pathways, but converges on the passion to impact on and improve student learning and teaching practices in education in general and science education in particular. Since 2005, my research work has been dedicated to a program that examines how children learn science in classroom settings. This research program investigated children’s learning of science through carefully monitoring children’s interactions with each other and with resources. This work is underpinned by some contemporary learning theories including Distributed Cognition and Variation Theory of learning. In addition to this line of research, I have also been heavily involved in international comparative studies, which passaged some further rethinking about the notion of “teaching as a cultural practice” and the improvised nature of school-based curriculum development. This work also steered into some further development of a video–based research methodology in which digital video technologies are not only used as a documentation tool of interactions but also a stimulus material for discussion. Recently, I am working closely with local primary schools to support teachers’ professional growth and facilitate school change in the area of science education.

My research interests include:

  • Student Learning in Science
  • Classroom Research
  • International Comparative Studies
  • Video-based Research Methodologies
  • School-based Curriculum Development
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

Units taught

EDX701 Research Design Development and Method

EES345 Primary Science Education 1

EES440 Primary Science Education 2

ECE220 Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

ECE320 Science 2: Science & Design Technology

ECE763 Science and Environmental Awareness

EPS735 Primary Science and Technology Education

 

Research groups

Convenor, Video-based Research in Education (VRiE) faculty research group

https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/steme/vrie/

 

Projects

Curriculum Decision-making Project (2015) - Evidence-based Curriculum Decison-making for Primary School Science

Professional Noticing Project (2015) - Enhancing primary school teachers’ professional noticing through artefact-stimulated reflection

The PRIMSS Project (2014-15) - Sustainability conditions of a major primary science specialist teacher initiative

The Practical Work Project (2012-14) - Analytical tools for identifying high quality science practical work internationally

The Alignment Project (2010-12) – Valued performances in mathematics and science classrooms in Australia, Finland and China: Interrogating the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment

Causal Connenctions in Science Classrooms (2008-11) - An investigation of causal relations between complex classroom practices and science learning using high capacity new research technologies and multiple theory-testing

The Learners' Perspective Study (2004-13) - An international collaboration in matheamtics education.

 

 
 

Publications

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2017

the changing roles of science specialists during a capacity building program for primary school science

E Herbert, L Xu, L Kelly

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 1-21, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Joondalup, W.A., C1

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2013

Spoken mathematics as an instructional strategy: the public discourse of mathematics classrooms in different countries

D Clarke, L Xu, M Wan

(2013), pp. 13-31, Student voice in mathematics classrooms around the world, Rotterdam, Netherlands, B1-1

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Students speaking mathematics: practices and consequences for mathematics classrooms in different countries

D Clarke, L Xu, M Wan

(2013), pp. 33-52, Student voice in mathematics classrooms around the world, Rotterdam, Netherlands, B1-1

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Meta-rules of discursive practice in mathematics classrooms from Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo

L Xu, D Clarke

(2013), Vol. 45, pp. 61-72, ZDM : International journal on mathematics education, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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Choral response as a significant form of verbal response in mathematics classrooms in seven countries

D Clarke, L Xu, M Wan

(2013), pp. 201-208, PME 37 : Proceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2013, Kiel, Germany, E1-1

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Discourse patterns employing choral response in mathematics classrooms in seven countries

L Xu, M Wan, D Clarke

(2013), pp. 196-, PME 37 : Proceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2013 (vol. 5), Kiel, Germany, E1-1

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2012

What does distributed cognition tell us about student learning of science?

L Xu, D Clarke

(2012), Vol. 42, pp. 491-510, Research in science education, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

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Student difficulties in learning density: a distributed cognition perspective

L Xu, D Clarke

(2012), Vol. 42, pp. 769-789, Research in science education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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A comparative study of content settings of mathematics curriculum standards from China, Australia, and Finland

Y Kang, Y Cao, L Xu, D Clarke

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 62-66, Journal of educational studies, Beijing, China, C1-1

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International comparisons of mathematics classrooms and curricula: the validity-comparability compromise

D Clarke, L Wang, L Xu, E Aizikovitsh-Udi, Y Cao

(2012), pp. 171-178, PME 36 : Opportunities to Learn in Mathematics Education : Proceedings of the 36th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2012, Taipei, Taiwan, E1-1

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2011

Multi-theoretic approaches to understanding the science classroom

D Clarke, L Xu, J Arnold, L Seah, C Hart, R Tytler, V Prain

(2011), pp. 1-15, ESERA 2011 : Ebook Proceedings Of The ESERA 2011 Conference : Science learning and Citizenship, Lyon, France, E1-1

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2010

Student speech as an instructional priority: mathematics classrooms in seven culturally-differentiated cities

D Clarke, L Xu, M Wan

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 3811-3817, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Spoken mathematics as a distinguishing characteristics of mathematics classrooms in different countries

D Clarke, L Xu

(2010), pp. 2463-2472, CERME 6 : Proceedings of the Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education 2009, Lyon, France, E1-1

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Meta-discursive rules and the introduction of new content in mathematics classrooms in Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo

L Xu, D Clarke

(2010), EARCOME 5 : Proceedings of the 5th East Asian Regional Conference on Mathematics Education 2010, Tokyo, Japan, E1-1

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Qifa Shi teaching: Confucian heuristics

Y Cao, D Clarke, L Xu

(2010), pp. 232-234, PME 34 : Proceedings of 34th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics 2010 (Vol.1), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, E1-1

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The function of spoken mathematics in mathematics classrooms in different cultural settings

L Xu, D Clarke, M Wan

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 222-225, PME 34 : Proceedings of the Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, E1-1

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2008

Distinguishing between mathematics classrooms in Australia, China, Japan, Korea and the USA through the lens of the distribution of responsibility for knowledge generation : public oral interactivity and mathematical orality

David Clarke, Lihua Xu

(2008), Vol. 40, pp. 963-972, ZDM = International reviews on mathematical education, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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2007

Addressing the challenge of legitimate international comparisons of classroom practice

D Clarke, C Mesiti, C O'Keefe, L Xu, E Jablonka, I Mok, Y Shimizu

(2007), Vol. 46, pp. 280-293, International journal of educational research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Exploiting available technologies to align methodology and theory in the study of science classrooms internationally

L Xu, D Clarke, C Mitchell

(2007), pp. 1-13, NARST 2007 : Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching 2007 Annual Meeting : Restructuring Science Education Through Research, New Orleans, Louisiana, E1-1

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Artefacts and distributed cognition: towards a new perspective on science learning

L Xu, D Clarke

(2007), pp. 1-10, NARST 2007 : Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching 2007 Annual Meeting : Restructuring Science Education Through Research, New Orleans, Louisiana, E1-1

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2006

Kikan-Shido : between desks instruction

Catherine O'Keefe, Lihua Xu, David Clarke

(2006), pp. 15-37, Making connections : mathematics classrooms around the world, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

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Kikan-Shido: through the lens of guiding student activity

L Xu, C O'Keefe, D Clarke

(2006), Vol. 4, pp. 265-272, PME 30: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education : Mathematics at the Centre, Prague, Czech Republic, E1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Primary Mathematics and Science Specialist Professional Learning Program February/March 2015

Dr Gail Chittleborough, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Lihua Xu, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Peta White

  • 2015: $6,818

Collaborative Teacher Practice ¿ Action Research Project

A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Lihua Xu, Dr Jill Loughlin, Dr Muriel Wells

  • 2017: $40,804
  • 2016: $89,316
  • 2015: $13,601

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report