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

28-29 November 2013
Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre


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 2012, in which methodological techniques and issues - such as socio-cultural perspectives, productive use of quantitative data, collaborative practitioner research designs, and analysing discourse - have been discussed in a lively, informal setting.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Christine Halse
Deakin University
President, Asia-Pacific Education Research Association

Professor Christine Halse is a sociologist of education. Her writing and research has focused on issues of culture, diversity and the implications for education policy, practice and curriculum. She has held continuous ARC and government funded research grants throughout her academic career. Despite specialising in qualitative research methods, particularly biographical methods, the bulk of her funded research has involved multiple research methods, including the development of validated scales and instruments. This presentation draws on the methodological lessons learned across these studies.


Associate Professor Nikolai Veresov
Faculty of Education
Monash University

Associate Professor Nikolai Veresov is the author of the book Undiscovered Vygotsky, published by Peter Lang in 1999. He has published more than 70 book chapters and papers in 11 languages. He has worked in Russia and Finland. SInce 2003 he has been a Full Member of Russian Academy of Pedagogical and Social Sciences. Currently Nikolai Veresov holds the position of Associate Professor in Early Childhood, in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. His research interests focus on child development, cultural-historical theory and research methodology.

Program Information

Presentations at the symposium will be organised into four to six sessions designed to promote focussed discussion of methodological issues broadly related to mathematics, science, health and environmental education. Each session will provide the opportunity for extended discussion of methodological issues - theoretical framing, design, instruments and their application, or approaches to analysis - following a number of brief, themed presentations. Each of the two days will feature a keynote speaker introducing a methodological perspective.

Thursday 28 November

Friday 29 November






Professor Christine Halse
Pistols at twenty paces? The qualitative and quantitative debate and methodological pluralism


Associate Professor Nikolai Veresov
Cultural-historical research methodology: What is it and how does it work?


Morning tea


Morning Tea


Session 1


Session 3






Session 2


Session 4


Sessions end


Closing session


Young & Jackson TBC


Symposium ends

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Symposium Sponsors

Sponsored by the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation in conjunction with the STEME Research Group

Center for Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFI)

Science, Technology, Environmental and Mathematics Education (STEME)

Expression of Interest: Presentations

The closing date for expression of interest has been extented to Friday 27 September 2013.
Presentations will be of 10-15 minutes duration. Each presentation should briefly outline the research question being addressed and finish with the findings or likely outcomes of the research, but should focus mainly on the research methodology. Reports on work in progress are welcome.
Expressions of interest must include the title of the presentation, a one sentence description of the methodological focus, and a 100 word abstract that clearly indicates the focus of your research and the methodology that is being used.

If you are interested in presenting at this symposium, please click here


Register Here

Full registration $100
Deakin Staff/Students and those not in full-time employment $60

The fee includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.


Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Ph: +61 3 9918 9000

Parking: is located at Gresham Street (next to 570 Bourke Street) with earlybrid parking $20.

Elevator: press level 3 on any keypad outside of the lift and wait for directions to the correct lift. If you have any issues please ask the reception desk for help.

Past Events

CAR2012 web page 2012 Papers

CAR 2011 web page 2011 Papers

2011 event 1 2011event2
2011event3 2011event4

2011 Event held at Burwood campus

CAR 2010

CREFI past events


Lisa Angelini
CREFI Coordinator
Deakin University
Faculty of Arts and Education
221 Burwood Highway,
Burwood, Victoria 3125, Australia
Ph: +61 3 925 17147


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