Symposium

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

24-25 November 2011
Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Background Program Information Keynote Speakers Symposium Sponsors Expressions of Interest to present Registration Papers Enquiries

Background

The symposium will focus on practical and theoretical aspects of a range of research methodologies. It follows the highly successful symposia held annually from 1993 to 2005 and again in 2010, in which methodological techniques and issues - such as cross-cultural perspectives, activity theory, capturing complexity, classroom video analysis, quantitative methods, and interviewing - have been discussed in a lively, informal setting.

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

Presentations at the symposium will be organised into four to six sessions designed to promote focused 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.

Program Information

Draft Program - 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.

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.

Presenters will be asked to submit a short written paper of about 3 to 5 pages for online publication in the symposium proceedings.

Keynote Speakers

Marilyn

Professor Marilyn Fleer
Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education
Faculty of Education
Monash University

Professor Marilyn Fleer holds the Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education at Monash University, and is the President of the International Society for Cultural Activity Research (ISCAR). Her research interests focus on early years learning and development, with special attention on pedagogy, culture, science and technology. More recently she has investigated child development in the contexts of home and school. Professor Fleer has published over 150 works, including 3 textbooks which have been short listed for the Australian awards for Excellence in educational publishing. She recently received a commendation for outstanding postgraduate supervision from the Vice Chancellor of Monash University. She can be contacted at marilyn.fleer@education.monash.edu.au

Margaret

Dr Margaret Wu
Educational Measurement Solutions

Margaret Wu has worked in the field of educational assessment for many years. She has been involved with both national and international testing programs, such as NAPLAN, PISA and TIMSS. Margaret has worked closely with educational departments as well as research institutions. Her particular interests include the analysis of student test data and reporting of student achievement results. She is a co-author of the software program ConQuest for the analysis of item response data. This program has the flexibility of fitting a large number of different item response models, and is now commercially available and widely used both within Australia and internationally.

 

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

You will need to have the following details available to complete the form: Your Contact details and Presentation details such as Title of Presentation, names of any other authors and a 100 word abstract.
Expressions of interest in presenting have closed.


Registration

Registrations have closed.

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

Enquiries

Lisa Angelini
CREFI Co-ordinator
Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation
Faculty of Arts and Education
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic, 3125
Ph: + 61 3 92517147
Email: lisa.angelini@deakin.edu.au

 

 


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