Science, Technology & Environmental Education

The Deakin Science Education team is composed of researchers and practitioners with a history of engagement with teachers and students at all education levels, and a commitment to quality teaching and learning.

About the group

All the team have proven track records in unit and program design and delivery at the professional development, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The team has a high level of research expertise, reflected in their outstanding record of obtaining ARC and contracted professional learning and research funding.

They have worked with primary and secondary teachers and schools in varied research and professional learning settings, often over a decade or more. Their research centres on innovative pedagogies and teacher learning processes that are closely aligned with current developments in the field.

The Deakin team has strong connections with schools in metropolitan, regional and rural areas and runs an innovative pre-service program involving partnerships and close liaison with primary schools.

Contact us

The group welcomes enquiries from future HDR candidates, schools and the industry and business sector.

We invite you to contact any of our staff to discuss future collaborations.

HDR supervision

For future HDR supervision, research areas of interest are listed in the individual staff profiles and staff welcome enquiries from prospective research students.

Supervision experience - Staff have recently been involved in supervising research such as the following topics or areas:

Dr Coral Campbell

PhD topics

  • Internationalising the curriculum through the Deakin Global Experience Program: outcomes and influential factors.
  • The essential contextuality of Environmental Education: Issues, implications and future directions.
  • Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Remote Northern Territory Schools
  • Working towards environmental sustainability in Ballan: A case study

Masters topics

  • Exploring teacher experiences, attitudes and beliefs about their enactment of an explicit values-based curriculum at a Victorian government primary school"
  • The causes of engagement and motivation in the Middle Years of school
  • How do Students and Teachers in a Hong Kong Private School Describe a 'Good Student?
  • Creating best practice in Queensland outcomes-based junior secondary mathematics work programs.
  • Process, Policy and Practice in Environmental Education
  • Technology Education and the ELF from Primary through to Secondary Schooling

Honours topics

  • Understanding children's engagement with environmental sustainability in the early years.
  • How do teachers investigate scientific concepts in an Early Childhood environment

Dr Gail Chittleborough

HDR topics

  • Blended learning in a higher education multicultural environment
  • Information Communication Technology in Secondary Science Education in Sri Lanka
  • How differences of opinion influence students' capacity to think geographically

Masters topics

  • Problem- based Learning enhances student engagement in Secondary School Mathematics Classrooms

Dr John Cripps-Clark

PhD topic

  • Japanese Lesson Study in the Hume Hub: A school-based innovation for primary science pre-service teacher education

Dr Sandra Herbert

PhD topics

  • Primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge.
  • Factors Influencing Students' Choice of Mathematics at University.
  • Evaluating models of 1:1 implementations within a P-12 School

Master topics

  • Integration of Technology in the Secondary English and Humanities Classroom
  • An innovative approach to linear functions

Honours topics

  • Revealing teaching and learning approaches to science education in early childhood settings

Dr Linda Hobbs

PhD topics

  • Roles and experiences of Marine educators in mediating community action and policies to protect coastal and marine environments.

Dr Peter Hubber

PhD topics

  • The Use of Spatial Thinking in the Teaching of Secondary Science
  • Teaching Undergraduate Physics: Prospects for Vietnam from Developed Countries' Experience.
  • Adolescents' action competence through experiencing an international scholastic interchange in the context of climate change.
  • (PhD scholarship holder for ARC Discovery Project: Enhancing the quality of Science Learning through a representation-intensive pedagogy).

Master topics

  • Perceptions of Student Learning in Informal Settings
  • Teachers' perceptions of Scientific Inquiry and how it can be implemented in the Science Classroom.

Dr Wendy Jobling

PhD topics

  • Rethinking Student Agency and School Community
  • Partnerships: The Knowledge Producing School

Master topics

  • Primary Science Education in a Rural Setting
  • Literature review unit  Primary technology (Design)

Honours topics

  • How children interact with animals in early years environments

Professor Russell Tytler

PhD topics

  • Teaching and learning mathematics and science in a second or third language
  • Task-related emotions in mathematics education
  • Multi-dimensional assessment of student capabilities in mathematics and science
  • Constructing representations in science pedagogy
  • Teaching undergraduate physics: Prospects for vietnam from developed countries' experiences
  • Representing and questioning for quality learning in science
  • The use of the spatial sciences in the teaching of secondary science
  • Ontological possibilities for rethinking teaching of the "nature of science"
  • Understanding children's environmental lifeworlds through visual and conversational narrative
  • Reporting large-scale assessment on a single formative-summative scale 
  • Marine educators: Linking personal commitment, education and public policy 
  • Adolescent's action competence in a community and their social network: a case study in education in environmental science, climate change and cultural diversity
  • Teacher knowledge in formative assessment: putting it into practice
  • The role of science education in reducing violence towards others 
  • Native English speaking teachers and Taiwanese English teachers' professional identity
  • The role of practical activities in primary school science
  • Ontological possibilities for rethinking teaching of the "nature of science"
  • English as an international language and teacher professional identity

Research programs available to prospective students


Information about Education and Teaching courses

Science and Environmental Education is taught in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Teaching (Science)
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)
  • Master of Teaching

In teaching science education, we want our students and other professionals to develop a critical appreciation of science, its practice, and a knowledge of contemporary issues in the teaching of science in schools.  We want them to critically reflect on the nature and practice of science, and develop competency in designing approaches that support children in science learning.

Our teaching of science education is underpinned by several key ideas. We believe in a socio-constructivist approach which includes some essential elements:

  • Research informs our teaching
  • Using a teacher representational approach and a student representational challenge response
  • theories of science learning are closely linked with practical experiences to establish conceptual understanding
  • Ensuring the 'big ideas' in science are taught
  • Using an enquiry approach to science investigations

Education and Teaching courses

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