Staff profile - George Aranda

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Dr George Aranda

Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: CREFI Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17037 +61 3 925 17037



Dr George Aranda is a former cognitive neuroscientist who has moved from the world of brains to science education research and science communication.

Now researching and teaching at Deakin University, he has broad interests in writing, social networking modes of communication, podcasting, science communication videos and understanding how scientists and their work are perceived in the world.

He is also interested in how science books can be involved with science engagement. He has been conducting research into science book clubs, he runs Big Ideas Book Club in Melbourne and is the curator of Science Book a Day.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2008


Research projects

Current Projects:

Research Fellow:
EQUALPRIME - Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: a cross-national study of teaching and learning

Summary: This project uses video studies of primary science classrooms in Australia, Taiwan, and Germany to explore teaching and learning practices, situated in diverse cultures, which provide opportunities for quality reasoning and learning in science. The findings will inform primary science teacher education to improve student achievement.

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CRISP - Creating Representations in Science Pedagogy

Summary: This is an Australian Research Council funded project which is investigating the quality of science learning occurring through a representation-construction pedagogy, supported by students’ use of digital technologies, and new approaches to assessment and teacher professional learning. The pedagogy involves students generating, negotiating and evaluating multimodal representations as resources for reasoning and learning relating to the key dimensions of the Australian Science curriculum. It will investigate re-framing assessment around students’ developing representational capabilities to support and monitor student learning. School based action-learning teams in NSW and Victoria will extend and refine the pedagogy to inform curriculum policy aimed at student engagement with science.

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Recently Completed Projects:

- Learning Outcomes and Learning Spaces
- Innovative Learning Environments
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
- Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities (CLLC) Research Report

Chief Investigator:
Science Book Clubs: A Case Study

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