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Stemming the science 'brain drain'

Deakin seeks to reverse the flow away from maths and science in high schools.

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)

Expressions 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.


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.

2013 Papers

Symposium Abstracts

Aranda, George
Translating Across Methodologies: Neuroscience and Education

Burton, Frances
The Visibility of Mathematics to Educators in Pre-school Settings: Case study methodology with mixed methods

Ferguson, Joseph
Collecting and Managing Multiple Video Data Sources for Visual Semiotic Analysis of Science Students’ Reasoning with Digital Representations

Hobbs Linda, Jones Mellita, King Jeff, Chittleborough Gail, Redman Christine, Campbell Coral, Kenny John, Herbert Sandra
Science Teacher Educator Partnerships with Schools (STEPS): Developing an Interpretive Framework for Primary Science Teacher Education

Jacobs, Brendan
Implementing a QUAL-qual: Methodology Using a Prism Metaphor for the CHAT triangle

Kusznirczu, John
Operationalising the ZPD as a Semantic Space in the ‘I Spy’ Trope
Understanding Mathematical Thinking Through Narrative Accounts of Syncretic Thought

McCrohon, Mark
Towards a Digital Methodology for Qualitative Research

Symington David, Cripps Clark John, Tytler Russell
Speaking the Language of the Outsider

Tytler, Russell
Aligning Socio-cultural, Classroom Perspectives on Learning with Neuroscience Perspectives and Findings

Wright, Frederick H
A Socioculturally Informed Approach to Scaffolding CALD Students Learning


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

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

27th February 2015