Stemming the science 'brain drain'

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

Science, mathematics, environmental and health education for sustainable communities

An image of the program convenor Professor Russell Tytler.

Program Convenor Professor Russell Tytler

This program of research aims to enhance the engagement of students, teachers and the community with contemporary issues in science, mathematics, technology, and the environment, often interlinked with health and wellbeing. It investigates how teachers, schools and researchers through their professional inquiry and innovative pedagogies can engage students in quality learning and reasoning, develop resilience through problem solving, and promote health and wellbeing. There is a focus on environmental sustainability and capacity building with particular regard to rural and regional communities. The group has pursued a range of research agendas through a series of high profile ARC and government funded projects. The group also runs an annual symposium focusing on research methods.

Particular themes include:

  • Science, mathematics, technology and environmental education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Professional inquiry and innovative pedagogies
  • Student engagement with quality learning
  • Resilience and problem solving
  • Sustainability and capacity building
  • Rural and regional communities

Details of initiatives and projects can be found on the STEME website: Re-imagining futures in Science Technology, Environmental and Mathematics Education

Researcher Profiles

For further information regarding this program contact Professor Russell Tytler (Program Convenor).

Current and recent projects

  • Developing digital pedagogies in inquiry science through a cloud based teaching and learning environment (2014-2016 ARC linkage project)

  • Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning and Research program (in Partnership with the Victorian DEECD)

  • Reconceptualising mathematics and science teacher education programs through collaborative partnerships between scientists and educators (2013-2017 OLT grant led by University of Melbourne)

  • Science of Learning Research Centre (2013-2017 ARC research Centre led by the University of Queensland)

  • School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education (2012- ongoing) $206,000 led by Deakin University with Australian Catholic University, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne, University of Tasmania

  • Enhancing the Quality of Science Learning through a Representation-intensive Pedagogy (2012-2014 ARC development project)

  • Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: A cross-national study of teaching and learning in primary science classrooms (2011 - 2013 ARC Development project)

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

7th October 2014