Digital Pedagogies Postgraduate Research Scholarship

PhD scholarship available in the School of Education

Digital analyses and representations are increasingly used in science, and schools and students have increasing access to ICT. Yet teachers struggle to use ICT resources to support inquiry approaches in science supportive of collaborative knowledge building. This project will extend innovative, cloud-based teacher planning software to investigate the effective use of digital resources in inquiry science. Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance (STELR) is a successful national curriculum project aimed at developing secondary students' scientific literacy. This research will work with committed STELR schools, using the cloud-based planning software to investigate the development of an inquiry based digital pedagogy, and a professional learning approach utilizing cloud-based, digital resources.

The research project builds on a successful and widely reported ARC project which developed an approach to science teaching and learning based on inquiry, and student representation construction. It also incorporates experience within the Switched on Science professional learning program which has been delivered, under the leadership of Peter Hubber, to secondary science teachers across all regions in Victoria introducing teachers to a representation-construction pedagogy.  This research undertaken by the Deakin Doctoral student will investigate the quality of science learning occurring through a representation construction pedagogy, supported by students' use of digital technologies, for constructing representations (such as animations, simulations, slowmation, video and photography etc.) to support learning within a cloud-based environment. The successful candidate would be interested in and competent with digital technologies, and have an interest in studying student learning in science. Some degree of familiarity with classrooms and teachers would be an advantage.

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the student learning outcomes flowing from digital pedagogies and inquiry science.

The broader aims of the project also include:

  1. To investigate the potential of cloud-based teacher planning and delivery of digital materials, to support an inquiry based digital pedagogy in school science.
  2. To identify the pedagogical implications and challenges for teachers and students in using digital technologies and a representation construction approach to teach issues-based science.
  3. To investigate the use of digital technologies to support teacher learning.

Application period/Closing date

Applications close 1 August 2014.

Value and benefits

  • A stipend of $26,088 per annum tax exempt (2014 rate)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and must hold a Bachelor's degree with Honours (first class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component, or equivalent. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.
  • Applications are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents, New Zealand citizens or international applicants. International applicants please note that tuition fees will apply.
  • The research setting is in Australian schools, working closely with science teachers, so familiarity and experience in this setting would be advantageous but not essential.

Terms and conditions

Please refer to the terms and conditions (PDF, 123.2 KB) of award.

How to apply

Please refer to the Apply for a research degree webpage for application information.

Further information

Please contact Associate Professor Peter Hubber by email or phone 03 9244 6408.


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