Contemporary approaches to research in mathematics, science, health and environmental education symposium

Thursday 7—Friday 8 November 2019, 9am—5pm
Deakin Downtown

Sponsored by Research for Educational Impact (REDI) in conjunction with the STEME Research Group.

Event details

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 2018, 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.

It is expected that academic researchers, teachers and higher degree by research (HDR) students will gain from the symposium. Please encourage your research students to come, even if you cannot attend.

Expression of Interest: Presentations

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 27 September 2019.

Each of the two days will feature a keynote speaker introducing a methodological perspective.

Presentations at the symposium will be grouped into sessions of three to five presentations designed to promote focused discussion of a methodological issue. The methodological issues should be broadly related to mathematics, science, health, or environmental education. Following each presentation session, there will be the opportunity for extended discussion of methodological issues, theoretical framing, research design, instruments and their application, and approaches to analysis. There is equal time devoted to discussion as to presentations highlighting the value of the discussion.

Presentations will be 10 to 15 minutes in duration and should briefly outline the research question being addressed and may include the findings or likely outcomes of the research, but should focus mainly on the research methodology. Reports on work in progress are welcome.

If you are interested in presenting at this symposium please complete the online application form before Friday 27 September 2019.

All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt and reviewed mid October, when the draft program will be released.


  • Deakin higher degree by research (HDR) students: $30 per person, per day
  • Non-Deakin HDR students: $40 per person, per day
  • Deakin academic staff: $40 per person, per day
  • Non-Deakin academic staff: $60 per person, per day

Keynote speakers

Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada), where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics curriculum, qualitative research, and contemporary issues in education. Her research focuses on mathematics teacher education, exploring issues of teacher identity and the regulatory practices of schooling, learning and knowing. Bourdieu's social field theory and theories of critical, culturally responsive education feature prominently in Kathleen's work.

In addition to more than 45 published articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings papers, Kathleen has authored and/or co-edited two books, with a third edited collection, entitled Social Theory for Teacher Education Research: Beyond the technical-rational, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019.

Margaret Bearman

Margaret Bearman is an Associate Professor within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. She holds a first class honours degree in computer science and a PhD in medical education. Over the course of her career in health and higher education, Margaret has written over 70 publications and received over $7.5 million in research and development funding.

She has been formally recognised for her work as an educator and researcher, including awards from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching and Simulation Australasia. Margaret’s interests include: assessment and feedback; simulation and digital technologies; sociomateriality; and educational workforce development. Her methodological expertise includes qualitative and quantitative research designs, as well as evidence synthesis.

Register now

Places at this symposium are strictly limited and early registrations are advised to avoid missing out. To guarantee a place, register now.


Key information


Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2, Collins Square
727 Collins Street, 
Docklands VIC

Date and time

Start: Thursday 7 November 2019 at 9am
End: Friday 8 November 2019 at 5pm


  • Deakin higher degree by research (HDR) students: $30 per person, per day
  • Non-Deakin HDR students: $40 per person, per day
  • Deakin academic staff: $40 per person, per day
  • Non-Deakin academic staff: $60 per person, per day

Contact us

For enquiries please email Peta White.