Dr Gail Chittleborough

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Visitor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 1979
Certificate of Teaching, Education Department of NSW, 1980
Graduate Diploma in Computer Education, University of Melbourne, 1998
Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University, 2004
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007

Biography

Gail Chittleborough is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Deakin University. She manages a compulsory teaching program in Science Education in the Bachelor of Education degree course. Gail’s major research focus has been in modelling, the use of representations and the use of digital resources in learning science and in particular chemistry.  Gail has been involved in two Australian Research Council Discovery grants. The projects have involved working closely with teachers in schools, and one involved collaborations with colleagues in Taiwan and Germany.  In both projects video capture has been used to explore teaching practices. She is also involved in an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) project  (School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education) that is investigating the school-based science education programs for pre-service teachers.  Gail is part of the Deakin University Science Education team who wrote and delivered two highly successful DEECD funded professional development programs that focus on building teachers capacity in teaching science: The Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program (2011-2013, 2014-2015), and the Switched on Secondary Science Professional Learning Program (2010 – 2012). In this way, the results of educational research have been disseminated to pre-service teachers and teachers.  Gail has been involved in several evaluation studies including the BHP Billiton Science Teacher Awards, in 2012 and National Sample Assessment in Science Literacy (NAP-SL) 2012 that was administered to International Baccalaureate schools in Australia in 2013. Gail has over 25 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

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Research interests

Models and modelling in science education
ICT in science education
The role of chemical representations in learning chemistry
Pre-service teacher education

Affiliations

ASERA

STAV

NSTA

AARE

Teaching interests

Science, Technology and Environmental Education Discipline Teaching Group 

http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/teach-research/science-environmental-ed/

Interests include:

  • Partnerships with schools- school-based teaching
  • The role of Inquiry in teaching science 
  • The role of representations in teaching science  and chemistry 
  • The role of models in tecahing science and chemistry 
  • The role of ICT in pedgaogy 

Conferences

ASERA ESERA

Professional activities

Teaching and Research Co-ordinator for the Science, Technology and Environmental Education discipline group

http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/teach-research/science-environmental-ed/index.php

Academic Progress and Discipline Committee member
Editorial Board of reviewers for International Journal of Science Education (IJSE) (since 24/9/01)
Reviewer for Science SIG AERA conference, RISE, IJSME, CERAPIE.

Professional Development Programs 

Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists 2013 -2014, for DEECD

Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists 2011-13 Professional Learning Program for DEECD

Switched on Secondary Science Professional Learning Programs, 2010--12 for DEECD

Evaluation Studies 

Science Literacy in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP): NAP-SL Outcomes . (2014) prepared by Associate Professor Coral Campbell, Dr. Gail Chittleborough, Dr. Wendy Jobling, Professor Russell Tytler & Dr. Brian Doig  School of Education, Deakin University.

Research groups

STEME Research Group The STEME Research Group includes staff and associates of Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, who are interested in improving the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Environmental and Mathematics Education through research into innovative educational practices.

http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/steme/index.php

CREFI The centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation

http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/efi/

Science, mathematics, environmental and health education for sustainable communities http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/efi/programs/smehesc.php

Projects

Details of current research and recent publications can be accessed

Benchmarking Education for Sustainability at Deakin University  2014. Dr Jo Lang and Dr Gail Chittleborough. Seeding Grant 2014 Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation, Deakin University, Seeding Grant 2014

OLT Office of Learning and Teaching  2013-2014 School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education. Dr Linda Hobbs (CI),  Dr Sandra Herbert,  Assoc Prof Coral Campbell, Dr John Kenny, Dr Christine Redman, Dr Jeff King, Dr Melitta Jones and Dr Gail Chittleborough.  The collaboration involves a sharing of practice in schol-based teaching of science to pre-service teachers by experienced teacher educators from five universities: Deakin University, RMIT University, Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne, and University of Tasmania 

http://www.stepsproject.org.au/

ARC Discovery Grant 2012-2014 Enhancing the Quality of Science Learning through a Representation-intensive Pedagogy Principal Researcher: Professor Russell Tytler (Deakin University) Associate Researcher(s): Professor Prain Vaughan (La Trobe University),Associate Professor Garry Hoban (University of Wollongong), Professor Peter Aubusson (University of Technology, Sydney), Dr Peter Hubber (Deakin University), and Dr Gail Chittleborough (Deakin University  

http://communities.deakin.edu.au/crisp/

ARC Discovery Grant 2011-2013 Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: a cross-national study of teaching and learning in primary science classrooms Team: Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Mark W Hackling, Dr Peter J Hubber, Dr Gail D Chittleborough, Dr Karen J Murcia, Prof Dr Joerg Ramseger, Prof Hsiao-Lan S Chen, Prof Chao-Ti J Hsiung

http://communities.deakin.edu.au/equalprime/node/2

Small Teaching and Learning Grant - 2010 Faculty of Arts and Education An exploration of the use of new video technologies in school partnership settings, to enhance science teacher education practices

Small Teaching and Learning Grant - 2009 Faculty of Arts and Education Partnerships with schools to provide rich professional learning experiences for Pre-service Science Teachers: A pilot study examining alternative practicum models

AISV- ICT Integration Research Proposal 2007-2008 AISV Using ICT to Support Literacy and Numeracy in Rural Schools 2006 SiMERR - Science Challenge

Publications

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2017

Reflections on quality teaching in primary science classrooms in diverse cultural settings

G Chittleborough, J Ramseger, C-T Hsiung, P Hubber, R Tytler

(2017), pp. 245-265, Quality teaching in primary science education: cross-cultural perspectives, Cham, Switzerland, B1

chapter
2016

Successful university-school partnerships: an interpretive framework to inform partnership practice

M Jones, L Hobbs, J Kenny, C Campbell, G Chittleborough, A Gilbert, S Herbert, C Redman

(2016), Vol. 60, pp. 108-120, Teaching and teacher education, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Quality teaching in Australian and German primary science classrooms: characterising difference to help identify quality

G Chittleborough, I Freitag-Amtmann, P Hubber, R Tytler

(2016), pp. 240-248, Comparative didactics and curriculum research - comparative research into didactics and curriculum, Bad Heilbrunn, Germany, B1

chapter

Making use of students' research journals as instruments for detecting students' reasoning in co-constructing scientific concepts in a German and Australian primary school

I Freitag-Amtmann, G Chittleborough, P Hubber, G Aranda

(2016), pp. 298-309, Comparative Didactics and Curriculum Research - Comparative Research into Didactics and Curriculum, Bad Heilbrunn, Germany, B1

chapter
2015

Teacher change in implementing a research developed representation construction pedagogy

P Hubber, G Chittleborough

(2015), pp. 1049-1058, GIREP-MPTL : Teaching/Learning Physics : Integrating Research into Practice 2014 Conference, Palermo, Italy, E1

conference

The pedagogy of using video to develop reflective practice in learning to teach science

G Chittleborough, J Cripps Clark, P Chandler

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 95-115, Video research in disciplinary literacies, Bingley, Eng., B1

chapter

Successful university-school partnerships: an interpretive framework to inform partnership practice

L Hobbs, M Jones, J Kenny, C Campbell, G Chittleborough, E Herbert, A Gilbert, C Redman

(2015), Vol. Part 13, pp. 2073-2084, ESERA 2015: Proceedings of the 11th Conference for the Science Education Research Association: Engaging learners for a sustainable future, Helsinki, Finland, E1-1

conference

Establishing school university partnerships to teach science - Does what worked for us work for you?

J Kenny, L Hobbs, C Speldewinde, M Jones, C Campbell, A Gilbert, G Chittleborough, E Herbert, C Redman

(2015), Vol. Part 13, pp. 2029-2040, ESERA 2015: Proceedings of the 11th Conference for the Science Education Research Association: Engaging learners for a sustainable future, Helsinki, Finland, E1-1

conference
2014

The development of theoretical frameworks for understanding the learning of chemistry

G Chittleborough

(2014), pp. 25-40, Learning with Understanding in the chemistry classroom, Dordrecht, Netherlands, B1

chapter

Learning how to teach chemistry with technology: pre-service teachers' experiences with integrating technology into their learning and teaching

G Chittleborough

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 373-393, Journal of science teacher education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The "new" science specialists

C Campbell, G Chittleborough

(2014), Vol. 60, pp. 19-29, Teaching Science, Deakin, ACT, C1

journal

Developing effective school and university partnerships for teacher education

J Kenny, C Redman, L Hobbs, M Jones, C Campbell, A Gilbert, G Chittleborough, S Herbert

(2014), pp. 2620-2632, EDULEARN14 Proceedings : 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies 2014, Barcelona, Spain, E1

conference

Science teacher education partnerships with schools (STEPS): Partnerships in science teacher education

J Kenny, L Hobbs, S Herbert, G Chittleborough, C Campbell, M Jones, A Gilbert, C Redman

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 43-65, Australian journal of teacher education, Katoomba, N. S. W., C1

journal
2013

Material world: learning and teaching chemistry

G Chittleborough, P Hubber

(2013), pp. 185-207, Learning and teaching primary science, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter
2012

BHP Billiton science teacher awards

G Chittleborough, C Campbell

(2012), Vol. 58, pp. 51-55, Teaching science, Deakin, ACT, C1

journal
2010

Student-generated submicro diagrams : a useful tool for teaching and learning chemical equations and stoichiometry

B Davidowitz, G Chittleborough, E Murray

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 154-164, Chemistry education research and practice, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Supporting ICT based pedagogies in science in rural school settings

P Hubber, G Chittleborough, C Campbell, W Jobling, R Tytler

(2010), Vol. 25, pp. 12-16, Australian educational computing, Belonnen, A.C.T., C1-1

journal
2009

Why models are advantageous to learning science

G Chittleborough, D Treagust

(2009), Vol. 20, pp. 12-17, Quimica educacion, Mexico, C1

journal

Linking the macroscopic and sub-microscopic levels : diagrams

B Davidowitz, G Chittleborough

(2009), pp. 169-191, Multiple representations in chemical education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

chapter
2008

Correct interpretation of chemical diagrams requires transforming from one level of representation to another

G Chittleborough, D Treagust

(2008), Vol. 38, pp. 463-482, Research in science education, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal
2007

The modelling ability of non-major chemistry students and their understanding of the sub-microscopic level

G Chittleborough, D Treagust

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 274-292, Chemistry education research and practice, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Achieving greater feedback and flexibility using online pre-laboratory exercises with non-major chemistry students

G Chittleborough, M Mocerino, D Treagust

(2007), Vol. 84, pp. 884-888, Journal of chemical education, Easton, Pa., C1

journal

Technology and teachers in rural schools: creating future advantage

C Campbell, G Chittleborough, P Hubber, R Tytler

(2007), pp. 140-144, Sustainable, Responsible, Global: Proceedings of CONASTA 56 and ICASE 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education, The Sheraton Hotel and Mercedes College, Perth, Western Australia, E1

conference

Sharing good teaching practice: Practical strategies to integrate ICT into the classroom

G Chittleborough, C Campbell, P Hubber, R Tytler

(2007), pp. 1-4, CONASTA 56 and ICASE 2007 : Proceedings of CONASTA 56 and ICASE 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education : Sustainable, responsible, global, Perth, Western Australia, E1

conference

Technology and teachers in rural schools : diversity and similarity

G Chittleborough, C Campbell, P Hubber, R Tytler

(2007), pp. 29-42, SiMERR 2007 : Proceedings of the 'Narrowing the gap: addressing educational disadvantage' conference : SiMERR National Conference University of New England, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, E1

conference

Educating for the future : technological advantages?

C Campbell, G Chittleborough, P Hubber, R Tytler

(2007), NARST 2007 : Restructuring science education through research : Proceedings of the National Assocation for Research in Science Teaching, Annual International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, E1-1

conference
2006

The descriptive and explanatory nature of chemical diagrams does not guarantee understanding

G Chittleborough, D Treagust

(2006), ASERA 2006 : Australian Science Education Research Association 37th Annual Conference, The University of Canberra, E1-1

conference
2005

Students

G Chittleborough, D Treagust, T Mamiala, M Mocerino

(2005), Vol. 23, pp. 195-212, Research in science and technological education, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education

Dr Linda Hobbs, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr John Kenny, Dr Mellita Jones, Dr Christine Redman, Dr Jeffrey King

OLT Seed Projects - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2014: $55,200
  • 2012: $155,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluating ICT Integration Research

Dr Gail Chittleborough

  • 2009: $8,070
  • 2008: $8,000
  • 2007: $4,000

Delivery of the Switched on Secondary Science Professional Learning program

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr Laura Barraza, Dr Coral Campbell

  • 2012: $55,445
  • 2011: $150,716
  • 2010: $23,845

Design of the Switched on Secondary Science Professional Learning Program (SOSSPL)

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr Laura Barraza

  • 2010: $35,760

Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program

Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Laura Barraza, Dr Wendy Jobling, Mr John Cripps Clark, Dr Sandra Herbert

  • 2012: $40,866
  • 2011: $95,354

Pilot Tech Next Mid-Year intake - selection, recruitment & placement of participants (Phase 1) & course delivery (Phase 2)

A/Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Chris Hickey, A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Brenton Doecke, Dr Gaye Williams, Dr Gail Chittleborough

  • 2012: $439,514

Assessment of impact and value: Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools Program

Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Gaye Williams, Dr Peta White, Prof David Symington, Mr Garrett Upstill

  • 2015: $99,710

Primary Mathematics and Science Specialist Professional Learning Program February/March 2015

Dr Gail Chittleborough, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Lihua Xu, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Peta White

  • 2015: $6,818

Industry and Other Funding

Using ICT to Support Literacy and Numeracy in Rural Schools

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Elizabeth Stacey

  • 2007: $20,000
  • 2006: $30,000

Proposal for evaluation of the BHP Billiton science awards

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough

  • 2010: $13,000
  • 2009: $15,000

Science Literacy in the International Baccalaureate primary Years Program (PYP) NAP-SL Outcomes

Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Brian Doig, Dr Wendy Jobling

  • 2014: $9,342
  • 2013: $21,798

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2012

Sarath Warnakulasuriya

Thesis entitled: Information Communication Technology in Secondary Science Education in Sri Lanka

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2016

Rosemary Buchanek

Thesis entitled: Negotiating Differences: Stimulating Creative Geographical Thinking through Critical Engagement

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Edilson Arenas

Thesis entitled: Blended Learning in a Higher Education Multicultural Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education