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Dr George Aranda



Lecturer in Education (Science Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Master of Teaching, Deakin University, 2019
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2008


Dr George Aranda is a former cognitive neuroscientist who has moved from the world of brains to science education research and science communication.

Now researching and teaching at Deakin University, he has broad interests in writing, social networking modes of communication, podcasting, science communication videos and understanding how scientists and their work are perceived in the world.

He is also interested in how science books can be involved with science engagement. He has been conducting research into science book clubs, he runs Big Ideas Book Club in Melbourne and is the curator of Science Book a Day.

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Current Projects:

Research Fellow:
EQUALPRIME - Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: a cross-national study of teaching and learning

Summary: This project uses video studies of primary science classrooms in Australia, Taiwan, and Germany to explore teaching and learning practices, situated in diverse cultures, which provide opportunities for quality reasoning and learning in science. The findings will inform primary science teacher education to improve student achievement.

Project Website

CRISP - Creating Representations in Science Pedagogy

Summary: This is an Australian Research Council funded project which is investigating the quality of science learning occurring through a representation-construction pedagogy, supported by students’ use of digital technologies, and new approaches to assessment and teacher professional learning. The pedagogy involves students generating, negotiating and evaluating multimodal representations as resources for reasoning and learning relating to the key dimensions of the Australian Science curriculum. It will investigate re-framing assessment around students’ developing representational capabilities to support and monitor student learning. School based action-learning teams in NSW and Victoria will extend and refine the pedagogy to inform curriculum policy aimed at student engagement with science.

Project Website

Recently Completed Projects:

- Learning Outcomes and Learning Spaces
- Innovative Learning Environments
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
- Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities (CLLC) Research Report

Chief Investigator:
Science Book Clubs: A Case Study


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Drawing to reason and learn in science

R Tytler, V Prain, G Aranda, J Ferguson, R Gorur

(2020), Vol. 57, pp. 209-231, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Video research: purposeful selection from rich data sets

J Ferguson, George Aranda, Russell Tytler, Radhika Gorur

(2019), pp. 124-139, Video-based research in education: cross-disciplinary perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Potential and Challenges in Integrating Science and Mathematics in the Classroom Through Real-World Problems: A Case of Implementing an Interdisciplinary Approach to STEM

Wanty Widjaja, Peter Hubber, George Aranda

(2019), pp. 157-171, Asia-Pacific STEM Teaching Practices From Theoretical Frameworks to Practices, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Aligning neuroscience findings with socio-cultural perspectives on learning in science

G Aranda, R Tytler

(2017), pp. 139-154, From the laboratory to the classroom : translating science of learning for teachers, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Variation in whole class, small group and individual student work within and across cultures

M Hackling, G Aranda, I Freitag-Amtmann

(2017), pp. 79-91, Quality teaching in primary science education: cross-cultural perspectives, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Teachers from diverse cultural settings orchestrating classroom discourse

G Tytler, R Aranda, I Freitag-Amtmann

(2017), pp. 123-148, Quality teaching in primary science education : cross-cultural perspectives, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Reflections on video-based, cross-cultural classroom research methodologies

M Hackling, G Romain, G Aranda

(2017), pp. 267-289, Quality teaching in primary science education: cross-cultural perspectives, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book 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

book chapter

Three dimensional printing as a way to create an engaging and meaningful context for learning

W Jobling, G Aranda

(2016), pp. 120-126, TERC 2016: Proceedings of the 9th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research : Creating Contexts for Learning in Technology in Education, Adelaide, South Australia, E1


Expert teachers' discursive moves in science classroom interactive talk

R Tytler, G Aranda

(2015), Vol. 13, pp. 425-446, International journal of science and mathematics education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Assessment of student development and learning in IB PYP schools

D Toe, J Lang, L Paatsch, H Yim, W Jobling, B Doig, G Aranda

(2015), Geneva, Switzerland, A6

research report/technical paper

Research into the connection between built learning spaces and student outcomes

J Blackmore, D Bateman, J Loughlin, J O'Mara, G Aranda

(2011), East Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Innovative Learning Environments Research Study

Prof Jillian Blackmore, A/Prof Mary Dixon, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Jill Loughlin, Dr Debra Bateman, A/Prof Anne Cloonan, Dr Kim Senior, Dr Jill Bamforth, Dr George Aranda, Mr Rod Le Cudennec, Ms Kate McCulloch

  • 2011: $143,524
  • 2010: $54,000

Tech Schools Evaluation

A/Prof Linda Hobbs, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Peta White, Dr George Aranda, Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Christine Ure, A/Prof Coral Campbell

  • 2020: $185,724
  • 2019: $112,000

Industry and Other Funding

International Baccalaureate: Assessment of Student' Aged 3-12 for Development and Learning

Prof Dianne Toe, A/Prof Bonnie Yim, A/Prof Josephine Lang, Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Brian Doig, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr George Aranda

  • 2015: $36,586
  • 2014: $17,577

3D Printing the Future (RMW)/George Aranda

Dr George Aranda

  • 2014: $10,308

Building STEM Capacities in South West Victoria: Kids teaching teachers.

A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Dr George Aranda

  • 2020: $21,181
  • 2019: $13,251


Associate Supervisor

Joseph Ferguson

Thesis entitled: A Video-Based Analysis of Science Students' Computer-Mediated Abductive Reasoning

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education