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Dr Joe Ferguson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer in Education (Science Education)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2017
Master of Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2012

Contact

Biography

Joseph Paul Ferguson is a lecturer in science and environmental/climate education at Deakin University. He teachers and researchers in primary science and technology education as well as environmental/climate education in both the primary and secondary education contexts. Joseph's current research explores pragmatist semiotic approaches to teaching and researching science and environmental/climate education and the use of video methodologies (including film) to undertake design-based research with teachers in schools. He is passionate about the power of theory/philosophy to inform educational practice. Joseph is committed to working with pre-service and in-service teachers to make science and environmental/climate education inclusive and transformative for all young people.

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Biography summary

Professional commitment to theory and philosophy to inform practice in science and environmental/climate change education

I have long been interested in the theory and philosophy that underpins how we teach and learn in science and environmental/climate change education, and the impacts of such ways of knowing and being in the world on our daily lives as educators and citizens of the local, national and global community. I am particularly passionate about the hope we might find in the pragmatist semiotics of Charles Sanders Peirce to live in more loving ways with the planet through science. In my teaching, I am dedicated to supporting pre-service and in-service teachers to ‘bring to life’ science for them and their students as they collectively enact climate change/environmental education in transformative ways.

Publications

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2024

A pragmatist semiotic analysis of secondary students' embodied and material reasoning in astronomy

Joseph Ferguson, Lihua Xu, Russell Tytler

(2024), Vol. 24, pp. 1-24, Research in Science and Technological Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Designing a video-stimulated questionnaire about teachers' adaptive expertise in interdisciplinary mathematics and science teaching

Colleen Vale, Gahyoung Kim, Wanty Widjaja, Joseph Ferguson, Amanda Berry, Jan van Driel, Lihua Xu, Lam Pham

(2024), Vol. 20, pp. 1-12, Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, C1

journal article
2023

Student Attitudes, Identity, and Aspirations Toward Science

R Tytler, J Ferguson

(2023), Vol. 3, pp. 158-192, Handbook of Research on Science Education: Volume III, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Enacting design-based research as a community of practice in primary science: Community of inquiry as a methodological lens

Melinda Kirk, Joe Ferguson

(2023), Vol. 4, pp. 83-102, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

A Prometheus of our times: Investigating the science classroom through Peirce, Franklin, and film

Joe Ferguson, John Cripps Clark

(2023), Vol. 4, pp. 103-118, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

Teaching and learning in uncertain times: thinking with multiple crises

P White, E Mayes, B Sutton, J Ferguson, M Green

(2023), pp. 1-18, Teaching Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Science education in the Anthropocene: the aesthetics of climate change education in an epoch of uncertainty

Joe Ferguson, Peta White

(2023), Vol. 8, pp. 1-14, Frontiers in Education, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2022

Introducing Digital Technologies into Play-Based Learning in Early Childhood

G Aranda, C Campbell, J Ferguson, C Speldewinde

(2022), pp. 525-551, STEM, Robotics, Mobile Apps in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Technology to Promote Teaching and Learning, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

The Creative in Computational Thinking

George Aranda, Joseph Ferguson

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 309-326, Children’s Creative Inquiry in STEM, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Analysing student graphing in mathematics: The methodological utility of a semiotic framework

John Cripps Clark, Joe Ferguson

(2022), Vol. 3, pp. 308-325, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research - Volume 3, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1

book chapter

Applying a scoping review methodology to investigate adaptive expertise: Insights and challenges for research in STEM education

Lihua Xu, Chan Kennedy, Amanda Berry, Joe Ferguson, Gahyoung Kim, Jan van Driel, Colleen Vale, Wanty Widjaja

(2022), Vol. 3, pp. 350-368, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research - Volume 3, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1

book chapter

Digital bibliometric visualisation tools: Constructing maps to navigate the literature

Melinda Kirk, Joe Ferguson

(2022), Vol. 3, pp. 369-393, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research - Volume 3, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1

book chapter

The role of aesthetics in the teaching and learning of data modelling

J Ferguson, R Tytler, P White

(2022), Vol. 44, pp. 753-774, International Journal of Science Education, C1

journal article

The role of aesthetics in learning science in an art-science lesson

S Hannigan, P Wickman, J Ferguson, V Prain, R Tytler

(2022), Vol. 44, pp. 797-814, International Journal of Science Education, C1

journal article

School strikers enacting politics for climate justice: Daring to think differently about education

P White, J Ferguson, N O'Connor Smith, H O'Shea Carre

(2022), Vol. 38, pp. 26-39, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, C1

journal article

A Peircean Socio-Semiotic Analysis of Science Students' Creative Reasoning as/Through Digital Simulations

J Ferguson

(2022), Vol. 52, pp. 773-803, Research in Science Education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Addressing methodological challenges in research on aesthetic dimensions to classroom science inquiry

V Prain, J Ferguson, P Wickman

(2022), Vol. 44, pp. 735-752, International Journal of Science Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Using systems maps to visualize chemistry processes: practitioner and student insights

M Schultz, D Chan, A Eaton, J Ferguson, R Houghton, A Ramdzan, O Taylor, H Vu, S Delaney

(2022), Vol. 12, pp. 1-19, Education Sciences, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2021

Where the truth lies: Peirce through the lens of The Third Man

Joseph Ferguson, John Cripps Clark

(2021), Vol. 15, pp. 33-46, Unlocking Social Theory with Popular Culture : Remixing Theoretical Influencers, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

A sociocultural framing of multimodal learning analytics: Potential for formative assessment in primary mathematics

Lihua Xu, Joseph Ferguson, Wanty Widjaja, Wei Luo, Lei Bao, Jianxin Li

(2021), Vol. 2, pp. 220-242, Methodological approaches to STEM education research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

Ethical research with young people: The politics of youth climate strikers in Australia

Peta White, Joseph Ferguson

(2021), Vol. 2, pp. 320-335, Methodological approaches to STEM education research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

Researching together in 21st century Australian universities: A pragmatist accounting of collaborative research in science education

John Cripps Clark, Joseph Ferguson

(2021), Vol. 2, pp. 302-319, Methodological approaches to STEM education research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

Art-science education in the Anthropocene - Embodied metaphor with puppets and performance

Shelley Hannigan, Shelley Hannigan, Joseph Ferguson, Joseph Ferguson

(2021), pp. 163-178, Science and Drama: Contemporary and Creative Approaches to Teaching and Learning, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Student Reasoning About the Lever Principle Through Multimodal Representations: a Socio-Semiotic Approach

L Xu, J Ferguson, R Tytler

(2021), Vol. 19, pp. 1167-1186, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, C1

journal article

Topics Amenable to a Systems Thinking Approach: Secondary and Tertiary Perspectives

M Schultz, J Lai, J Ferguson, S Delaney

(2021), Vol. 98, pp. 3100-3109, Journal of Chemical Education, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Exploring opportunities to incorporate systems thinking into secondary and tertiary chemistry education through practitioner perspectives

S Delaney, J Ferguson, M Schultz

(2021), Vol. 43, pp. 2618-2639, International Journal of Science Education, C1

journal article
2020

A return to cave painting? Doing education research as film-philosophy

Joseph Ferguson, John Cripps Clark

(2020), pp. 50-69, Methodological approaches to STEM education research, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1

book chapter

Methodological challenges in researching, teaching and learning student capabilities: The 'creativity' case

Russell Tytler, Vaughan Prain, Joseph Ferguson, John Cripps Clark

(2020), pp. 1-20, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research - Volume 1, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

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

Revisiting Peirce's account of scientific creativity to inform classroom practice

J Ferguson, V Prain

(2020), Vol. 52, pp. 524-534, Educational Philosophy and Theory, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A representation construction pedagogy of guided inquiry for learning data modelling

R Tytler, J Ferguson, P White

(2020), Vol. 6, pp. 5-18, Learning: Research and Practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

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

Constructivist and sociocultural theories of learning

Russell Tytler

(2019), pp. 35-49, The Art of Teaching Science : A Comprehensive Guide to the Teaching of Secondary School Science, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

Seeing through the eyes of the teacher? Investigating primary school teachers' professional noticing through a video-based research methodology

Lihua Xu, Wanty Widjaja, Joseph Ferguson

(2019), Vol. 42, pp. 470-484, International journal of research & method in education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Students are not inferential-misfits: naturalising logic in the science classroom

J Ferguson

(2019), Vol. 51, pp. 852-865, Educational philosophy and theory, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2014

Is 'learning' science enough? - A cultural model of religious students of science in an Australian government school

J Ferguson, B Kameniar

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 2554-2579, International journal of science education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Reasoning about complexity - Software models as external representations

S Lynch,, J Ferguson

(2014), pp. 1-12, PPIG 2014 : Proceedings of The 25th Workshop of The Psychology of Programming Interest Group, Brighton, England, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Science Teacher Toolkit

A/Prof Peta White, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Joe Ferguson

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2021: $12,395
  • 2020: $53,803

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report