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Prof Russell Tytler

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Position

Deakin Distinguished Professor and Chair in Science Education

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Russell Tytler is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Science Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. He has a background lecturing and teaching physics. He has researched and written extensively on student learning and reasoning in science. He has been influential on science curricula in Australia and is involved in a range of Department of Education teacher professional learning initiatives. His interest in the role of representation as a multimodal language for reasoning in science extends to pedagogy and teacher learning. He researches and writes on student engagement with science and mathematics, socio scientific issues and reasoning, school-community partnerships, and STEM curriculum policy and practice. He is widely published and has been chief investigator on a range of ARC and other research projects, including current projects investigating interdisciplinary mathematics and science pedagogy, representing contemporary science R&D in schools to support an informed Climate Change Education, and directing an innovative program for the Victorian DET for out-of-field teachers of science and mathematics. He is a member of the Science Expert Group for PISA 2015 and 2025 and represents the OECD on an international STEM skills forum. He was deputy chair of an influential Chief Scientist initiated ‘STEM Country Comparisons’ project. He is a Fellow of the Academy of social Sciences in Australia.

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Research interests

  • Guided inquiry pedagogies representing contemporary scientific practices
  • The multimodal languages of sciences including material and embodied practices
  • Sociosemiotic perspectives on student reasoning and learning
  • Socioscientific issues, and climate change education
  • Aesthetics and learning in science
  • Interdisciplinary STEM Education
  • Methodological innovation in STEM Education

Teaching interests

I have had a range of teaching positions, including as a Lecturer in Physics in Australia and Africa, and 10 years as a science teacher and coordinator in a secondary school. I have a strong interest in innovation in science teaching and science teacher education, with a particular focus on supporting reasoning in science, and the generation of authentic settings and inquiry approaches in the teaching and learning of science.

In schools, this led to involvement with the Science Teachers'  Association in raising the profile of student investigative projects in the science curriculum, and in pioneering a negotiated subject on 'issues in science'. I have worked with primary and secondary teachers on a range of research projects and professional learning projects, and have been involved in system wide curriculum generation and writing in the area of curriculum reform and teacher pedagogy, including the influential monograph "Re-imagining Science Education' .

At Deakin I set up a school based science teacher education approach in which pre-service teachers are responsible for teaching small groups of primary school students as part of the workshop, and reflect on that process. This initiative has been in place for 30 years, and has spawned further work of this kind. 

Current interests in promoting innovative teaching and learning in schools through researching with teachers include: 

  • Guided inquiry pedagogies involving students reasoning through constructing representations
  • Teaching and learning socio-scientific issues
  • Interdisciplinary STEM approaches
  • Climate Change education focused on student agency

I am supervisor or associate supervisor for a number of PhD students in science, mathematics and environmental education and am particularly interested to work with PhD students in the area of student reasoning and learning, and pedagogy in science and mathematics, teacher learning, and climate change education. 

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improving middle years mathematics and science: The role of subject cultures in school and teacher change.

Prof Russell Tytler, Hon Prof Susie Groves, Prof Annette Gough

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2 APAI

  • 2006: $49,294

The role of representation in learning science

Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Vaughan Prain, A/Prof Bruce Waldrip, A/Prof Peter Hubber

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2009: $115,728
  • 2008: $91,582
  • 2007: $100,304

Enhancing the Quality of Science Learning through a Representation-intensive Pedagogy

Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Vaughan Prain, A/Prof Garry Hoban, A/Prof Peter Aubusson, A/Prof Peter Hubber

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2019: $15,118
  • 2014: $19,826
  • 2013: $19,882
  • 2012: $61,386

Developing digital pedagogies in inquiry science through a cloud-based teaching and learning environment

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Daniel Pikler, Peter Laver

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2016: $37,756
  • 2015: $80,344
  • 2014: $83,825
  • 2013: $43,904

The Science of Learning Research Centre

Prof Ottmar Lipp, Prof Russell Tytler

ARC Special Research Initiatives

  • 2016: $130,000
  • 2015: $130,000
  • 2014: $180,000

Reconceptualising mathematics and science teacher education programs through collaborative partnerships between scientists and educators - RemSTEP

Prof Stephen Dinham, A/Prof David Clarke, A/Prof Michelle Livett, A/Prof Deborah Corrigan, A/Prof Cristina Varsavsky, Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Stuart Palmer, Prof Vaughan Prain, A/Prof Elizabeth Johnson

OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2016: $161,918
  • 2015: $176,850
  • 2014: $191,223

Out-of-field Teaching: Sustaining Quality Practices Across Subjects

Prof Linda Hobbs, Dr Whannell Robert, Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Frances Quinn, Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Terry Lyons, Prof Colleen Vale

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $60,257
  • 2016: $39,278
  • 2015: $43,250

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Tracey Muir, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mr Damon Thomas, A/Prof Karen Swabey

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2019: $199
  • 2018: $1,342
  • 2017: $71,820
  • 2016: $39,408

Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science

Prof Len Unsworth, Prof Russell Tytler, Emmaleen Oakley, Sally Humphrey, Robert Dullard, Ms Bates Marnie, Dr Lisl Fenwick, Ms Tamara Brennan

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2019: $11,502
  • 2018: $23,004
  • 2017: $23,004

Enriching mathematics and science learning: an interdisciplinary approach

Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Joanne Mulligan, Dr Lihua Xu, A/Prof Peta White, A/Prof Leona Schauble, Prof Richard Lehrer

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2020: $143,869
  • 2019: $157,568
  • 2018: $154,533

Enacting Climate Change Education through representing scientists' practice

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peta White, Prof Ying-Shao Hsu, Prof Maija Aksela

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2024: $64,641
  • 2023: $130,539

Other Public Sector Funding

Improving middle years mathematics and science: The role of subject cultures in school and teacher change.

Prof Russell Tytler, Hon Prof Susie Groves, Prof Annette Gough

DETVic Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2008: $9,131
  • 2006: $14,609

Identification and dissemination of exemplary ASISTM Project Practices

Prof Russell Tytler, Mr Craig Smith

DEST Grant - Research - Department of Education, Science and Training

  • 2007: $42,982
  • 2006: $11,318

Supports and barriers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) engagement in Primary-Secondary transition

Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Jonathan Osborne, Dr Helen Forgasz, Dr Gaye Williams

DEET Grant - Research - Department of Education, Employment and Training

  • 2008: $75,858

Victorian SiMERR Hub

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Judith Mousley, Dr Heather Mays

SiMERR Grant - Victoria Hubb - Uni New England - Nat Centre of Science, Info & CommunTech & Maths Education for R

  • 2007: $40,000
  • 2006: $48,000

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, Prof Coral Campbell

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 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, Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr Laura Barraza

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2010: $35,760

A short cycle model for school improvement in Barwon South Network

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Coral Campbell, Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Muriel Wells

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2012: $69,600
  • 2011: $46,400

Evaluation of the National Partnerships (Teacher, Quality, Supply and Retention) Initiatives for the Victorian school workforce

Prof Brenton Doecke, Prof Russell Tytler, Adj/Prof Christine Halse, Dr Brian Doig, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Damian Blake, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Coral Campbell, AsPr Anne-Marie Morrissey, A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Wendy Kortman, Mr Alan Marshall, Ms Barbara Preston, Dr Jodie Kline, A/Prof Glenn Auld, Prof Linda Hobbs

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2013: $190,500
  • 2012: $25,500
  • 2011: $52,800

Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program

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

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2012: $40,866
  • 2011: $95,354

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

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

DEEWR Tender - Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

  • 2012: $439,514

2013 Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program

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

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2013: $78,086

2013-14 Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program

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

DEECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • 2015: $1,600
  • 2014: $35,162
  • 2013: $82,045

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Tracey Muir, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mr Damon Thomas, A/Prof Karen Swabey

Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College, Eaglehawk Secondary College, Department of Education and Training Victoria, Northern Bay P-12 College, Bendigo South East Secondary School, Weeroona College Bendigo

  • 2020: $20,690
  • 2018: $45,827
  • 2017: $9,500

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

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

CSIRO Consultancy - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

  • 2015: $99,710

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

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

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2015: $6,818

Secondary STEM Catalysts: professional learning program

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Coral Campbell, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr John Cripps Clark, Prof Linda Hobbs, A/Prof Peta White, Dr Gaye Williams

DETVic Tender - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2018: $319,446
  • 2017: $295,146
  • 2016: $48,403

Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide

Dr Leicha Bragg, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Martin Potter, A/Prof Judith Mousley, Prof Chris Walsh, Prof Kim Beswick, Mr Peter Saffin, Dr Tracey Muir, Dr Greg Oates, Dr Carol Murphy

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2018: $153,350

Tech Schools Evaluation

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

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $171,346
  • 2022: $90,126
  • 2021: $89,471
  • 2020: $185,724
  • 2019: $112,000

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

Secondary Mathematics and Science initiative for out-of-field teachers.

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Jill Brown, A/Prof Peta White, Prof Linda Hobbs, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Dr Jo Raphael, Dr Carly Sawatzki, A/Prof Wanty Widjaja, Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr John Cripps Clark, Prof Damian Blake

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2024: $220,883
  • 2023: $693,244
  • 2022: $1,305,002
  • 2021: $1,984,010
  • 2020: $764,034

CIRCLS - Support program for Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative.

A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Dr Jo Raphael, Dr Carly Sawatzki, Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Jill Brown, A/Prof Peta White

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $16,823
  • 2021: $154,545

Refinement and Validation of Science Inquiry Tasks.

A/Prof Peta White, Prof Russell Tytler

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $25,424
  • 2021: $20,000

Industry and Other Funding

Using ICT to Support Literacy and Numeracy in Rural Schools

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

Assoc Independent Schools of Victoria Consultancy

  • 2007: $20,000
  • 2006: $30,000

Proposal for evaluation of the BHP Billiton science awards

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

BHPB Grant - Research - BHP Billiton Group Operations Pty Ltd

  • 2010: $13,000
  • 2009: $15,000

Developing digital pedagogies in inquiry science through a cloud-based teaching and learning environment

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Daniel Pikler, Peter Laver

STILE Education Pty Ltd, AATSE Grant - Research - Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

  • 2015: $26,360
  • 2014: $26,080
  • 2013: $24,040

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Tracey Muir, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mr Damon Thomas, A/Prof Karen Swabey

La Trobe University, Anglicare Tasmania Inc.

  • 2017: $20,763
  • 2016: $1,000

Women in Engineering -literature review

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Stuart Palmer, Dr Mahbub Sarkar

Origin Foundation Pty Ltd

  • 2014: $19,800

Wenona School: STEM research

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Gaye Williams

Wenona School Ltd

  • 2016: $60,180
  • 2015: $35,670

The Invergowrie Foundation STEM Report

Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Linda Hobbs, Prof Vaughan Prain, Prof Jan Van Driel, Dr Christine Redman, Dr Victoria Millar

The Invergowrie Foundation

  • 2017: $36,075

Top 100 Jobs of the Future

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peta White, Prof Dineli Mather

Ford Australia

  • 2018: $73,000

100 Jobs of the Future Research Extension: Online Aptitude Test

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peta White, Prof Dineli Mather, Prof Ruth Bridgstock

Ford Australia

  • 2018: $36,200

'' Updating and Elaborating on Girls' Future - Our Future''.

Prof Linda Hobbs, Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Coral Campbell

The Invergowrie Foundation

  • 2020: $20,585
  • 2019: $20,585

PMSS Cohort 5 Research Project

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peta White, Prof Coral Campbell, Prof Linda Hobbs

Edpartnerships International Pty Ltd

  • 2019: $58,456

PMSS Cohort 5 Research Project 2020

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Peta White, A/Prof Wanty Widjaja

Edpartnerships International Pty Ltd

  • 2020: $35,946

Girls' Future - Our Future second update: Impact of the COVID-10 pandemic on girls and STEM.

Prof Russell Tytler, Prof Coral Campbell, Prof Linda Hobbs

The Invergowrie Foundation

  • 2022: $30,000

Other Funding Sources

Exploring socio-scientific issues through digital technology: the impact of context and culture

Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Laura Barraza

ASSA Australia France Social Sciences Collaborative Research Projects - Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

  • 2012: $4,500

STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy 2015-2016 Evaluation Project

Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Gaye Williams

University of Sydney (CAT8)

  • 2016: $24,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2021

Saeed Salimpour

Thesis entitled: Visualizing the Cosmos - Teaching Cosmology in High School in the era of Big Data

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Rachael Hains-Wesson

Thesis entitled: An auto-ethnographical account of the development of a philosophy of practice

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2020

Maurice Abi Raad

Thesis entitled: A Service-Oriented Framework for Curriculum Evaluation in Higher Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Lam Pham

Thesis entitled: Students constructing representations to problem-solve and learn in senior chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2019

Constance Lee Cirkony

Thesis entitled: Students Learning Science: Representation Construction in a Digital Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2017

Joseph Ferguson

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2015

Zuraini Ramli

Thesis entitled: Teaching and learning mathematics and science in a second or third language

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2014

Thanh Nguyen

Thesis entitled: Teaching undergraduate physics: Changing practices in Australia and Vietnam

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2013

Leissa Kelly

Thesis entitled: Marine Educators: Linking Personal Commitment, Education and Public Policy

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Brian Doig

Thesis entitled: Reporting Large-scale Assessment on a Single Formative-Summative Scale

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2011

Paul Pivec

Thesis entitled: An Assessment of Game Based Learning

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2008

Iris Yi-shin Liou

Thesis entitled: English as an International Language and Teacher Professional Identity

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2007

Rosemary Hipkins

Thesis entitled: Ontological Possibilities for Rethinking Teaching of the "Nature of Science"

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2002

Yvonne Zeegers

Thesis entitled: Teacher Praxis in the Genration of Students' Questions in Primary Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2001

Waraporn Suwanakam

Thesis entitled: Using CAI to Teach Chemistry in Secondary Schools in Thailand

Doctor of Education, School of Education

Executive Supervisor
2021

Fabio D'Agostin

Thesis entitled: Task-Related Emotions in Mathematics Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Co-supervisor
2023

Adam Masri

Thesis entitled: Discursive practices shaping girls' physics identity

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2016

Edgar Caballero-Aspe

Thesis entitled: The Mexico Alaska Youth Interchange Case Study: an Educative Experience Promoting Action and Continuity

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2014

Vincent Wardlaw Brown

Thesis entitled: Data Use in Monitoring Student Performance in a Secondary School

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Christine Ioannou

Thesis entitled: Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Student Capabilities in Mathematics and Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Marilyn Cole

Thesis entitled: Understanding Children's Environmental Lifeworlds through Visual and Conversational Narrative

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2011

Carolina Castano

Thesis entitled: The Role of Science Education in Reducing Violence Towards Others

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2010

Li-Yi Wang

Thesis entitled: Native English Speaking Teachers and Taiwanese English Teachers' Professional Identity

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2008

Bopelo Boitshwarelo

Thesis entitled: Exploring Online Communities of Practice for Biology Teachers in Botswana

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2007

John Cripps Clark

Thesis entitled: The Role of Practical Activities in Primary School Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2004

Joyce Dale

Thesis entitled: Calculators, Mathematics and Young Children

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2002

Kathryn Paige

Thesis entitled: Thinking and Working Scientifically and Technologically in Primary Classrooms

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Maryanne Fenech-Gatt

Thesis entitled: Transition of Understandings in Science and SOSE : A Case Study

Master of Arts (Education), School of Education