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Dr Seamus Delaney



Lecturer in Education (Science Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 46402


Seamus Delaney is a Science Education Lecturer and Researcher at Deakin University. Seamus has worked as a secondary teacher, teacher educator and researcher in Switzerland and Australia. He is a committee member of the Chemistry Education Association (CEA), he co-founded the Early Careers Chemistry Network (ECCN) and is a member of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI). He has consulted for government on chemistry and science curriculum as well as national large-scale assessments. He recently returned from Switzerland, where he worked on a number of science, technology and educational assessment projects with the Centre for Science and Technology Education (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz). Seamus completed his PhD at the School of Chemistry, Monash University. Seamus is currently involved in an ongoing, international interdisciplinary project focussed on re-positioning chemistry as the sustainability science through systems thinking approaches. Seamus' other research interests are the incorporation of digital technologies such as augmented and virtual reality into teaching and learning, and science education in out-of-school/informal learning contexts.

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Biography summary


Doctor of Philosophy (2010)

  • School of Chemistry, Monash University, Australia
  • Thesis topic: Electrically Regenerable Mesoporous Carbon for CO2 Capture

Master of Education Policy (International) (2012)

  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Master of Teaching (Secondary) (2008)

  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (1st class Honours) (2001)

  • Monash University

Career highlights

Australian National Commission for UNESCO project grant

The Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements

  • 2019-2020: with Dr Madeleine Schultz (Deakin), A/Prof Joanne Jamie (Macquarie University)


Invited presentations, International

Pre-service Teachers in Research – A Museum Learning Experiences Model

  • 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Dublin, Ireland, August 2017
  • Invited Symposium – ESERA SIG3 – Out-of-school contexts


Deconstructing science demonstrations: incorporating video self-reflection into pre-service teacher education

  • 11th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Helsinki, Finland, September 2015.
  • Chair, Organiser of Invited Symposium – ESERA SIG2 – Video-based studies


Teaching and Research Awards

  • 2013 – Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant (“Incorporating collaborative interactive experiences with digital video into Science education teaching”), The University of Melbourne
  • 2008 – Ken Mappin Prize for Beginning Teachers, Chemistry Education Association, Victoria.
  • 2006 - Best CO2 Capture Project, Australian Institute of Energy National Postgraduate Student Energy Awards, ‘Electrically Regenerable Mesoporous Carbons for CO2 Capture’.

Research interests

(Potential Areas for Honours, Masters or PhD (Associate) supervision)

Chemistry Education

  • Situating sustainable development within chemistry education
  • Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education (STICE)
  • Practical-based teaching and learning processes
  • International comparative studies in chemistry education


Digital Technology Education

  • Augmented Reality (AR) in primary and secondary education
  • Educational affordances of digital technology in pre-service teacher education


Science Education in Informal / Out-of-school contexts

  • Pre-service teacher education in Science Education Learning Centres (SELCs) and Museums
  • Evaluating science education best practice in Museums, SELCs and Tech Schools


General Education

  • Positioning Theory
  • Measuring student attitudes towards and motivations for post-secondary pathways
  • Video-based education research methodology
  • Lecturer self-study in Teacher Education


  • European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
  • Chemistry Education Association (CEA) - Committee Member
  • Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik (GDCP)
  • Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI)
  • Science Teachers Association of Victoria (STAV)
  • Verband Fachdidaktik Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (DiNaT)
  • International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Committee 3 – Education  – Working Group 3.3 - Research into Educational Applications of Information Technologies

Teaching interests

Chemistry Education

Secondary Science

Digital Technologies

Teacher education in Informal and Out-of-school settings

International Comparative Education

Education Research Methodologies

Units taught

Current Teaching

Unit Chair

  • ESS768 Curriculum Studies (Senior Chemistry)
  • ESJ460 Curriculum Studies (Senior Chemistry or TESOL B)
  • ESS415 Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum
  • ESS755 Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum

Campus Co-ordinator / Tutor

  • EES245 Primary Science Education 1 (Burwood)
  • EES345 Primary Science Education 1 (Burwood)
  • ESS440 Primary Science Education 2 (Burwood)


Previous teaching (Teacher Education)

  • Secondary Science Education
  • Science Learning in Informal settings
  • Primary Education (Fachwissenschaft Sachunterricht)
  • Education Methodologies in Science Education (Forschung und Entwicklung Naturwissenschaftsdidaktik)
  • Kindergarten/Early Primary Education – Nature, Man and Society (Fachwissenschaft Natur, Mensch und Gesellschaft)

Knowledge areas

Fields of Research (FoR)

130212 – Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130313 – Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130306 – Educational Technology and Computing
130202 – Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130302 – Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130303 – Education Assessment and Evaluation

Professional activities

Outside Deakin

Committee Member – Chemistry Education Association (CEA), Victoria (2012-2014, 2018 - current)

  • The CEA is a non-profit organisation that promotes the teaching and learning of chemistry in schools, particularly at the secondary level

Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA)

  • VCE Chemistry curriculum review panel (2013-2016)
  • VCE Chemistry benchmarking report (2019)

Working Group Member - International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Committee 3 – Education

  • Working Group 3.3 - Research into Educational Applications of Information Technologies

Within Deakin

Course Director - Bachelor of Teaching (Science) / Bachelor of Science (D351) (2019-current)

Faculty of Arts and Education Teaching and Learning Committee (FTLC) (2019-2020)

Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG) reviewer (2019-current)


Ongoing projects

Chemistry Education Research

The Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements: school activities for learning and engagement (2019-2020)

  • Collaboration with Macquarie University
  • Australian National Commission for UNESCO grant recipient (2019)

Incorporating systems thinking approaches into a High School Chemistry Depth Study (2018-2022)

  • Collaboration with Wollondilly Anglican College, NSW.

Teacher practices to link macro-level observations with sub-micro representations of chemistry understanding (2018-2020)

  • Collaboration with University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Tallinn University, Estonia

Re-positioning chemistry as the ‘sustainability science’ through systems thinking (2018-)

  • Science and Society Network (SSN) Interdisciplinary Establishment grant (2018).

Teacher as researcher - Co-design of systems thinking in chemistry education (STICE) activities through an educational design research approach (2019- )

  • Funded by Chemistry Education Association (CEA), Victoria

Digital Technology Education Research

Maximising Affordances of Augmented Reality in Science Learning (2018-)

  • In collaboration with Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training, Deakin

STEM Education research in Interdisciplinary and Informal contexts

Putting the Tech into Tech Schools - Longitudinal research evaluation of the Victorian Tech School Initiative (2019-2023)

  • Research Evaluation funded by Department of Education and Training, Victoria, Australia

Completed projects

Digitale Transformation - Industrie 4.0 (Digital Transformation – Industry 4.0) (2016-2017)

  • Competencies, Perceptions and Opportunities for Teaching and Learning ‘Industry 4.0’ in general Technology Education
  • Financially supported by Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften (Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences)

Aufgabenentwicklung (Checks) (2014-2017)

  • Development and Implementation of hands-on, on-line large scale assessments for Kantons (States) in Northwestern Switzerland.
  • Financially supported by Bildungsraum Nordwestschweiz (Swiss Curriculum body), Institute for Educational Evaluation, Universität Zürich

Voraussetzungen MINT in Kindergarten (Teacher perceptions of STEM curriculum in Kindergartens (2017)

Transdisciplinary STEM/STEAM approaches in schools - a systematic review (2018)

Integrated STEM learning through robots, drones and coding (2016-2018)

  • In collaboration with The University of Melbourne

Incorporating collaborative interactive experiences with digital video into Science education teaching (2013-2014)

  • Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant, University of Melbourne

Contemporary Practices, new technologies and science education (2012-2014)

  • Financially supported by Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)

Science education learning opportunities in Science Education Learning Centres and Museums (2014-2017)

Chemistry Demonstration digital project (ECCNvideos) (2013-2014)

Electrically Regenerable Mesoporous Carbon for CO2 Capture (2003-2007, 2010)

  • PhD research project.
  • Financially supported (Joint-scholarship) by CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) and CRC for Clean Power from Lignite


No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

The Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements

Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Madeleine Schultz, A/Prof Joanne Jamie

  • 2019: $16,500

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

  • 2021: $43,396
  • 2020: $185,724
  • 2019: $112,000

VCE Chemistry benchmarking research and report.

Dr Seamus Delaney

  • 2019: $6,000

Defining and mapping out-of-field (OOF) teaching in Victorian government schools.

A/Prof Linda Hobbs, A/Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Seamus Delaney, Mr Chris Speldewinde

  • 2020: $45,048

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

Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Jill Brown, Dr Peta White, A/Prof Linda Hobbs, A/Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr Carly Sawatzki, A/Prof Wanty Widjaja, Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr John Cripps Clark, Prof Damian Blake

  • 2021: $1,284,435
  • 2020: $764,034

Industry and Other Funding

Chemistry Education Research Catalysed Professional Learning Communities.

Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Madeleine Schultz

  • 2021: $5,000
  • 2019: $17,500


No completed student supervisions to report