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Dr Seamus Delaney



Senior Lecturer in Education (Science Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 46402


Seamus Delaney (PhD SFHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Education, and Science, Technology, Environmental Education (STEE) Discipline Head, responsible for co-ordinating STEE units across Deakin University's cloud and physical campuses. He has worked as a classroom teacher, Head of Science, Head of eLearning, teacher educator and researcher in both Australia and Switzerland over his last 15 years. Seamus’ research interests are chemistry education, the incorporation of augmented and virtual reality into teaching and learning, and science education in out-of-school/informal learning contexts. He is currently the secretary of the Chemistry Education Association (CEA). Seamus leads and collaborates on a number of projects delivering innovative teaching and learning resources and professional learning opportunities for educators both in Australia and overseas. He has led curriculum and research consultancies for governments on chemistry, science and technology curriculum as well as national large-scale assessments. Seamus completed his PhD at the School of Chemistry, Monash University. Seamus is a International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) task group member of an ongoing, international interdisciplinary project focussed on re-positioning chemistry as the sustainability science through systems thinking approaches, and he co-founded Elements of Sustainable Chemistry (, an interdisciplinary group with other Deakin Science researchers.

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Biography summary

Doctor of Philosophy (2010), Monash University

Master of Education Policy (International) (2012), University of Melbourne

Master of Teaching (Secondary) (2008), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (2001), Monash University

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) Exempt (2019), Deakin University


  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA),  Advance HE
  • European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
  • Australian Science Educatoin Research Association (ASERA)
  • Chemistry Education Association (CEA) - Secretary
  • Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI)
  • Science Teachers Association of Victoria (STAV)
  • Verband Fachdidaktik Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (DiNaT)

Units taught

Current Teaching

Unit Chair

  • ESS744 Science Curriculum Inquiry
  • ESS768 Chemistry Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • ESS755 Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • ETM706 Knowledge for Teaching Science 7-10 - Chemical Science 

Campus Co-ordinator / Tutor

  • EES245 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)

  • 390113 – Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 390307 – Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
  • 390405 – Educational Technology and Computing
  • 390105 - Environmental Education Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 390102 - Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development

Professional activities

Outside Deakin

Secretary – 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)

  • Lead Writer - VCE Chemistry benchmarking report (2019)
  • Lead Writer - VCE Chemistry Advice for teachers (2022)
  • VCE Chemistry curriculum review panel (2013-2016)

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

  • Task group member, STCS 2030+ (2020-2023)

Within Deakin

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

School of Education Teaching and Learning Committee (2019-current)

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


Ongoing projects

Chemistry Education Research

Future STEM Gen: Enabling a Better Future: STEM Making Within Low SES Regions (2020-2022)

Systems Thinking in Chemistry for Sustainability: Toward 2030 and Beyond, STCS 2030+ (2020-2023)

  • Collaboration with King’s Center for Visualisation in Science (KCVS), Canada
  • Funded by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
  • Project website:

Elements of Sustainable Chemistry (2019-ongoing)

  • Collaboration with School of Life and Environmental Science (Dr Madeleine Schultz), Institute for Frontier Materials, and others
  • Funded by Science and Society Network (SSN) Interdisciplinary Establishment grant (2018).
  • Project website:

Deakin Chemistry Education Professional Learning Communities (DeCEPL) (2020-2023)

Education and Community outreach for Hydrogen utilisation in rural/regional schools (2022-2023)

  • Collaboration with Hycel Deakin, Future Fuels CRC

VCE Chemistry study design Advice for Teachers (2022)

  • Lead Writer
  • Funded by Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA), $6k

Technology and STEM Education research

Tech School Evaluation (2019-2023)

  • Research Evaluation funded by Department of Education and Training, Victoria, $390k (2019-2021)
  • Working Group 1 Leader: Quantitative / DET data analysis

Teacher education research

Secondary Mathematics and Science initiative for out-of-field teachers (SMSI) (2020-ongoing)

  • Funded by Department of Education and Training, Victoria, $3.2 Million (2020-2022)

Highlighted completed projects

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

  • Funded by Australian National Commission for UNESCO grant (2019), $20k

Defining and mapping out-of-field (OOF) teaching in Victorian government schools (2020)

  • Funded by Department of Education and Training, Victoria, $45k (2020)

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

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

  • Financially supported by Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften (Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences), $100k Swiss Franc

Aufgabenentwicklung (Checks) (2014-2017)

  • Financially supported by Bildungsraum Nordwestschweiz (Swiss Curriculum body), Institute for Educational Evaluation, Universität Zürich, ~$50k Swiss Franc per year.


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Kompetenzen für eine "Smarte Welt" in Schule, Beruf und Freizeit

Alexander Koch, Seamus Delaney, Stefan Kruse

(2022), Vol. 2, pp. 33-39, Promoting digitization-related skills: challenges, approaches and fields of development in the context of schools and universities, Hildesheim, Germany, B1

book chapter

Defining Teaching Out-of-Field: An Imperative for Research, Policy and Practice

Linda Hobbs, Coral Campbell, Seamus Delaney, Chris Speldewinde, Jerry Lai

(2022), pp. 23-48, Out-of-Field Teaching Across Teaching Disciplines and Contexts, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Theory and practice relations in design-based research: Designing professional learning with teachers teaching mathematics and science out-of-field

Russell Tytler, linda Hobbs, Jill Brown, Peta White, Coral Campbell, John Cripps Clark, Seamus Delaney, Sandra Herbert, Amanda Peters, Carly Sawatzki, Wanty Widjaja

(2021), pp. 40-65, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research : Volume 2, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

Developing a Multifaceted Definition of Out-Of-Field Teaching: Distilling the Literature and Capturing Expert Insights

Linda Hobbs, Seamus Delaney, Coral Campbell, Chris Speldewinde, Jerry Lai

(2021), pp. 126-150, Methodological approaches to STEM education research. Volume 2, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1

book chapter

Full STEAM ahead, but who has the map for integration? - A PRISMA systematic review on the incorporation of interdisciplinary learning into schools

Daniel White, Seamus Delaney

(2021), Vol. 9, pp. 9-32, LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, Helsinki, Finland, 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

Investigating sustainable chemistry - a control-of-variable guided inquiry practical activity making sustainable concrete

Seamus Delaney, Madeleine Schultz

(2021), Vol. 65, pp. 35-42, LabTalk, Parkville, Vic., C1

journal article

Development, Use, and Evaluation of Chemistry Outreach Activities Related to the Periodic Table and Sustainability

M Schultz, S Delaney

(2021), Vol. 98, pp. 3921-3929, Journal of Chemical Education, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Teachers' opinions about the effect of chemistry demonstrations on students' interest and chemistry knowledge

L Vinko, S Delaney, I Devetak

(2020), Vol. 10, pp. 9-25, Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, Ljubljana, Slovenia, C1

journal article

Modeling Meaningful Chemistry Teacher Education Online: Reflections from Chemistry Preservice Teacher Educators in Australia

Jared Carpendale, Seamus Delaney, Emily Rochette

(2020), Vol. 97, pp. 2534-2543, Journal of Chemical Education, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Victorian Certificate of Education senior secondary chemistry benchmarking report 2020

Seamus Delaney, Amanda Peters, Lisa Chiavaroli

(2020), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper

Situating sustainable development within secondary chemistry education via systems thinking: a depth study approach

Andrew Eaton, Seamus Delaney, Madeleine Schultz

(2019), Vol. 96, pp. 2968-2974, Journal of chemical education, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Experiments in science instruction: for sure! Are we really sure?

P Labudde, S Delaney

(2016), pp. 193-204, Science education research and practical work: a collection of invited papers inspired by the 23rd Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education held at the TU Dortmund University, May 26-28, 2016, Aachen, Germany, B1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

The Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements

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

UNESCO Aust Grant - Research - Australian National Commission for UNESCO

  • 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, Prof Coral Campbell

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $46,074
  • 2021: $89,471
  • 2020: $185,724
  • 2019: $112,000

VCE Chemistry benchmarking research and report.

Dr Seamus Delaney

VCAA Grant - Research - Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

  • 2019: $6,000

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

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

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 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, Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Sandra Herbert, 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

  • 2022: $1,129,552
  • 2021: $1,984,010
  • 2020: $764,034

Centre for Higher Education Studies Professional Learning.

Dr Maria Nicholas, A/Prof Andrew Skourdoumbis, A/Prof Linda Hobbs, Dr Shaun Bangay, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Sophie Mckenzie, Dr George Aranda, Miss Ondine Bradbury, Dr Guy Wood-Bradley

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $111,604

Industry and Other Funding

Chemistry Education Research Catalysed Professional Learning Communities.

Dr Seamus Delaney, Dr Madeleine Schultz

Chemistry Education Association Inc

  • 2021: $5,000
  • 2019: $17,500


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