Secondary STEM Catalysts: Professional Learning Program

Project Overview

Part of the Victorian Government’s focus on STEM has been a $662 k funded program to support the teaching of STEM in thirty of the most disadvantaged (high Student Family Occupation and Education index) Victorian government secondary schools.

The program, delivered by the Science and Mathematics teams at Deakin, began in 2016 with an induction program for two teachers, called catalysts, and their Principal, from each of the disadvantaged schools. The catalysts then began a 4-Unit Graduate Certificate in STEM Education, which was completed in June, 2018. This project trained 60 teachers across 30 secondary schools in Victoria to lead, encourage and mentor other teachers in high-impact STEM education for students in the secondary years of schooling.

The STEM Catalyst research is monitoring the effectiveness of school planning and the implementation processes involved in the introduction of STEM to the school. The research will analyse schools and teachers experiences and responses.

The Deakin team will conduct a design based research cycle through which we identify the school and teacher leadership processes and curriculum activities that lead to effective teacher and student outcomes in STEM, to feed back into the Catalysts’ and principals’ planning processes.

Our team

Project team
Alfred Deakin Prof. Russell Tytler
A/Prof Colleen Vale
A/Prof Linda Hobbs
A/Prof Peter Hubber
Dr Coral Campbell
Dr Gaye Williams
Dr John Cripps Clark
Dr Peta White

Project funding

This project was funded by a grant from the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) to the value of $662,000.

Project timeline


Contact us

A/Prof Peter Hubber
Deakin University