Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health & Environmental Education Symposium

Tuesday 23 November 2021
9am - 5pm
Online (Zoom)

Event details

Each year the Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Symposium focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of a range of research methodologies – such as cross-cultural perspectives, activity theory, capturing complexity, classroom video analysis, quantitative methods, and interviewing.

The symposium in 2021 will will be held online (via Zoom), and will focus on practical and theoretical aspects of research methodology; this year we are broadening our methodological focus to include the (new) materialists.

Academic researchers, teachers and higher degree by research (HDR) students will benefit from attending.

Keynote Speakers:

Paul Hart

Paul Hart is Adjunct Professor and Professor Emeritus of Science and Environmental Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina where he has taught graduate and undergraduate course in his subject area and, more recently, in social and education research and curriculum theory. He has authored, edited and co-edited many publications, including Teachers’ Thinking in Environmental Education and the Companion to Research in Education. His research interests have evolved to his current focus on post-qualitative research with special applications for environmental education. His current work explores critical and post-informed theories for research practice in writing beyond human-environment boundaries.
Dr. Hart has served for many years as an Executive Editor of the Journal of Environmental Education and consulting editor/editorial board member for many journals including the Canadian, Australian and Southern African Journals of Environmental Education and Environmental Education Research. He has served several terms on the Board of the North American Association for Environmental Education on the grants adjudication committees of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has received local, national and international awards including the Journal of Research in Science Teaching Research Award, The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Research Award as well as the NAAEE Jeske Award for leadership and service to the field of environmental education.

Robin Bellingham

Dr Robin Bellingham is a Lecturer in Education, Pedagogy and Curriculum at Deakin University. In her research and teaching she is interested in how methodologies and education can respond to pressing problems of modernity such as educational and political disempowerment and disengagement, the ongoing effects of colonisation, and ecological crisis. Her research has explored these through different enactments and analyses of educational, democratic and ecological agency, and examination of the ethics and values that emerge through these in different contexts. She draws on different writing genres, post-humanism, and new materialism.


Presentations at the symposium will be grouped into sessions of two to four with similar methodological foci, designed to promote substantive discussion of a methodological issue. Presentations might focus on a) details and settings of the application of a methodology in ways that unpack how the methodology can operate in different contexts, or b) a particular methodological issue, problem, or strategic decision that explores or extends a methodology. The methodological issues should be broadly related to mathematics, science, health, or environmental education. The presentations should provide a grounded practitioner’s perspective.

Following each group of presentations, there will be the opportunity for extended discussion of the focus methodological issue, which may explore different approaches within the methodology (in research design, instruments, theoretical framing, or approaches to analysis), or different methodological approaches to a problem (for instance making sense of teacher practice, or tracking change in learners).

Presentations will be 10-12 minutes in duration and should briefly outline the research question being addressed and may include the findings or likely outcomes of the research, but should focus mainly on the research methodology. Reports on work in progress are welcome but the focus is on the methodology.

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Dates and times

Monday 22–Tuesday 23 November 2021


Deakin Downtown, Melbourne CBD
Online (Zoom)