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Lecturer Sylvia Almeida

Penninsula Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests:
Sylvia’s main research interests are in the field of Environmental, Sustainability and Science Education with a special focus on ways in which these are incorporated in everyday teaching practices. She is also keen on understanding policy development and its impact in shaping these areas.
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Lecturer Rebecca Cooper
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Pedagogy in science teacher education, improving the quality of science teaching to increase student engagement, promoting scientific literacy.
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Professor Deborah Corrigan
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Teaching that enhance greater student understanding, science education that captures student interest, practices that encourage reflective thinking and teacher change, documenting professional practice, professional experience in teaching, professional learning, mentoring practices in professional settings.
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Emeritus Professor Peter Fensham
Faculty of Education Monash University & Queensland University of Technology
Research Interests: Relationships between international projects and mainstream research, purposes for science education and the implications for education of the social construct of scientific knowledge.
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Senior Lecturer Angela Fitzgerald
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Primary science education with a focus on ethnography and it implications for understanding classroom contexts, student engagement and teacher professional learning. Classroom video research.
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Peninsula Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Cross-cultural research, family studies, early childhood science education, technology education, and the building of new theoretical tools to support early childhood development and education.
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Emeritus Professor Richard Gunstone
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Science learning and metacognition in school, early childhood and undergraduate science and engineering, and teaching, assessment and curriculum in school science; the education of future scientists; teacher development.
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Associate Professor Gillian Kidman
Berwick Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Inquiry forms of teaching and learning, the potential inquiry has to integrate science and mathematics, Applications of ICT, STEM, Indigenous underachievement, teaching in and out-of-field.
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Lecturer Greg Lancaster
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Conceptual understanding in physics education, inquiry based learning, science teacher professional learning, the challenges and benefits of team teaching and the impact of IC technologies on learning.
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Professor John Loughran
Dean, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Teacher education, reflective practice, science teaching and learning, teacher research, pedagogy of teacher education, professional knowledge of practice, reflection and self-study.
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Lecturer Karen Marangio
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Teaching and learning of psychology and science in schools, including learning trajectories in psychology curriculum, promoting psychological literate citizens, developing conceptual understandings with science practices, and developing the pedagogy of pre-service teachers.
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Lecturer Jennifer Mansfield

Berwick Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Jennifer has worked as a scientist and secondary school science teacher before transitioning into pre-service teacher education. Her research interests include the development of teachers’ professional knowledge of practice and the development of teachers understanding and attitudes about science education, in particular science as a human endeavour..
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Lecturer Pam Mulhall
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Understanding practices that promote student learning and engagement in science (and physics); the role of assessment and laboratory work in science (and physics) education; learning to teach; teacher education; pedagogical content knowledge; teacher and student beliefs.
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Associate Professor Debra Panizzon
Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests: Student learning and their understanding of scientific concepts, assessment and teacher practice, electronic assessment in science, gender issues in science and enhancing science and mathematics teaching in rural areas.
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Senior Lecturer Kathy Smith

Clayton Campus, Faculty of Education
Research Interests:
Kathy began her career as a primary classroom teacher moving later to work as an education consultant supporting staff in a wide range of primary schools with science planning and teaching. Her research interests include understanding more about the conditions that promote quality teacher professional learning, primary science education, teacher thinking and pedagogy.
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