Vision and strategy
The Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC) was founded by John de Laeter in the late 1970s with David Boud as its first Director. The establishment of the Centre was a response to the need for science teachers to keep up to date in both their disciplinary and pedagogical knowledge.
As the West Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) developed into Curtin University, SMEC also developed in national and international influence and increased its higher degree offerings. From 1988-1997, SMEC was funded by the ARC as a National Centre for Teaching and Research in School Science and Mathematics. The Centre has over 1500 graduates who are employed in over 20 different countries.
The Centre has recently changed its name to the STEM Education Research Group, reflecting its position now within the School of Education, and its expanded focus on supporting both the integrity of the independent STEM disciplines, and also their integration.
To be an international leader in science, technology and mathematics education research.
To provide leadership, innovation and excellence in science, technology and mathematics education research and learning, and digital technologies applied to these areas.
Goal 1: Conduct research that informs and influences the education sector.
Goal 2: Provide research informed teaching and supervision.
Goal 3: Provide national and international leadership in the STEM education professions.
Objective and strategies
|People and Culture|
|Be linked with national and international partners.|
|Integrate aspects of the Centre, the School of Education, and other Schools.|
|Exhibit strong research capacity in key areas.|
|Provide an engaging experience for students.|
|Research and Innovation|
|Support excellent research.|
|Achieve externally funded research projects.||• Support the development of research proposals through a peer network.
|Be recognized for influential research.|
|Have a high number of research outputs.|
|Be a hub for visiting academics.|
|Learning and Teaching|
|Provide STEM education support to the School and university.|
|Supervise an appropriate number of international and domestic HDR students according to workload guidelines.|
|Engagement and Impact|
|Have strong networks with a range of partners.|
|Have an engaged reputation.||
• Represent the Group on national and international bodies.
|Have a significant profile|