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Research projects

The School of Education and its STEM Education Research Group (formerly SMEC) produce innovative, relevant and high impact research.

With extensive national and international partnerships, our research community is global, dynamic and collaborative.

See our current and past research projects


Drawing students’ ideas of science in Australian and Korean schools
Chief Investigators: John Curtin Distinguished Professor David Treagust & Dr Mihye Won
Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Australia-Korea Foundation

http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-korea-foundation/grantees2016/Pages/drawing-students-ideas-of-science-in-australian-and-korean-schools.aspx


Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science
Chief Investigators: Professor Len Unsworth (ACU), Professor Russell Tytler (Deakin), Associate Professor Kay O’Halloran (Curtin), Dr Sally Humphrey (ACU) and Professor Kristina Love (ACU)
Partner Investigators (in schools): Anne Lynzaat, Sarah Moss-Holland, Emmaleen Oakley and Robert Dullard
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage).


Using online teaching threshold concepts in transformative professional learning curricula for novice online educators
Investigators: Associate  Maria Northcote, Dr Kevin Gosselin, Dr Daniel Reynaud, Dr Peter Kilgour, Mr Chris Boddey, Associate Professor Catherine McLoughlin, Dr Tony Rickards (Curtin).
Partners: Avondale College of Higher Education, Texas A&M Health Science Centre, Australian Catholic University, Murdoch University.
Funded by the OLT Seed Projects Funding Grant.


The online future of science and engineering education: The essential elements of laboratory-based learning for remote-access implementation
Investigators: John Curtin Distinguished Professor David Treagust, Dr Tony Lucey, Dr Mauro Mocerino, Dr Mario Zadnik, Dr Euan Lindsay, Dr Sven Esche
Partners: Charles Sturt University; Steven Institute of Technology, New Jersey
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery)


Developing a language and literacy needs analysis model for Indigenous vocational education students who speak English as a second language/dialect
Investigators: Professor Rhonda Oliver
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage), the Association of Independent Schools of WA


The efficacy and cultural transferability of student inquiry learning approaches in foundation chemistry: improving conceptual understanding and confidence
Investigators: John Curtin Distinguished Professor David Treagust, Dr Daniel Southam, Associate Professor Mauro Mocerino, Dr Dr Venkat Vishnumolakala, Dr Sheila Qureshi, Dr Venkat Vishnumolakala, Mr Joseph Ojeil (Qatar)
Partners: Weill Cornell Medical College
Funded by Qatar’s National Research Priority Program


Einsteinian Physics: A new paradigm for school science
Investigators: John Curtin Distinguished Professor David Treagust, Professor David Blair, Professor Grady Venville, Dr Nancy Longnecker, Associate Professor Marjan Zadnik, Professor Gary Partington, Professor Francis Chun, Dr Brian Hewitt, Neil Jarvis
Partners: The University of Western Australia
Funded by the Australian Research Council


Keeping Cool: Embedding resiliency in the initial teacher education curriculum
Investigators: Dr Caroline Mansfield, Associate Professor Susan Beltman (Curtin), Dr Andrew McConney, Dr Anne Price, Associate Professor Lina Pelliccionne (Curtin), Professor/Dr Marold Wosnitza
Partners: Murdoch University, RWTH Aachen University
Funded by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council
www.KeepingCool.edu.au


Keeping Cool: ENhancing Teacher Resilience in Europe/ENTREE
Investigators: Dr Caroline Mansfield, Associate Professor Susan Beltman (Curtin), Professor/Dr Marold Wosnitza
Partners: Murdoch University, RWTH Aachen University
Funded by the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Program
www.entree-project.eu/en/


The transition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into higher education
Investigators: Professor Rhonda Oliver, Dr Judith Rochecouste, Dr Ellen Grote
Partners: Charles Darwin University, Monash University, University of New England
Funded by the Office of Learning & Teaching
http://www.olt.gov.au/project-transition-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-students-higher-education-2011


BRiTE: Keeping Cool by Building Resilience in Teacher Education
Investigators: Dr Caroline Mansfield, Associate Professor Susan Beltman (Curtin), Dr Tania Broadley (Curtin), NoeleneWeatherby-Fell
Partners: Murdoch University, University of Woollongong  
Funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching
www.BriTE.edu.au


Effectiveness of a whole-school intercultural approach aimed at removing barriers to learning for students from non-mainstream backgrounds
Investigators: John Curtin Distinguished Professor Barry Fraser, Associate Professor Farida Fozda, Associate Professor Jill Aldridge
Partners: The University of Western Australia
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage)

Western Australian rural and remote schooling: The influence of learning environments on student participation and retention
Investigators: Professor Dr Graham Dellar, Professor Robert Cavanagh, Mr David Neil Ansell, Dr Peter Reynolds, Ms Linda Moore
Funded by Australian Research Council (Linkage)


Building professional learning communities in a large Australian school district: School leadership within an information and communications technology (ICT) environment
Investigators: Professor Robert Cavanagh, Professor Graham Dellar, Associate Professor Geoffrey Giddings, Ms Pamela Moss, Mr Keith Newton
Funded by the Australian Research Council and industry partner


Igniting interest and promoting understanding in engineering and technology among primary-school students through engaging learning environments
Investigators: John Curtin Distinguished Professor Barry Fraser, Professor Moses Tade, Dr Rekha Koul, Dr Nicoleta Maynard
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage)


National partnerships for improving teacher quality: training schools project
Investigators: Dr Tania Broadley, Dr Susan Ledger, Elaine Sharplin
Partners: Murdoch University
Funded by the Department of Education and Murdoch University


Degrees of Proficiency: building a strategic approach to university students’ English language assessment and development
Investigators: Dr Catherine Dunworth, Associate Professor, Cynthia Kralik, Helen Drury, Dr Rowena Harper, Dr Tim Moore, Denise Mulligan
Partners: RMIT University, Swinburne University, University of Sydney
Funded by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council


Website, online and social networking texts: literacy and language learning for Indigenous students
Investigators: Professor Rhonda Oliver
Funded by The Kate Mullin Association


Building the ICTE capacity of pre-service teachers in Australian universities
Investigators: Associate Professor Lina Pelliccione
Partners: The Australian Council of Deans of ICT


Exploring retention of Aboriginal students at Curtin University
Investigators: Professor Rhonda Oliver
Funded by National Centre for Student Equity in High Education (NCSEHE)


Mentoring Relationships Project
Investigators: Associate Professor Judy MacCallum, Associate Professor Trudi Cooper, Dr Anne Coffey, Associate Professor Susan Beltman (Curtin)
Partners: Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, The University of Notre Dame
Funded by the Western Australian Department for Communities


Touching scenes: Intelligent haptic guidance for supporting learning with complex graphic displays
Investigators: Professor Ric Lowe, Dr Madeleine Keehner
Partners: University of Dundee
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery)


English as a spoken lingua franca in ASEAN: A study of its linguistic and socio-cultural features
Investigators: Associate Professor Grace Zhang, Professor Graham Dellar, Professor Andy Kirkpatrick
Partners: Griffith University
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery)


Graphics, Learning and Dynamics
Investigators: Professor Ric Lowe, Professor Wolfgang Schnotz
Partners: University of Koblenz-Mandau
Funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery)


Learning from animations: theory-driven alignment of animation design and learning strategies
Investigators: Professor Ric Lowe, Professor Rolf Plotzner
Partners: Universite des Sciences de l’Education: Padogische Hoschule Freiburg