STEM Education Research Group

Organization profile

Organisation profile

STEM Education research in the Faculty of Arts and Education focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education across the learning continuum, including early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary education; home and community settings; and both Australian and international contexts.

Collectively, this research group considers how learners and educators can be supported to see themselves as capable users of STEM knowledge and skills in their everyday lives. The program of research also emphasises the affective domain of STEM education, attending to the ways in which differing approaches to STEM education enable or constrain learners’ and educators’ positive dispositions and motivations towards engaging in STEM endeavours.

This group builds on FOAE’s existing strengths in STEM education; in particular, the School of Education and School of Teacher Education’s established expertise in mathematics, science, and technology education. In the last two ERA rounds (2015, 2018), Charles Sturt achieved a rating of 4 (“above world standard”) in FoR code 1302: Curriculum and Pedagogy, encompassing mathematics, science, technology, and engineering curriculum and pedagogy.

STEM education research in FOAE is aligned to Charles Sturt’s goal of developing “Resilient People” through STEM learning and curriculum development, and access and equity in STEM education. Additionally, this research enhances educational and social frameworks with a view to supporting “Flourishing Communities” that benefit from effective STEM education.

The STEM Education Research Group utilises a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, influenced by the different STEM education disciplines in which individual members specialise.

This group brings together a critical mass of STEM education academics, HDR students, research assistants, educators, and people from the wider community, with the aim of enhancing STEM educational practices and outcomes for all stakeholders in the communities with whom we collaborate.

The group also aims to cultivate a positive environment that will help develop the full potential of researchers at all stages of their careers.

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    Research Output

    (Re)asserting a knowledge-building agenda in school mathematics

    Thornton, S., 04 Apr 2020, In : Mathematics Education Research Journal. p. 1-17 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Design and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Students’ Interactions and Satisfaction in Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Classes

    Wei, J., Treagust, D. F., Mocerino, M., Vishnumolakala, V. R., Zadnik, M. G., Lucey, A. D. & Lindsay, E. D., 09 May 2020, In : Research in Science Education.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Activities

    STEM 2020 on Demand

    Eleanor Stuart (Invited speaker), , Andrew Hagan (Invited speaker), , Scott Sleap (Organiser), , Tim Kitchen (Invited speaker), , Peter Thew (Invited speaker), , Sir Ken Robinson (Keynote speaker), , Nigel Urwin (Participant), , Lisa Harvey-Smith (Keynote speaker), , Kerry Mann (Invited speaker), , Jordan Nguyen (Keynote speaker), , Johnathan Hewis (Invited speaker), , Felicity Furey (Keynote speaker), , Alan Finkel (Keynote speaker), , Jenine Beekhuyzen (Keynote speaker), , Karl Kruszelnicki (Keynote speaker), , Suzy Urbaniak (Keynote speaker), & Adam Spencer (Keynote speaker)

    27 Apr 202027 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumAcademic

    Springer (Publisher)

    Steve Murphy (Reviewer)

    01 Jan 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Nurturing numerate children

    Steve Murphy (Invited speaker)

    13 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumGovernment

    Press / Media

    Bathurst High student wins 2020 PitchFest, 3D printer for school

    Euan Lindsay


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media