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Personal profile

Steve Murphy is a lecturer and researcher in STEM education at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus. Steve came to educational research after an extensive career as a STEM educator and educational leader. He has worked in primary and secondary schools, and government and independent schools, in a variety of capacities including curriculum leadership, welfare and principal roles. He now researches effective STEM education in early childhood, primary and secondary educational contexts. Steve explores the impact of the practices of educators and educational leaders on the development of student abilities and attitudes in STEM.

Research Interests

Steve’s PhD research is focused on identifying and studying the practices of rural schools achieving success in STEM education. He has explored patterns of participation and achievement in STEM using data drawn from schools in differing locations and serving communities of varying socio-economic status.  This analysis facilitated the identification of rural schools that are high performing in STEM for case study in order to identify practices that may contribute to STEM success in rural schools. He is involved in a national ARC DECRA project led by Amy MacDonald, investigating mathematics education for children aged under three years. Steve has also worked with Amy MacDonald and Lena Danaia as part of the STEM Able team, on the development of a conceptual framework for effective STEM education from early childhood through to senior secondary education. The team is using this model to guide a range of research projects, as well as as a basis for a book of research about STEM education across the learning trajectory, and for a STEM education textbook for pre-service primary school teachers.

Previously, Steve has participated in and led a variety of investigations within the Victorian Department of Education, resulting in departmental reports and publication in professional journals. He led an action research project to improve the use of feedback at Broadford Secondary College. He was a member of a State-wide expert panel convened to examine best practice for supporting students transitioning from primary to secondary school in response to a Victorian Auditor General’s Office report. Steve was also an investigator and author of a report into literacy and numeracy practices in primary and secondary schools in North East Victoria.

Teaching

Steve teaches a range of general education and curriculum methods subjects including:

  • STEM education
  • Science and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Digital Technologies
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • Classroom Management

Professional Information

  • Mathematical Education Research Group Australasia
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching

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Research Output

Introduction

MacDonald, A., Danaia, L. & Murphy, S., 19 Feb 2020, STEM Education Across the Learning Continuum: Early Childhood to Senior Secondary. MacDonald, A., Murphy, S. & Danaia, L. (eds.). Singapore: Springer Singapore, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter

  • Motivating rural students in STEM: Practices contributing to student engagement with STEM in rural Victorian schools

    Murphy, S., 2020, STEM Education Across the Learning Continuum. MacDonald, A., Danaia, L. & Murphy, S. (eds.). Springer: Springer Singapore, p. 293-311 20 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Pedagogical partnerships in primary and secondary STEM education

    Danaia, L. & Murphy, S., 19 Feb 2020, STEM Education Across the Learning Continuum: Early Childhood to Senior Secondary. Singapore: Springer Singapore, p. 249-267 19 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter

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    Activities

    • 6 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
    • 3 Workshop/course/forum
    • 1 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    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

    School of Nursing, Maternal & Indigenous Health workshop

    Steve Murphy (Speaker)

    07 Mar 2019

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

    Building Bridges Conference

    Steve Murphy (Speaker)

    2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga

    Steve Murphy (Invited speaker)

    02 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity