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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 was focused on identifying and studying the practices of rural schools achieving success in STEM education. He 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 has been 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 on the development of the sustaining STEM conceptual framework for effective STEM education from early childhood through to senior secondary education. The team has used 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. Steve currently leads a research project exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on primary mathematics and science educaiton, and another project examining the development of student engagement with mathematics learning in a rural primary school.



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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