STeM Education Projects


Participation in the QUT NETDS program

Dr Graham Hardy

Background: QUT's Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools program (ETDS) was designed in 2008 by Dr. Jo Lampert and Dr. Bruce Burnett to address these issues head on by creating a pathway for the highest quality pre-service teachers to be fully prepared, professionally and personally, for roles within low SES schools. The program identifies the highest-achieving pre-service teachers in QUT's Bachelor of Education program, and offers them a specialised curriculum and supported practicum experience in a network of partner schools. 2 selected staffs from UniSA will participate in the NETDS program at QUT as follows: - Develop an ETDS program in conjunction with the BEd program within 9 months of October 4 - Deliver the program to an appropriate cohort of students from S1 or S2 2015, or S1 2016. - Provide data to QUT program staff - end June of 2 years following graduation of the first cohort from the ETDS program.

This project is funded by Queensland University of Technology (2014-2020): $153,156


STEM Teacher-Industry Engagement Project

STEMDr Denise MacGregor

Our vision for the project is a future where STEM teachers are well versed in the application of STEM skills in the workforce and are able to draw on authentic examples to inspire and engage their students. Working in partnership with the Department of State Development, the three phase project will be implemented over a two year period. Each phase of the project development provides a framework through which research is facilitated into the effectiveness, value and centrality of industry partnerships in STEM education programs in University and school sites….. Read More

This project is funded by the Department of State Development (2016-2017): $100,000

STEM in Regional Schools

Dr Paul Unsworth

The STEM in Regional Schools Project aims to involve 3 STEM teachers in each of 3 schools to develop and integrative STEM unit of work to more fully engage Year 9 students in STEM subjects. The project also lends itself to increasing parent participation in each project school.

Selected staff from UniSA will provide a consultancy service to CEASA which aims to enable participating teachers to access STEM based resources and skills relevant to the design, implementation and evaluation of each schools project.

CEASA's stake in this project relates to promoting its profile as an active and supportive professional association with a view to strengthen its membership in regional schools. This includes partnering with the Design and Technology Teachers¿ Association, the Primary Maths Teachers Association. This will also involve some reporting milestones of the project to CEASA. This may also include promotional presence of the project embedded in relevant STEM courses provided by UniSA and/or may include dissemination of the project via reporting at STEM related conferences.

This project is funded by the Council of Education Associations of South Australia (2016): $3,000

 Beyond the City

Dr Graham Hardy, Mr Bruce White

The University of South Australia works with a number of low Socio-Economic Status (SES) school communities in northern and western Adelaide. This project will develop an engaging pedagogies program for secondary school STEM teachers. Teaching methodologies are being developed enabling teachers to offer classroom practices aimed at maximising student achievement by providing a professional learning program for the teachers to work with academic/research staff across a range of disciplines. Using the resources developed in the professional learning program, the participants will implement best practice classroom pedagogies and, by showcasing the work they have undertaken, influence their peers. The aim is to encourage students to remain involved in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in their senior secondary education and into higher education.

This project is funded by the Department of Education (2014-2015): $147,716

Outdoor Mathematics Project

Professor Mohan Chinnappan

The development of technically talented human capital is a key priority for the Indonesian Government, particularly against calls to make Indonesia a ‘productivity hub’ for ASEAN countries. Indonesia is well positioned to achieve this vision given its growing dynamic young population. However, deep engagement with mathematics is crucial for young Indonesians to provide a workforce that is technically literate and develop capacities to grow as independent learners who can solve complex problems with a high degree of creativity. The purpose of this project is to support and sustain the development of these skills among primary school children in selected regional and remote schools in Sumatra. This project is aimed at extending our current collaboration between three schools in the Bengkulu region of Sumatra (SD17 Kota Bengkulu, SD 103 Kota Bengkulu and SD 26 Ketahun) and Universitas Bengkulu (Dr Agus Susanta). Previous research focused on understanding impediments to engagement with mathematics among Year 5/6 children. Interviews and other data indicate that these schools need more resources in the form of teaching aids, learning space and basic facilities like regular supply of power. The community also identified the need for teachers to teach mathematics in non-traditional way by engaging children in real-life mathematics. Accordingly, we propose to examine the use of outdoor education mathematics to better involve children in the learning process and to create an environment where children will love to learn mathematics. Australia has considerable expertise in the development of mathematics activities in the outdoor context.

This project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2013-2014): $10,000

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