Conceptual PlayLab

Monash’s University’s Conceptual PlayLab has produced a new play-based model to teach STEM to young children and is offering free professional development for early childhood educators and primary school teachers.  Learn more here. The Conceptual PlayWorld model is based on more than 10 years of research by Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer.  Conceptual PlayWorlds have been …

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COVID-19 Engineering Design Challenge – still running – please join!

Teresa Kennedy from ICASE coordinates an Engineering Design Challenge and she had about 400 students from 9 countries participated in 2020 (Argentina; China; the Dominican Republic; England; Japan; Peru; Russia; Turkey; and the U.S.).   Students represented primary schools,  secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. She has produced a publication based on this initiative and …

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Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future

This newly published report, authored by a committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (available August 13) ‘articulates a vision for high quality science education, describes the gaps in opportunity that currently exist for many students, and outlines key priorities that need to be addressed in order to advance better, more …

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Vale David Symington

It is with regret we inform you of the passing of David Symington on August 4 following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. David had a long and productive career first as a teacher, then principal in Victoria, then an academic at Deakin University.  David was one of the very early active researchers in ASERA, …

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Choosing science subjects in years 11 & 12

ASERA member, Tracey-Ann Palmer, has an article published in The Conversation which provides school students with evidence-based advice for choosing subjects in their senior years.: https://theconversation.com/thinking-of-choosing-a-science-subject-in-years-11-and-12-heres-what-you-need-to-know-164778#comment_2565874

ASERA – Collegiality at its best

This month, new ASERA Board Member, Linda Hobbs, invited ASERA members to contribute to a response to the discussion paper on the Australian Government’s Quality Initial Teacher Education Review. Fifteen ASERA members from ten universities across Australia contributed to the final submission. As Linda said, ‘this is testament to the great collegiality within our association, …

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CAR Symposium

Each year the ‘Contemporary approaches to research (CAR) in mathematics, science, health and environmental education’ symposium focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of a range of research methodologies – such as cross-cultural perspectives, activity theory, capturing complexity, classroom video analysis, quantitative methods, and interviewing – which are discussed in a lively, informal setting. The symposium in 2021 …

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Two teachers return to the classroom

ASERA members, Ange Fitzgerald and Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn, shared some of their ‘back-to-school’ journey in a presentation at ASERA 52. Their story continues in this months issue of EduResearch Matters. https://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=9891

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