Two PhD scholarships (covering the living stipend for three years), funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant, are available for the holders to conduct research in a project that investigates students’ interactions in drawing science diagrams and their benefits in enhancing students’ scientific creativity.
Nationally and internationally, there is a growing demand to engage students in scientific thinking and build their creative problem-solving capabilities through evidence-based teaching strategies. This project is addressing the challenge by:
(1) identifying students’ creative thinking from their science diagrams and their interaction with peers;
(2) devising and evaluating teaching strategies to support students’ creative scientific thinking.
The PhD students will work with high school science teachers to develop teaching materials, video-record classroom interactions, conduct interviews, analyse class videos and diagrams, and write peer-reviewed journal articles.
The successful PhD students will be supervised by a team of experienced science education researchers (Dr Mihye Won, Professor David F. Treagust, and Dr Kok-Sing Tang) from the STEM Education Research Group (formerly Science and Mathematics Education Centre—SMEC) at Curtin University.
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