A PhD scholarship is available in Deakin's School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education. The PhD student will initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Enriching mathematics and science learning: An interdisciplinary approach' led by Prof Russell Tytler. The successful applicant will be based at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.
This international, longitudinal project aims to investigate the effectiveness of an innovative interdisciplinary learning approach in mathematics and science. Through collaborating primary schools in Australia and the United States of America (USA), it will investigate how students’ invention and transformation of representational systems can connect to support deeper reasoning and learning. The project will form the bases for new curricular designs that leverage students’ representational practices across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to promote more robust and generative knowledge.
The team the student will be working with includes Professor Russell Tytler; Professor Joanne Mulligan; Dr Lihua Xu; Dr Peta White; Professor Leona Schauble; Professor Richard Lehrer; Professor Vaughan Prain.
The PhD topics will be in the area of a) assessment of student learning from the project or b) teacher learning processes and approaches. The PhD student will be responsible for assisting RAs with coding and some data analyses. The HDR student will benefit from training and support in research methodologies from the interdisciplinary, international team.
Closing date for applications has been extended to 26/2/2018