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Past Doctoral Research Students

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Michael-frameMichael Michie

Dissertation: Cultural issues in science education

My research has been about western teachers working cross-culturally with indigenous students, particularly in indigenous communities. it’s an international study focusing mainly on Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. It looks at the nature of border crossing as enhancing identity learning and considers the role of culture brokerage. It uses a qualitative methodology based on a series of interviews with an international group of successful western educationalists.


Asaku-frameAsaku Openg

Dissertation: Pre-service environmental education in PNG

My study is in the area of environment and sustainability education. Trying to find out current state of environment and sustainability education in Pre-service teachers colleges in PNG and find out how a course can be designed and implemented to: (1) reflect current ideas on environment and sustainability issues; (2) reflect current ideas about teaching and learning in primary teacher education; (3) reflect PNG indigenous perspectives about environment and sustainability; and improve teaching and learning in EEfS. In order to that, a baseline survey was conducted in 2008 to find out what environment and sustainability education concepts, skills and attitudes could be include in the revised course. Using the information from the literature review and survey a course was developed, implemented and evaluated in 2009. The data collected throughout the study will then be reported in the thesis and the revised course will be ready for implementation in 2012.


Nelson2-frameNelson Lebo III

Dissertation: Towards ecological literacy: A permaculture approach for junior secondary science

My research seeks to address the dual challenges of implementing high quality environmental education in secondary schools and the worldwide trend of students withdrawing from school science after the compulsory years. Building upon a theoretical framework which includes ecological literacy, transformative learning and permaculture, I have designed an intervention for a year ten science class in a New Zealand ‘area school.’ By making the teaching and learning of science more experiential, local and overtly focused on environmental problem-solving, the aim is to increase the relevance of science to students as well as it’s applicability for human-scale, local, environmental problem-solving. Permaculture is an ecological design science, and permaculturists can be said to be working from a place of ecological literacy. As such, they can serve as examples of citizen scientists working in the community towards strong sustainability.


Wendy-frameWendy Fox-Turnbull

Dissertation: Children’s stories in technology.

Classroom conversations are core to establishing successful learning for children. This research explores the nature of conversation in technology education in primary classrooms and the implications for teaching and learning. It uses an ethnographic approach with participant observations, interviews, autophotography, and work samples, to develop rich description of classroom conversation while students undertook learning in technology education at Years 2 and 6. Over arching key elements to conversations are explored against a framework of concepts and types of talk and both levels. It is hoped that the study will contribute to understanding the importance of student conversation on learning in technology.


Nihra-frameNihra Haruzuan Bin Mohamad Said (Nihra Said)

Dissertation: An Online Collaborative Learning in Pre-Service Teachers Programme in Malaysia

The study aims to understand the aspects of learning online effectively through the implementation of an online collaborative learning environment in facilitating teaching and learning in a Malaysian university. The study involves the use of extensive online discussions among pre-service teachers from Chemistry, Physics & Mathematics groups in carrying out their group work assignments.


Vanwyk-frameVanwyk K.M. Chikasanda

Dissertation: An investigation of the development of Teacher’s perceptions towards technology: A framework for restructuring technology education in Malawi

The technical education curriculum in Malawi has, since its establishment in schools in the early 1960s, emphasised craft skills development. In its current form there is little scope for developing student technological knowledge and capabilities so they could understand, create, control and manipulate technology. Recently there has been a call for schooling in Malawi to help students attain technological literacy (Malawi’s Vision 2020, 2002 Science and Technology Policy for Malawi). But there has been no full review of the technical education curriculum to incorporate learning that enhances such literacies. The need now is to establish technology education as a more comprehensive curriculum area than that promulgated in the technical curriculum. This study therefore, aimed to develop perceptions of teachers towards technology as an initial step in helping to create a more comprehensive view of technology education which would be necessary for restructuring the curriculum.


Nelson2-frameNelson Lebo III

Dissertation: Towards ecological literacy: A permaculture approach for junior secondary science

My research seeks to address the dual challenges of implementing high quality environmental education in secondary schools and the worldwide trend of students withdrawing from school science after the compulsory years. Building upon a theoretical framework which includes ecological literacy, transformative learning and permaculture, I have designed an intervention for a year ten science class in a New Zealand ‘area school.’ By making the teaching and learning of science more experiential, local and overtly focused on environmental problem-solving, the aim is to increase the relevance of science to students as well as it’s applicability for human-scale, local, environmental problem-solving. Permaculture is an ecological design science, and permaculturists can be said to be working from a place of ecological literacy. As such, they can serve as examples of citizen scientists working in the community towards strong sustainability.


Denis-frameDenis Lajium

Dissertation: Model-based chemistry learning

Past studies have noted that student’ mental models usually are not as close to the scientific model as we wanted them to be. Though it is mostly agreed among researchers that model-based teaching and learning in science education is promising, research in mental modelling approaches, especially in chemistry is still limited. This study is intended to determine whether model-based learning is able to improve or change student’s mental models, understanding of scientific models and its ontological status about chemistry concepts.


Abdullah-frameAbdullah Alqarni

Dissertation:
My research experience has mainly been in the field of technology education. The primary focus has been on primary education pupils aged 6-12 years.

In August 2011, I was awarded a postgraduate diploma in technology education by the TEMS Education Research Centre. The degree involved four papers, excluding the research methodology paper. Three were in technology education and in each of those papers I was introduced to a wide range of technological topics and their pedagogical implementation. These led to a serious interest in knowing and researching technology education and its related aspects and topics.

In March 2012, I began my Master of Technology Education thesis, focusing on the concept of technological creativity at the elementary education level. The question I investigated was how the concept can be defined, taught and assessed in the context of technology education and then how the subject can be adapted to the Saudi Arabian elementary school context.

My learning and research experience with the Centre is just a starting point for future research in technology education, a learning area which is still new in Saudi Arabian education. Being a graduate student with the Centre has introduced me to many areas that have a wide range of applicability to the Saudi Arabian school context, not limited to elementary education.


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