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Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research Volume 1

Editor(s): Peta White, Russell Tytler, Joseph Ferguson, John Cripps Clark

Book Description

This book addresses the constantly changing nature of the methodologies that underpin educational research in mathematics, science, health and environmental education. This is a constantly shifting landscape that educational researchers need to engage with in order for research to continue to impact educational practice. One of the main drivers of putting together this book is to further the community focus of the long-running Contemporary Approaches to Research symposium, which has, since its inception, been an opportunity for the community of STEM education researchers to come together as a group to tackle the big questions of methodology. The contributions in this volume are extended versions of a selection of the symposium presentations and discussions. The novelty of this book in the context of the existing publishing landscape is that it has a singular focus on methodology and methods, not in service of research findings but as something worth considering in itself, bringing methodology to the forefront of educational research.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-5551-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-5551-8
Date of Publication: 01/09/2020
Pages / Size: 293 / A5
Price: £61.99


Peta White is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Environmental Education at Deakin University, Australia. She gained her PhD in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she focused on learning to live sustainably which became a platform from which to educate future teachers. Her current research includes science and biology education, sustainability, climate change, and environmental education, and collaborative/activist research.

Russell Tytler is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Science Education at Deakin University, Australia. He has researched and written extensively on student learning and reasoning in science. He researches and writes on student engagement with science and mathematics, school-community partnerships, and STEM curriculum policy and practice. He is widely published, and has been chief investigator on a range of Australian Research Council research projects.

Joseph Ferguson is an educational researcher and teacher educator at Deakin University, Australia, interested in investigating the various manifestations of reasoning in the science classroom. His work particularly explores the power of video-based methodologies, informed by film theory and philosophy, to maximise the potential of such research to support teachers and students in their creative teaching and learning of science.

John Cripps Clark teaches and researches in science communication, science education and cultural-historical activity theories at Deakin University, Australia. His current projects are in STEM education, and he works with colleagues and teachers to develop effective STEM pedagogies, school gardens, visual-linguistic reasoning, and the learning experience of online students.