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Project Title:  An investigation into factors impacting on the development of teacher-of-mathematics identity and retention in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW

  • Lead Researcher: Professor David Lynch
  • Co-Investigators: Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott, Dr Tony Yeigh, Dr Christos Markopoulos, Dr Sue Hudson, Dr Lewes Peddell, Dr Vinh Bui 
  • Scheme: Education Horizon Grants Scheme 2019, QLD Government Department of Education

Project Summary: This project represents an explorative research project, designed to test a number of propositions associated primarily with: mathematics education, regional rural and remote mathematics teaching, pedagogical practice, rural teacher retention, community-of-practice, coaching, mentoring and feedback, teaching performance data, school-based leadership, various school readiness attributes and ongoing school-based capacities. MANSW and Southern Cross University have a clear vision that this research project is to focus on gaining research based findings re: the development of 'mathematics teacher identity' so as to improve their practice and to improve student outcomes in alignment with established theory and practice. Furthermore, that MANSW places prime importance on gaining the research based input of teachers-of-mathematics into this project.

Amount $690,000


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Project Title:  Learning about climate change through public spaces

  • Lead Researcher: Dr Angela Turner 
  • Partner: Nambucca Shire Council 
  • Scheme: Education Horizon Grants Scheme 2019, QLD Government Department of Education

Project Summary: This project will implement measures to improve water quality through energy efficient water aeration and develop an interactive environmental education precinct about the measures and how they build resilience to climate change. The education program will be developed with Southern Cross University, local schools and local community groups.

Amount $95,000


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Project Title:  Mapping scientific concepts through nature play in early childhood education: Achieving excellence in STEM through evidence-based pedagogies

  • Lead Researcher: Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie 
  • Co-Investigators: Associate Professor Alexandra Lasczik, Professor Karen Malone (Deakin), Associate Professor Linda Knight (RMIT). 
  • Scheme: Education Horizon Grants Scheme 2019, QLD Government Department of Education

Project Summary: This project aims to determine how young children's (4-5 years) learning of scientific concepts can be supported through nature play. The increase of children attending kindergarten/preschool continues to rise markedly with 339,243 Australian children enrolled. Coupled with this increase is the rapid surge of nature play pedagogies in kindergartens. However, the effectiveness of nature play is untested, making this the first study in the world to explicitly research nature play in early childhood education. This is significant because nature play is a core feature and tradition of early childhood education practice and pedagogy.

This project will forge new knowledge about nature play pedagogies and how they can support children’s scientific learning in early childhood education. Such research supports both the Queensland Department of Education STEM Strategy (2016) and the National STEM Education Strategy (2016-2026) where “it recognises the importance of a focus on STEM in the early years” (p.5)

Amount: $88,725