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Researcher: Fraser, SP (Professor Sharon Fraser)

Fields of Research

Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Education assessment and evaluation
Teacher education and professional development of educators
Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Learning sciences
Sociology of education
Higher education
Education systems
Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Professional education and training
Continuing and community education
Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Religion curriculum and pedagogy
Special education and disability
Social change
Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Specialist studies in education
Other education
Preventative health care
Secondary education
Community child health
History and philosophy of science
Agricultural hydrology
Family care
Health promotion
Educational administration, management and leadership
English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Gender relations
Resource geoscience
Mineral processing/beneficiation
Rural sociology
Primary education
Human resources management

Research Objectives

Teacher and instructor development
Learner and learning
Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
Other education and training
Equity and access to education
Policies and development
Management, resources and leadership
Primary education
Health education and promotion
Professional development and adult education
Workforce transition and employment
Expanding knowledge in education
The creative arts
Higher education
Rural and remote area health
Neonatal and child health
Expanding knowledge in human society
Teaching and instruction technologies
Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Gender aspects in education
Health status (incl. wellbeing)
Mineral exploration
Management of solid waste from mineral resource activities
International organisations
Schools and learning environments

Career Best Publications

Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK): Exploring its usefulness for science lecturers in higher education; Research in Science Education
The Curriculum? That's just a unit outline isn't it?; Studies in Higher Education

Research Publications

'My picture is about opening up students' minds beyond school gates!' School principals' perceptions of STEM learning environments; Journal of Research in STEM Education
'No wonder out-of-field teachers struggle!' - Unpacking the thinking of expert teachers; Australian Mathematics Teacher
Aspire High: Impacting student aspirations in a regional community; Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
A framework for teaching epistemic insight in schools; Research in Science Education
A peer learning circle approach to professional learning: Promoting representational fluency; Australian Mathematics Education Journal
A strategic approach to curriculum design for information literacy in teacher education - implementing an information literacy conceptual framework; Australian Journal of Teacher Education
A workplace intervention designed to interrupt prolonged occupational sitting: Self-reported perceptions of health from a cohort of desk-based employees over 26 weeks; International Journal of Workplace Health Management
An alternative model for mathematics and science initial teacher education; Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Art: what’s STEM got to do with it?; Fifteenth International Congress of Quali­tative Inquiry
Associations between Australian students’ literacy achievement in early secondary school and senior secondary participation in science: accessing cultural and science capital; International Journal of Science Education
Building a new generation: Community expectations on raising aspirations in rural Tasmania; Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Building Capacity for Sustainable Leadership in Higher Education Assessment; AARE Focus Conference
Building STEM in schools: an Australian cross-case analysis; Educational Technology and Society
Catalysing the Transition into the Unknown: A Student Advocate in Chemistry Education; Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc
Considering young people’s dislocation from STEM education: looking beyond the narrow focus of teaching and learning practice within school; Frontiers in Education
Constructing an Identity: A Key to Learning; What is Next in Educational Research?
Conversations for Shared Understanding - Academic Developers and Faculty working in Partnership to Shape the Curriculum; International Consortium for Educational Development 2004
CREATE: Final Report
Creating linkages: you don’t have to reinvent the curriculum!; A teacher's guide to science and religion in the classroom
Cross faculty collaboration in the development of an integrated mathematics and science initial teacher education program; Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Cross faculty collaboration in the development of an integrated mathematics and science pre-service teacher education program; STEM 2016: Connecting Informal and Formal STEM Education
Developing a scholarly approach to teaching and learning leadership through a Peer Professional Learning Program; 9th annual International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference: Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices
Developing mathematics teachers’ 21st century competence for teaching in STEM contexts; ZDM Mathematics Education
Discovering and advancing school students' perceptions of the relationships between science and religion; Dialogue Australasia
Disrupting perception: mapping an understanding of educational attainment; Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Drawings as a vehicle for student generated representations to learning of sciences in Fijian primary schools; Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2017
Dream Big evaluation: Final Report
Empowering Students to be the Judges of their own Performance Through Peer Assessment; IASE Satellite Conference on Assessing Student Learning in Statistics
How principals can make a difference in STEM education; Australian Educational Leader
Images in mirrors: recollections, alternative explanations and modes of cognitive functioning; Research in Science Education
Influencing intended teaching practice: Exploring pre-service teachers' perceptions of science teaching resources; International Journal of Science Education
Introduction to Beyond Chalk and Talk Section; Science and Religion in Education
Investigating teachers' experiences; The Future of Educational Research
Liquid modernity, emplacement and education for the anthropocene: challenges for rural education in Tasmania; Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Make room for D-STEM: A way to inform the teaching of STEM in schools; Teaching Science
Making tacit knowledge visible: uncovering the knowledge of science and mathematics teachers; Teaching and Teacher Education
Mapping Development in Students' Understanding of Vision using a Cognitive Structural Model; International Journal of Science Education
Mapping development of students' understanding of vision; 25th AARE Conference
Marketing an alternate model for science and mathematics initial teacher education; Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK): Exploring its usefulness for science lecturers in higher education; Research in Science Education
Regarding STEM: perceptions of academics revealed in their drawings and text; Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasi
Report of the program evaluation of ‘Dream Big’
Responding to the demands of the STEM education agenda: the experiences of primary and secondary teachers from rural, regional and remote Australia; Journal of Research in STEM Education
Shaping science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum in Australian schools: an ecological systems analysis; Australian Journal of Education
Shaping the University Curriculum through Partnerships and Critical Conversations; International Journal for Academic Development
STEM and STEAM and the spaces between: an overview of education agendas pertaining to ‘disciplinarity’ across three Australian states; Journal of Research in STEM Education
STEM and STEAM education as spaces for disruption and rejuvenation in schools: An overview of professional possibilities for ‘disciplinarity’ across three Australian states; 4th International Professional Practice, Education and Learning (ProPEL) Conference
STEM learning environments: perceptions of STEM education researchers; 42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference
Teacher STEM capability sets that support the implementation of mathematics active STEM tasks; Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
The Curriculum? That's just a unit outline isn't it?; Studies in Higher Education
The effect of a computer-based workplace health and wellbeing program on workplace health culture; Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (AARE 2011 Conference)
The effect of an e-health intervention designed to reduce prolonged occupational sitting on mean arterial pressure; Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
This tale of ours: Pakistani academics’ challenges, struggles, and becoming; International Journal for Academic Development
Towards an Understanding of Epistemic Insight: the Nature of Science in Real World Contexts and a Multidisciplinary Arena; Research in Science Education
Transformative science teaching in higher education; Journal of Transformative Education
Understanding innovative teaching practice in higher education: a framework for reflection; Higher Education Research and Development
Using the STEM framework collegially for mentoring, peer learning and planning; Professional Development in Education
Ways children reason about science and religion in primary school: findings from a small-scale study in Australian primary schools; Science, religion and education
What is an Acronym? Experiencing STEM Education in Australia; STEM Education: An Emerging Field of Inquiry
What’s happening in Australian mathematics professional learning?; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference 2016: transforming education research
Why is one-off professional learning prevalent in Australia?; ICMI-EARCOME8
Youth physical activity and health interventions: Ineffective and ill-conceived action?; Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education
“The best ever”: mathematics teachers’ perceptions of quality professional learning; The 41st Psychology of Mathematics Education Annual Conference
“Yeah now that I’ve thought about it I’ll probably think about it more”; Science and Religion in Education Conference 2016

Research Projects

Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program; Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (DAWE)
Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education during COVID-19 and Beyond; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Being Human: Discovering and Advancing School Students' Perceptions of the Relationships between Science and Religion; Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF)
Building capacity in Regional Australia to enhance Australias Economy through research, training, and environmentally sustainable production of critical metals; Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)
Drought Resilience Tasmania - Actionable Knowledge and Solutions for Sustainable Prosperity; Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (DAWE)
Evaluating and selecting STEM resources: capacity building for teachers in rural and regional schools; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)
Exploring the Intersection of Energy Literacy and Financial Literacy ; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Inspiring mathematics and science in teacher education; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) for Higher Education: How do we teach what we know?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Towards Educating Mathematics Professionals Encompassing Science and Technology (TEMPEST); Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)
What is knowable in science and elsewhere? A cross-disciplinary approach to distinguishing science from scientism.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Improving Literacy and Numeracy across Years 5 to 8 in response to the outcomes of the NAPLAN results in Years 7 and 9
Principals as STEM Leaders - Building the Evidence Base for Improved STEM Learning

Research Candidate Supervision

'So are we all clear on that?'How Does the Communication between Teachers, Students and Parents Impact on Student Success?
An Interactive Computer-based Prompting Can Positively Change Employee's Occupational Sitting Habits to Improve Their Health and Wellbeing
An Investigation of the Role of Participation and Its Effect on Narrative in Young People's Multimodal Storytelling Practices on YouTube
An Investigation of the Use of Teaching Standards to Improve the Quality of Teaching
Developing Robust Flexible Methodologies that Assess the Limits of Knowledge and Understanding of Neonatal Nursing Practice; Incorporating Cognitive Processes Required of Professional Practice, Interpersonal Competence and Intrapersonal Qualities
Gendered Constructions in Students' Science Fiction Texts Through the Development of a Transformative Pedagogy
Implementing Learning from Tertiary Teacher Preparation Programs into the Workplace
Improving the Understanding of Physics in College Students from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds
Paramedic Preceptors - A Question of Work Readiness in Graduate Paramedics.
Tasmanian Coastal Waste and Marine Debris- An investigation into causal factors and educational strategies to address coastal waste and marine debris in Tasmania
The Collaboration Between Higher Learning Institution and Vocational Education and Training (VET) system Improved the VET and makes Higher Education More Accessible to Low Socioeconomic Group (LSEG), A Malaysian Perspective
The Impact of Increasingly Sophisticated Technology on the Engagement of E-Learners Within Teacher Education- Empowering Tomorrow's Learning Facilitators
Transition to Secondary School- Student Achievement and Teacher Practice