Posts by Cristina Varsavsky

WIL in science: are we making progress?

WIL in Science: are we making progress? In 2015, a national research project commissioned by the Office of the Chief Scientist showed that participation of science students in work integrated learning (WIL) activities was very low in comparison to other disciplines. Since then the ACDS made WIL a priority because it saw it as a […]

ACSME 2019: It’s a wrap!

What a wonderful conference this was! Over 230 academics, professional staff and students came to share their experiences and to connect with colleagues who are dealing with similar challenges. The central theme was the student experience. We heard powerful stories from students. We had deep discussions about educational environments we should strive to create to […]

New ACDS project: Indigenous science resources

Indigenous Science is an area of emerging interest for scientific and cultural understanding, and as a mechanism for empowering Australia‚Äôs diverse first nations peoples. As universities are paying greater attention to this area, it is timely to collate, curate, and share resources and good practices which have been developed across the country. The ACDS is […]

How does gender affect the experience of science students?

Are you a science educator at an Australian university? Be part of a national study investigating the gendered experience of Australian undergraduate science students. In Australia, little research exists on the gender issues female students face at an undergraduate level. A PhD project is currently underway exploring how gendered experiences for students in undergraduate science […]

The changing nature of the academic role in science

Congratulations to Professor Pauline Ross who has presented the final report of her Office for Learning and Teaching Fellowship. The final report  shows that in STEM the challenge for an education-focused academic is to retain expertise and research currency. To address many of the challenges facing the academic workforce in science, a productive partnership between […]

Special IJISME issue: When science meets the art …

An exciting new IJISME double issue is out! The special issue When Science Meets the Arts –Bridging the subjective-objective divide Parts 1 & 2 offers a number of examples of how science and mathematics have blurred the disciplinary barriers to better support student learning. These examples come from a wide range of science disciplines and […]