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ACDS Fellowship update

ACDS Fellowship update

We have been hard at work, giving talks and facilitating workshops. Some key messages arising from workshop interactions and discussions: CER-STEM is a conceptual framework with resources that prompt and enable scholarship. It can be used to organise STEM degree teaching teams and support them collaborate in embedding scholarship into their everyday teaching work. Natural […]

Performance in first year mathematics and science subjects in Australian...

The Australian Council of Deans Science (ACDS) commissioned the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) to undertake a study of the impact of year 12 mathematics on first year university science performance. To our knowledge it is the first such national study, albeit quite modest, that has been undertaken. The study looked at 16,436 first […]

Initiatives of Australian universities to increase Indigenous student en...

A study has been undertaken to understand the initiatives presently in place at Science faculties of Australian universities to assist in the enrolment, retention and completion of Indigenous people within science courses, as a means of identifying current practices and exemplars. The project was commissioned by the University of Tasmania’s College of Sciences and Engineering […]

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’s 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 […]

FYiMaths 7th Annual Workshop: 11-12th July

This year’s Workshop will bring together first-year mathematics educators from across Australia to discuss the current state of our first-year tertiary mathematics curricula.  What are the similarities, what are the differences, is our curriculum relevant, engaging, outdated, what is the impact of technology, how are we teaching, who is teaching it and how are they being […]

ACDS inaugural Fellowship awarded!

Congratulations to Tina Acuna and Jo-Anne Kelder for being awarded the inaugural ACDS Fellowship! Their project aims to develop the CER-STEM framework to embed scholarship in the cycle of quality improvement (yearly) and quality assurance (external benchmarking; at least 5 yearly) of qualifications, leading to evidence-based scholarly outputs and informs a collaborative approach to curriculum […]

Successful WIL in Science: final report published!

This OLT project sponsored by the ACDS was completed last December under Liz Johnson’s leadership, and the full report is now available. This report, together with the WIL guide in Science and the report on the Quality and Standards for Work Integrated Learning, provide a rich set of resources for all science educators who are […]