ACDS Teaching and Learning Newsletters Archive
Reports commissioned by the ACDS
A Background in Science: What Science means for Australian Society – Kerrie-Lee Harris, 2012
This study looks beyond career pathways to understand the influence of a science education and background on people’s lives more broadly. The study collected input from people who identified as having a background in science irrespective of occupation of field of study. The findings are relevant to universities designing curricula, employers looking to recruit people with scientific ways of thinking and to governments considering science education policies and priorities.
The IT Education Bubble: An analysis of university student statistics 2002-2005 – Ian R Dobson, 2007
Sustaining Science – University Science in the Twenty-First Century – Ian R Dobson, 2007
The preparation of Mathematics Teachers in Australia – Kerrie-Lee Harris and Felicity Jensz, 2006
Who’s teaching Science: Meeting the demand for qualified science teachers in Australian secondary schools – Kerrie-Lee Harris, Felicity Jensz and Gabrielle Baldwin, 2005
Who’s teaching Science reports on surveys of 1207 secondary science teachers and 266 heads of science departments in secondary schools. The schools were a stratified random sample of secondary schools taking into account state, region, sector and socio-economy in determining the sample. The aim was to fill in a paucity of data, noted by the Kwong Lee Dow report Australia’s Teachers: Australia’s Future, on the qualifications in discipline areas of science teachers and the views of heads of science departments on the needs of schools. This report shows that there is a serious difficulty in producing a scientifically-literate and scientifically-expert nation because, for example, 25% of Year 12 Physics teachers have not studied Physics past 1st year at university.
Science at the Crossroads? A study of trends in university science from Dawkins to now, 1989 – 2002 – Ian R Dobson, 2003
Science at the Crossroads is an examination of enrolment trends in Science and Information Technology. It looks at the number of and growth in student enrolments, and the subjects students are studying as components of their university degrees. It considers the period since the reforms in higher education which followed Education Minister John Dawkins Green and White Papers in the late 1980s.
What did you do with your science degree?: A national study of employment outcomes for Science degree holders 1990-2000 – Craig McInnis, Robyn Hartley and Malcolm Anderson, 2000
ACDS Occasional Papers
Is the Study of Science in Decline? An Occasional paper by the Australian Council of Deans of Science – 2003
Crises in education and innovations systems do not occur dramatically. It is hard to pick one particular point in time when they can be said to have happened. The ACDS study Trends in Science Education warned five years ago of the declining trend in Australia’s human infrastructure in science and technology. Science at the Crossroads? provides a second warning, and shows how seriously the first one needed to be taken. A third warning will be unnecessary, either because Governments and public authorities will acknowledge the problem and act, or because it will be too late. We would prefer them to act now.
Why do a Science Degree? – An Occasional Paper by the Australian Council of Deans of Science – 2001
This occasional paper reviews the findings of the ACDS commissioned report, What did you do with your science degree? In terms of investigating the employment profile of graduates of a discipline three, five and ten years post their first graduation, this report is the first of its kind in Australia.
Unhealthy Science? University Natural and Physical Sciences 2002 to 2009/10 – Ian R Dobson, 2012
Report commissioned by the Office of the Chief Scientist
ACDS Teaching & Learning Publications
The ACDS commissions and supports studies of particular importance to leadership in science and maths education.
A full list of publications related to the ACDS WIL in Science projects is available here.
Successful WIL in Science: Final project report 2016 – 2018 – now published!
Successful WIL in Science Project, funded by The Office of Teaching and Learning, has been a national project designed to improve the employability of future graduates in science and mathematics, by increasing access to and participation in WIL.
WIL in Science: Leadership for WIL Final project report 2015 – 2016
The WIL in Science: Leadership for WIL project was funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist. This project has established a national network of science WIL leaders, created a national conversation among science faculties and schools about WIL in science degrees, begun the task of building capacity to design and deliver WIL programs, and trialled approaches to WIL program development.
Case Studies of Successful WIL
The Case Studies of Successful WIL have been prepared by The Lighthouse Projects which were sponsored by the ACDS WIL in Science project (2015 – 2016) and funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist.
Recent ACDS TL Centre publications:
- Quality and Standards for Work Integrated Learning
- Evidence-based practice in learning and teaching for STEM disciplines
Recent ACDS publications:
- Science Staffing University science in the twenty-first century – Dobson (2014)
- Demonstrator Development: Preparing for the learning lab – O’Toole (2012)
- A Background in Science – Harris (2012)
- Tertiary Science in the 21st century – Rice, Thomas, O’Toole (2009)
- Science Good Practice Guide 2013 TLO1: Understanding Science
- Science Good Practice Guide 2013 TLO2: Scientific Knowledge
- Science Good Practice Guide 2013 TLO3: Inquiry and Problem-solving
- Science Good Practice Guide 2013 TLO4: Communication
- Science Good Practice Guide 2013 TLO5: Personal and Professional Responsibility
ACDS TL Newsletters Archive
- November 6, 2020 : Science Education Leadership Webinar – last chance to register
- October 26, 2020 : Science Education Leadership Webinar
- October 12, 2020 : Science Education News – October
- August 31, 2020 : News for science and mathematics educators – September
- July 20, 2020 : Funding opportunity and other news – July 2020
- June 22, 2020 : New funding opportunities and other news – June 2020
- June 12, 2020 : ACSME Abstracts accepted until June 21
- May 28, 2020 : ACSME submissions extended
- April 28, 2020 : ACSME 2020 is going online
- February 28, 2020 : Science & Maths Teaching and Learning News — February 2020
- December 16, 2019 : Science & Maths Teaching and Learning News — December 2019
- October 7, 2019 : Science & Maths Teaching and Learning News — October 2019
- August 18, 2019 : Science & Maths Teaching and Learning News — August 2019
- August 12, 2019 : ACSME 2019 Program now online – and earlybird rate extended to 16 August
- June 26, 2019 : Final reminder: ACSME submissions closing this Friday 28 June at midnight!
- June 25, 2019 : Issue 19 of Science & Maths TL News: July 2019
- June 24, 2019 : ACSME is celebrating 25 years!
- May 29, 2019 : ACSME 2019 submissions & registration now open!
- April 17, 2019 : Issue 18 of Science & Maths TL News: April & May 2019
- February 1, 2019 : Issue 17 of Science & Maths TL News: February 2019
- November 23, 2018 : Issue 16 of Science & Maths TL News: November – December 2018
- September 10, 2018 : Issue 15 of Science & Maths TL News: September 2018
- August 1, 2018 : Issue 14 of Science & Maths TL News: August 2018
- May 2, 2018 : Issue 13 of Science & Maths TL News: May 2018
- February 20, 2018 : Issue 12 of Science & Maths TL News: February 2018
- November 16, 2017 : Issue 11 of Science & Maths TL News: November 2017
- July 31, 2017 : Issue 10 of Science & Maths TL News: August 2017
- May 24, 2017 : Issue 9 of Science & Maths TL News: May/June 2017
- April 12, 2017 : Issue 8 of Science & Maths TL News: April 2017
- February 2, 2017 : Issue 7 of Science & Maths TL News: January/February 2017
- November 10, 2016 : Issue 6 of Science & Maths TL News: November 2016
- September 15, 2016 : Issue 5 of Science & Maths TL News: September 2016
- August 5, 2016 : Issue 4 of Science & Maths TL News: July/August 2016
- August 4, 2016 : The 22nd UniServe Science Conference
- June 7, 2016 : Issue 3 of Science & Maths TL News: May/June 2016
- June 6, 2016 : ACSME Submission Deadline DUE NOW. Short extension is available to Monday June 13th.
- May 12, 2016 : ACSME conference registration now open
- April 19, 2016 : ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre: April Newsletter