The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Research Centre has established itself through a number of Research projects focusing on innovations in technology and mathematics education research.
University of Canberra Centenary Professor Thomas Lowrie and his team of researchers are undertaking a number of research projects focused around primary and secondary students learning and education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Listed below are the research projects SERC are currently undertaking:
This project aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics classrooms in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Indonesia.
Social and Geographical Location
A large section of the Australian population underachieves in mathematics, with a strong correlation between the low social background/rural location with underachievement.
Processing Maths Tasks
This project identifies the differences between the delivery of mathematics assessment in non-digital (pencil-and-paper) and digital (computer-based) modes to primary school students in Australia and Singapore.
This project seeks to document 32 cases across remote areas of Australia where teachers/schools have been successful in the teaching of numeracy/mathematics.
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
ACARA has recently developed a new tailored (multi-stage) test design of the National Assessment Plan for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) that will be administered digitally.
The project aims to better understand how students process mathematics tasks, so the inevitable move toward digital assessment can be managed effectively to promote assessment for learning.
The Samsung-SERC Spatial Reasoning Research Program comprises two projects: the Primary School Project and Secondary School Project.
Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA)
Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) is a play-based digital learning program for children in preschool to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).