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Biography

Connie Cirkony is a research fellow in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is an experienced educator with expertise in evidence-informed policy and practice, science and STEM curriculum and pedagogy, environmental and sustainability education, and digital learning environments. Her career in education is characterised by systems-wide and international perspectives in teaching, learning, and policy. She has worked in K-12 schools, universities, regional and provincial governments and non-profit organisations, to positively influence students’ learning experiences through improved teaching and policy.

In addition to Monash University, she has instructed pre- and in-service teachers in Australia and Canada, at Deakin University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. Connie has extensive experience in curriculum design and professional learning – in both face to face and online settings, and has drafted and informed education policy at provincial, national, and international levels in Canada. She has held various advisory and committee positions including: National Council of Ministers of Education Working Group on Education for Sustainable Development (CMEC), United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise Advisory Committee, Provincial Working Group and Network on Sustainability and Education, and the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Stewards of the Future Program.

Her passion in education is driven by its promise to address more equitable outcomes within and across countries towards a more sustainable future. In particular, she is interested in how education in plays a critical role in improving people’s quality of life through lifelong learning, better health outcomes, and engagement as informed citizens in world that is impacted by increasingly complex socio-scientific issues.

Connie’s research interests focus on research and practical guidance around teacher’s professional practice, in support of student positive engagement in formal education systems. Specifically, her research focuses on: i) understanding and improving teachers’ and school leaders use of research evidence in practice; ii) understanding and improving students’ learning experiences and engagement, in formal schooling, and particularly in science and environmental education; and iii) understanding and improving teacher professional learning in education, and particularly in science and environmental education.

To understand complex systems, such as education, Connie’s draws from a range qualitative and quantitative research methods to engage a diverse range of education stakeholders, from practitioners to students.

Connie is currently on the Monash Q Project, a 5-year nation-wide initiative investigating the quality of evidence use in education, funded by the Paul Ramsey Foundation.

Twitter: @ConnieCirkony

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/connie-cirkony

Monash Q Project: https://www.monash.edu/education/research/projects/qproject

Research area keywords

  • Evidence-informed Practice
  • Education curriculum pedagogy
  • Science and STEM Education
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • Digital learning
  • Teacher Professional Learning

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