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Personal profile

Biography

Jennifer Mansfield is a science teacher educator in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Jennifer's passion for science and science education has seen her work as a scientist and secondary school science teacher before transitioning into pre-service teacher education. Her research interests include the development of teachers' professional knowledge of practice and the development of teachers understanding and attitudes about science education, in particular science as a human endeavour and the nature of science.

Research interests

Current reserach projects

Pedagogical equilibrium (PE) as a lens for teacher knowledge development: This research aims to explore the usefulness of PE for capturing and framing the development of teachers’ professional knowledge of practice.

Comparing the nature of education and biomedical students’ views about the nature of science (NOS). This cross-faculty project involves working with Students as research Partners (SaRP) as a way of developing graduate attributes and employability skills.

Enhancing the quality of practical work in schools to support student learning: Encouraging pre-service teacher critical thinking about the selection, planning and implementation of practical work in secondary science classrooms. I am interested in extending this research to include in-service teachers.

Primary Teachers’ Perceptions and Current Understanding of STEM Education: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

Please feel free to contact me for further information about these research projects.

 Other research interests:

  • Primary and secondary science education
  • Biology education
  • Science as a human endeavour and the nature of science
  • Teacher professional knowledge development
  • Promoting scientific literacy in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors

External profiles:

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Google Scholar

Supervision interests

Science teacher learning and professional knowledge development, the use of practical work in science, nature of science and science as a human endeavour, teacher professional learning and knowledge development, self-study, biology education, primary science learning and teaching

Research area keywords

  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Biology education
  • Science Teaching and Learning
  • Science Teacher Education
  • Primary and Secondary science Education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Practical work in science education
  • Nature of science
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Pedagogical equilibrium
  • STEM education
  • Self-Study
  • Teacher professional learning and education

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Projects

Research Output

Leading School based change: The Knox School Interim Report

Smith, K., Mansfield, J. & Adams, M., Feb 2020, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 22 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

The place of values in the aims of school science education

Mansfield, J. & Reiss, M. J., 2020, Values in Science Education: The Shifting Sands. Corrigan, D., Buntting, C., Fitzgerald, A. & Jones, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 191-209 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

What do primary teachers think about stem education? Exploring cross-cultural perspectives

Smith, K., George, S. & Mansfield, J., 2020, STEM Education in Primary Classrooms: Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand. Fitzgerald, A., Haeusler, C. & Pfeiffer, L. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 115-130 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Knox Personal Learning Strategy: Intent and Action

Smith, K., Loughran, J. & Mansfield, J., Jan 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 33 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Pedagogical Equilibrium: The Development of Teachers’ Professional Knowledge

Mansfield, J., 2019, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 225 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Dean’s ECR Project Award

Mansfield, Jennifer (Recipient), 28 Feb 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ESERA Early Career Researcher Travel Awards 2017

Mansfield, Jennifer (Recipient), 16 Jan 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research

Mansfield, Jennifer (Recipient), 15 May 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 11 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Conference of the European Science Education Research Association 2019

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker), , Kathy Smith (Speaker), & Sindu George (Speaker)

26 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2019

Jennifer Mansfield (Session chair), & Yvonne Maree Hodgson Fetherston (Speaker)

2 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2019

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker), , Kathy Smith (Speaker), & Sindu George (Speaker)

2 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices 2018

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker)

15 Jul 201819 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2018

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker)

26 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media