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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:

Research Gate

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

Keywords

  • Biology education
  • Teacher professional learning and 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

Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2001 2018

Pedagogical equilibrium as a lens for understanding teaching about teaching

Mansfield, J. & Loughran, J., 2018, In : Studying Teacher Education. 14, 3, p. 246-257 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The nature of science

Smith, K., Corrigan, D. & Mansfield, J., Aug 2018, Science Education for Australian Students: Teaching Science from Foundation to Year 12. Fitzgerald, A. & Corrigan, D. (eds.). 1st ed. Crows Nest NSW Australia: Allen & Unwin, p. 113-142 30 p.

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

Knox personal learning: Interim report

Smith, K., Loughran, J. & Mansfield, J., May 2017, Clayton Vic Australia: Monash University. 27 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Developing Knowledge of Practice Through Self-Study: Becoming a Science Teacher Educator

Mansfield, J. L., Loughran, J. J. & Kidman, G. C., 2016, Enhancing Professional Knowledge of Pre-Service Science Teacher Education by Self-Study Research: Turning a Critical Eye on Our Practice. Buck, G. A. & Akerson, V. L. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 385-405 21 p. (ASTE Series in Science Education).

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

Diagnosis of trisomy 21 in preimplantation embryos by singe-cell DNA fingerprinting

Katz, M. G., Mansfield, J., Gras, L., Trounson, A. O. & Cram, D. S., 2001, In : Reproductive BioMedicine Online. 4, 1, p. 43 - 50 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Dean’s ECR Project Award

Jennifer Louise Mansfield (Recipient), 28 Feb 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ESERA Early Career Researcher Travel Awards 2017

Jennifer Louise Mansfield (Recipient), 16 Jan 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2018

  • 8 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

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

XVIII Symposium of the International Organization for Science and Technology Education 2018

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker)
13 Aug 201817 Aug 2018

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 2017

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker)
27 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Conference of the European Science Education Research Association 2017

Jennifer Mansfield (Speaker)
21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference