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Karen is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and her research interests relate to psychology and science education, including: developing the pedagogical knowledge of pre-service teachers; teaching science in integrated ways to engage learners to explore its value, complexity and relevance within our society; and the value of coteaching and collaborative work of teachers.

Karen aims to raise the profile of teaching psychology in schools, especially establishing psychology's place in the curriculum and ongoing support and advocacy for psychology teachers as professionals. She is interested in developing shared meanings for teaching psychology as a contemporary science and ways to connect and build on learning experiences to promote psychologically literate citizens. 

Karen has extensive experience as a teacher educator, working in a number of leadership roles within different initial teacher education programs at Monash University and previously at University of Melbourne. She has enjoyed key roles in building school connections and faciliating quality placement experiences for pre-service teachers.  Karen is an experienced secondary school teacher (including psychology, chemistry, health, environmental & general science; and sport & environmental programs) in a range of Australian and International schools, and has extensive experience chairing examination and curriculum panels. Karen is co-author of a popular secondary psychology textbook series, has contributed to science texts and was president on a Primary School Council for many years. 

Research interests

Psychology education (Psychology curriculum, psychology teachers, teaching and learning of psychology)

Teaching socioscientific/ societal issues, integrated science, and sustainability education 

Teacher education, curriculum making, coteaching, and collaborative work of teachers


Monash teaching commitment

EDF4252 Integrated approaches to science learning and teaching

EDF5175 & EDF5176 Psychology education in secondary schools A & B

EDF5137 & EDF5138 General science education in secondary schools A & B

EDF4069 Transition to the profession

EDF3075 Developing transdisciplinary pedagogies

EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement

EDF5127 & EDF5128 Chemistry education in secondary schools A & B

EDF5183 & EDF5184 General Method and Teaching Specialisms units A & B

EDF5941, EDF5942, EDF5943 & EDF5944 Professional Experience Units

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Psychology education
  • Science education
  • Psychology curriculum
  • Teacher Education
  • Coteaching
  • Sustainability
  • Integrated approaches to science learning and teaching
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing


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