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Karen is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and her research interests relate to science curriculum and pedagogy 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 co-teaching 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, having a variety of roles in a number of different initial teacher education programs. She is an experienced secondary school teacher (including psychology, chemistry, health, environmental & general science; and range of sport & outdoor environmental programs) in a range of Australian and International schools, and has extensive experience on 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 curriculum & pedagogy; teaching and learning of psychology in schools, psychology teachers professional career pathways.

Science curriculum & pedagogies; teaching and learning of science; interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs, especially the middle years.

Developing the pedogogical knowledge of preservice teachers. 

Co-teaching - working with academics and school teachers in preservice teacher academic units.

Teacher views and teaching science as a human endeavour: nature, values and relevance of/for science.  

Teacher views of psychology and contemporary science; teaching science concepts with science practices that inform these concepts.

Science teacher education; mentoring; teachers as professionals.

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

EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement

EDF5127 & EDF5128 Chemistry education in secondary schools A & B

Research area keywords

  • Psychology education
  • Science education
  • Psychology curriculum
  • Psychology teacher education
  • Science teacher education
  • Co-teaching
  • Science curriculum
  • Teaching concepts with core science practices
  • Integrated approaches to science learning and teaching
  • Secondary school psychology
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Sustainability
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing
  • Transforming teaching and learning


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