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Personal profile

Biography

Kathy Smith is Senior Lecturer at Monash University with specialisations in primary science education and teacher professional learning. In her prior position as an Independent Education Consultant, Kathy worked with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) on a number of science projects including Primary Connections and Coaching workshops. Her work also included an ongoing 8 year relationship with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) where she assisted with the development, implementation and review of a sector wide Science Education Strategy for the Melbourne Archdiocese. Kathy also developed and facilitated a number of teacher professional learning initiatives for CEM which aimed to enhance teacher confidence and support the learning and teaching of science at all levels of schooling. These initiatives and related research, enabled Kathy to actively raise the profile of CEM Science Education through presentations at National and International Science Education conferences and by publishing in International journals. Undertaking work as an Education Consultant also enabled Kathy to gain extensive experience working with schools in Government and Independent sectors, supporting teachers with planning and pedagogy. This work built upon previous experiences as Manager of Education programs for the Monash Science Centre, located at Monash University. In this position she was able to oversee the provision of quality school-based support for science education, particularly in primary schools, across all sectors. Prior to these roles Kathy worked as a Sessional Lecturer in Science and Mathematics Education at RMIT and began her career working as a primary classroom teacher for nine years with the Victorian Department of Education. Critically, Kathy has particular expertise around primary science education, with a particular interest in teacher professional learning and the conditions that build teacher capacity for self-directed learning. Kathy reviews papers for an international science education journal and presents at both national and international conferences.

Research & Supervision Interests

◦                     The conditions that promote student engagement in science education

◦                     scientific literacy and classroom practice

◦                     teacher professional learning and the conditions that enhance teacher decision making and recognition of professional expertise

◦                     effective pedagogy in science education

Keywords

  • Teacher Professional Learning
  • primary science education
  • scientific
  • scientific literacy
  • teacher thinking

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 1999 2018

Reinvigorating primary school science through school-community partnerships

Smith, K., Fitzgerald, A., Deefholts, S., Jackson, S., Sadler, N., Smith, A. & Lindsay, S., 27 Jun 2018, Navigating the changing landscape of formal and informal science learning opportunities. Corrigan, D., Bunting, C., Jones, A. & Loughran, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 87-103 17 p.

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

Transitioning into professional practice

Smith, K. & Cooper, R., 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. 235-261 27 p.

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

What the learner brings

Smith, K. & Fitzgerald, A., 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. 26-56 31 p.

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

Open Access
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Conditions for learning: Building and sharing teacher professional knowledge

Smith, K., 2017, Quality Learning: Teachers Changing their Practice. Smith, K. & Loughran, J. (eds.). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, Vol. 22. p. 29-38 10 p. (Professional Learning; vol. 22).

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

Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Consultancy
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Catholic Education Office Melbourne (External organisation)

Kathy Smith (Contributor)
2016 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Stile Education (External organisation)

Kathy Smith (Member)
20162017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Research in Science Education (Journal)

Kathy Smith (Peer reviewer)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility