1975 …2019

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Emeritus Professor Gunstone was previously Professor of Science and Technology Education, and Director (and founder) of the Monash-King's College (London) International Centre for the Study of Science and Mathematics Curriculum. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Life Member of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria. He has extensive research, development and consultancy experience in learning, teaching, curriculum, assessment, and teacher development, in school and undergraduate science, physics, engineering (and to a lesser extent medicine) contexts. In 2014 he was presented with the andldquo;Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Awardandrdquo; of NARST - the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (USA).

Professor Gunstone has published widely in these areas, including fifteen books (two translated into Japanese and one into Chinese, one in Portuguese; currently 2 more books and an encyclopedia in preparation), 50 book chapters and over 150 refereed research papers. He is frequently invited to address international research conferences; in the last decade: Fifth International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (Penang Malaysia), The Spring School for Young Researchers in Mathematics and Science Education of Catalonia (Barcelona), Japanese Society for Science Education (Chiba), New Zealand Science Education Forum (Christchurch), Science and Mathematics Teachers Seminar Singapore Youth Science Festival, International Workshop on New Developments in the Teaching of Physics (Puebla, Mexico), International Conference on Secondary Science Curricula (Bahrain), International Conference on Physics Education in Cultural Contexts (Cheongwon, Korea), Conference of the Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique (Physics Teacher Education Beyond 2000; Barcelona), International Cooperative Study on Children's Views of Science (Hiroshima, Japan), Annual Convention of the Japan Curriculum Research and Development Association (Hiroshima),.

He is editor-in-chief of the first Encyclopedia of Science Education, to be published by Springer in 2014 (see http://refworks.springer.com/ScienceEducation).

He has given research and policy advice to, and undertaken evaluations for, universities in many countries, national and international research bodies, national and international education systems and other stake holders. More recent examples include:

* 2013 Member as Critical Friend of the Australian Council of Learned Academies (joint body of the Academy of Science, Academy of Social Sciences, Academy of Humanities, Academy of the Technological Sciences) 'Project STEM: Country Comparisons' for the Securing Australia's Future program of the Australian Chief Scientist.

* 2010-2012: Member Physics Advisory Committee for the development of the senior high school Physics Curriculum, Australian National Curriculum

* 2010 Visiting Professor Autonomous University of Barcelona

* 2009-11 External Assessor Universiti Sains Malaysia

* 2006-8 External Examiner Dept of Mathematics and Science Education, University of Brunei Darussalam

* 2006 Participant in invited National Science Foundation/National Research Council (USA) project to develop a science education research agenda for the next decade (only participant from outside North America)

* 2004-5 Development of science standards for new Victorian science curriculum P-10

* 2002: Bahrain Department of Education on science curriculum, teaching and assessment

He has extensive experience in evaluation of researchers, and research project and development project applications, and consequent funding allocations: Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) European Commission (each of FP5, FP6, FP7) National Science Foundation (USA) National Research Foundation (South Africa) Israel Science Foundation Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada National Research Council Canada Wellcome Trust (UK).

Research interests

Learning, teaching and teacher development, metacognition, all within a constructivist framework, and particularly in science education (and including tertiary level science and engineering); laboratory work in science education; conceptual change, particularly in physics education; values and science education; the nature of the intended science curriculum and the ways in which the compexity and contexts of 'real-world' applications of science can be validly incorporated; assessment and its interactions with curriculum and learning (particularly in science and in considerations of 'relevance' in science).

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Research Output

Alternative conceptions: turning adversity into advantage

Ferreira, A., Lemmer, M. & Gunstone, R., Jun 2019, In : Research in Science Education. 49, 3, p. 657-678 22 p.

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Transformative pedagogy: Dinka playgroups as spaces for cultural knowledge productions of Western science

Fleer, M., Adams, M. & Gunstone, R., 2019, In : Cultural Studies of Science Education. 14, 4, p. 1045-1069 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Contemporary scientists and their interactions with non-scientists: alternative companion stories for school curricula

Smith, D. V., Mulhall, P. J., Hart, C. E. & Gunstone, R. F., 11 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Research in Science Education. 20 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Contemporary Scientists Discuss the Need for Openness and Open-Mindedness in Science and Society

Mulhall, P. J., Smith, D. V., Hart, C. E. & Gunstone, R. F., 1 Oct 2017, In : Research in Science Education. 47, 5, p. 1151-1168 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)