Christine McDonald

Christine Mcdonald

BEd (Hons), BSc, PhD, GCert (Higher Ed)

Christine is Dean (Academic) of the Arts, Education and Law Group, Griffith University, and a Professor of Science Education. Her research primarily focuses on teachers’ and students’ conceptions of science, and she recently led the Australian leg of a large-scale, international study investigating students’ scientific inquiry with over 5000 students in 37 countries.

She has designed and delivered online professional learning programs to over 400 Queensland science teachers as part of funded government initiatives and her commissioned review of best practice in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education underpinned the development of the Queensland Department of Education STEM Strategy.

Christine is a past parent with a commitment to quality education. Her local, national and international connections in the science education community will enable her to share her expertise and provide cutting edge advice to the Council on curriculum matters.

Key current and previous appointments, roles and qualifications include:

  • Member – Clayfield College Advisory Council
  • Associate Editor – Journal of Research in Science Teaching (USA)
  • Previous Director – Australasian Science Education Research Association
  • Previous Chair – National Association for Research in Science Teaching (USA) Early Career Research Award Committee.
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