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Professor Jan van DrielA former chemistry teacher, Professor van Driel has a PhD in chemical education from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He was a teacher trainer and educational consultant at Delft University of Technology, before joining Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching in 1995. He went on to become the Professor of Science Education in 2006 and Director of ICLON, Leiden University, before moving to Australia in 2016 to become the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s inaugural Professor of Science Education. A world leading scholar, Professor van Driel’s work is influential in informing the professional development of science teachers and he has done extensive research in the domains of teaching, teaching education and higher education. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Science Education and was Vice-President of the Netherlands Educational Research Association from 2001-2009. Until recently Professor van Driel was chair of the Interuniversity Centre for Teacher Education and secretary of the board of the Technasium Foundation (Netherlands).
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Current research projects
Reconceptualising Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Programs through collaborative partnerships between scientists and educators
ReMSTEP is a three year collaborative project led by the University of Melbourne in association with Deakin, La Trobe and Monash universities that responds to the need for improved competence and confidence in the teaching of science and maths, as a pre-service focus, across the Australian Curriculum
Investigating literary knowledge in the making of English teachers
This project explores the literary education of Early Career English Teachers in order to understand the role that literary knowledge plays in their teaching.
Secondary and university mathematics: Do they speak the same language?
This project will examine symbol use, a key aspect of students’ mathematical experience at school and university, and measure its impact on progression rates.
Effective Early Educational Experiences, or E4Kids, is the most extensive longitudinal study ever conducted into the impact and effectiveness of early childhood education and care in Australia, as well as outcomes for children who do not attend programs.
Focus on learners: education experts to Government
Australia’s current education policies will not address its slipping international rankings, according to a paper from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.
Realising the potential of Australia’s high capacity students
This project, known as REAP, involves exploration of the trend of students in the upper quartile of student achievement not showing learning gains at the same rate as their peers.
Assessment and Teaching of Foundational Skills for Diverse Learners: The Students with Additional Needs Program
This program of research commenced in 2007 at the Assessment Research Centre under the leadership of Professor Patrick Griffin, and since then has drawn on the collaborative work of many educators, researchers, and administrators who share a commitment to supporting every student's right to learn.
Teachers’ application of arts rich practice: teaching in and through the arts
Teachers’ application of arts rich practice: teaching in and through the arts.
Teacher Artmaker Project
TAP is an international first for Visual Art Education, providing for the first time, longitudinal data on teacher’s participation in art production, perceptions of quality of teaching, and expectations of retention in the profession.
Specific Mathematics Assessments that Reveal Thinking
A 'smart-test' is an assessment that reveals thinking about a specific topic in mathematics.
The Experience of Education: The impacts of high stakes testing on school students and their families: An Educator’s Perspective is a major study into the impact of NAPLAN testing.
Teachers’ professional statistical literacy
This project is examining principals’ and teachers’ attitudes to, and perceptions of, statistical reports as well as their skills in interpreting such quantitative information.
Exploring teacher professional learning in a virtual environment
This project will establish a virtual classroom where participants can observe and explore teacher and student thinking.
Learning Mathematics with Technology
In multi-facetted projects, we are investigating the new opportunities to improve the teaching and learning of difficult topics, particularly algebra, through changed curriculum, assessment and teaching.
Researching ArtPlay and Signal
ArtPlay (2004) and Signal (2009) are unique community arts spaces managed by the City of Melbourne (CoM). They cater for children and youth aged from three to their early twenties. The primary foci of this research is participant engagement.