The Science Education theme members work to build new educational experiences and examine how well these new experiences work for students and academics; after all, “new” also needs to mean “better”. Our research projects use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the development, implementation, stakeholder experience, and outcomes of educational activities.
Our research students work directly with educators, employers, and other students at UQ and further afield; they conduct surveys and interviews, examine student outputs, and analyse feedback from multiple sources. In some cases they work directly on new and creative teaching media such as online learning tools, video productions, student magazines, radio programs, and podcasts.
The Science Education theme members also work directly with other academics in local, national, and international contexts to evalute and improve educational practice.

Theme Leader Dr Susan Rowland

Discipline/Theme members

Students' awareness of their own conceptual models in chemistry and their motivation to apply formative feedback in their learning
Research skills - how can students learn key research skills and how can we assess this. Teaching core biochemical, microbiological and molecular biology knowledge to students of the health professions.
My group focuses in the development of professionalism in undergraduate students through authentic practice learning activities.
Laboratory-based learning in Chemistry – what are the barriers to student success in the laboratory and how do we provide situations that allow students to maximize their learning. Mathematical foundations for Chemistry study
Integration and evaluation of undergraduate research experiences, and assessment/feedback practices in large undergraduate microbiology courses

Other members of the school with research interests in this area

Infectious diseases, molecular biology and biotechnology
Bioinformatics (analysis, modelling and integration of biological data)
Molecular genetics and biology of breast cancer
Metallo-supramolecular chemistry
Biocatalysis and Molecular Toxicology
Biomaterials for bone repair and regeneration
Vector-borne viruses; structure/function of viral proteins; viral vaccines and diagnostics; virus discovery
Microbial physiology and biochemistry of metalloenzymes
Signalling molecules in macrophages and tumour cells
Synthesis, methodology, and medicinal chemistry
Clinical protozoology
Bacterial Pathogenesis
Physical Chemistry - Structure, function, mechanism and pharmaceutical potential of metalloenzymes
Nano drug delivery systems for therapeutic proteins and anticancer drugs
Engineering phages to control bacteria biofilms
Molecular virology

Affiliated Members