Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Penny Stephens

 Penny Stephens

BAppSc (Chemistry), GradDipTeach (Sec), MEd (Social and Environmental Education)QUT

In 2008 I joined CSU's School of Education to teach the science curriculum method subjects in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course.  

Prior to my appointment to Charles Sturt University, I held various teaching and curriculum support / advisory positions with NSWDET, Education Queensland and the NT Department of Education. In my 20+ years in schools (urban, regional and remote) and in Environmental Education Centres, I have taught students of all year levels - Kinder to Year 12 and held the positions of Coordinator, Advanced Skills Teacher, Project Officer (Educational Adviser), Head of Department and Principal (Acting). Although my original discipline area was Science (Chemistry and Biology) I have since broadened my teaching areas through my Masters of Education studies to include Environmental and Social Education and studies in adult learning and professional development.

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My research interests, Education for sustainability, ICT and assessment practices in K-12 science education and teacher education, have arisen directly from this diverse teaching experience. Currently I am facilitating a curriculum project which is a collaboration between Essential Energy, CSU and a group of Riverina teachers. Funded by a grant from  Essential Energy, this group is producing a new educational resource for stage 3 (years 5 & 6) on the sustainable use of electrical energy that will include technology meditated, interactive, inquiry learning activities.

As a Teaching and Professional academic, I also engage in a range of professional activities that contribute to the development and improvement of educational practice e.g. involvement in national, state and regional professional associations and advisory groups.

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  • Science and Technology curriculum method
  • Becoming a teaching professional
  • Professional experience

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  • Australian Science Teachers Association
  • Social Education Association Australia
  • Building University Study Success Maths and Science Working Party
  • CSU's Talking to Learn Project
  • NSW Board of Studies Science Educators Network
  • School of Education Assessment Committee
  • School of Education Change and Communication Working Party
  • Technology and Teaching Practice Research Group - Teacher Education Research Priority Area
  • Riverina Environmental Education Working Group
  • Wagga Sustainability Educators Group

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  • Boylan, C., & Stephens, P. (2010). Pre-service teachers use of ICTs in science. INTED2010 (International Technology, Education and Development) [Proceedings CD] ISBN: 978-84-613-5538-9
  • Boylan, C., &  Stephens, P. (2010). Selection of senior secondary science subjects by pre-service primary teacher education students. Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) conference paper

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