Associate Professor Lena has been recognised nationally for her outstanding contributions to learning and teaching where she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Teaching Excellence Award. She has also received an ALTC citation for teaching excellence. Lena previously worked as a teacher in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Lena is experienced in working on large-scale research projects that involve cross-institution collaborations. Lena was a Chief Investigator and the nominated Post-Doctoral Fellow on the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Space to Grow that investigated the impact of conducting real science projects in schools on students’ knowledge outcomes and their experiences in school science and on their teachers’ professional learning and the pedagogies they employ in science. In 2016, Lena was contracted by the Northern Territory Department of Education to conduct an evaluation of distance education pedagogy in three Northern Territory Government distance education centres.
Currently, Lena is the chief investigator on a two-year project at Kinross Wolaroi School funded by the Association of Independent Schools focused on collaborative approaches to programming and teaching primary school science. Lena is also collaborating with colleagues from CSU and Swinburne Universities in the evaluation of the federally funded program Little Scientists. Lena currently supervisors six PhD students within the Faculty of Arts and Education.
Project Collaborations and Consultancies
Lena currently supervises six PhD students within the Faculty of Arts and Education. Lena predominately teaches Science and Technology and Mathematics Curriculum Subjects within the Early Childhood and Primary and K-12 Bachelor of Education degrees and within the Bachelor and Master of Teaching Courses. Lena has also taught Quantitative Research Methods. In 2013, Lena was a Transition Coordinator within the School of Teacher Education.
Lena has delivered a number of teacher professional learning sessions and school-based science workshops. She has also facilitated a number of primary school science days. Lena has presented at public events such as the Annual Just Add Science Fair held at the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum.
Lena delivers STEM-based workshops throughout the year to primary and secondary students as part of the Future Moves program at Charles Sturt University. Lena has also facilitated STEM workshops for the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.
Lena has served on a number of internal and external advisory panels for candidates presenting their PhD and Masters Research Proposals. Lena has also served as a member on Initial Teacher Education Accreditation Panels for BOSTES. Lena serves on the Board of Reviewers for the Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education. She is also member of the Australasian Science Education Research Association.