Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr James Deehan

Dr James Deehan

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) (1st Class) Doctor of Philosophy

James graduated with a first-class Honours degree from the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course in 2012. Since graduating James has taught in primary schools in the Bathurst region, focusing on science education, gifted and talented education and small school education. The subject of James' Honours thesis was how a primary science and technology curriculum subject influenced the science teaching efficacy beliefs of a cohort of preservice primary teachers. In 2013 James was offered an Australian Postgraduate award to complete a PhD at CSU, Bathurst. In his PhD research, James investigated how the science subjects offered at CSU influence the science teaching efficacy beliefs and science teaching practices of early career primary teachers. He was awarded his doctorate in 2017. James has extensive experience as a university educator, teaching 40 subject offerings across science, technology and educational research methods since 2014. As an early career researcher, James has experience with meta-analytic, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. He is currently working on projects in primary science and technology education, creative arts education and university education practices.

Dr James Deehan is a registered co-supervisor and is interested in the following areas in educational research:

  • Primary education
  • Science education
  • Technology education
  • University education
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Meta analytic research methods

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James has a broad array of research interests and generally seeks worthwhile opportunities to advance educational knowledge and practice. His core areas of interest are primary education, science education, technology education and university education. James also has experience employing quantitative, qualitative and meta analytic research methods. James’ current research projects include:

  • Promoting Connectedness in Higher Education: An Investigation of Online and On-campus Learning Communities in Creative Arts Education (Charles Sturt University Ethics Protocol Number: H20002)
  • Primary science and technology education in Australian universities: A comprehensive overview of context and practice (Charles Sturt University Ethics Protocol Number: H18197)
  • Investigating students’ feedback beliefs and perceptions of feedback value at a regional Australian university (Charles Sturt University Ethics Protocol Number: H18264)

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James’ university teaching is focused on primary science, technology and educational research methods. James is a registered HDR co-supervisor and is interested supervising Honours, Masters and PhD students. James has taught the following subjects:

  • EER500: Introduction to Educational Research (2016-present)
  • EMS207: Science and Technology Curriculum Studies (2016-present)
  • EMS406: Science and Technology Curriculum Studies (2015-present)
  • EEB504: Data-Informed Practice (2016-2018)
  • EER501: Qualitative Research Methods (2015-2018)
  • EEB501: Preparing a Literature Review (2018)
  • ESC407: Classroom Technologies (2017-2018)
  • EMM209: Mathematics Content and Pedagogy (2017)
  • EEL410: Special Topic in Education: Teacher as Researcher (2016)
  • EER411: Researching Teaching (2016)
  • EMH304: Education for Sustainability (2015)
  • EPT435: Emerging Professional and EPT445: Internship (2015)
  • EMS308: Science and Technology Curriculum (2014)
  • EMS418: Curriculum Studies: Science and Technology (2013-2014)
  • EMS301: Science and Technology in the Primary School (2014)

In 2018, James received a Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education Excellence Award for significant contribution to subject design and online teaching practices.

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Dissertations

Deehan, J. (2013). How do I measure up? A longitudinal investigation of a cohort of Australian pre-service primary teachers' science experiences (Unpublished Honours Thesis. Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia.

Deehan, J. (2017). Primary science for a new age: A mixed methods, multi-stage investigation of innovative practices in preservice primary science education (Unpublished Doctoral Thesis. Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia.

Books

Deehan, J. (2017). The Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instruments (A and B): A comprehensive review of methods and findings from 25 years of science education research. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. (ISBN: 978-3-319-42465-1, 86 pages)

Refereed Journal Articles

Deehan, J., McKinnon, D. H., & Danaia, L. (2019). A long-term investigation of the science teaching efficacy beliefs of multiple cohorts of preservice elementary teachers. Journal of Science Teaching Education, 30(8), 923-945.

Deehan, J., Danaia, L., & McKinnon, D. H. (2018, March). From students to teachers: Investigating the science teaching efficacy beliefs and experiences of graduate primary teachers. Research in Science Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11165-018-9716-9

Deehan, J., Danaia, L., & McKinnon, D. H. (2017). A longitudinal investigation of the science teaching efficacy beliefs and science experiences of a cohort of preservice elementary teachers. International Journal of Science Education, 39(18), 2548-2573. doi:10.1080/09500693.2017.1393706

McKinnon, D.H., Danaia, L. & Deehan, J. (June, 2017). The design of preservice primary teacher education science subjects: The emergence of an interactive educational design model. Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE), 4(1), 1-24. doi:https://doi.org/10.19030/jaese.v4i1.9972

Danaia, L., & Deehan, J. (2016). A model for the creation of cooperative e-learning spaces: Teaching early childhood and primary preservice teachers how to teach science. Fusion Journal, (8), 1-19.

Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D. H., Danaia, L., & Deehan, J. (2016). A large scale inquiry-based astronomy intervention project: Impact on students' content knowledge performance and views of their high school science classroom. Research in Science Education, 46(6), 901-916. doi:10.1007/s11165-015-9486-6

Refereed Conference Presentations

Deehan, J., McKinnon, D. H., & Danaia, L. (2015, July). The implementation of two complex, innovative science subjects in a primary education program: Quantitative findings over an 8-year period (2007-2014). Paper presented at the Australian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference, Perth, Australia

Deehan, J., Danaia, L., & McKinnon, D. H. (2015, July). A longitudinal investigation of the science experiences and beliefs of a cohort of pre-service teachers making their first steps into the teaching profession. Paper presented at the Australian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference, Perth, Australia.

Invited Presentations
Deehan, J., & Parker, P. (2019, August). Feedback: What do our students believe and value? Presentation delivered on the 27th of August, 2019 at the Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education Learning and Teaching Symposium, Albury, Australia

Parker, P., & Deehan, J. (2019, August). Case study of subject design and delivery for sustainable dialogic feedback. Presentation delivered on the 27th of August, 2019 at the Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education Learning and Teaching Symposium, Albury, Australia.

Deehan, J. (2015, September). A longitudinal investigation of the science experiences and beliefs of a cohort of pre-service teachers making their first steps into the teaching profession. Public Lecture delivered and recorded at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. Retrieved from http://tarabrabazon.libsyn.com/a-longitudinal-investigation-of-the-science-experiences-and-beliefs-of-a-cohort-of-pre-service-teachers-making-their-first-steps-into-the-teaching-profession

Non-refereed Work

Parker, P., & Deehan, J. (2019, October). Case study of subject design and delivery for sustainable dialogic feedback. Arts & Education NeXus: Targeted Professional Learning, (19). Retrieved from https://www.smore.com/qydh9-arts-education-nexus

Deehan, J. (2015, June). Time to follow the Fins! Bridging the gap between schools and universities. Online Opinion. Retrieved from http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=17397

Deehan, J. (2014, October). Teachers galore? A brief analysis of the 'Oversupply of Teachers' in NSW. Online Opinion. Retrieved from http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=16801

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