BAppSc (Chem), GradDipTeach (Sec), MEd (Social and Environmental Education)
Penny Stephens is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Education (K-12), Bachelor of Education (H&PE) and the Bachelor of Outdoor Education. As Course Director she has oversight of these courses’ design, quality assurance, accreditation, delivery and evaluation to ensure a high quality learning experience for teacher education students in keeping with CSU's strategic priorities for curriculum learning and teaching, national accreditation standards and NSW-specific requirements. Previous to this role she convened and taught various primary and secondary science curriculum method and professional experience subjects in CSU’s initial teacher education courses.
Prior to her appointment to Charles Sturt University in 2008, she held various teaching and curriculum support / advisory positions with NSWDET, Education Queensland and the NT Department of Education. In her 20+ years in schools (urban, regional and remote) and in Environmental Education Centres, she 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 her original discipline area was Science (Chemistry and Biology) she broadened her teaching areas through Masters of Education studies to include Environmental and Social Education, adult learning and professional development.
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.