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Dr Vinesh Chandra

Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership

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Name
Dr Vinesh Chandra
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3339
Fax
+61 7 3138 3985
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Science Education (Curtin University of Technology), Master of Science (The University of the South Pacific), Graduate Certificate of Education (The University of the South Pacific), Bachelor of Science (The University of the South Pacific)

Professional memberships
and associations

Executive Committee Member: International Conference of STEM in Education    

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background Dr Vinesh Chandra is a Senior Lecturer in ICT Education at QUT. He completed his doctorate at Curtin University of Technology in 2005. His thesis was titled “The impact of a blended web-based learning environment on the perceptions, attitudes, and performance of boys and girls in junior science and senior physics”.

Prior to joining QUT, he taught in high schools for 25 years. Twenty of these years were spent in Queensland Schools in various capacities. Apart from teaching mathematics and science he has also been very active in designing innovative pedagogies to blend ICT in classrooms. He has received a number of awards for his innovative approaches to teaching. These include awards from the Vice Chancellor and the Queensland Government.

At QUT, he teaches in undergraduate courses in education that focus on ICT, design technology, mathematics, and science. He also supervises postgraduate research students in these disciplines. 

Dr Chandra has worked on a number of research projects (including projects overseas). He leads the SEE Project (http://theseeproject.org/) which is actively involved in advancing the print and digital literacy agenda in developing countries (e.g. Fiji). In 2014, he was a visiting expert at UNESCO in Paris. One of his key responsibilities was the design and delivery of a program to trainers of Zambian ICT teachers.

Dr Chandra has also served on various committees and working groups including the QSA, Education Queensland and ACARA. He was also one of the conveners’ of the First International Conference of STEM Education which was held in Brisbane in 2010.  The conference has since been held in Beijing (2012) and Vancouver (2014) in collaboration with Beijing Normal University and the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the executive committee of the conference. 

Research interests

  • STEM Education 
  • Technology-rich learning environments
  • Video games
  • Robotics
  • Technology in developing countries

This information has been contributed by Dr Vinesh Chandra.

Teaching

Course co-ordinator for

  • CRB935 (Teaching Primary ICT)
  • CRB936 (Teaching Primary Design Technology)
  • CRB011 (Teaching Technologies)

Teaching expertise in the following courses

  • EDN611(Professional Applications of Research)
  • MDB001 (Foundation Science & Quantitative Literacy)
  • MDB006 (Teaching Primary Science)
  • MDB021 (Mathematics Curriculum 1)
  • EDB006 (Learning Networks)
This information has been contributed by Dr Vinesh Chandra.

Experience

2009-2010: Senior Lecturer in ICT Education

2006-2009: Lecturer in ICT Education

1987-2006:  Mathematics & Science Teacher – High Schools (Education Queensland)

1982-1986:  Mathematics & Science Teacher – High Schools (Fiji Government)

This information has been contributed by Dr Vinesh Chandra.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.