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Associate Professor Donna King

Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership

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Name
Associate Professor Donna King
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education Systems
Phone
+61 7 3138 8270
Fax
+61 7 3138 3985
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Science (Griffith University), Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland), Diploma of Education (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Memberships

  • STAQ – Science Teachers Association of Queensland
  • ASERA – Australasian Science Education Research Association
Keywords

agency | passivity, agency | structure, chemistry education, context-based teaching and learning, high school science, middle school science, sociocultural theoretical perspectives

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

Biography

Dr Donna King is a senior lecturer in science education in the school of teacher education and leadership at QUT. She completed her PhD in 2009 where she theorised how students learn chemistry through a context-based approach. Her work determined that students could make connections by toing and froing between contexts and concepts when real-world contexts were central to learning.  She was granted an early career researcher grant and faculty fellowship to continue this research into middle years classrooms.

 

Dr King’s recent research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education spans three interconnecting fields: context-based science, engineering education and the emotional engagement of students in science classes. She has been the chief investigator on three ARC grants. Through Dr King’s work on the ARC grant “Developmental engineering education in the primary school,” she has worked with Professor Lyn English to develop integrated STEM resources where students learn science, mathematics and technology housed in engineering contexts. These resources have been used in many primary schools. The research from this work highlights the discipline learning that occurs for students when engaged in integrated STEM activities.

 

Dr King’s research on emotions has contributed new insights into the emotional engagement of middle years students in science. She continues to work in this area seeking opportunities to help students manage their emotions through interventions such as deep breathing. Dr King completed a project last year working with a team of researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and the Department of Education and Training to establish a STEM Hub for schools where teachers were connected to industry partners for the improvement of real-world connections in STEM. She plans to continue this research to investigate how innovative STEM contexts improve students’ learning and emotional engagement in science.

 

Dr King was recently invited to be co-chief editor of the Australasian Science Education journal Research in Science Education.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Donna King.

Teaching

Teaching history Donna has taught science education in both primary and secondary courses, as well as integrated science and technology for middle years students. She is course coordinator for the Master of Teaching Primary course.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Donna King.

Experience

Donna has been actively involved in three research grants with both Education Queensland and private schools. This has involved working with teachers to design innovative science and engineering units for implementation as well as Professional Development for teachers. She is currently working on a tender with the Department of Education and Training to create a STEM Hub that links schools with industries for improved STEM connections.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Donna King.

Publications


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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Developmental engineering education in the primary school
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120200023
Start year
2012
Keywords
Engineering Education; Mathematics Curriculum; Science Curriculum; Problem Solving; Primary School
Title
Emotional Learning in Socioscientific Issues for Enhancement of Scientific Literacy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200368
Start year
2012
Keywords
Scientific literacy; Imaginative Engagement; Emotions and Emotional Climate; Socioscientific Issuse
Title
Eventful Learning in Quality Pre-service Science Teacher Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP120100369
Start year
2012
Keywords
Science Teacher Education; Emotional Arousal; Emotional Climate; Eventful Learning; Classroom Interactions