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Adjunct Associate Professor Paul Shield

Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership


Adjunct Associate Professor Paul Shield
Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
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Identifiers and profiles

MAppSc (Queensland Inst. of Technology), DipEd (University of Queensland), BEdSt (University of Queensland), BAppSc (Queensland Inst. of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE) – Past president and honorary life member
  • Australian Council Computers in Education (ACCE) – Founding member and past secretary
  • Computers Studies Syllabus Advisory Committee (BSSS/QSA) – Inaugural member and past Chair (15 years)

Computer education, Computer studies curriculum design, Information systems design, Quantitative Research Methods

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


Paul Shield is a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of

  • knowledge representation
  • database design
  • quantitative research methods
  • computer studies curricula in secondary schools.

He has a particular interest in using neural net architectures for classification and prediction research design and investigating the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to teaching and learning.

Paul has a particular interest in using non-experimental and mixed method research designs in educational research, as well as the use of neural net applications in this area.

He is presently conducting research into the effectiveness of using synchronous web mediated communications as a booster to sense of community (SOC) in an online teaching and learning environment. He has developed, trialled and is in the process of validating a quantitative instrument to measure SOC in this context.

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Paul Shield.


Paul Shield presently teaches in two postgraduate and one undergraduate research method units. He is also a member of the Educational Doctorate teaching team. He specialises in quantitative methods and has a keen interest in developing innovative pedagogies to overcome the conceptual threshold students seem to have in this area.

He also teaches in units that focus on the application of ICTs to teaching and learning and has an interest in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support teaching and learning.

  • 2005: Winner QUT innovation award
  • 2005: Nominated QUT teaching award
  • 2002: QUT Teaching and Learning grant. Use of streaming media technologies to enhance learning – member of 3 person team.
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Paul Shield.


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)

Sustainable mathematics education capacity building: Empowering Indigenous teacher aides to enhance rural and remote Indigenous students numeracy outcomes
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Indigenous education Primary education Teacher aides Numeracy Learning Teaching
Non-Indigenous Teachers, Indigenous Teacher-Aides and Indigenous Communities: Rephasing Relationships to Enhance Mathematics Learning Outcomes for Rural and Remote Indigenous Students.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Indigenous Education; Primary Education; Teacher - Aides; Mathematics Education; Learning; Professional Development