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Adjunct Professor Jim Watters

Faculty of Education,
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Name
Adjunct Professor Jim Watters
Position(s)
Sessional Academic
Faculty of Education,
Faculty Office - Education
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education Systems
Phone
+61 7 3138 3639
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (Griffith University), MEd(Hons) (University of New England), GDEd (University of Canberra), BSc(Hons) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 2006 – present: Chair – Funding Committee – Non-State Schools Accreditation Board
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • Australasian Science Educators Research Association (ASERA)
  • European Science Educators Research Association (ESERA)
Keywords

Aspects of mathematics learning - problem solving, Higher Education, Inquiry based learning., Science education, Science teacher education, education of gifted and creative children, primary science education, professional development of teachers, teaching science., technology education

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

Biography

James Watters is an Associate Professor in Education at QUT. His areas of research interest include:

    • learning in science and mathematics
    • inquiry based science
    • investigations in mathematics
    • problem based learning
    • gifted education.
  1. Jim has provided professional development in all these areas and has published research studies related to these areas.  He has a strong commitment to apply research to practice.
  2. Jim has also a long standing interest in technology and technology supported learning.
  3. He has supervised over 30 PhD and research masters students working in these areas.
  4.  He works extensively with education sectors to provide professional development and to explore  effective ways of supporting teachers to challenge students gifted in science and mathematics
  5. Jim has received the QUT Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2000, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service 2007,  awards for science education and gifted education initiatives and awards for outstanding supervision of Domestic (2011) and International (2010) post-graduate students.

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaching

Teaching areas

  • Primary and Secondary Science Curriculum
  • Gifted Education
  • Higher Education.
  • Research methodology
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Jim Watters.

Experience

In a forty year career, Jim has worked in public service, been an international scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, taught high school science, taught university in both Faculties of Science and Education.

His current responsibilities include teaching in science and educational/curriculum studies with a focus on science and gifted education. He also teachers research methodology to graduate students.

He is currently active on the University Academic Board, University Appeals Committee, University Ethics in Human Research Committee, Faculty Promotions Committee and Masters course coordination committee.

He has undertaken major reviews for government, contributed to government policy development, supported a range of educational sectors through professional developement and consultative services and has served on government and university committees at all levels. For example, he is Chair of the Non-State School Eligibility for Funding Commitee which makes recommendations to Government on the funding of independent (non-government) schools.  He serves on committees advising the state Education Department and the Queensland Studies Authority.  He is a long standing vice president of the Qld. Association for Gifted Students and ex vice President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented.

 

 

 

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Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2010
Details
Reports for Ed Qld.Freebody, P. Watters, J. Lummis, S. (2002): Expanding Possible Futures: A Review of Education Queensland¿s Policy Statement on the Education of Gifted Students in Queensland Schools. Report to the Minister of Education, Education Queensland.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2010
Details
Science Learning Area Reference Committee member charged with providing advice to the Queensland Studies Authority on its suite of K-12 syllabus documents.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2010
Details
Reappointed for a further three years as Chairperson of the Non-State School Funding Committee.The Accreditation of non State school in Queensland Act provides for the appointment by the Governor in Council of the six members of the Non-State Schools Eligibility for Government Funding Committee.http://www.nssab.qld.edu.au/BoardsFunding/CommitteeMembers.htm

Research projects

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

Title
Industry-school Partnerships: A Strategy to Enhance Education and Training Opportunities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200052
Start year
2011
Keywords
Youth Employment; Education Policy; Industry-school Partnerships; Curriculum Innovation
Title
The Role Of Subject-Matter Knowledge In Teaching Science And Mathematics: Practices Of Teachers With Advanced Qualifications In The Sciences
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0984349
Start year
2009
Keywords
Beginning teachers; Subject matter knowledge; Mathematics education; Science education; Teaching practices; Teacher education;
Title
Mathematical Modelling in Early Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0343627
Start year
2003
Keywords
Basic Mathematical Modelling; Problem Solving; Primary School Mathematics; Mathematics Teacher Development

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