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Adjunct Professor Jim Watters
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education Systems
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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)

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


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.






This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Jim Watters.


Teaching areas

  • Primary and Secondary Science Curriculum
  • Gifted Education
  • Higher Education.
  • Research methodology
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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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For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
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.
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
Science Learning Area Reference Committee member charged with providing advice to the Queensland Studies Authority on its suite of K-12 syllabus documents.
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
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.

Research projects

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

Industry-school Partnerships: A Strategy to Enhance Education and Training Opportunities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Youth Employment; Education Policy; Industry-school Partnerships; Curriculum Innovation
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
Start year
Beginning teachers; Subject matter knowledge; Mathematics education; Science education; Teaching practices; Teacher education;
Mathematical Modelling in Early Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Basic Mathematical Modelling; Problem Solving; Primary School Mathematics; Mathematics Teacher Development


Current supervisions

  • The Relationship between Executive Dysfunctions, Sensory Modulation Disorders and Motor Performance Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents with Autism in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: A Short-Term Follow-Up Study
    PhD, External Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Suzanne Carrington
  • Lost in Translation? Interpreting the Australian Curriculum: History in Selected Schools
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Keith Moore

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)