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Dr James Davis
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma Education (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Queensland College of Teachers; Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy; Australasian Science Education Research Association; National Association for Research in Science Teaching;  Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors.


STEM Pedagogy, Science Inquiry, Socio-scientific Issues, Entrepreneurship Education, Emotions and Cognition in Learning, Relationships and Wellness in Teaching and Learning, Microsociology, Ethnomethodology, Qualitative Research, Entrepreneurial Thinking

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


Dr James Davis is a:

  • Senior Lecturer, STEM and Entrepreneurial Education
  • Chief Investigator, Program Co-leader Engagement and Learning, QUT Centre for Inclusive Education

James has taught across science curriculum and pedagogy; foundations of science; integrated STEM; emotions in teaching and learning; and teacher leadership and entrepreneurial thinking. James is Chief Investigator and Co-leader of the Engagement and Learning Program in the Centre for Inclusive Education. His research interests focus on enacted pedagogy and the emotive-cognitive interplay in student engagement and learning, via micro-sociology, phenomenology, and ethnomethodology. His research frames classroom learning practices as situated, bodily performances through which students experience individual and collective emotions and emotional energy. James completed his PhD in 2016, entitled A Study of the Emotional Essence of Analogical Reasoning in Secondary School Science. He is a contributing author to the Springer volume Exploring Emotions, Aesthetics and Wellbeing in Science Education Research.  He has also contributed several chapters to a Brill volume Eventful Learning: Learner Emotions and a Routledge volume Emotions in Late Modernity. One of his most recent publications Objectivity, Subjectivity and Emotion in School Science Inquiry was published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST). In 2019, James was lead author on a paper in Cultural Studies of Science Education (CSSE) that described an intensity model of emotional energy. In late 2019 he initiated and led a study of emotional energy in a Shanghai primary school STEM program as a collaborative project with Shanghai Normal University. He serves as an Associate Editor for Research in Science Education (RISE).

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James is currently unit coordinator for:

  • EUB154 – Foundations of Science
  • EUB010 – Real World STEM Education
  • EUB452 – STEM Investigation Project
  • EUB009 – Teachers as Leaders and Entrepreneurial Thinkers
  • EUN110 – Teachers as Leaders and Entrepreneurial Thinkers,
  • Professional Development: A Future Learn MOOC: Teaching Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Professional Development: Innovative Thinking for Teachers and School Leaders

Teaching Awards

  • 2019 – Faculty of Education Evidence Based Practice Award
  • 2018 – Faculty of Education Real World Teaching Award
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My experience in education research focuses on qualitative methodologies involving micro-sociology, ethnomethodology, phenomenology, discourse analysis, and social psychology/facial action coding. Research topic areas of interest include science pedagogy, technology in teaching and learning, alternative reality gaming, socio-scientific issues, science inquiry, STEM investigations and pedagogy, and applications of entrepreneurial thinking as a pedagogical strategy in school contexts. I have a particular interest in researching these topics across Australian-East Asian educational contexts.

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