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Dr James Davis
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)

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Queensland College of Teachers; Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy; Australasian Science Education Research Association; National Association for Research in Science Teaching; The Australian Sociological Association: 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 has a career background spanning commerce, science and education. As Faculty Entrepreneurship Leader he recently embedded entrepreneurial thinking into the Faculty of Education in teaching, professional development and research. James lectures in STEM and entrepreneurial education. In his PhD, entitled “A Study of the Emotional Essence of Analogical Reasoning in Secondary School Science,” he explored the emotional experiences of students when thinking and learning with analogies. This work frames his current research program that seeks to understand the interplay between cognition and emotion in classroom based learning situations. James is a contributing author to the Springer volume Exploring Emotions, Aesthetics and Wellbeing in Science Education Research.  He has also contributed 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).

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EUB154 Foundations of Science, EUB010 Real World Integrated STEM, EUB452 STEM Investigation Project, EUN120 Curriculum and Pedagogy Foundations, EUN110 and EUB009 Teachers as Leaders and Entrepreneurial Thinkers, A Future Learn MOOC: Teaching Entrepreneurial Thinking

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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 am actively involved in developing connections across industry and the Faculty of Education with a focus on developing partnerships across the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Brisbane and Queensland.

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