Personal details

Dr Reece Mills
Course Coordinator
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
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Doctor of Philosophy (Education) (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), Bachelor of Education with Honours (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA)


Earth and Environmental Science Education, Conceptual Change, Learning Progressions, Primary Science Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Professional Learning (TEPL)

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


Reece commenced his educational career as a senior secondary Earth Science teacher before commencing his current appointment as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at QUT. He uses his expertise and real-world experience to teach preservice teachers science and pedagogical content knowledge. Reece’s PhD research used a cognitive-affective theoretical framework of conceptual change to evaluate an innovative pedagogical approach whereby school students constructed multiple representations of geological processes by constructing a stop-motion animation. He now conducts research in Earth and Environmental Science (EES) education and preservice teacher science education. Some of Reece’s current research projects include an examination of how EES teachers’ attitudes toward sustainable development mediate the intended and enacted EES curriculum; an investigation of how primary preservice teachers’ attitudes predict and explain their intention to teach science; and the development of a Bachelor of Education (Primary) specialisation in science in alignment with recent reforms in initial teacher education. Reece is passionate about developing quality science teachers and is committed to using his academic work to promote scientific literacy for the 21st century.

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Reece is currently teaching in the Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Masters of Teaching (Primary) courses. He is currently teaching the units:

  • CRB002: Science in Primary Education
  • CRB010: Primary Science Curriculum Studies
  • EUN108: Science Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EUN303: Science Primary Specialisation 1
  • EUN306: Science Primary Specialisation 2

Reece’s teaching has been recognised by way of a number of awards, including a QUT STARS Award (2016), QUT Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (2016), and QUT Faculty of Education Teaching and Learning Award (2017).

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Reece has extensive experience in teaching and learning across primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions, including:

  • 2017 to Current: Lecturer in Science Education, QUT
  • 2016 to 2017: Sessional Academic, QUT
  • 2015 to 2016: Sessional Academic, Griffith University
  • 2015 to 2016: Examination Marker, University of Queensland
  • 2012 to 2014: Science and Mathematics Teacher, Queensland Department of Education and Training
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For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
I am the recipient of a Faculty of Education Evidence-based Practice Award (2017) for investing in curriculum and learning transformation through using a broad evidence base. In other words, this award acknowledges my research-informed teaching. The context for this award was the move to fully online learning in the Master of Teaching (MTeach). I collaboratively led the design and production of science videos to enable at home science activities in response to my research showing the importance of self-efficacy (including mastery and vicarious experiences) to pre-service teachers' intention to teach science in their future classroom.
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
I am on the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Teaching Science journal (2017-present).Teaching Science is the flagship journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). It aims to promote the teaching of science in all Australian schools, with a focus on classroom practices and teacher professional development. Teaching Science is a national publication with subscribers throughout Australia and overseas. It is a a quarterly refereed journal of the highest integrity that includes material of interest to all sectors of the science education community. My role on the Editorial Advisory Committee is to regularly review research and professional articles and participate in the annual Most Valuable Paper Award nomination process.