About this scholarship
Two PhD scholarships (covering the living stipend for three years), funded by Curtin University an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant, are available for the holders to conduct research in a project that investigates students’ interactions in drawing science diagrams and their benefits in enhancing students’ scientific creativity. Nationally and internationally, there is a growing demand to engage students in scientific thinking and build their creative problem-solving capabilities through evidence-based teaching strategies. This project is addressing the challenge by:
(1) identifying students’ creative thinking from their science diagrams and their interaction with peers;
(2) devising and evaluating teaching strategies to support students’ creative scientific thinking. The PhD students will work with high school science teachers to develop teaching materials, video-record classroom interactions, conduct interviews, analyse class videos and diagrams, and write peer-reviewed journal articles.
The successful PhD students will be supervised by a team of experienced science education researchers (Dr Mihye Won, Professor David F. Treagust, and Dr Kok-Sing Tang) from the STEM Education Research Group (formerly Science and Mathematics Education Centre—SMEC) at Curtin University.
New Zealand Citizen
Permanent Humanitarian Visa
Australian Permanent Resident
Maximum number awarded- 2
Value- $27,082.00 per annum for 3 years (2018 RTP rate)
Candidates for these PhD scholarships are expected to:
• Hold an undergraduate degree in science or education at a high level (honours) of academic achievement;
• Demonstrate an aptitude for research through their analytical skills and creative thinking;
• Be able to work in a team setting and take responsibility for their individual tasks;
• Be experienced in the use of digital technology and software packages;
• Possess excellent spoken and written communications skills that may be evidenced, for example, through their undergraduate thesis/project work and presentations given; and
• Practise well-developed time- and self-management skills with strong personal discipline and drive in their work.