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Dr Rachel Sheffield

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Position
Senior Lecturer
Faculty
Office of the Provost
School
Faculty of Humanities
Campus
Bentley Campus
Location
501.Level 4
Phone
08 9266 2163

Brief Summary

My Philosophy of Teaching 

I see it as my task to translate my industry experience as a science teacher to my teacher training students in a manner that helps them to build their own professional identity (Bennett, Rowley, Dunbar-Hall, Hitchcock, & Blom, 2014). This is more than career planning or building portfolios of graduate attributes. It is about building a community of primary teacher practitioners who are scientifically literate, confident and competent to inspire and empower their own students and to help them to make sense of their world through science. I have a particular responsibility to engage students with science not only because it is a national objective to educate more maths and science students but also because many students arrive at university somewhat science phobic. 

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Awards

  • 2016 OLT National Citation recognising Excellence in Teaching 
  • 2016 Endeavour Fellowship to collect, curate and digitise teaching artefacts in Lao PDR. 
  • 2016 ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) STEM Award
  • 2015 Curtin University First Year Program Award: Common First Year Team
  • 2015 HERDSA Fellow 
  • 2014 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award
  • 2014 Humanities Teaching and Learning Individual Teaching Award
  • 2014 Humanities First Year Program Award: Common First Year Team

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Teachings

Teaching Grants

2017 Linking Science Educators Program (LSEP) grant (Koul, Sheffield, Blackley and Balzer) entitled “Using a Makerspace approach to create a science community of practice (COP) for teachers and pre-service teachers in India.” National Association for Research in Science Teaching ($5,000)

Australian Technology Network Grant (O’Halloran, Tan, Sheffield, Aubussen, Mallet, Berry and O’Keefee) Encouraging and mapping student engagement through 360-degree video annotation and data analytics ($120,600)

2017 Australian National Commission for UNESCO 16-17 Grants Round (Koul, Sheffield, Blackley and Balzer): Cross-nation Capacity Building in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Education ($14,000).

2016-2017 Australian Indonesian Institute (Koul, Sheffield, Blackley and Maynard) Australia-Indonesian Institute to take the Makerspace in STEM experience to the Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia ($19,000).

2015 TEDF (Sheffield, Blackley, Maynard, Koul and Walker) Creating Communities in STEM Makerspace

2015 TEDF (Bennett, Blackley and Sheffield) Developing Pre-Service Teacher Identity

2014 TEDF (Dobozy, Sheffield, & Walker) TPACK implementation for collegial peer review in common first unit of unit learning design

2013 Escholar (Sheffield, McIlvenny) Transforming Learning with Technology, Pedagogy and Sustainability

 

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Research Interests

  • Focus on STEM and how STEM education can be incorporated into classrooms using a variety of ideas includuing Makerspace as a venue and also viewing the E as a series of possibilities 
  • Investigating Science Inquiry focusing on using an on-line scaffolded approach (there are examples at the following websites http://inquiringabouttheworld.weebly.com/, http://scienceinthekitchen.weebly.com/ http://y7pcwater.weebly.com) 
  • Examining tertiary teaching and learning through a digital andragogy lens

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Publications


2017

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

2016

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Sheffield, R. S., and S. Blackley. 2016. "Makerspace in STEM (MIS) for girls: An Exploratory Study." In International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2016 Conference and Expo, Jun 26, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Sheffield, R., S. Blackley, and D. E. Bennett. 2016. "Enhancing work readiness and developing professional identity through personalised, standards-based digital portfolios." In 39th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Jul 4, 2016, Fremantle, WA, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc.

2015

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2014

Journal Articles (Research)

2012

Book Chapters (Research)

2010

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Murcia, K., and R. Sheffield. 2010. "Talking about science in interactive whiteboard classrooms." Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 26 (4): 417-431.

2008

Journal Articles (Research)

2007

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Wallace, J., R. Sheffield, L. Rénnie, and G. Venville. 2007. "Looking back, looking forward: Re-searching the conditions for integration in the middle years of schooling." Australian Educational Researcher 34: 29-49.

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Sheffield, R., G. Venville, and L. Rennie. 2007. "Exploring the attributes that enable and inhibit the implementation of an integrated curriculum in a middle school science classroom." In World Conference on Science and Technology Education, Jul 8, 2007, Perth: Australia: Science Teachers Association of Western Australia.
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2015

Books (Research) - Other

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Blackley, S., and R. Sheffield. 2015. "Editorial – Welcome to Volume 23, Issue 3." International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 23 (3): i-ii.
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